How to renovate a classic style living room

Renovating a classic style living room. Are you buying, or have you bought a new home in Gibraltar and it is already furnished, do you like the classic style of decorating but don’t want your living room to look dated, or do you want to make it look old-fashioned?

If the décor of your living room is classic and, although you feel comfortable among fireplaces, mouldings, and antique pieces, you do not want it to look outdated with the passage of time, these decorating ideas will help you update it, without losing everything you like about it. If you have doubts, remember that classic is not always synonymous with old-fashioned.

Promoting comfort

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And recovering its essence as a room for family life. Classic living rooms always look more formal and ‘delicate’, giving the feeling that they are less suitable for everyday life. Therefore, one way to update them and make them part of the home from Monday to Sunday is betting on comfort with sofas where you can take a nap, coffee tables where you can leave a cup or cell phone, and accessories such as a pouf or a rug that provide extra comfort and warmth.

Using natural materials

Very much in tune with the new decoration trends. In this sense, nothing better than a parquet (a classic of these rooms) in light woods that fits perfectly with the style of today’s homes, and natural textiles where cotton and linen, resistant and appetizing fabrics, coexist with the rich silk. In addition, it is important to introduce a ‘noble’ piece such as a dark wood coffee table, or a bronze object that reminds us of the stately character of these rooms. It is also a good time to replace heavier fabrics with light ones, although this does not mean you have to give up the pleasure of velvet.

Playing with the mix

Mixing styles not only allows you to update the classic décor of your living room but also provides personality and exudes charm. The idea is to make both twentieth-century pieces and antique furniture coexist as if they had been created to be together. You can also incorporate objects or elements from other decorative trends, except for the industrial, which is difficult to integrate without destroying harmony, that gives a twist to the ‘deco’ and favour closeness. However, for it to work, it is important that the space does not look full, but clear and airy. A good idea is to play with the surprise effect and ‘sneak in’ a striking and ground-breaking work of art.

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Enhancing your great classics

The lighting of a classic living room can not leave out the chandeliers, as they not only emphasize the light but at the same time, provide that stately touch that should never be missing. In addition to a suspension model, you must also have table top designs and at least one-floor lamp, which help to create an atmosphere full of charm. Porcelain or Murano are two good options.

Renovating the sofa

If we want our classic living room to be the centre of the house, we must start with the sofa. We need a comfortable and modern design, in which you can from taking a nap to watching TV. Its style keys? Comfortable and neutral. The large mirror with the golden frame is one of the elements that will help you create that refined atmosphere and give a more informal and contemporary touch.

Replacing the traditional coffee table

In classic living rooms, large tables made of dark woods, such as walnut (a ‘must’ of this season), occupy a preferential place. But we can also break this tradition with designs either in light woods inspired by Nordic environments or in modern and urban homes, or by choosing attractive models, which give the note and modernize at the same time.

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Recovering the beauty of mouldings

It is common for classic-style living rooms to have structural elements of great beauty, such as mouldings, fireplaces, or columns, which are worth not only preserving but, above all, highlighting.

Allying yourself with Regency core

You may wonder how is it possible to update while betting on an even more classic trend. The answer is simple: the ‘regency’ style is the latest decorating trend and there is nothing more modern than a living room that bets on the neoclassical and its style furniture. Ally yourself with white, floral prints, golden touches, marble, and decorative objects such as vases and sculptures.

Respecting its distribution

The distribution of classic living rooms makes symmetry one of its best decorative assets. For this reason, do not hesitate to maintain it and seek balance by placing the sofas around the fireplace and the coffee table next to it. The idea is to unburden the space to create a clean ‘box’ and from there, place the different elements creating perfect and comfortable scenes for everyday life. Complete with some surprising pieces and good light.

Saying yes to light walls

Dark tones imprint sophistication and elegance with a single brushstroke, but they can also be a bit old-fashioned, especially if they go in a classic room, with heavy vintage furniture. Therefore, the best option is to forget the intense blues and greens and play with white and light, and neutral colours that will help you create spacious, bright, and calm atmospheres. You can paint ceilings and walls with the same colour or mix different shades.

Opportunity to renovate this classic style living room in Gardiner’s View

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The entrance level comprises a large living/dining room leading directly onto a terrace offering far-reaching views of the Bay and out to the coast of Africa. An open plan kitchen additionally a tv/lounge area leading to a separate terrace offering the same views as the living room, and a guest toilet.

The lower level comprises of 1 master bedroom with en-suite with a private terrace and 2 large sized bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The property offers plenty of storage throughout.

The accommodation is a mixture of modern and traditional styles and has immense potential.

Ideal for a large family.

The property includes allocated parking.

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