Living with your lounge

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There’s a reason lounges are known as the ‘living room’, because they’re exactly that.

A lounge can really make a house a home - it’s a place to relax with loved ones, snuggle on the sofa after a long day’s work, or chat with friends, so it’s no wonder that it’s often the room people prioritise when it comes to decorating.

“When picking a style for your lounge, quite often the answer lies in what fits best with what you have got already,” says Roger Mears, who set up Roger Mears Architects in 1980 (www.mears.co.uk).

“If the building is in a period style, for example, a classic approach could be best.

If it’s a country house, a traditional feel would sit naturally, rather than imposing these onto a new-build where these might look fake. It’s always good to go with the flow, and express a style with honesty.”

There are occasions when rules can be bent, though.

“Even in the most traditional of settings, there can be a feature that’s so outstanding (old floorboards, a period staircase, decorative ceilings) that a monochrome, contemporary minimalist look could really highlight.”

So treat the above only as a guide. As Roger says: “The final choice should be what resonates with your personality and lifestyle as well as your house, rather than a passing trend.”