North-Facing Living Room Makeover

Before: The living room had been neglected for some years. Its pale pink and white colour scheme did nothing to make it feel warm and welcoming, while the nets at the window just blocked out more light.

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After: This living room needed to fulfil lots of jobs – it’s a family living space but also a playroom, dining and homework space. Add to that the lack of good natural daylight, and you’ve a tricky job to get it right.

Go For A White Scheme To Stretch Space

Keeping the scheme mostly white, with a splash of orange to add warmth and touches of soothing green as a contrast, helped make the room feel inviting, but also help to make it feel light and bright. The transparent Ghost chair helps contribute to the feeling of space by almost literally disappearing… For more ideas for making a small space seem bigger or for white living room inspiration, see our galleries.

Use Mirrors Cleverly

A large mirror above the fireplace reflects light back into the room, a must for a north-facing room, and it also helps the room to feel larger. For tips on how and where to hang mirrors, go to our design gallery.

Choose Space-Saving Window Dressings

In a small room that gets little natural daylight, it's important to keep window dressings minimal. That means bulky curtains are out. However, there are other choices that will work well aesthetically while providing privacy. One is shutters, another is window film. Here, Venetian blinds filter in light, and look sleek and contemporary.

Choose Versatile Furniture

A narrow console table that folds out to create a bigger dining table is the perfect versatile choice. Look for similar space-saving furniture, such as footstools with hidden storage or chairs that stack. For living room storage ideas and buys, see our gallery.

More Living Room Design & Planning Help
- More Living Room Design Ideas
- Real Life Living Room Makeovers
- Living Room Planning Advice
- How To Decorate

Pictures: David Giles

Styling: Andrea Dean

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