Living rooms are the perfect space to relax and unwind after a long day. Colours such as grey, beige and white help to create a calm environment.

To create a living room that is full of light space, use the palest colour on the largest surface area, such as the walls, and darker tones on the furniture.

To create the illusion that your ceiling is higher than it is, use the same colour on the woodwork and walls, as this will make the walls appear taller.

The use of darker colours on the sofa and armchair when paired with a beige rug makes the walls appear lighter in contrast.

Pale wooden floors, mirror and glass topped coffee tables are frequently used in Scandinavian interiors to reflect light, and this increases the airy feel.

To create a contemporary Scandinavian aesthetic, introduce accent colours in the sofa cushions, such as mustard and blue. This is also an easy way to update your interior, as cushion covers can changed when different patterns becomes fashionable.

Include furniture that has a mixture of wood, chrome, glass and brass. The dark stone grey in an armchair can contrast well with pale wood and chrome, while a grey and white throw can add patten and texture to create a modern Scandinavian interior.