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What is your ultimate living room style
Personally I like a warm and intimate living room. I like
to use a variety of textures and fabrics to create an
environment where you feel you can really get comfy and
relax. I also use a mixture of contemporary and classic
furniture to achieve this style.
What is the most important design aspect
to get right in the living room?
I think the room layout is really important. Getting
the flow right is what makes a living room successful.
It should feel cosy but not cramped.
A good quality sofa is essential. Once the layout is
established, the sofa should be made to size so that it
fits in perfectly with the shape and size of the room.
Obviously colour and material selections are important
too, but should be worked out after the floor layout is
Cost aside, what is the dream feature
of the ultimate living room?
A beautiful fireplace is always a great feature of a living
room and can really be used as the focal point of the
room. For my clients I like to design built-in cabinetry that
surrounds the fireplace and has loads of storage space to
conceal any clutter, televisions and equipment.
What materials do you recommend using
when creating/designing this look?
Lighting is important to create the right mood. I will use
beautiful hanging pendants in combination with standing
and table lamps to achieve this. Soft furnishings are really
From the curtains, to sofa fabric and scatter cushions,
I like to add in a lot of warmth and texture. I love mixing
materials such as velvets, linens and silks in similar
tones to create a layered and eclectic look, whilst at the
same time keeping it chic and modern. I also love using
wallpaper in living rooms, to further create a dramatic and
How can people incorporate this style of
living room without a total renovation? What
are simple ways to create your chosen style?
The first thing I would do if I wanted to revamp a living
room without actually renovating would be to paint.
The colour would really depend on the room, but I
would most likely go for a rich neutral colour. I would
get a large wool rug for the floor, preferably not too
patterned, and change the lighting to include a hanging
pendant and at least one standing lamp. I would add full
curtains on a pole with some funky tiebacks and wallpaper
on one of the walls as a feature.
Instead of a co ee table, I will often use a large
ottoman and bring in some upholstered cubes for extra
seating, which look great and are cost-e ective too.
Julie Levin Design, PO Box 3317, Yokine, 6060,
0403 324 977, firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERIOR DESIGNER, JULIE LEVIN DESIGN
"I LOVE MIXING
AS VELVETS, LINENS
AND SILKS IN SIMILAR
TONES TO CREATE
A LAYERED AND
WHILST AT THE SAME
TIME KEEPING IT CHIC
IMAGES: Julie Levin Design.
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