The living room is the hub of the home. A family room in the day, it’s all about playing, chilling and snoozing. By the evening (when they’ve finally gone to sleep) it’s back to being your space; a place to unwind, watch TV and grab a glass of wine. Here are our tips on creating a living room look that works any time of the day.

1. Keep it neutral

Create a comfortable co-living space by keeping the tones neutral. This doesn’t stop at the paintwork or soft furnishings. When choosing play gyms or bouncers (that often end up in this room), think natural too. We love the pale wood on the Little Dutch, as it’s minimal and stylish. Or the Olli Ella Reva Changing Basket is a great pick as a place for changing and playing. (It works best with a cloth insert, for comfort.)

Liewood wooden play gym

2. Accents & soft layers

Keeping things neutral means that you can play around when adding accessories. In addition to your usual couch cushions, we love adding playful touches like a bold lion-faced one. Also consider adding pattern, print or texture with a blanket from the likes of Avery Row, Mama Designs or Hippychick. Perfect for snuggling under to watch a film, or for using as a playmat. Choose neutral colours that work with your furniture, so when they’re done with them in the day, you don’t mind having them slung on the back on the sofa or chair.

3. You & them

Mamatoyz Mini Bike

When it comes to your living space, it’s ok choose things that work for both of you. Fun stuff they can play with like the Olli Ella Holdie House in pale wood, looks good in any colour scheme and will grow with them. Likewise, this wooden Mamatoyz Mini Bike with a felt face, is stylish and fun. And can even do double duty as a side table for your glass of wine once they're in bed!

Enjoyed this collection? If you want more inspo, we’ve curated each room in the house. Take a look at our tips for putting together a natural nursery, a cosy and inspiring reading nook or a creative play space. While our kitchen ideas are all about curating mess-free, stylish home hubs.

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