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Room of the Week – sophisticated living room

January 18, 2012

This weeks Room of the Week is a sophisticated living room.  From the House to Home galleries this room has a simple colour scheme featuring a neutral grey palate.

The dominate use of grey in this room creates a very calm room. In this room the very simple colouring is enhanced with the use of different textures, for example the wooden panels and the high gloss coffee table. The interior could also easily be supplemented with other colours to add interest.

If you want a simple sofa for your home the Aspen sofa from Content by Conran would be a great choice, we have just ordered this sofa for a client. The range has a 3 and 4 seater sofa and a large armchair. There is a good choice of plain fabrics and it is also available in a grey pinstripe.

To add a simple light fitting Secto make a great range of wooden light fittings. Manufactured by hand in Finland from Finnish birch the fittings are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The range is designed by architect Seppo Kono and is a perfect example of pared down Scandinavian design (even if many Finn’s don’t really acknowledge they are part of Scandinavia!).

Decorative accessories are very important to create the finished style of an interior. Even if you have a simple pared down look you can still add layers of interest with the accessories. LSA have a great range of vases at very reasonable prices. The Buba vase costs under £30. It would add a great splash of colour but the price allows it to be easily replaced when you want to update your look.

Recreating this look could be easily achieved in your own home. Use a very simple palette of colours and take time to carefully choose your furniture. Do remember that pared down doesn’t have to be boring though so, as in all interiors, it will be the details that count!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2012 3:20 pm

    I love this look, it struck me because in the 80’s I decorated my lounge in grey and this look still looks contemporary and cool today. Using textures is absolutely the right thing to do with grey because a muted gray base is the ideal way to bring out textures and other deep and rich colours. Grey is also a wonderful look because it can be co-ordinated with a range of tones of grey which can be warm and appealing such as charcoal grey. Also natural tones and hues go well with grey. Thanks for sharing.

  2. January 25, 2012 8:17 pm

    It’s interesting to see the stark contrast of the wood in on the walls when compared to the subtle grey tones. I assume this could be substituted (along with accessories) for a strong colour if people wanted, not that I am a lime green/bright red person!

    In fact the grey scheme reminds me of a future product testing we did a while ago when the grey/concrete look was coming in revolving around the popularity of a drift wood look for laminate wood finishes.

    We actually found the drift wood grey was preferred by males, but not females, who instead opting for a warmer version that included some more subtle colour influences like pink/blue.

    Using a simple palette of colours is such a simple tool it should really be used more widely. Examples like the above are a brilliant inspiration for mainstream design moving forward, lets hope it filters down!

  3. January 25, 2012 9:14 pm

    Love that first image Andrew! There is something so absolutely wonderful about the use of cold industrial grey against the warm tones of the wood. Gorgeous!

  4. January 29, 2012 2:53 pm

    Love the modern take on panelling – really interesting!

  5. Navy Chair permalink
    February 5, 2012 9:39 am

    excellent posting

    Hope to see more posting related to Navy chair

    cheers to Andrew Dunning for posting such an brilliant blog

    thanks a lot

  6. February 13, 2012 8:51 am

    Very nice post, thank you a lot for sharing. Do you have an RSS feed I can subscribe to?

  7. March 23, 2012 12:14 pm

    Looks just beautiful and simple! But a sophisticated design! Love it.

  8. Jefferson Rotunno permalink
    March 25, 2013 9:47 am

    When you think of wall art, do paintings, posters and prints fill your head? Don’t let the limited thinking of the past rule how you decorate today. With a little imagination, you can have a room that suits your personality. Anything that can be hung on a nail can be wall art, like old snowshoes, boat oars or skis. It all depends upon the look and feel you want. If you have accessories, like pottery or ceramic figurines that can’t hang on their own, you can include them in your wall art by placing them on a decorative wall shelf.

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