Have you ever wondered why you just can’t seem to create that effortlessly cool and relaxed look that you see in the coffee table books and ultra-chic magazines. You know, the breezy and beautiful room settings that just make you wish you could flop down and snooze all afternoon. Squishy and oversized pale cotton sofas, gorgeous macrame wall hangings, soft deep-pile rugs and sheepskin throws casually flung over a wicker lounge chair… all too beautiful for words, and not at all practical for real life.
Clever tricks and a brave leap of faith can have you living in achievable and usable relaxation in no time. Just in time for summer living at its best here’s our easy-as-pie guide to getting lazy in the most perfect way…
Get the basics in place
A fresh lick of paint is key. Yes, it’s a big ask but you have to do these things right. I’m a firm believer that the chic and relaxed look can work with any base colour… choose something that makes you feel relaxed and happy.
If we’re going to do this then I can’t bypass the floor… again, a bit of an investment but well worth it. Choose something plain – whether you go big with a gorgeously natural wood; simply clean up your current floor boards; or choose a carpet… as long as it isn’t patterned, it’ll work.
Bring in the furniture
Ideally, you’d choose a slouchy sofa that you can’t help but sink in to. If space is limited though then a slimline 2-seater or love seat is the answer. Add extra seating with a statement chair and a wooden bench. Floor cushions are brilliant for versatility. Table surfaces are key within any living space, and raw wooden details are the perfect accompaniment to this indulgently lazy look. To ensure a calming and coordinated feel stick to muted, white and natural hues.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. With this style you really can’t go too over the top. Yes, pared back is beautiful and calming, but if you like curated clutter then don’t be afraid to bring in more, but there is one rule… keep it pale! Blush, white, taupe and sage tones are the best.
Lighting. As with any good interior scheme it’s essential to dot various layers of lighting throughout the room. Overhead lights need to be bright and functional, but also add table and floor lamps throughout for added depth and mood.
Shop the edit…
- Breeze Bamboo Hanging Lamp £178
- Priyah Large Natural Jute Rug £405
- Furi Thick Cream Faux Fur Throw £110
- Potomac Round Leather Pouffe in Antique Brown £410
- Laveta Set of 6 Woven Lanterns £57
- Danyelle Rattan Day Bed £1,410
- Eris Hooped Garden Side Table £270
- Bluesette Cotton Hammock Chair in Natural £155
- Borbala Bamboo Table Lamp £75
- Bentina Hand Braided Rattan Bench £315
- Pranaya Large Linen Bedspread £220