With winter fast approaching and that chill in the air we will soon be retreating inside to hide from the elements. During the winter months the living room should be a safe haven so your family can spend the cold nights indoors. Why not take the opportunity now to redecorate before the winter frost is truly upon us?
For many families the living room is a shared space where you can relax, watch some television or mull over the day’s newspapers. Creating a contemporary yet cosy living room can be challenging but you will reap long term benefits if done right. When choosing a colour scheme you are not confined to stony grays or bland whites as there is a wealth of colour options open to you. This winter look to jewel tones such as deep purples, jade greens and citrine yellows to achieve this look.
Try the Crown Paints Classic Collection to source these wonderful jewel tones. Colours such as modern organic, modern design, and modern radiance ooze sophistication. If you are daring why not paint all four walls in your chosen shade including the skirting boards. For a more demure approach, just choose one wall to feature the colour. To keep the look sleek and contemporary, limit the accessories in the room. If you want to introduce a pattern or print keep this minimal by using it in one piece of furniture or a printed rug. If you are using patterns in a living room, introduce them via cushions or rugs but don’t try and do both at the same time.
The fireplace is a main feature in a lot of living rooms and should be utilised to make the most of its potential. Fireplaces are great for creating a cosy atmosphere and are perfect for warming up the chilliest of winter evenings. To give your fireplace a new lease of life, why not paint it. Many fireplaces are hard wood with a wooden base that can both be painted easily.
If you decide to decorate the room with jewel shades, choose a full black or off white tone so that your fireplace will really stand out. Black cat or cream fresh from the designer collection by Neville Knott are good examples of both of these colours. Even if you don’t use your fireplace you can still make a cosy feature out of it by decorating the hearth and base with holly or other winter berry bushes and candles.
To complete your family living room think about what the room is used for most, watching TV or reading a good book. Create an area in your living room with book cases and a comfy armchair that fits in with your design. A bookshelf in its own right can be a great feature and a personal way to add colour to a room. You can choose from any number of colours in the Crown Paints Classic Collection or designer collection from Neville Knott in satin or gloss finish to complete the look.
All of the Crown colours are available at your local Crown Decorating Centre at Davitt House on the Tuam Road, Galway. They give friendly expert advice, offer a free colour matching service and have 30,000 colours to choose from. The store is open from 7.30am-5.30pm Monday to Thursday, Fridays from 7.30am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 8.30am to 3pm. More further information call 091-773366.