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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.
An understated decorating scheme allows period features to shine in this Victorian terrace.
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.
*This Small Silver Decorative Buddha Elephant Ornament, £5.91 from Amazon, is perfect for a coffee table.
In a remote New Zealand surf town, architects Lance and Nicola Herbst ingeniously tuck a spacious weekend retreat amid a lush grove of exotic trees. In the living area of the house, designed in its entirety by the couple, the sofa is a custom design, and the fireplace by Masport Heating is set in a custom-made steel cabinet; the pendant light is by Secto Design and the walls are sheathed in black-stained western red cedar.
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.
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The sofas in the living room of this contemporary Hancock Park home are by RH, Restoration Hardware, the 1950s chairs are Danish, the cocktail table is by Charles Hollis Jones, the end tables are from Lucca Home, and the antique stool was a Japanese rice box. The antique mirror is Indian, the mantel is original, the pendant is by Paul Ferrante, the floor lamp is by Visual Comfort, and the sconces are by Ralph Lauren Home.
In a mid-century modern loft in Tribeca, the living room’s custom furnishings include a sofa in a Lee Jofa fabric, a pair of armchairs in a Rosemary Hallgarten fabric, and a walnut side table from Eric Appel; the custom cocktail table and stools with seats in a Larsen fabric are by Daniel Scuderi; the round dining table is by Egg Collective, the Dessin Fournir chairs are in a Keleen leather, the 1950s floor lamp is from Lost City Arts, the Pamela Sunday table lamp is from Studio Van den Akker, the rug is by Joseph Carini, and the curtains are of a Great Plains wool sheer.
The living room is usually the first room everyone walks into upon entering the house and it serves as the primary space for entertaining and family time. It’s important to make this room feel warm and welcoming by choosing the right color scheme and decoration. Colors have been shown to affect our moods in different ways and in 2018, many are trying to simplify and declutter their lives. Calming hues inspired by nature that invoke comfort are gaining popularity as well as blues, reds, and emeralds that invoke a sense of adventure without being too overwhelming. Here 22 great living room decoration and color ideas for 2018:
*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.
In the living room of a Manhattan apartment designed by Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson of Drake/Anderson, the sectional sofas by Avenue Road are covered in a Great Plains mohair, the pair of vintage Gio Ponti armchairs are from Karl Kemp Antiques, the glass cocktail table by Fredrikson Stallard is filled with feathers, the round side table is by Holly Hunt Studio, the lamp on it is by Charles Paris and the custom rug is by Tai Ping.
In the living room of Steven Gambrel’s Chicago apartment, the custom sofa, in a JAB Anstoetz fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a Dedar fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in Arabel fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer–and-shagreen sideboard is French, the 1950s Murano glass table lamp is by Seguso, the 1955 chandelier is by FontanaArte, the custom rug is by Beauvais, and the Venetian plaster walls are in Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray.
Most people believe that you must choose only one or two neutral colors for your living room. This combination of nearly every neutral color possible proves that theory wrong! This picture combines gray with tan, gold, white, ivory, brown, and even pink. The various textures add to the coziness of the room.
In the living room of a Manhattan apartment, a pair of 1960s chairs from John Salibello is in a Manuel Canovas fabric, the custom sofas are covered in Holland & Sherry fabrics, and the Karl Springer cocktail table (foreground) is from Mantiques Modern; the 1960s stainless steel chairs and cube are by Maria Pergay, the table lamps are by Andrea Koeppel, and the curtains are of a Manuel Canovas silk-cotton blend; the artworks on the wall are by (from left) Richard Prince, Rudolf Stingel, George Condo, and Elizabeth Peyton.
*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.
In this living room, less is more. A subtle greige (gray + beige) color adorns the walls for a warm feeling. The stark white trim helps to create a light contrast that makes the room feel light and airy. All of the colors in this room are cool hues with the exception of the fireplace, which is a warmer beige. This allows the fireplace to stand out as the focal point in the room without being too bright nor dramatic.
In the living room of designer Erika Yeaman’s home, Scandinavian influences such as the warm wood bookshelf and matte black chandelier are accented by colorful bohemian pillows.
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.
This Ibiza living room features local-limestone floors covered in custom Spanish esparto rugs from Antonia Molina. Walls covered in a sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beam ceiling set a rustic tone in the living room. Custom sofas by Atelier Tapissier Seigneur and curtains in a quilted Braquenié fabric; the Oeil cocktail table by Pierre Chapo is vintage, the lacquered-coral sculpture is by Maurizio Epifani, and the painting over the mantel is by Alex Katz.
In the living room of Jean-Louis Deniot’s Miami penthouse, the sofa from Deniot’s collection for Baker is in a Martyn Thompson Studio fabric, the 1930s Jindrich Halabala chairs are in a JAB Anstoetz fabric, the vintage cocktail table is by Paul Frankl, and the gold side table is by Hervé Van der Straeten; the 1920s bronze-and-alabaster chandelier once hung in the Villa Kerylos in France, the indoor-outdoor rug is by Galerie Diurne, the artwork is by Franz Kline, and the shelf holds a Roger Desserprit sculpture (center) and a French 1940s lamp.
Two trends are combined in this gorgeous masterpiece. Both royal blue and purple are being used in this living room and the results are fantastic. Cool blue walls work to contrast with the warm purple and red art on the wall, while gold accents add a nice contrast to the royal blue furnishings.
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*Achieve a similar look with Vita Copenhagen’s Eos lampshade (£99, Amazon) – it will give guaranteed wow factor!
*If you always forget to water plants, buy artificial ones instead, like this artificial indoor Eucalyptus plant, £9.99, Amazon.
In the living room of Vivia Horn’s Japanese-style retreat in Hunter, New York, the leather-and-plastic Italian sofas, cocktail table, and wool shag rug were purchased in the 1980s at Bloomingdale’s. The Japanese-style fire pit and tin range hood are custom, the floor lamp is from the ’70s, the sisal carpet is by Stark, the ceiling beams are Douglas fir, and a series of color lithographs from Japan are displayed along the pine wainscoting.
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.
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.
John Robshaw’s vibrant Connecticut house is overflowing with character: The living room sofa and its fabric are by John Robshaw for Duralee. The armchair, custom banquettes, and bone-inlay side table are all Robshaw designs, the cocktail table is from India, the table lamps are by Christopher Spitzmiller, and the dhurrie is a custom design. An Elliott Puckette artwork sits on the mantel, which is painted in Yukon Sky by Benjamin Moore, and the large painting of a perfume bottle is by Doug Wada.
*Layer up with this velvet cushion, £19.50 from Marks & Spencer.
*The Hudson Living Capri Leather Chair (£379 from John Lewis) is ideal for a lounge.
*The West Elm Mid-Century Narrow Ladder Wood Shelving Unit, £249 from John Lewis, will show off your items in style.
Incorporate antique and vintage furniture into a modern home, as seen in this Edinburgh flat, by including different pieces from a similar period.
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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.
*You can’t go wrong with a statement vase. The Fifi red ceramic vase (£15) from Habitat is stunning.
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.
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.
In the great room of a Hudson Valley farmhouse, a row of French doors affords panoramic views of the Hudson Valley. The couple’s French spaniel, Georgie, rests on a custom velvet sofa. Collins purchased the antique console, wooden chest, and wingback chairs on trips to Italy. The 19th-century limestone columns are from New Delhi, the custom lanterns and laurel reed–and-leather rug are from Morocco, the pendant above the sofa was fashioned from an antique Italian tole lantern, and the curtains are of a Jim Thompson fabric.
*Oliver Bonas do a great selection of gold accessories, all with a chic twist.
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.
In the West Village pied-à-terre of Los Angeles-based designers Waldo Fernandez and Tommy Clements, the daybed is by Rick Owens, the armchairs by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann are upholstered in an alpaca by Perrine Rousseau and the side chairs are by Jean Prouvé.
In the formal living room of the Connecticut farmhouse of sisters Ariel Ashe and Alexi Asher Meyers (plus, Alexi’s husband and late night host Seth Meyers), an RH, Restoration Hardware sofa is in a Perennials linen, the custom bench is in a Ralph Lauren fabric, and the walls are in Oval Room Blue by Farrow & Ball.
*Amara sells a great selection of cushions, including this Valbonella Cushion in Alchemilla by Designers Guild (£95).
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.
In a Buenos Aires home, the original marble mantel in the living room was specified by Maison Jansen, who decorated the apartment in the 1930s. The circa-1940 chairs in the foreground, the console (left), and the side table (right) were designed by Jean-Michel Frank for the Argentine firm Comte. The 1930s Frits Henningsen settee is covered in a Holland & Sherry mohair, the chairs next to the fireplace are 18th-century Gustavian, the circa-1950 Sphere cocktail table and lamp are by Jean Royère, and the 1930s table (front left) and sconces are by Maison Jansen.
In a San Miguel de Allende home, the living room’s sectional is custom, the Lee Industries armchair has a slipcover in natural white linen, and the leather chair is from the Rela Gleason Collection. The cocktail table is an inverted polished tree stump, a stone mill wheel serves as a side table, and the 16th-century monk’s chair in the entry hall is from Colonial Arts. A Persian rug is layered on a cowhide, and the painting of the Guanajuato countryside is by Margarette Dawit.
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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.
This living room is a stunning example of combining cool and warm colors successfully. The gray and aqua scheme is warmed up by the ivory chair as well as the brown and green tones from the reclaimed timber on the wall.
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.
*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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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.
These exceptional living spaces bring a bounty of personality and panache to the homes they occupy. Living rooms are where friends and family gather and memories are made, and we believe in giving those memories a beautiful backdrop.
*The Urban Obsession matt paint by Dulux (£13.12 for 1.25L) would work well for a feature wall.
*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.
*Marks & Spencer’s Loft range is perfect if you’re looking for contemporary, streamlined furniture for compact spaces.
Toning grey walls teamed with upcycled furniture and vintage finds give this living room a cosy feel.
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.
This living room has a very cozy appeal, created by the warm beige tones of the walls and carpeting. A stark white is used on the accents, door and trim to brighten the room up, while aqua add-ons add just the right amount of eye-catching color.
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*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.
Inside of the estate in Florence, Italy, a pair of 18th-century inlaid Tuscan tables flanks a doorway in a sitting room; the wooden arm-chairs are 18th-century Venetian, the floor lamps and straw curtains are by Ilaria Miani, and the19th-century lithographs depict scenes of India.
Remember when it was a big no-no to combine gold and silver? Not anymore. This living room is designed with a scheme of all cool grays. Even the wood floor is a brown so cool that it almost appears to be gray too. The designer has added in bright bits of gold in the accessories and pops of color in the art on the wall. The color scheme is somehow peaceful but just bold enough to invoke a sense of adventure.
If light airy colors are not your style, this stunning emerald living room will surely excite you. Emerald green is a very cool color so to offset this, use browns, ivories, and tans to warm up the room.
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This living room offers a contemporary bohemian style, perfect for a home near the water. Bold blues are once again the main theme of this room with earthy whites, browns and tans to add a warm touch.
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.
The artworks include photographs by Jason Fulford, Garry Winogrand, and Richard Misrach, flanked by silhouette portraits by Julian Opie.
This gorgeous living area uses brick red and rustic orange colors with ease. To prevent the room from appearing too warm, the designer has used a cool gray tone on the wall and bright white for the trim. The ivory in the chair and rug also help break up the bright tones.
*Etsy is a great online portal for finding some vintage furniture.
This living room defines the word “tranquility.” Light warm gray tones are stacked upon each other in every detail from the rug to the couches to the walls. The designer has meticulously added in a cool cornflower blue in the decor. Despite being a subtle color, it stands out in this room. The large window and pop of green foliage offer a breath of fresh air.
The family room in a historic Long Island farmhouse boasts custom furnishings, including a sofa upholstered in a Lee Jofa fabric, a tufted sofa in a Chapas Textiles weave, a leather ottoman and a pair of armchairs covered in a Kravet linen blend. The 1950s cerused-oak side table and 19th-century copper lantern are French, the curtains are of a Home Couture fabric and the wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries.
This bright living room combines cool gray tones and whites with warm subdued rustic orange colors. The orange and brown tones are bright but are just the right vibrancy to flow nicely with the cool colors.
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.
*Velvet cushions work well here. This oversized velvet cushion by Linea (£20, House of Fraser) fits the bill.
*Modern, traditional or shaggy, Modern Rugs has a great selection for your floor.
According to both Behr and Sherwin Williams, royal blue is one of the top colors this year. With such a bold color, how do you pull it off while keeping the room from being too chaotic? This living room is the perfect example; by combining royal blue with subtle tans and warm grays, it prevents the room from feeling too cool. The brown and gold accents and pink flowers add a homey touch.
*The Anself Shabby Chic Console Table, £79.99 from Amazon, features three cabinet drawers for extra storage.
*For a wide selection of posters, art prints and framed art, visit Art.co.uk for an affordable selection. There’s something for everyone!
*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.
*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.
In the living room of Kris Ghesquière and Eva Claessens’s house in southeastern Uruguay, which they built on the remains of an 1810 roadside general store, the chair was constructed by a local carpenter based on a picture in a magazine, the vintage table in front of the sofa was found at an auction in France and the rug is from Iran; the yellow lamb sculptures are by William Sweetlove, and the paintings and feather sculpture are by Claessens.
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.
Purple hasn’t been used in home decorating for a while, but it’s back in style for 2018! This living room combines soft beiges with touches of metallic gold and purple accents for a modern look.
*This gorgeous Wild Flower Blush Wallpaper from Graham & Brown would make a great feature wall.
A simple Roman blind and textured flooring has resulted in an elegant update for this neutral living room.
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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.
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.
Asked to update a beach house on Long Island that had become a mishmash after four decades of additions and renovations, David Mann decided to honor the past with its redesign. The den’s modular sofa is by Usona, and the ottoman is covered in a Kyle Bunting hair-on-hide leather; the photograph is by Darren Almond, the floor lamp is vintage, the rug is alpaca, and the walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Super White.
When San Francisco residents Sam Hamilton and Jen Chaiken decided to buy a second home in Marfa, Texas, after holding their destination wedding nearby, they knew they wanted a layered aesthetic.
Milan-based designers Miguel Queda and Simone Ciarmoli at the vacation home they built on the Greek island of Folégandros. In the living room, Meridiani sofas are covered in a fabric by Dominique Kieffer, the Charlotte Perriand cock-tail table was found at a Paris flea market, and the flooring is Karystos stone; the artwork over the sofa is by Marco Basta, and the two small oil paintings were found at flea markets in Milan and Athens.
In a contemporary home in Palm Beach, the living area is situated around a rug that mimics the ripple pattern a stone makes when dropped in water.
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.
In the living room of an Upper West Side apartment, the custom sectional is upholstered in a Le Manach print and the custom sofa in a Loro Piana fabric is topped with a pillow in an Osborne & Little fabric. The table lamp is by Niermann Weeks, the floor lamp is by Aero, the rug is Persian, and the cashmere throw is by Pratesi.
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.
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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.
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In the living room of designer of textiles and interiors Kathryn M. Ireland’s compound in Santa Monica, the custom sofa is in a linen velvet from Ireland’s fabric collection; the armchairs are covered in an Otis Textiles linen slipcover (left) and a fabric purchased in Marrakech (right). The rag rug is from Amadi Carpets, the steel-framed sliding doors are by Chateau Domingue, and the wall hanging is a 19th-century suzani.
*Achieve a similar look with these beautiful handmade Moroccan leather pouffes by Bohemia (£98, Notonthehighstreet.com).
In the living room, a Poul Henningsen light fixture and a Navajo rug in the family room; a cabinet by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson holds an Ansel Adams photograph, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White.
For designer Patrick Printy, his bungalow in Oakland, California is all about eccentric design. In this living area attached to his study, a pair of vintage sofas are upholstered in a Ralph Lauren Home stripe, the Eero Saarinen table is from Design Within Reach, barstools by CB2 are covered in a Katie Ridder fabric, the ceiling lantern is by Visual Comfort, the rug is by Ralph Lauren Home, and the busts are by Oly.
*Continue your love for teal with this Large Loft Hanging Floating Frame (£22 from Oliver Bonas).
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.
Modern and rustic are two design elements that are not usually mixed with success, but this living room shows us exactly how to do it in 2018! The chocolate brown sofa blends well with the greige colored walls and flooring, while the tans and greens pop against the sleek look of the modern black furnishings.
A former barn now serves as guest quarters at actress Amanda Seyfried’s weekend retreat in the Catskills region of New York. In the living area, the sofa is by West Elm, the wool rug is by Restoration Hardware, the flooring is reclaimed oak, and the wall is painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove; the photograph is by Sarah Bailey.
*This geometric rug by Traum (from £45, Amazon) would suit a contemporary home perfectly.
How do you use black and white for a sleek look, while still retaining the warmth of the room? By adding subtle earthy accents! The natural wood floor and plants keep this room looking modern yet cozy.
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.
The living room in this English country house features curtains of a Bennison Fabrics stripe, walls painted in Tablecloth by Paint & Paper Library and 2015 artwork above the mantel by Fred Ingrams.
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.
In the living room of an antique-laden apartment in Greenwich Village, the antique Swedish sofa and Baroque chair, right, are upholstered in Robert Kime fabrics, the armchair is 18th-century French and a vintage Persian Soumak rug from Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar rests on a sea-grass rug from ABC Carpet & Home. Among the items on the wall are an antique water-buffalo skull, 19th-century French gouaches and a drawing by Jean Cocteau.
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PR maven Christina Juarez’s New York apartment is colorfully eclectic from floor to ceiling. In her living room, the vintage Milo Baughman sofa is in a Cowtan & Tout velvet and a pair of 1970s chairs are in a Larsen velvet. The cocktail table and floor lamp are by West Elm, the side tables are by Donghia, and the pillows and rug are by Madeline Weinrib. The portraits are by Kimberly Brooks.
*Introduce pops of colour with the Hill coffee table and two side tables (£99 from MADE).