Natural tones. The fireplace mantel in this living room invites you to sit down and read awhile by the fire. The timber shelving unit ties in with shelving used elsewhere in the room – a nifty trick to prevent fireside storage that looks like it doesn't belong.
Natural fibers. Jute, coir, sisal and sea grass are casual and beachy, and go with anything – especially stripes. Try partnering your striped sofa with a jute or sisal rug, water hyacinth armchairs and a rope‐framed mirror for a fresh, nautical look.
Leather club armchair. Fancy the private members' club look? Then opt for a classic, deep‐seated leather armchair like this one; the more battered, the better. Buy secondhand for extra lived‐in character, or source a vintage‐look piece about town (feather‐filled cushions offer an added slouch factor). Prettify it with a floral cushion, then sit back and relax with a cuppa (or glass of port).