Three top tips to improving your Living Room

  • Add patterns
  • Choose statement art
  • Add leafy greens


Styled to Sell:

Creating a boho-inspired living room

The Interior Design Guide: Living Room 

This week, professional Interior Stylist and blogger Maxine Brady chats to us about styling her living room. And the best part? All her top tips can be actioned and achieved in one afternoon!

I’ll be honest, my living room was looking tired around the edges and needed an injection of style to transform it from dull to daring. My living room had become the forgotten room of my house; there was a worn out old rug, dull cushions on the sofa and the space lacked style.  

When I was invited to give my lounge a refresh based on one of 2017’s latest interior looks, I jumped at the chance! Time for me to hit the shops for this room transformation.

Blogger and Interior Stylist Maxine Bradley energetically takes on our challenge to revamp her living room.

The key homeware trend that caught my eye this season is the tribal trend. This is a relaxed look infused with bohemian prints, lots of texture and a simple monochrome colour palette for that boho feel. With my love of travelling to far-flung places, this had to be the trend I wanted to add to my living room to bring it up-to-date.

But, you don’t have to hop on a plane to get this look – there are lots of fab accessories on the high street just waiting for you. Here are the key ways you can update your room to achieve that dreamy, relaxed boho vibe, all in an afternoon’s work!

Bring Pattern to your Floor

Cover up plain floorboards with a patterned rug that instantly brings bold design to a room. This ‘Cozy Kelim’ rug looks like it came directly from the street markets of Marrakesh. But it actually came from Modern Rugs, an online store. I love the tufted texture and the tones of off-white, grey and black on my floor all for just £309.

Rugs add warmth and texture to Maxine’s boho-inspired living room.

STYLE TIP: For that ultimate luxe look, pick a rug that covers the whole of your floor and tucks under your sofa.

Choose Statement Art

Art is the perfect way to add an interior trend to your living room and it doesn’t have to cost the earth either. I found a henna hand print in Morocco that I bought for the grand sum of €1!

Can’t wait until your next holiday? Then try shopping online for unusual art. I found some great pieces from online art store, Lumitrix that complemented the colour scheme and boho-feel of my living room.

STYLE TIP: Frame your sentimental holiday buys in inexpensive frames - Ikea and Dunelm have a great selection of black frames from just £4.99.

Style Up Your Sofa

This trend is all about being clever with patterns and what a better place to start with than your sofa. My plain settee has been given a ‘boho upgrade’ with mix and match textured cushions. My favourite one was just £16.99 from HomeSense.

Maxine’s bold sofa colour looks great piled high with fluffy cushions of various textures and shapes.

STYLE TIP: Pick woven cushions in all the same tones – in my case black and white.

Add Leafy Greens

It’s the finishing touches that give a living room a relaxed and inviting vibe. There is no better way to do this than with lots of lush tropical plants. I’m a novice indoor gardener – in the past, I have killed plants by just looking at them! Now, I feel like a grown up with over 11 plants in my living room alone. My key buy for this tribal look is my pair of wicker baskets as an alternative to plant pots. They add natural texture to my room for just £24 for a small one and £35 for the large, from HomeSense.

Maxine brings the outdoors in with lots of plants and greenery.

STYLE TIP: Shop in independent boutique stores for unusual and unique items. I spotted beautiful ceramic plant pots, £8 each, in Brighton-based store, Lavender Room which look so much better than the plastic plant pots.

I hope these three ideas have shown you how easy it can be to bring this tribal trend to your home. Just simply mix sentimental souvenirs from your holidays, with some online bargain purchases and key buys from the high street. All these little details will add personality to your living space. Every one of my purchases has given my home a look that I love.

Maxine Brady is a full-time, professional Interior Stylist and shares all her insider tips and tricks for designing beautiful living spaces on her blog We Love Home.

Jeremy Briggs Bairstow eves property expertExpert advice from our marketing director Jeremy Briggs, shares his thoughts and advice for styling your home in preparation for selling your home.

“Maxine certainly has an eye for bringing key statement pieces and personal style together to form a beautiful, on-trend living space.

A living room makeover should be high on your priority list if you’re thinking of selling. Before putting your house on the market, it’s a good idea to spend some hours decluttering the living space and making it as bright, open and inviting as possible.

One tip I have for any seller who is moving because they have ‘outgrown’ their home, is to remember the lifestyle you lived when you first moved. If you’re trying to sell a two-bedroomed flat because you’re now a family of four, rather than the young first-time buyers you once were, try to reflect that in your living space. Remember all the great features you loved about it when you first moved in – like the space to fit a cosy corner sofa for example – and bring those feature to the fore!

Don’t forget the small touches like having a fire burning in winter if you have a functional fireplace, or lighting candles to bring that warmth and ‘liveability’ to the room.”

Looking for more style tips? then head back to our Style to Sell page for more exciting tips and advice on how to style your home 

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