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Q&A: Gommgomma

If there’s one room that should receive a lot of attention, it’s the living room. HL chatted to Gommgomma’s Reuben Grimsell and got his take on how to make the most of this space. What are the must-have items for every living room? The first point of reference is to write a list of key items you need to have in your lounge in order for it to function properly, i.e. seating, a cabinet, television, coffee table, a lamp and so on. Once you’ve figured out the best way to incorporate existing items, consider any new items you may need. The quickest and easiest way to rejuvenate a living room is to replace any larger items that are looking dated. For example, adding a new lounge suite to the space will give the room an immediate makeover. Which other items could quickly transform a space? It could include built-in cabinetry and shelving for a growing collection of books and DVDs, or an armchair or corner unit in the nook by the window for reading in the afternoon sun. Perhaps all your living room needs is a new coat of paint on the walls, a set of new curtains and some trendy scatters. More often than not, living rooms need to play double duty, so it is important that the pieces of furniture you choose can multi-task. What are the most important things to remember decorating a living room? It is imperative that you consider your living room space before you decorate it. For example, you may need to incorporate several elements such as a lounge and dining area into your living room. The structure of the room often dictates how the furniture is positioned in it, but the shape and size can be difficult to determine behind existing clutter. Make sure you measure your space, drawing up a floor plan to scale. This way you will be able to see what furniture can fit where, allowing for the best layout for easy traffic flow. What about the overall balance of the room? Too many big pieces on one side of the room will make it feel cramped and having a lot of things on the ground rather than storing them in vertical storage space will make the space feel bottom-heavy. Use rugs to define separate spaces within your living room. Make sure the sofa is positioned in such a way that it’s easy to walk around. Use a pair of armchairs side by side to create balance. If you are working with a small space, opt for a set of small nested tables rather than one large coffee table in the middle of the room. Also, vertical storage solutions are great space-savers. For more inspiration, visit Interviewed by Katharyn Williams-Jaftha Images courtesy of Gommagomma