Monday, 23 November 2015

Brit Decor: 5 steps to the perfect living room with Arlo & Jacob

This was a pretty fun project to work on with the team over at Arlo & Jacob, who (if you don't already know) puts the 'C' into craftsmanship by producing some incredibly stylish sofas and chairs, right here in the UK.

As many of us will be aware, it's one thing to buy a piece of great furniture, but to really get the most out of it - the look and feel of its new home should be given key consideration too. So with five easy steps I am going to walk through how to achieve the perfect living room, with a little help from my friends.

#1 Social
As with any room, thinking about how the space will be used is really important. If you are a social butterfly and love having guests over to yours, consider positioning seating opposite each other for a more engaging atmosphere.

#2 Start Big
It's easier to place the larger items of furniture in a room first, such as a sofa. This will immediately identify how much remaining space is available for smaller items such as coffee tables and floor lamps.

#3 Make an Entrance
This may sound obvious but it's an aspect commonly overlooked in home decor. The entrance to a room is the first and last thing that you and your guests will, so be sure to lend this some creative attention.

#4 Form Follows Function
Say what? before positioning furniture within a scheme, plan the route of walkways through and around the room. Ideally there should be a flow of movement through a room whilst furniture around the path can be used to create natural room dividers.

#5 Layer-up
For me, accessories are just as important as the larger furnishings. These are, if you like, the glue that binds a scheme together and brings the all-important character and identity to a room. I prefer to begin this styling process by introducing textiles such as cushions, throws, and rugs to a scheme, followed by decorative accessories.

If you'd like to find out more about the full Arlo & Jacob range, please hop on over to their website:

Images 1/  Design Milk 2/ Maria Killam 3/ Coco Crazy 4/  Apartment Therapy
 5/ The Design Files  6/ Dreambook Design

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