Traditional living room ideas – highlighting a bay window

If you have a bay window in your living room it is a great idea to make the focal point in the room, more especially if you have a south facing bay as the sun will stream through providing you with some fabulous lighting effects. To highlight your bay window you'll need to choose your window dressing carefully. No longer are bay window the bane of people's lives to try and dress without going down the made to measure route.

Today there's plenty of curtains for bay windows in a wide range of designs and colours to suit your living room colour scheme and décor. Making the most of natural light should always be high on your agenda, complimenting it with warm yellows and soft creams will make your living room look and feel warm even on the coldest of days. Muted reds and oranges will also give you similar warmth as they soak up the light rays.

Yellow is a colour you either love or hate and to use it successfully you'll need to chose the right shade or tone. Too vibrant and you may find the intensity of the colour gives you a headache, so muted shades within the mid-tonal ranges are perfect. As yellow is a demanding colour opt for your complimentary colour in soft creams or beige, as these have yellow undertones the colours will marry well together. As we know all too well a successful interior design uses more than just colour, you'll need to add further interest to the room from your choice of furniture to where it's positioned, a variety of textures and just the right amount of soft furnishings to make the room look homely without it being too cramped.

Floral patterns are always a good inclusion in a traditionally styled living room. Having matching floral blinds and curtains can work well if you have plain walls and flooring. The same fabric can be used to trim cushions but be vary of overkill as too much of any one pattern can lead to disaster. Groups of cushions on a sofa can work really well and these are a good place to include a variety of textures. Soft velvets can sit next to silky smooth satins and silks to create visual and tactile experiences. Choose a few accessories to bring the room together, for example if your furniture has wooden legs then wooden bowls would be ideal as there is a correlation between the two.

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