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It may feel like you've blown the budget once you have decorated your sitting room and furnished it we the neccessities like a sofa, a coffee table and a TV. These are big ticket items and you should buy the best you can afford. But there are a few things that are essential to make a room feel lived-in. This is true whether you are furnishing your first home, renting, or updating your existing look.
No room will feel cosy if it is relying on one solitary pendant light hanging from the ceiling. All rooms benefit from a mixture of lighting to make them feel atmospheric and cosy and the easiest way to achieve this is with a table lamp or two. Put one next to the sofa or armchair to create a pool of light that is easy to read by. Add one to the end of a sideboard, and if your have room for three, brighten up a dull corner with another.
Texture is easy to add with just a few well-chosen accessories. It could be a plush rug to sink your toes into, a throw to ward off chills in the winter, or a couple of cushions to up the comfort level on your favourite seat. Once you have added texture to a room it will feel warmer, cosier and much more inviting.
Art is a great way to add colour and personality to a room. And it's a great way to tell the world about the things that interest you the most. A common mistake is to choose prints that match the colour scheme but it's much better to choose art because you love it. You can go mad with the ever popular gallery wall or invest in large scale art for equal impact.
Books make a room feel as if it has a history. Room schemes that rely on new furniture alone will often lack soul. A shelf full of well-read books or even just a few on the coffee table, will add interest and create instant conversation starters. Not to mention a welcome diversion when all you want to do is curl up with an old favourite and a cup of tea.
Plants and flowers can make a room come alive. A splash of green always looks fresh and it doesn't even matter if it's real or not. Faux plants have come on in leaps and bounds. So much so that you often can't tell them from real. So no excuses. Add some living things.
Fishpools, is the south east's largest quality furniture store and sells a wide range of quality furniture and home accessories comprising: Sofas, Sofa Beds, Dining Ranges, Bedroom Collections, Home Office Ranges, Beds, Carpets, Rugs, Linens, Pictures & Mirrors, Curtains, Lighting, Cookware & Gifts.