What would your dream living room look like? Do you enjoy the simplicity of pared back Scandi style? The cosiness of the Danish Hygge? Or perhaps you prefer an eclectic mix of colour, texture and pattern? Whatever your preference, the design and style of your living room form an important core to any home.
- 0.1 Elena Cid, Interior Blogger
- 0.2 Mette Jakobsen, Interior Blogger
- 0.3 Natalia Alexandrou, Interior Blogger
- 0.4 Anouska Tamony, Interior Designer
- 0.5 Rachel Newcombe, Interior Blogger
- 0.6 Anna Ward, Interior Designer
- 0.7 Heather Craig, Interior Designer
- 0.8 Shireen Dhaliwal, Echo & Mirth
- 0.9 Emilee Schumer, NousDecor
- 0.10 Janice Issitt, Interior Blogger
- 0.11 Anna Lysik, Interior Blogger
- 0.12 Johan Hazenbroek, Interior Blogger
- 0.13 Molly and the Princess
- 0.14 Louise Parker, Studio Gabrielle
- 1 Colourful Living Rooms
- 1.1 Suna Interior Design
- 1.2 Gabriel Holland Interior Design
- 1.3 Anna Kovalchenko – L’Essenziale
- 1.4 Lesli Devito, My Country House
- 1.5 Sophie Tatton, Interior Blogger
- 1.6 Anna Palmer, Interior Designer
- 1.7 Emily May Interiors
- 1.8 Dominic Coleman, Interior Designer
- 1.9 Veronica Lucey, Interior Designer
- 1.10 Laura Dragoi, Interior Designer
- 1.11 Jo Batterham, Interior Designer
- 1.12 Mathilde, MK Design
- 1.13 Ivan, Art Buro
- 2 Mid-Century Living Rooms
I love colour so it’s no surprise that this would be my perfect living room. Natural light flooding in, combined with exposed bricks makes it the perfect blank canvas to decorate around. The blue and yellow accessories really dress the living room and give it a very feminine look, it’s luxurious yet comfortable and has a homely feel. I love the mixture of textures, the rug, the canvas on the wall and the different type of woods – they all add to the contemporary feel of the room.
Bring nature inside. Add a touch of Japanese style to your interior design – it’s all about simplicity and is marked by a refreshing note and deployment of outdoor elements inside. Prized for its clean lines and attention to detail, be inspired to give your room character with plants. Create a modern greenery in the living room, it keeps the space feeling light and fresh. The oversized windows capture the outdoor view and are a particularly powerful statement in a smaller space. Coordinate your living room with clean-lined wood furniture and sleek plants.
Using self-adhesive wall murals is a great way to get instant impact in your living room. These wall murals can be repositioned and don’t leave any residue when removed – perfect for a rented property. Using elements and colours from your chosen murals in your soft furnishings and accessories will tie the scheme in together. Perfect for people looking for an affordable, stylish and tasteful wall decor, and easy to change when you want a new look for your living room.
This sitting room in my old apartment encapsulates what a well-designed home is about to me. It’s a warm, personal space filled with furniture, art and objects that tell a story of the owners’ interests, passions and personalities. In this picture a Moorish mirror reflects a 1950s West German bowl light, it sounds like an unusual contrast but it somehow works. It is embracing idiosyncrasy and finding those interesting touches that make a room unique that is part of the joy of decorating.
I believe a living room should be comfortable as well as functional, and this room design fits the bill perfectly. I love the geometric wallpaper, the natural wooden floor and the colour scheme. The warm copper tones, mixed with the burnt oranges and teal rug are very on-trend for autumn this year and they evoke a feeling of warmth into the room. The log burner is a great addition to create a truly cosy element on a cold day.
Personally, I want to feel cocooned and snug in a living room, which is exactly how mine makes me feel. The scheme brings together all my favourite things – the walls are a deep version of my favourite colour, there’s tons of texture, colour and a hint of luxe and sparkle with the gold accessories. It’s a great space for the family and as it’s not all focused on the TV, a brilliant space for having friends over to too. In winter its super cosy with the wood burner on, and in summer the tall doors are almost permanently open to link to the garden. It’s somewhere I can’t wait to get home to – which to me is an absolute must.
I adore this dark and theatrical living room I created for my rather cool clients, who wanted a child-free space to chill in after dark. I gave them a room saturated in deep hues, but also well balanced with vivid colour splashes. The sheer drama created by the deep moody slate grey colour along with the bold and boisterous wallpaper pattern totally creates the perfect chill out room for the stressed parents’ escape! The darkness gave a perfect stage for the plush yellow velvet chesterfield sofa bringing big contrast and upping the glamour.
The windows were dressed in the most stylish pooling curtains with that natural crunch and fullness only taffeta fabric can give, just like a swirling ball gown!
I’m a maximalist at heart, so this eclectic, bohemian living room is my ideal place to retreat to. To inject some bohemian elements into your living room decor, layer it with plenty of books, curiosities from your travels and things that just make you happy – the perfect decorative accessories! Temper the liveliness with a few bigger, bolder pieces for some calmer elements in the room, like the sofa and neutral walls. To bring it all to life, nature knows best – this doesn’t always mean pot plants but can be anything from a massive hunk of tree as a coffee table to a bamboo hanging chair!
The best spaces combine different looks to create a style that’s all its own. Take this gorgeous, bohemian chic living room, for example. We love the space for the way it balances clean, white furniture and walls with vibrant pops of colour. The sofa is simple and modern (not to mention comfortable, which is essential!). But the juxtaposition with that incredible Moroccan-inspired coffee table and bright, stripy rug, gives the space personality and style. Add tons of natural light from the many windows, and you’ve got my dream living room.
It would be strange for me to choose any living room other than my own as my dream space. I continually tweak and change my own living room decor, and the end wall with the over mantle mirror has become my trademark look – it is my most pinned photo. Recently my latest crush has been white painted floorboards, so I painted my own to give a whole new look to the ground floor of my cottage. This room houses my collections of textiles, travels and art. It is very personal to me but that is why it is my dream space. The left-hand sofa was reupholstered by myself after buying it at auction, the walls are my favourite colours and I find this look very stimulating, yet comfortable and cosy.
For me, the living room is more than just a comfy and relaxing space – it also needs to be a multifunctional space where a home-owner can really show their style. I think the most important aspect is a comfy sofa and extra seats for guests, but a large rug, accent cushions, and lighting can quickly brighten up the dullest of rooms. I love the clean, white background and the mix of textures with a yellow accent colour in this Scandinavian living room arrangement. The additional fireplace and wall art is the cherry on top!
What I most like about this huge living space is the combination of industrial and Scandinavian style. There are so many contrasts throughout this living room decor which create a very interesting and inspiring picture. Raw and soft go hand in hand with dark colours and light accents. Not to mention the playful touches like the climb rope, the iconic rocking chair and mix-matched cushions on the couch – and to finish it all, a movable palette with greens. This living room is a striking example of masculinity meeting femininity to create a warm and clean living room.
With a stunning log burner and curved dormer window providing the wow factor, this living room has been sparely and sympathetically furnished to let these speak. The black of the stove is balanced on the other side of the room by the low hanging black lamp and the Hoof side table. A rug and sofa, in neutral shades, and minimal but striking artwork, are combined with a few personal objects to add interest, and a green pouffe and plants echo the greenery of the trees beyond the window. The whole look is one of effortless but cosy minimalism. Nothing more is added than needed to achieve the perfect balance of beauty and functionality – something I am still striving for in my own home.
This living space, created by SJB Interiors, is delicately curated through the use of exquisite furniture, accessories and lighting from the world’s top suppliers, accentuated by the abundance of natural light within the room and luxurious finishes. The key to a successful living space is comfort, texture and dynamism – created through contrast and focus on white space. An envy-inducing space which encourages relaxation and tranquillity, create this look with a few large square-shaped neutral cushions and a mix of hydrangeas and peonies scattered throughout the room, combined with a soft Scandi-inspired rug beneath your feet.
Colourful Living Rooms
This living room in Wandsworth by Suna Interior Design is the perfect combination of quirky and inviting. This space is all about the mood, with dark, rich tones and individually selected pieces that make a real statement. The collectable model of Battersea Powerstation and the artworks reference the locale: Wandsworth. The combination of textures such as the concrete coffee table, leather sofa and soft velvet punch-button chair create an edgy juxtaposition. While the palette of blue, tan leather, grey and black is striking and sophisticated with an urban, metropolitan feel.
I love this room as it is filled with light & has a peaceful timeless feel. From the natural timber floor to the plain white shutters at the window everything has been kept simple & is therefore easy on the eye making the whole space very relaxed. The shelves provide storage for books & other objects of interest & these are framed perfectly with the art on the wall above. The look has a clear respect for the architecture of the room & pink cushions add a pop of colour.. Perfect.
This living room in Moscow was designed by Anna Kovalchenko Interiors. This space is all about exotic travels so loved by the owners of this apartment. The combination of warm hues – orange, brown, yellow creates a very inviting and cozy atmosphere. Rich textures and exotic woods add sophistication and refinement to the space. The custom fireplace cupboard and corner sofa was designed and made to measure specifically for this project.
I have been in love with this living room since it first appeared in Domino Magazine in August 2008. It belongs to gallery owner and entrepreneur, Katie Ukrops, from Richmond, Virginia. I am always drawn to pastels but they can be so tricky to use effectively in a “grown-up” way. Katie nailed it! The pale pinks and soft aqua blues have been my springboard decorating go-to template to this day.
I’m a huge fan of seeing lots of colour and personality in the home, and this space certainly has that. The room uses wonderful bright, bold colours which have been added via accent accessories. You’ll notice the walls and furniture have been kept to muted tones so that in the future, the colour scheme can easily be replaced using different accent pieces. Lighting is one of the most important features in a living room as the space is used for a variety of tasks. This space has several different sources of lighting which will work to create a wonderful ambience on dark nights.
This is actually our second living room space. The first has a large built-in cupboard with open gas fire and shelving on either side with LED lights set inside, and a large corner sofa in front that my husband and I and our two kids cosy up on and watch movies. Our second lounge is what I like to call the ‘cocktail area’ (I like cocktails). The sofa is a little firmer and is more conducive to sitting and having a chat with a friend, drink in hand. It is set back a bit from the kitchen but I chose to have the pipework running down and boxed in to create a small recess, helping to separate it from the kitchen. By wallpapering and laying down a rug, the area is well defined and beckons you to sit down and relax. The arched light adds height and definition and the illuminated decanter ties in with the cocktail scheme. I chose the rounded coffee table to add a retro feel with a handy opening to keep our magazines in easy reach. It always feels like a very relaxing space.
We often find that our clients place their rugs in middle of the living room, and away from the furniture, which can make the space look disconnected and awkward. We always encourage our clients to buy a large rug and let the furniture legs sit on it. You can either place all the furniture legs on or just the front legs of the sofa and chairs. What’s great is that it not only looks really good, but it also solves the whole moving rug problem as the furniture helps keep the rug in place.
I love the simplicity of this elegant penthouse apartment in central London I worked on. It focuses on symmetry, a simple colour palette and texture. Long lateral spaces are a challenge to design, ensuring they avoid becoming corridors. This was avoided by a large CVO ribbon fireplace wrapped in colour-enhanced irregular cut marble as a sculptural element to break the room, separating the media room. Hidden curtains and automated louvres were used to allow light shading to the spaces.
This living room has been very well designed and the combinations are the perfect marriage. Subtly different greys create the all-important layering effect, with the natural textures of wood and greenery softening the look. The fabulous splash of gorgeous orange adds the detail that makes this room work so well. The key design tips here are to create a coffee table ‘display’ with different materials and play with their heights. Use large greenery to emphasise the ceiling heights and always add a swivel chair for fun – all together my perfect room.
This is one of my all-time favourite living rooms, designed by the acclaimed interior designer, Steven Payne, from Maison Architecture & Design. The careful space planning, together with the clever combination of different textures and materials is what makes the design of this living room successful. The white walls and neutral floor act as the perfect canvas for the furniture, emphasising it. The comfortable rattan sofa and linen upholstery are ideal for sunny locations, creating a relaxed holiday look. The yellow lacquer media cabinet acts as a focal point and adds a splash of cheerful colour to the interior. Last but not least, the French window frames are painted black to enhance their height and the classic black and white combination in the curtains create a very stylish contrast.
A balance of a neutral backdrop in layered shades provides the perfect scene for the vibrant pops of colour and texture in this family living space. I always believe that a home should feel welcoming and personal, by creating a neutral base such as this one, the design possibilities are endless. A deeper and warmer tone of paint used on just one wall, linking the dining and living space together creates unity, whilst wall lights add cosiness to the nook where the sofa is and ultimately zone this area of the room.
The living room is such an important part of your home. It is where you unwind, relax and rejuvenate. It is also the room where you reflect and invite people over for a drink and a great conversation. No matter what your style, it is the perfect opportunity to show your personality. Think about a warm, textured approach to Scandinavian simplicity. Consider comfortable modular pieces that can be moved around and adapted to your needs (the combo sofa ottoman is great to be used as a coffee table or to put your feet up). Create a focal point with a beautiful fireplace, which is always an easy statement that helps to compose the room. Think about multiple lighting sources to create a dimmable interesting environment.
In this living room, we used vertical curtains, to emphasise the height of a space. Incorporating reflecting materials like mirrored objects can also increase the space of the room. Don’t be afraid to play with colours – here we used a pink mirror on one side and a mint green steel shelf on the opposite wall. Using a mixture of materials in a living room can also work really well. Wood naturally brings a cosy feeling against materials like concrete which do the opposite. Multifunctional furniture allows you to utilise the space effectively. The coffee table we used here folds away, so when a little extra space is needed, it can be stored elsewhere. Finally, adding an eye-catching design object will bring a special feel to your overall aesthetic – here, the black pendant light became the main focus.
Mid-Century Living Rooms
I’m on a mid-century modern high right now so this image speaks to me in many ways. We just bought a mid-century masterpiece and with that comes a lot of responsibility and a huge renovating project. With that being said it’s no secret that I love mid-century and this living space portrays the perfect balance between modern and mid-century. The stark white walls paired with darker furniture and pops of colour in the accessories make this space flawless. And can we please talk about that stunning chandelier? It makes the room come to life!
I have a real eclectic taste; loving vintage mid-century homeware and furniture mixed with a few modern pieces and antiques. I love this 1970s influenced living room for this very reason as the home owners have mixed 1960/70s teak with African pieces, soft tactile furnishings and a light fitting with a slight industrial feel to it. I particularly like the teak stereogram doubling up as a sideboard, the bent ply Mallod coal scuttle, the dark steely grey hearth and the large West German lamp with oversized shade. They have created interest by putting three-dimensional things on the walls, such as antlers and created differing heights by standing pictures on surfaces. They have followed a rule that I believe in – surround yourself with objects that you love, it is your home after all!
Consider mixing pieces from different eras to create a truly unique space. This room brings together pieces from auctions and family pieces with design classics. Many people are intimidated by antique shops, but prices are currently very deflated and often on-par with Ikea. When considering the details of a room, I think in terms of planes and layering; try to make each view three-dimensional, even if it’s the display on your mantelpiece. If you use a colour or shape in one area, try to pick it up subtly elsewhere, to create a visual thread to draw your eye around and beyond the room.