Designing a Lounge Room That Works For You

Designing a Lounge

So you've moved into your new home and are anxious to get to grips with creating your perfect living space. Where do you begin? Apart from the kitchen, the lounge is where you’ll probably spend the most time, so it needs to be right for you.

Lounge Room Purpose

It’s all very well leafing through a magazine and finding a decór style that you love, but is it going to be practical? Write down everything that your lounge will be used for: entertaining, watching TV, playing with the kids, working, napping, keep fit, etc. You might have your heart set on rococo style but if little ones or large dogs are part of your household, you may want to reconsider.

Wall Colors

Popular choices are white and pale pastels with a matt finish, as they are light and give a spacious feel, but I know from experience how much maintenance is required if you own a mud-loving English Springer Spaniel. Dogs, small children and real fires don’t generally bode well for white walls but if you do opt for pale, then at least go for a highly washable emulsion, such as Little Greene’s. You could also paint the chimney breast a darker color, making it an accent feature.


lounge room furniture

You've sorted the walls and know your overall style. Now comes the real challenge: choosing the ideal furniture. The sofa is by far the most important piece and trying to find one ‘off the shelf’ can make you lose the will to live. You find the right shape but not size. You see some gorgeous fabric but hate the sofa style. To ensure you get exactly the right size and style, in the fabric you want, the best course of action is to go bespoke. This way you get the ideal sofa that’s both fit for purpose and matches your decór. You can see a wonderful selection of bespoke sofa designs and fabrics at Shackleton’s. It’s not as expensive as you might think and it’s made to suit you.

Floor Covering

The choices here are carpeting, ceramic tiles, stone, solid wood or laminate. In recent years, the solid wood and laminate flooring market has boomed. It looks good, is warmer than ceramic tiles and stone, and it doesn't harbor dust mites, making it better for allergy sufferers. That being said, it does scratch and will need maintenance in the form of sanding and re-oiling, if it gets heavy use. Porcelain tiles don’t tend to scratch easily but the grouting can stain, making it look dirty, plus they can be cold. If you like the thought of under floor heating, laminate or tiles are your best choices.


Any lounge design concept should consider functionality as well as style, so it’s important to take some time and think about how to make it truly right for you.