Create two distinct areas with a clever layout, but link the two by choosing furniture in matching woods and using the same colour scheme throughout the space.
A corner sofa, with a low arm, acts as a divider between the living and dining areas without blocking the view.
Tie the two areas together by using the same fabrics to make napkins and runners for the table, and cushions for the sofa and chairs.
Hanging a low-level pendant light over the table helps to define the dining area of the room.
Living Room and Hallway
A living room that’s also a hallway, can be stylish and welcoming. Come in, hang your coat on the understairs rack, and snuggle down in the seating area, which is painted a warm ochre to make it the focus of the space.
Use a curtain, made from a pretty floral fabric, to conceal the front door. It will keep out draughts, and add colour to the scheme, too.
Cream-painted stairway area
Painting the understairs, banister and stairwell the same creamy white, separates them visually from the ochre seating area
Family Living room
Think practical and stylish: hard-wearing flooring, washable and wipe-down upholstery and loads of storage, combined with bold blue walls, pretty fabrics and a luxurious rug.
Run shelves right across the chimney breast and alcoves – the narrow middle section is ideal for pictures.
A compact design, made from glass and chrome, slots around the sofa arm – perfect for your laptop, games console or TV dinner.