Vintage sofas bring an elegant feel in this Victorian home. Promote a sense of intimacy in an open-plan or big room by arranging seating around a coffee table with a rug beneath. The aim is to create a cosy zone within the space.
Give beige a break. Dramatic hues can drench a large living room, like this inky wallpaper. The deep blue provides a surprisingly neutral backdrop.
In a beachy living room, designer Colleen Bashaw mixed natural textures with pops of color for an eclectic and relaxed ambience.
Turn your living room into a masterpiece with painterly patterned fabrics, arty effects and a palette of soft colours. Choose fine cottons, linens and silks printed in washes of colour as a starting point for your scheme. Team highly decorative pieces with streamlined furniture for a perfect balance of form and function.
Your style may be posh, your furniture can still be cozy. Plush sofas and armchairs rule the roost in Ellen Pompeo’s L.A. home. “It’s fancy in a cool way, not in an ‘I can’t sit there’ way,” she says.
In a California living room, Chloe Warner conjures a fresh take on classic red, white and blue. A Stark indoor-outdoor rug is topped by a custom Merida rug that was designed by Warner and inspired by inkblots. “I painted a watercolor, played with it in Photoshop and sent it off,” she says.
In the serenely neutral living room designed by Ray Booth and Elizabeth Kennedy, a custom McAlpine cocktail table joins a sofa and club chairs by Joseph Company and a tall armchair from Lee Industries. The curtains are in a Rogers & Goffigon fabric, and the cowhide rug is by Edelman Leather.
Save square footage without sacrificing seating by using dining chairs in the living room. A rattan-and-cane perch takes up less real estate than a traditional recliner.
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A Dallas home feels bohemian and well-traveled thanks to wood floors and gray walls. The neutral base helps a bold kilim-covered sofa and mix-and-match throw pillows shine.
Blogger Justina Blakeney’s living room is anchored by a tall euphorbia plant, which is similar to a cactus but needs less sunlight. The Fable rug is from Blakeney’s collection for Loloi, the curtains are from Ikea and the rods are from Lowe’s.
*Oliver Bonas do a great selection of gold accessories, all with a chic twist.
*Achieve a similar look with these beautiful handmade Moroccan leather pouffes by Bohemia (£98, Notonthehighstreet.com).
The key to subtle color lays at your feet. A patterned carpet plays up the neutral furniture in a New Jersey home, while a similarly-hued pillow adds another punch to the armchair.
Moody greys and burnt orange tones create a welcoming, modern scheme. Offset a dark wall colour with sumptuous textures such as a wool upholstered sofa and a stylish chair in burnished leather.
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“The mandate was to get the biggest, most comfortable and indestructible sofa that would fit in the space,” says designer Frances Merrill of a California living room. The perfect solution was a Fulham leather sectional, paired with a Martens round coffee table, both by Restoration Hardware.
Sleek leather sofas and chrome details give the living room in this Edwardian home a contemporary Bauhaus feel. The floor, although dark, has a reflective surface that actually helps to bounce light around the space.
For a New England grande dame, Nina Farmer took her cues from original features, like the brick mantel and wood trim. A pair of Duane Modern chairs is covered in a Rogers & Goffigon fabric. The brass-and-alabaster pendant is by Urban Archaeology. Two Vaughan lamps flank a custom sofa upholstered in a Rose Tarlow Melrose House fabric.
A neutral colour palette and an emphasis on adding texture and light have turned this Grade II listed former schoolhouse’s living room into a family home.
Walls in the a coastal cottage are sheathed in Phillip Jeffries’s Basket Case, which designer Frank Roop says has “a brawny texture that holds its own against the chunky beadboard.” A custom sofa covered in Manuel Canovas’s Brasilia invites guests to unwind and prop up their feet on the vintage root table.
Incorporate antique and vintage furniture into a modern home, as seen in this Edinburgh flat, by including different pieces from a similar period.
Achieve the drama of a major art piece inexpensively by displaying a tight grid of small frames.
This Toronto home achieves balanced decor without being too matchy-matchy. The furniture and accent pieces are diverse, but the symmetrical design grounds the look.
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The living room in this 1950s house is a glorious example of how to indulge your love of a particular interior style or period without the scheme becoming clichéd or too kitsch. Simply include a few modern pieces for contrast.
A corner sofa, such as this leather Freya from DFS, can help to give shape to a featureless room. A console table arranged with tall vases is a clever idea that gives the scheme height.
This living room was originally a landing but an L-shaped sofa and clever planning has transformed the unused space into a comfy relaxation zone.
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Exposed brick and a thrifted coffee table work together to create a country vibe in this rustic room. Consider your living space as a place for your collections, too, like this homeowner’s vintage fans.
Designer Celerie Kemble treats rugs as works of art and chooses them at the end as a finishing touch, as she did with a Manhattan living room’s antique Tabriz. The pair of Serpentine sofas, by Kemble for Henredon, is covered in Duke mohair velvet by Pierre Frey. A vintage rope mirror from John Rosselli Antiques bounces light into the room. The curtains are in Scalamandré’s Savanna silk blend, and the plaster walls were custom tinted to resemble the inside of a seashell.
For her tiny Manhattan studio, Sara Bengur designed the linen-upholstered sofa to be 42 inches deep, so it can double as a bed for an overnight guest. The 19th-century Indian inlaid trunk serves as a coffee table as well as a hiding spot for photos and journals.
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*Amara sells a great selection of cushions, including this Valbonella Cushion in Alchemilla by Designers Guild (£95).
Choose eyecatching furniture and accessories to create impact in a big, airy room with high ceilings – as seen in this Regency townhouse renovation that’s a perfect mix of old and new.
Soft grey tones and crisp white details bounce light around this contemporary living room. Pale wooden furniture also helps to keep the room looking bright and airy.
Inject personality into your living space with energetic hues and quirky secondhand finds, like this colorful apartment’s coral sofa and gilded accent pieces.
Blue and white is a classic colour combination that’s perfect for a nautical scheme. Whale motif wallpaper adds a quirky twist to this timeless look.
*This geometric rug by Traum (from £45, Amazon) would suit a contemporary home perfectly.
The key to this colourful look is to layer intricate pattern on pattern while keeping the backdrop understated. Spots, stripes, ikat prints and colour block all work together beautifully when united by a harmonious palette.
Bailey McCarthy injected playfulness into her Texas home with curtains in a GP & J Baker fabric, a custom sofa in a Scalamandré stripe, 1950s Italian glass lamps from Jan Showers and vintage elephant garden stools turned accent tables.
Change up tired decor with this quick DIY. Add old wood planks to a coffee table as a bonus shelf. And skip painting — the weathered finish has more character.
*The Hudson Living Capri Leather Chair (£379 from John Lewis) is ideal for a lounge.
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A great room designed by Matthew Quinn has a Napoleon gas fireplace with a mantel in polished Calacatta Nuvo Caesarstone. The seating area fits a crowd comfortably with a pair of eight-foot-long Macalester sofas and two cowhide-covered Lind ottomans, along with a cocktail table, console and tripod lamp, all from Room & Board. Transparent side tables from Ballard Designs create an uncluttered look.
*This gorgeous Wild Flower Blush Wallpaper from Graham & Brown would make a great feature wall.
The custom sofa in an 1850s home, designed by Suysel dePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster, is covered in a Schumacher velvet and the Ballard Designs ottoman in a Rogers & Goffigon tartan. The trim is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Great Barrington Green.
Yep, white furniture can work in a house with kids. Just choose durable fabrics (a leather couch) and surfaces (the plastic rocker, the lacquer table) that wipe clean easily.
HGTV host Emily Henderson uses a “hero color” throughout every room to pull it all together. In her Los Angeles home, blue with gray and olive accents creates a casual, layered look.
The quickest way to let light in starts at the source. Replace heavy fabric curtains with gauzy ones, making sure the panels go all the way to the floor. To accentuate a tall ceiling, mount the drapes about a foot above windows and doors.
*The Anself Shabby Chic Console Table, £79.99 from Amazon, features three cabinet drawers for extra storage.
Amanda Lindroth commissioned British artist Aldous Bertram to transform her nondescript pied-à-terre. The trompe l’oeil paintings, such as the scrolls that frame the original Addison Mizner windows, help break up the large expanses of wall.
In a New York home, the living room’s banquettes flank a mantel with a combed faux finish by Dean Barger. “We don’t do animal prints often,” designer Anne Maxwell Foster says of the pillows. “But Scalamandré’s Tigre velvet is so luxe and warm, it worked here.” The 1876 chair is by George Jacob Hunzinger. A Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert rug was cut and trimmed to fit around the hearth.
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This Florida getaway embraces blue throughout, with a club chair’s Bennison fabric and ottman’s Vaughan print continuing the theme in the living room. The antique tiles covering the fireplace surround add a final punch.
Don’t forget to punctuate color with natural texture. Sarah Richardson used wicker baskets, a wood-frame mirror and an antique pine dresser to warm up this rustic cabin.
While it’s contemporary and designed for modern living, this derelict barn transformed into a stunning family home also makes a virtue of retaining original details, such as this exposed stone wall.
*Marks & Spencer’s Loft range is perfect if you’re looking for contemporary, streamlined furniture for compact spaces.
A sofa with a low back looks contemporary and won’t interrupt a great view, as can be seen in this modern farmhouse in Scottish highlands.
In the living area of a New Orleans loft, the 19th-century screen with a painted scene of Venice defines the color scheme. Designer Lynne Uhalt looked for furnishings that would reflect light, including a pair of French mirrors and iron coffee tables with antiqued mirrored tops. A Louis XVI bergère, seen at right, is accessorized with a B. Viz Design pillow. At left, an antique French chair is covered in a Zoffany fabric. The rug is an antique Oushak.
This Connecticut farmhouse nails country style. Underused neutrals rust and charcoal echo throughout with woodsy elements like oak, cedar, stone and leather.
*Never be afraid to bring some colour into your interiors. This Scandi Teardrop Rug (from £315, John Lewis), is a great way to stamp your personality on a neutral interior.
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The living room in this 1940s house is a celebration of luxurious finishes. The velvet sofas and plush carpet are complemented by silky cushions for a wonderful feelgood factor.
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Select a neutral paint colour with a warm tone as a backdrop for soft furnishings in rich russet shades. Team with classic patterns and choose rustic wooden furniture with simple industrial lines to complement the look.
In a rustic great room, built to resemble a converted barn, a pair of bobbin chairs is covered in a Ralph Lauren Home stripe.
The antique wooden beams are a welcome contrast to the modern furniture in an airy farmhouse.
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Measuring just 250 square feet, a tiny guesthouse copies a staple of Scandinavian style. Bright white shiplap creates the illusion of added space.
*Decorate your space with ornaments like this WINOMO Nautical Beach Wooden Boat Ship Steering Wheel, £9.99, Amazon, and display your treasured photos in this Beach Themed Triple Hanging Photo Frame by Carousel Home, £6.99, Amazon.
*The West Elm Mid-Century Narrow Ladder Wood Shelving Unit, £249 from John Lewis, will show off your items in style.
In a feminine townhouse, CB2 sofas in Kravet’s Bacio and curtains in a Dedar fabric ground delicate pink accents like a Kate Spade New York table lamp from Visual Comfort.
Avoid future boredom with calm colors using texture and pattern. In a dreamy beach house, muted prints in the same palette keep a neutral room from looking bland.
*Full length mirrors can create an illusion of space in a room. The Linea Eden Leaner Mirror, £130 from House of Fraser, is bold yet elegant enough to work with in any interior.
A Moroccan-inspired lounge, which designer Justina Blakeney dubbed Bluhemia, is wallpapered with Aja in Teal, one of her designs for Hygge & West. The sectional is from Jonathan Louis, and the faux sheepskin is from Target.
A feature wallpaper helps to emphasise the shape of this open-plan living room makeover. Plain white roller blinds allow the beauty of the traditional sash windows to shine through.
*Wall art is now more accessible than ever. This beautiful Blue Skies Framed Print by photographer Mike Shepherd (£95, John Lewis), deserves a place on every living room wall.
For a blue-obsessed home, Mark D. Sikes used pops of black “to give the living room a feeling of modernity.” An Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair sofa is upholstered in Schumacher’s Kaya Medallion. The table lamps and shades are from Irving & Morrison.
*Etsy is a great online portal for finding some vintage furniture.
*Introduce pops of colour with the Hill coffee table and two side tables (£99 from MADE).
A Bahamian living room’s raw-poplar walls give the feel of “a fisherman’s shack,” designer Marshall Watson says. A sofa by Lee Industries is upholstered in Manuel Canovas’s Cruz, with pillows in an Amanda Nisbet silk. The Hollywood at Home armchairs have cushions in a fabric from Jerry Pair.
Need space, stat? Swap boring shelving for more decorative options, then load up on fabric boxes or baskets to hide an overflow of knick knacks.
*Snuggle up warm in the colder seasons with the VonHaus Electric Fireplace Stove Heater with Flame Effect (£69.99) – it’s an Amazon best seller.
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*If you have no space for a large coffee table, alternatives like this gorgeous Small Selenite Side Table, £145 from Oliver Bonas, is top of our list.
Let the rich colours and textures from far-flung locations be the inspiration for your scheme. A dark wood floor and textured wallpaper provide a perfect base for this opulent look. Turn up the luxe factor with a mix of tactile fabrics and gold accessories.
Look to the opposite end of the color spectrum to tie everything together. A moody blue grounds a windowed living room by Sarah Richardson without overwhelming it.
The sitting room of a Massachusetts vacation home offers expansive water views. Designer Frank Roop upholstered the frame of the sectional in a Manuel Canovas fabric and its cushions in Osborne & Little’s Peregrina. Old-fashioned roll-up curtains in C&C Milano’s Laveno Mille hide modern solar shades by Lutron that lower with the press of a button to darken the room for TV watching.
Makeover a room by rethinking the pieces you already have. Use up leftover wall paint on the frame of an old chair or refresh curtains and pillows by sewing fancy trim along the edge.
A patterned carpet, such as this striped design from Carpetright, works best when the walls are kept neutral. Pick out a colour from the carpet to co-ordinate with upholstery and accessories.
A pine mantel frames the cozy hearth on a Tennessee farm. Along with apron sinks, Windsor chairs and tin sconces, an assortment of baskets ups the home’s rural charm.
A simple Roman blind and textured flooring has resulted in an elegant update for this neutral living room.
Inject a neutral palette with highlights of bold colour through the lighting and accessories. This way you can draw attention to key areas of the room – and ring the changes from season to season at a relatively low cost.
*The Urban Obsession matt paint by Dulux (£13.12 for 1.25L) would work well for a feature wall.
*Flowers will brighten any room. Shop the very best bouquets from Interflora, Marks & Spencer or Waitrose.
*If you want a show-stopping lighting display opt for this beautiful Montserrat Leaf Gold Table Lamp, £95 from John Lewis. Everything about it is spectacular.
Our home design director Sarah Richardson elevated this cozy gray-and-cream bungalow with surprising touches of orange.
Start with an all-white canvas and swap in seasonal accents all year-round. This summery living room uses cool blues, jute accessories and nautical accents for a beachy vibe.
Short pieces, like this tufted couch, keep an open floor plan cozy. Use area rugs to define individual “rooms” within the space.
White walls, soft grey upholstery and pale wooden furniture create a relaxed and welcoming look. Choose a classic sofa as the centrepiece, then introduce pattern with a mix-and-match collection of patterned cushions and a geometric rug.
This breezy Florida living room (with happy-hued pillows) is as pretty as it is practical. The sofa is upholstered in water-resistant fabric to create a put-your-feet-up attitude.
This great room designed by Matt O’Dorisio features custom chairs covered in Zimmer + Rohde’s Lawford Stripe, and curtains in a Pindler linen.
Designer Celerie Kemble wanted a New York family room to have an inviting “feet-up” sensibility. The floor is covered in 10 different vintage Moroccan rugs that create an enveloping vibe. She chose all the fabrics in the room to be comfy and durable, so the family can relax together.
Pink is still a huge interiors trend! Layer soft rose with grey, choose a classic sofa as the room’s focal point and introduce pattern with decorative cushions and a rug. Contrast the soft colours with a statement floor lamp and coffee table.
An open floor plan like in this Connecticut cottage creates one large space for entertaining. Two columns (garage-sale finds from years ago) stand at the corners of the kitchen, anchoring the room.
Shon Parker lightened the paint color and darkened the ceiling beams in a southern living room. The custom sofa is covered in a Duralee velvet; the tusk table and the ottoman, in a Larsen velvet, are both from Baker.
A limited black and white colour palette always looks stylish. But introducing just one or two pops of bright colour, such as in this Glasgow flat, will add a sense of fun.
Toning grey walls teamed with upcycled furniture and vintage finds give this living room a cosy feel.
Setting up a booze station on your bar cart is a no brainer — but using it as an end table (especially when space is limited) to display blooms, art and coffee table books is just genius.
*Velvet cushions work well here. This oversized velvet cushion by Linea (£20, House of Fraser) fits the bill.
The vivid teal sofa and footstool in the living room of this Victorian home rich with bold colours and original features, demonstrate a confident use of colour that really brings the space to life.
A custom high-gloss pink from Fine Paints of Europe coats the center parlor of a Richmond home. The sofa in Kravet’s Stone Harbor linen heightens the lively mood. A Montferrat chandelier by Vaughan and vintage chairs in Chivasso’s Fancy Flower frame the view through the French doors.
*Layer up with this velvet cushion, £19.50 from Marks & Spencer.
A gallery of prints and posters in the living room of this extended Victorian flat turns a blank space into an eyecatching feature wall. Plan your arrangement with pieces of paper laid out on the floor before fixing the frames in place.
A neutral palette doesn’t always mean playing it safe. Layer textures and mix in flea market finds to keep things interesting like this glam home and avoid a flat appearance.
*This Small Silver Decorative Buddha Elephant Ornament, £5.91 from Amazon, is perfect for a coffee table.
A Verellen sectional in linen velour anchors a Maryland family room, but faux-finished walls steal the show. The trim is painted Benjamin Moore’s Soot and the curtains are a Ralph Lauren Home linen.
Walls in Benjamin Moore’s Misty Lilac ground lively patterns in a Park Avenue living room. Two 19th-century Chinese ancestral paintings hang over the sofa, framed by ginger jars on wall brackets. The boldest gesture in the vibrant space is Hickory Chair’s Carter sofa, upholstered in an overscale ikat by Brunschwig & Fils.
*If you always forget to water plants, buy artificial ones instead, like this artificial indoor Eucalyptus plant, £9.99, Amazon.
Steal a space-faking secret from this tiny Brooklyn apartment. Choose a few full-size furniture pieces instead of cramming in lots of smaller ones. The living room will feel larger, and you’ll have a sofa you actually like to sit on.
Andrew Howard jazzed up a beach house’s fireplace with Mosaic House Moroccan tiles. “They’re the star of the room,” he says. He trimmed the skirt of the homeowners’ sofa with Schumacher’s raffia Tikki Tape. The coffee table and stool are vintage.
This classic country style scheme is made relaxed and informal with a squashy sofa and chairs, neutral colours and natural textures. The gilt-framed mirror and glamorous table lamps add a touch of elegance to the look.
This ultra-modern room uses color sparingly for a sleek look.
An understated decorating scheme allows period features to shine in this Victorian terrace.
*You can’t go wrong with a statement vase. The Fifi red ceramic vase (£15) from Habitat is stunning.