Friday, 10 October 2014

Relaxed Living Spaces

Gone is the separate formal lounge of the past, today's living is about being able to interact with family and friends while in different work or relaxation zones of your home. When it comes to designing a space that is open-plan it is important that there is continuity in the interior design. As well as your choice of furniture style, it is important to look carefully at the layout to make sure that all your areas 'flow' and it is easy for people to move from one space to another. I have gathered some interior design inspiration to give you an idea of relaxed, open plan spaces and have also included some cosy living areas that I feel are aesthetically pleasing to the eye as well as having a functional layout.


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My home environment is very important to me, some might think one shallow to think like this, however my surroundings, from colour to furnishing, style and accessories, most definitely affect the way I feel and think. I need neutrals or soft colours, mixes of interesting textures and comfortable, relaxed style furniture. I need to be able to let the outside in and most important live in a home filled with natural light. I believe that everyone can achieve such comfort without spending a huge amount of money. Draw inspiration from what you see, refinish vintage or second hand furniture to give it a new lease of life. For your walls you can buy simple frames and use pieces of patterned fabric or download images from The Graphic Fairy to frame up. There are many ways you can make your home look just as good as the rooms go for it!


  1. these homes are lovely and i think it's their neutral color that give that calmness. They've mixed nature with wood and cane etc, bringing in that necessary element of texture. I love them all, and yet i'm a color gal with my soft blues.


    1. Thanks for commenting Jane, I agree with your comments. Although I am a neutral kind of gal with colour accents, you might be surprised I am actually looking at painting my bedroom pale blue. It is a very calming colour and evokes relaxation and sleep. It is said that people that sleep in pale blue bedrooms sleep longer than in other colour rooms...Interesting!

  2. I love all of these gorgeous rooms. I've pinned that first image! Great images-thanks for finding them.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    1. Thanks Natasha for taking time to comment. The first room is also my favourite, the soaring ceilings, neutral palette and natural wood textures. It is country but sophisticated.


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