“Our Asher sectional is perfect: the sturdy fabric won’t be destroyed by my sons.”
45. “Carve out a quiet moment in your living room to entice a little reading time. Drag a cosy chair over to a window or next to a bookshelf and be sure to provide ample light for late-night page turning.”
Characterized by a clean-lined, rectangular shape, tufted back and seat cushions, and solid, wood legs, the Mid-Century sofa is the ideal choice if you love the “Mad Men” aesthetic. In fact, in 2009, CB2 released a Draper sofa, named after, you guessed it, Don Draper. Mid-Century sofas are always on high legs so it looks light and elevated. It has a simple silhouette. Contemporary Mid-Century sofas can have minimum of curvature of the area of arm rests (Image 2). Usually the upholstery is monochromatic, made of durable contemporary materials. This sofa will suit perfectly for minimalistic and contemporary interiors.
23. “I would kill for this living space! Alas, very few of us have such enormous rooms, windows or such an impressive ceiling height. Therefore, to try to recreate the sense of space, keep your window treatments as simple as possible to allow as much light as possible to flood into your room and consider where you place your furniture so it doesn’t block out any light. Keep your colour scheme as neutral and monochromatic as possible as this will help to create an illusion of more space and then add colour, interest and texture with plants. Put them on the floor, hang them from the ceiling, add trailing plants to shelves, arrange foliage in a vase – you can never have too much! Natural wooden furniture will work perfectly with the green vibe and combine to make a simple yet striking contemporary living space.” Katy, Apartment Apothecary.
As the primary hangout spot in most homes, the living room needs to be both stylish and functional. Enter: the sectional. These space-defining sofas ensure everyone can have a seat in the favorite room of the home.
33. “I love the industrial and rustic trends, but have a very dark living room with small windows. I still implement touches of an industrial moody feel without losing all the light by adding a dark statement floor against white walls. Also rather than a full wall of your favourite statement paper, why not make giant wall art from it.” Pamela, A Life With Munchers.
28. “Is the reign of grey over? Probably not but if you fancy adding a touch of colour to your living room and don’t want to be too radical, why not think about purple? There are some gorgeous shades out there and they pair well with our nation’s much loved grey. Sitting opposite on the colour wheel, is orange; lovely burnt orange hues really pop against purples and has something of a 60s vibe to it for all you vintage lovers. Go on, be different!” Rachel, The Ordinary Lovely.
44. Amanda of Advice From a 20 Something gives us a sneak peek into her own living room makeover, “The biggest space in the apartment is the living room and it’s where I spend most of my time. Whether I’m curling up on my couch to watch a movie, sitting at my desk writing a post, or using the white wall in the corner for a photoshoot, I’ve made sure to make this space as versatile as possible. It’s by far my favourite room!”
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42. “I’m all for the grey walls and the wall they’ve nestled that L-shaped sofa into to make a cozylicious corner,” says Holly of Decor8 in her post on 8 Great Living Rooms & Why They Work. “A white shelf with art makes for a lovely gallery-in-rotation, which is perfect for print collectors to move stuff around without hammering into the wall each time they decide to change things up!”
31. For a real flood of colour, we’re taking inspiration from this gorgeous turquoise room from Architectural Digest. For a bold statement, try painting the ceiling and walls in the same hue and break the shade with carefully chosen artworks.
41. Rather than using complementary tones across accent accessories in your living room, try going for a bold contrast for a burst of vibrancy.
51. Family living spaces should be both comfortable and practical but this doesn’t need to come at the cost of being stylish. Oversized sofas with a scattering of statement cushions and a colour rush rug are simple additions that will instantly transform the space while keeping it family friendly.
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8. Make a statement in your living room with one standout piece of furniture with a strong silhouette. From oversized armchairs to ornate coffee tables, one signature piece will instantly elevate your living room’s look.
24. The key to a contemporary living room scheme is creating a look that feels fresh and inspiring and has a unique, playful feel. Try pairing soft pastel hues with classic Scandinavian designs and engineered finishes for a scheme that oozes modern cool.
48. For more minimalist living room schemes, try incorporating a statement pendant light rather than multiple floor or table lamps to create a cleaner, contemporary vibe.
35. “The right accessorising is the key when styling your living room. Keeping your your sofa, flooring and walls neutral and free from any patterns allows you to play with accessories and create any style in your home – even if you wish to change it depending on trends. Add coloured rugs and patterned cushions and play with some metallic accents like copper and bronze with multiple textures of leather and velvet.” Anna, Don’t Cramp My Style.
9. “Choose a living room with a whitewashed colour scheme for a décor filled with space and light. White or neutral-toned wall panelling creates a great beach-hut vibe – coordinate with sand-coloured sisal flooring or carpet. Team this décor with white linen furnishings and a wicker chest-style coffee table. Add a seascape canvas on the wall and accessorise with beach ornaments such as seashells, coral and beach pebbles.” House to Home
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22. “Despite this living room being made up of some more traditional interior staples including a gallery wall and leather Chesterfield style sofa, elements such as the angular silhouette of the coffee table and the mix of cushions keep it looking contemporary. The key to comfort on a leather Chesterfield such as this is to add plenty of texture, from cable-knit cushions to a chunky lamb’s wool throw for those chillier evenings. Blues are always a great consideration too when deciding what colours to team with brown leather, and this almost-lavender shade is the ideal hue, especially with the addition of black and white photography which is highlighted perfectly.” Victoria, Apartment Number 4.
36. Creating a relaxed Scandi-inspired living room is also about texture blogger Cate St Hill says. “Lots of soft, tactile pieces, whether it’s gently creased linen, shaggy sheepskin rugs or warm, natural wood. It’s all about balance, and furniture and accessories that complement each other – go for a thick rug on a hard wood floor or squishy cushions on a sleek angular sofa or add just a hint of pattern from a cushion on an otherwise plain chair.”
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The camelback sofa is a great choice for fans of traditional styling. Aptly named for its curved back, the sofa comes in a variety of styles — one hump, two humps and barely there curved back. It’s a traditional style that creates an elegant look in any home.
11. “I love the cosy feel that darker colours can bring to a space, in this case the inky blue wall and navy sofa. Often we fear darker colours but in fact they can work very well, especially in rooms meant for relaxing and winding down. Blues are also perfect for a calming feel in a room. I’d recreate this by adding navy and indigo denim textiles into the room, in the form of cushions, rugs and throws.” Sue, Old Fashioned Susie
6. Reupholstering an existing piece is a great way to transform your living room, as Bri of Design Love Fest discovered, “It turns out covering your chairs in new fabric is what all the cool kids are doing, glad I finally got the memo as it was affordable to do and made my room feel special.”
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4. In smaller living rooms it is important to be smart with furnishings in order to maximise the space. “Sectional sofas provide so much more flexibility: You can separate the pieces to create multiple seating areas, or push them together for a comfortable couch, great for watching TV. And if you want to scoot it out of the way in advance of a dinner party, that’s simple too, with less bulky pieces to move.”
15. My living room is a beautiful mid-grey colour in the early morning and evenings but in the middle of the day, when the sun shines through the window, it takes on a lovely lilac tone. It’s so pretty!” says Rachel of The Ordinary Lovely.
26. “Blue and white is a classic colour combination, but it also works beautifully in contemporary living room designs says House & Garden. “Pair traditional ceramics with bold graphic lines for a stylish scheme.”
Also known as a “love seat,” the settee is defined by a straight back and space for two to sit comfortably. It can fit into nooks too narrow for a full-size sofa or create a cozy seating vignette in an open floor plan when paired with a side table or a chair. Plus, in one of these two-seaters, you’ll need no excuse to scooch up close to your seat mate.
37. For a statement wall, try an alternative to oversized artwork in your living room, “Achieve the drama of a major art piece inexpensively by displaying a tight grid of small frames,” suggests Nicole Sampedro of Good Housekeeping.
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21. “We love all metallics right now, but gold is having a more refined moment in the living room”, says Emily Henderson. “Look for brushed, satin, or matt finishes. Aged brass/silver/copper are always in style. While I love shiny brass, and am still installing some in houses as we speak, a good matt gold can take it down to another (good) level.”
38. Add interest to simpler interior schemes with printed upholstery and soft furnishings. Look to monochromatic chevrons, stripes or checks for classic contemporaneity.
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1. “I think the most important thing is that the living room works for your lifestyle. I personally prefer one sofa and a couple of nice armchairs that I can easily move around. I like to change my home a lot, so for me it’s important to have furniture that can offer a bit of flexibility. I find that armchairs and floor lamps can offer me that, so my tip is to invest in a couple of nice pieces like a pair of amazing armchairs or a great looking floor lamp. When it comes to floor lamps I would go for something timeless so it doesn’t date quickly. I also think that a living room isn’t complete without a few green plants, so that would be high up on my tip list too – they look great grouped together.” Hege, Hege in France
Created for financier Thomas Lawson near the turn of the 20th century, the Lawson sofa has clean lines reflecting his desire for a simpler, more comfortable and more modern construction than the ornate Victorian styles of the time. This sofa suits decors from contemporary to traditional, but the Lawson name is sometimes misapplied to styles that exhibit few if any of its characteristics. Learn to recognise key features of a Lawson sofa if you want to select this versatile classic for your space.
47. “Lighting schemes are crucial to creating the ambience of a space, whether it’s warm and cosy or dramatic. Table lamps create a softer scheme but think about the kind of light bulbs you use too; warm whites are much more inviting in a living room space.
16. “The black completely changes the feel of the living room,” says Heather of Growing Spaces. “The space feels bigger and calmer and the wall is the perfect backdrop for our old vintage leather seating. That armchair is my new favourite coffee spot.”
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3. “Italian Mid-Century armchairs create a strong presence and a sense of symmetry in the living room says Helen of Design Hunter. (Designed by Sophie Ashby for Studio Mercer/Photography by Philip Durant).
The easiest way to know if the sofa in question is a Chesterfield? Check out the deep button tufting on the back. The arms of the couch are rolled, and are the same height as the back. Often made of leather, it’s the sort of piece you would expect in a sophisticated library.
13. “Try softening up a monochrome scheme with warm lustrous textiles and play with different shapes.” Nikki, My Scandinavian Home.
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39. Complete your living room in style with a super stylish ottoman tray display For an ordered and elegant look, choose a large tray that is just slightly smaller than the surface of the ottoman and stack the centre with your favourite coffee table books..
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The rounded arms define this style of sofa, whose loose cushions on the bottom make it a super comfy choice. The back of the seat is typically tight — meaning that the cushions aren’t removable, according to McGrath II. — The Central Perk Coach on ‘Friends’ was an english roll arm. The English roll arm sofa is one of the most popular models for a few reasons. First, it’s very comfortable. With an average depth of 42 inches, it’s easy to sink into this sofa (and never get up!). Second, it’s a classic form that will never go out of style. And third, I find its shape to be very versatile; lots of different styles of furniture work well with the English roll arm. Arms are usually slightly lower than its back. One of the most famous makers of the English roll arm sofa is London’s George Smith.
“Our living rooms are often the spaces in which we spend most of our time at home and so it’s important that they are comfortable, stylish spaces that reflect our personalities and fit with our lifestyles.”
43. For a truly classic living room scheme with a designer edge, look to style symmetry. Mirroring your living room look around architectural focal points such as fireplaces creates a wonderfully balanced look with a professional edge.
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A daybed can be used as a couch by day and a bed by night. If you have houseguests often, it’s a natural choice for when you need extra sleeping space. This feature is especially advantageous for studio apartments, or if the bedroom is small and you don’t have extra space for a chair, sofa or love seat in the room. To make a daybed more comfortable for sitting, place thick pillows against the back board so you have additional back support and your feet are more likely to reach the floor. Most daybeds have side rails or armrests, so you can lean against the side of the bed as if it were a lounge chair. The bottom cushion on a daybed is a standard mattress, typically twin-size, so it offers plenty of comfort and support. Some daybed manufacturers produce varieties that come with under-the-bed storage trundles. The added storage can serve as a dresser, toy chest or trunk for belongings.
7. Your sofa is the key piece in the living room so getting it right will ensure the room flows. Arrange your seating to create sociable groupings where people can interact easily. If you are struggling for space, choose a smaller sofa and use ottomans, chairs and footstools to add additional seating.
30. Introduce a dose of colour to your interior with one contrasting colour pop piece. A flash cherry red against a soothing blue background or burst of saffron in a monochrome scheme instantly boosts the mood of the space and enlivens the living room.
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17. While looking at the top living room trends for 2016, designer Emily Henderson notes, “Black is back and popping up all over the living room scene. We get that a statement black living room may not be for everyone, or for every room, but these darker hues instantly add drama to your space. If you aren’t ready to darken your room then bring in some black through accessories, furniture, and maybe an accent wall. If you can handle the drama.”
A disadvantage of a daybed is its need for a supportive back wall that runs the entire length of the bed. Even though you don’t have to place a daybed against a wall, it might not look visually appealing without one.
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32. Embrace the power of pattern to create a living room scheme that is both colourful and visually rich. This Lacroix interior combines on-trend botanical prints with classic animal prints to create an eclectic yet exciting lounge area.
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46. If you love to entertain or have a larger family, try creating a living room layout with multiple seating options rather than one oversized sofa. Position armchairs and snuggle seats around the coffee table for communal atmosphere.
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According to Houzz, “chaise” derives from the term “chaise lounge,” meaning long chair. A chaise is an upholstered seat for one, and it is meant for reclining in — think of this as a chair and foot stool in one. Chaises always have a back and may have one, two or no arms. Some chaises, like the one you see here, are contoured, making it even more tempting to lie back and relax. Others have a more contemporary upright shape and can be used to seat two side by side or one reclining.
34. Make the most of the architectural materials in your living room for a scheme that has a chic, industrial edge. Pair exposed brickwork and tiled flooring with luxurious upholstery for a balance of rustic and contemporary.
19. “I recently wrote a post about achieving the ‘townhouse chic’ look in your home and this photo summarises it perfectly. Moving away from more traditional colours used in townhouse interiors like black, grey and taupe, the Paolo Sofa from Eichholtz in cream exudes luxury with its tufted look and statement studs. No more trying to plump up the sofa cushions! I also like that the armchairs from the same range are a good size to have side by side, saving space. For a less formal look, I would combine it with a solid top coffee table like the XVL Home Collection Lelie Coffee Table in dark stain or a table with a natural marble top. A large tray where you can organise decorative items can come in handy too.” Jenny, Seasons in Colour.
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5. Create a focal point in your living room space for a cohesive, harmonious space. “The fireplace is a common choice and this can create a cosy, relaxed atmosphere. A coffee table is another example of a piece that can act as the key feature to build your design around.”
The biggest difference between English Roll Arm and Lawson is that back cushions of the Lawson are not attached to the frame.
Tuxedo sofa was made famous by interior designer Billy Baldwin, but there are lots of iterations of the tuxedo sofa. What distinguishes the tuxedo from other styles is its boxy shape. The arms are almost always the same height as the back and the legs are either upholstered or exposed. The couch is clean-lined and geometric, and often upholstered with fabric.
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50. “With beautiful tall windows, high ceilings, rustic wood floors and eclectic furnishings, this living room makes for a comfortable, yet stylish family home,” says Debra of Dust Jacket.
See the way the legs of this sofa curve outward and down, sort of like the ballet movement? This style of sofa — popular during the first half of the 18th century — is characteristic of Queen Anne, Louis XV, and Chippendale furniture. The Cabriole sofa is characterized by an exposed wooden frame (often carved); continuous, equal-height back and arms; distinctive curved legs with concave lower portions and convex upper ones; and no separate back cushions. They rose in popularity around the time of Louis XV in the 1800s and have swung strongly back in vogue today.
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14. “I’ve recently become fond of using black in interiors so I was naturally drawn towards this interior scheme. I love the painted matt black furniture, – something that can be easily recreated in your home with a little DIY. Teamed with the vibrant blue it creates a room scheme that is bright, modern and dramatic; the perfect chic living room retreat” Lisa, Mathilde Heart Manech
18. “This living room works brilliantly because it’s both minimalist and decadent. The soft plum shade used on the walls adds a splash of colour without detracting from the beautiful original features, and no other adornments are needed to create a striking look. The dark teal velvet sofa by Gubi is a great choice for the space and shows how you can use contrasting shades and textures to add depth to even the most minimalist of spaces. The room also demonstrates the importance of good lighting, with a pendant and a floor lamp that can be used to create different moods – something that’s incredibly easy to recreate, and which instantly adds warmth to any scheme.” Abi, These Four Walls.
40. “Creating a gorgeous living room design scheme that invites you to relax, unwind and forget about the day takes more than just beautiful furnishings. Accessories and accent pieces enrich the scheme and allow you to put your own style stamp on the space. Look for accessories that have subtle repetition across their shapes, materials, colours, theme or time period to add consistency to the look.”
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20. Luxury can be incorporated into interior schemes in a number of ways but materials are crucial to really elevating your scheme. Rich upholstery in materials such as velvet or cashmere, herringbone flooring and mirrored finishes are perfect for capturing the Luxe look.
2. “Oversize furnishings make this cavernous living room feel more intimate, while colourful accessories and a print by Anna Ullman add personality.” Architectural Digest
25. “You can’t go wrong with an all-white space. To prevent it from feeling like a hospital room, introduce different textures. A crocheted throw, a rough-hewn linen sofa and a ribbed rug all add depth to a monochromatic look,” Real Simple.
Nowadays, the market is filled with different sort of furniture! The sofa sets the tone to the whole style of the room. Its very hard to decide which sofa type will suit your space harmoniously, but it is even harder to explain the producer or the retailer what are you looking for. As you have noticed, there are 10 main sofa styles, in this post I am going to name, show and explain each sofa type in details.
29. “Florals are a classic staple of interior design and they come in so many styles – from traditional to contemporary. To work a floral look into a modern scheme and to avoid it looking too twee, try pairing bold painterly florals with pops of block colour, such as the hot pink sofa in this image. Mixing and matching different floral patterns is also a great way to add extra interest and drama to your room. If you’re concerned about it looking too chaotic, pick a colour palette you love (for example pink and green as in this image) and then choose a variety of prints, patterns and block colours that all work with these key colours. “ Ruth, Gathered Cheer.
12. “Soft beiges and ivories are a sure-fire way to create a sophisticated classy result, and this palette doesn’t need to be boring and predictable. The trick to livening up a monochromatic décor, is to play with the textures and create visual contrast through them. Glossy metallic and reflective surfaces like glass and mirrors complement the rich velvets, soft linens and tufted furnishings and produce an elegant and fresh outcome that feels complete and inviting.” Eleni, My Paradissi
With its straight lines, the Lawson is sometimes called “boxy,” but don’t let that description stop you from appreciating its design. Its proportions give the sofa a tailored back about as high above the seat as the seat is deep, with arms much lower than the back. The original Lawson design has three attached back pillows over three seat cushions. Oversized or pillowed arms will not appear on a Lawson sofa. Fans of Lawson style appreciate the neat look and supportive feel of attached back pillows, but seek one with loose back pillows if you prefer. Because of the height of its arms, this sofa is one of the more comfortable sofas for napping. The Lawson style also comes in a convertible sofa-sleeper. The option of straight legs lend the Lawson sofa a more modern look, while a tailored skirt leans it toward traditional decor and a ruffled skirt lends it country flair. A rectangular or “track” arm may be your choice for an urban loft and a small rolled or sock arm for a more traditional or cottage-style home
10. Painted floorboards are a simple way of adding an instant coastal edge to your living room. White or off grey floorboards exude a laid-back beach hut charm that we love!
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49. “For me, living rooms are a space to connect with your family and friends, and enjoy peaceful, relaxation in a room that showcases your personality. Whilst we long for our homes to be super stylish, they also need to be practical and useful too so surrounding ourselves with beautiful pieces that also fulfil a requirement as well is so important. Task lighting, coffee tables, magazine storage, a feature and focal point all blend together in a calming colour scheme with a small, but subtle accent colour in this stylish setting. This would be my ultimate space for enjoying a glass of wine in the evening, and a catch up with my loved ones.” Jen, Love Chic Living.
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27. Geometric prints are perfect for injecting a contemporary edge into living room looks. Rugs, cushions and throws featuring angular, repeated patterns introduce a cool, modern scheme, particularly when incorporated with a monochrome palette.