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While the kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, the living room is becoming more important and is often one of the first rooms we tackle when renovating or updating. Typically a multifunctional space, our living rooms have to work harder than ever before, making them increasingly tricky to get right.

It’s important to consider flow, function and style when designing your living space. Whether you’re looking to completely redesign your living room, or simply update a few key pieces of furniture, our guide will provide you with creative ideas, helpful tips and the best the industry has to offer in living room furniture for 2019…

The Chaise Sofa

While on-trend and highly sought after, the chaise sofa is actually an incredibly versatile piece of furniture. Over the last decade, many of us have invested in a corner sofa to allow more seating space in a single piece of furniture, but unlike the chaise style, a corner sofa can be incredibly bulky and disruptive in open plan spaces.

The chaise sofa provides a stylish update on the corner sofa, that’s more practical for modern day living. Without the back of the sofa along the chaise, this style is perfect for adding focus and zoning open plan spaces, without creating a disconnection.

Updating your sofa to a chaise style in 2019 will greatly change your space, and the way that you use it too. For something contemporary, stylish and simple, try the Figura Sofa by Artifort. Available in three on-trend and versatile shades, this stunning piece is propped up on simple black legs, adding to the contemporary feel.

The Accent Chair

Perfect for adding additional seating and creating a sociable space, an accent chair can be a real statement piece in the living room. Growing in popularity, the accent chair will be highly sought after in 2019 and is a versatile piece that’s well worth investing in.

Go for something bold when it comes to choosing your accent chair – something that stands out and pops against your other seating. If your seating is otherwise muted and neutral, try the Margi Armchair from the Urban Collection by Naustro Italia. In a rich moss green velvet, this accent chair will add an instant luxe feel and a pop of colour. Tan leather is another fantastic option, and will add a tactile feel to your room. Try the Margot Armchair in super soft leather. The simple shape and structured metal frame will add a cool and contemporary edge.

Nesting Coffee Tables

The nesting table has been around for a long time, and generally can be connected with more traditional and somewhat outdated style. The nest table is seeing a revival in 2019, updated to suit contemporary homes to create a versatile and stylish space.

While rectangular coffee tables still work brilliantly for large expansive living rooms, the round nest coffee table is ideal for narrow spaces to improve the flow of the room. Without any harsh edges and with the ability to arrange multiple tables to suit the space, the round nesting table works that little bit harder than more traditional coffee table styles.

In addition, having multiple coffee tables increases how versatile your living space is, as you’re able to move the smaller tables to suit your needs. For example, two or three coffee tables styled together works brilliantly for large sofas but can be separated and used as side tables when guests come to stay.

If you’re looking for something with a little depth and edge, try the Madisson Coffee Table pair by Naustro Italia. In deep wood with a rich tone and marble, these styles are perfect for the gentlemans club style living space. If you have space to layer more tables and prefer a simple style, the Wave Coffee Table trio by Silvano Luxury is ideal.

The Display Unit

Adding personality to your living space can be done through paint colours, furniture choices, materials and soft furnishings, but without the addition of accessories, the look can feel unfinished. Accessories don’t have to be overly decorative and can include vases, plants, candles, books and tabletop lamps. The difficulty can be finding a space to display these accessories.

In 2019, it’s all about multifunctional display units, that provide a mix of open shelving to place accessories, and concealed storage to hide away anything that doesn’t suit your scheme or could be considered as clutter.

modern-living-room-designsMake the most of the space that you have and introduce a stylish storage unit this year. Perfect for adding those all important finishing touches as well as providing additional storage, a display unit can completely transform your living space and make your scheme feel cohesive and pulled together.

For a simple and contemporary unit that combines open shelving and concealed storage, try the Tetris Wall Unit by Novamobili. Available in three finishes, this sleek unit makes great use of the space available and will become a striking feature in your living room.

For additional support in transforming your living space in 2019, check out our interior design service. Our experienced designers can help you solve any design problems, and make your space work harder for you, both aesthetically and practically.

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