Create A Do It All Living Room

Create two distinct areas with a clever layout, but link the two by choosing furniture in matching woods and using the same colour scheme throughout the space.

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Modular sofa

A corner sofa, with a low arm, acts as a divider between the living and dining areas without blocking the view.

Co-ordinating fabrics

Tie the two areas together by using the same fabrics to make napkins and runners for the table, and cushions for the sofa and chairs.

Spot lighting

Hanging a low-level pendant light over the table helps to define the dining area of the room.

Living Room and Hallway

A living room that’s also a hallway, can be stylish and welcoming. Come in, hang your coat on the understairs rack, and snuggle down in the seating area, which is painted a warm ochre to make it the focus of the space.

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Door curtain

Use a curtain, made from a pretty floral fabric, to conceal the front door. It will keep out draughts, and add colour to the scheme, too.

Cream-painted stairway area

Painting the understairs, banister and stairwell the same creamy white, separates them visually from the ochre seating area

Family Living room

Think practical and stylish: hard-wearing flooring, washable and wipe-down upholstery and loads of storage, combined with bold blue walls, pretty fabrics and a luxurious rug.

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Wall-to-wall shelving

Run shelves right across the chimney breast and alcoves – the narrow middle section is ideal for pictures.

Versatile table

A compact design, made from glass and chrome, slots around the sofa arm – perfect for your laptop, games console or TV dinner.

Built-in storage

Even a shallow alcove can be used for storage – you can fit slim cupboards, with narrow shelves inside, for storing CDs and DVDs.