Your living area can be a place for a bit of a devil-may-care attitude when it comes to the way you style it. As it toes the line between entertaining zone and relaxation space, you can afford to be a little louder in your approach. If you feel so inclined, get creative with a wall mural or art of some form. Don't be too worried about making a statement as your quieter rooms, such as bedrooms and bathrooms can err on the calmer side.
If you're familiar with my 10-colour palette, you'll know that I like to have common threads of colour running through my spaces. Here, natural elements, such as timber and hides, draw comforting texture into this living area for a cosy feel, while flashes of green in linen book covers and soft furnishings add a bright finishing touch.
Your home is not a showroom and a mixture of furniture in from all eras is perfectly acceptable, especially when anchored by similar colours or shapes, or the mere notion that you love it. While living areas exist as larger zones of the home, creating smaller nooks within – using a single chair and side table, for example – will add a sense of intimacy.
Don't disregard the floor when it comes to tying the whole look together, especially in an open-plan living space. Whether you go for a bright floor rug or a more tactile, earthy option, a rug will mark out your relaxation zone and smarten up the area. I love those rough-hewn crunchy natural fibres, but if you like to go barefoot you might want to look into a softer option.