Is the Living Room replacing the Kitchen as the Heart of the Home?

By Leona Connelly, Furnish & Fettle

Could the living room be replacing the kitchen as the new heart of the home? Well according to a new report ‘ The things we do in our living room’ published by John Lewis  recently the answer is a resounding YES. Compiled using insight from over 3000 customers over half said they now spend the most time in this room – nearly twice as many as those who spend the longest in the kitchen!

So more than ever we are really using  our living room space and also changing how we use it: from watching TV, Entertaining, studying and exercising it really is becoming the most multi- functional room in the home.

Perhaps it’s the rise of the box set /binge watch type viewing that means we want to create a room that is helping lead this mood. We are all familiar with the Scandinavian  ‘hygge’ trend of the last few years and it really has had an impact on us Brits cosying up our living spaces, with the home becoming that escape from outside pressures and a real sanctuary in uncertain times.

Here at Furnish & Fettle we have really seen this trend impact on what our clients want to achieve: There is definitely a move from the more minimalist pared back spaces into a more layered and cosy scheme. We are seeing much more demand for curtains and soft furnishings in textured and tactile fabrics such as weaves and velvets. The option of an occasional chair or footstool in an opulent fabric as a means of adding depth and texture to an existing scheme is something we are asked for much more frequently.

In terms of colour the mood has definitely changed with a move away from cooler greys  into warm neutrals and warmer greys. The little Greene paint company’s introduction of 12 new  Greens are proving really popular at present and blush pink remains in high demand, especially when styled with strong accents such as blacks and dark greys and greens. Wallpaper as a feature in the living room is still a strong trend, and the more impactful the better seems to be the most requested. That said, textured plains as an alternative to paint is becoming much more sought after and for a really luxurious take on this idea James Hare has a stunning collection of silk wallcoverings in simply beautiful colour ways. Again that texture is a perfect way of adding warmth and depth to a scheme without having to have pattern or a feature wall.

With an enormous fabric and paper library we are able to tap into latest trends or create a more classic look with some of our wonderful heritage brands. So while the sun seems to not want to put in an appearance any time soon  maybe creating a cosy living room to spend the British summer in doesn’t seem such a bad idea!  Pimms on the Sofa anyone?

Feeling inspired – our friendly design team is waiting to help you.  Get in touch now to book an appointment and get your project underway now.


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