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Five Living Room Ideas: Dream a little Dream with Me

I’ve mentioned in the past how I can spend many hours going through my stack of interior design books and magazines just dreaming about the perfect room.  Be it the dining room, living room, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms or any part of the house.  I find it really therapeutic to look at lovely photos of beautiful rooms and finding inspiration in each and every one of them.  Yes, this is also on my list of small joys that make me really happy.

Come and indulge and dream a little dream with me:

I like white.  Yes, I know some of you may find this boring, too clinical and lacking of warmth.  But I love it. I like the clean and sleek look of everything white.  Of course the reality is, especially when you have a small child, a dog and a cat, chances are your white walls will be streaked with paint, crayon stains, play doh, paw prints, and even the remnants of your child’s dinner.  If you’re a parent of a small child, you’ll know what I mean.

But since we’re in the land of make believe, where parents with young kids and pets can actually have lovely white walls and furniture without the harsh reality of dirt and stains, let us indulge more in that fantasy.

Scandinavian style living room by 4ma projekt

I love the open-space of this living room with the white floors, white coffee table and white dining table and also the lovely black and white prints on the wall.

Before having little T, we actually bought a white fabric couch from Ikea but one that you could change the covers.  And we also bought a light brown slipcover to interchange with the white ones.   I like to use the white covers in the summer when it’s easy to wash and dry in the sun.  It isn’t actually that difficult to have white furniture/soft furnishings even if you have children and pets.  You just have to be prepared for stains and the reality of having to keep washing them.

Bloominville Storage Unit : Scandinavian style living room by House Envy

I adore the way they used these inspiring typography frames as a feature wall.  I also liked the  dash of black and grey soft furnishings strewn here and there.

Für Leseratten : Scandinavian style living room by Elfa Deutschland GmbH

These book shelves are to die for. I’m in love with the way it frames the door and opens in to the dining room.  If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you will know that we have hundreds of books, but they are all packed now ready to be moved to the new house.

One of the reasons why I love white walls, floors and furniture is that you can go wild with colours on accessories, like a bright coloured couch, or pendant light.  You can splash colours all around you without worrying that your room will look too dark.  The white walls and floors will always make your room fresh and bright.

Sala Comum—zona de estar : Mediterranean style living room by maria inês home style

Or if white is just to blasé for your taste, perhaps adding a coloured featured wall like they did in the above photo will do for you.

Living Spaces : Scandinavian style living room by ERC

If you prefer more colour, this soothing shades of pastel might also be your thing.  I love the light pink feature wall and baby blue wall and couch too.

What about you?  Which of these ideas appeal to you? Or do you prefer brightly coloured painted walls or patterned wallpaper?  Do share.

*In collaboration with Homify, however, all words and opinions are by yours truly.