Once you have your living room layout and furniture nailed, it’s time to turn your attention to lighting. Lighting schemes are often left to the end of an interior design project but this can truly make or break a scheme. It is important to balance the functional lighting with the ambient or decorating lighting for a stylish, cohesive scheme – the best decorative lighting fixtures will balance functional needs with the style, age and character of your home.
What we need in a living room is a functional entertaining space that’s also a reflection of our sense of style – it should meet the demands of family life but also act as the space where we welcome others into our home. Our team of Houseologists have pulled together their top ideas and inspirations to help you design your living room.
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.”
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.
Start in the centre Maximising space doesn’t have to mean putting all the furniture against the wall; instead, build from the centre of the room outwards so the space feels intimate and welcoming. Try sketching the layout on paper first to save several time consuming moves.
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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.”
9. “For me, with having two young children, the dining room has to function as a place to eat, place to play, place to do homework and a place to sit and chat,” says Rachel of The Ordinary Lovely “Therefore, the right table and chairs are so important. They need to look great but also be incredibly comfortable. Wood materials and white finishes are still my ultimate combination and are a twosome which seem to stand the test of time.”
Task and ambient lighting are both equally important in creating a successful interior space and nailing the layout is key. From reading corners to highlighting room details, be inspired by these living room lighting layouts.
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.
2. How chairs look and fit around the table is important from a design point of view, but don’t forget their essential purpose – to provide a comfortable seat. The distance between the seat height and table surface should be one of your key considerations. Too small a gap and you won’t be able to push your chair in comfortably, too large a gap and your guests will sit uncomfortably low.
Lighting is crucial in every room of the house but it has particular significance in the dining room in which it has to strike the balance between task and ambient lighting. Find out how to get it right with these top dining room lighting ideas.
27. Scandinavian design is known for striking a balance between style and practicality and this is particularly important in dining spaces. Elegant narrow table legs are perfect for smaller spaces and look to seating that slots into the table to keep the space looking sleek and tidy.
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.”
It’s hard not to be inspired by the effortless elegance of Scandic and Nordic style and these Scandinavian dining room ideas have seriously got our creative juices flowing!
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.
Create conversation areas Seating is key when considering how to design your living room and creating conversation areas will ensure the space feels comfortable, welcoming and encourages people to relax and chat. Position sofas to ensure that they are not so far apart that people are unable to hear each other or for smaller spaces or stylish recesses, pair a couple of armchairs with an ottoman for an intimate conversation space.
Discover how to design your living room with this essential Houseology How to Guide.
30. “In terms of furniture, go for larger armchairs at the ends of the table in contrast fabrics to create a classic ‘head of table’ feel with a contemporary edge,” says designer Emma Hooton. “Walls look great clad in antique mirror glass panels which reflect soft candle lighting and create an intimate atmosphere. When dressing the table use brass or copper cutlery for impact in the detail when guests sit down, always a great talking point.”
For a dining room that is chic yet stylish and encourages your guests to sit back and relax, introduce a laid-back elegance with our top rustic dining room ideas.
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.
4. “Open shelves are often the best storage option in a tight space, but you have to fill them wisely,” says House Beautiful. Beautiful books, coordinating crockery, plates or artefacts from travels are all perfect for enlivening your dining space in style.
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.”
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“The living room should meet the demands of family life but also act as the space where we welcome others into our home.”
The living room is a treasured space where the family can come together to relax at the end of a busy day. For most of us, the living room is one of the most social rooms in the house – where we greet visitors, entertain friends and unwind in our free time.
24. Create a cool graphic feel in your dining room with layered shades of grey and sculptural crockery and glassware. For a minimalist dining room idea that is utterly on-trend, introduce a marble accent piece that brings a solidity to the more delicate shapes of the scheme.
3. For a bold statement dining room idea, consider mismatching a variety of different dining chairs around your table. To keep a feeling of stylish cohesion, choose chairs that have something in common such as the shape of the back or legs. Also remember to ensure the seats are all at around the same height.
14. For a really fresh exciting dining scheme, combine contemporary materials such as polypropylene and glass with traditional materials such as timber flooring and elegant paper lampshades. Keep the rest of the decor simple and monochrome to let the material really take centre stage.
38. Add interest to simpler interior schemes with printed upholstery and soft furnishings. Look to monochromatic chevrons, stripes or checks for classic contemporaneity.
Use table lamps and desk lamps as both a decorative and functional feature in the room – think about how you will use the different areas of the room and ensure the lighting is appropriate for the purpose. Table lamps, for example, will create a softer effect but may not provide enough direct lighting to a desk or corner chair where you sit in the evenings to read so opt for a task light or floor lamp instead. Installing a dimmer on overhead lighting can also be a good idea to allow further flexibility in the scheme.
Sleek yet simple style will never date in any room of the house and these minimalist ideas will ensure your dining room is bang on trend season after season!
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.
Whether you have a large family space or a small, sophisticated living room, we have pulled together this list of 51 top living room interior ideas to ensure you have all the inspiration you need to create your perfect interior design scheme.
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
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.
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.”
41. Rather than using complementary tones across accent accessories in your living room, try going for a bold contrast for a burst of vibrancy.
13. “Large dining rooms are such a pleasure to design as are smaller spaces too. If you have limited space for your dining table choosing the shape of your table is key including the style of your chairs,” says Nadya of nadya sawney interiors. “I am all about expanding space in my interiors and if you cannot do that physically because of area limitation you can certainly achieve the feel of expansion through your furniture choices. Being playful with table decoration also adds to a visual feast preparing you nicely for the food to come.”
“Sharing meals with friends is one of the greatest pleasures in life so ensure your dining space is as stylish and inspiring as possible with our top dining room design ideas.”
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.”
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.
32. Up the feeling of opulence in your dining room by creating a glittering tabletop through beautiful crystal glassware. Add a boutique restaurant edge to your scheme by setting each place with all the glassware and crockery your guests will need in advance.
23. Introduce a little playfulness and style to your minimalist dining room by pairing fun accessories such as elegant ceramics in pretty pastel pink with a sleek engineered dining table. Introduce additional texture through a simple rug or, for a serious style statement, incorporate an urban statement pendant light over the table.
Discover all the design inspiration you’ll ever need in our 51 living room interior ideas.
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!
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.”
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.
1. For a dining room that really invites guests to relax and unwind, look to the most luxurious and comfortable dining room chairs that your budget will allow. Rich upholstery, padded seats and gorgeous button-back detailing will ensure your dinner party guests will be all too happy to linger over dinner.
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.
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.
Save space Living rooms are multifunctional spaces that often need to accommodate a whole range of activities from working at the computer to watching television. If you are looking to condense your furniture, consider some space saving living room design ideas such as mounting the television on the wall, coffee tables that offer storage solutions or extendable dining tables.
Cushions and throws Cushions and throws are great tools for adding a flourish of colour, texture and pattern into your space. Versatile and inexpensive, you can rotate these throughout the year to reflect the seasons. Layer a few different textures to create depth in your space and use cushions and throws to help create the impression of a warm, inviting room to relax in.
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.
Establish a focal point Choosing a focal point will help you to arrange your space and give the eye a natural place to rest when entering the room. The fireplace often provides the living room focal point as this can create a cosy, relaxed atmosphere. A statement coffee table is another example of a piece that can act as the key feature to build your design around. Try styling up your coffee table with a chic ottoman tray to incorporate key design features and enhance your overall scheme.
11. “Small spaces can benefit from clean, unfussy decorating schemes. Go for pale, unpatterend ceilings, walls, woodwork and floors and then look for furniture that will add the interest,” House to Home.
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.
33. “Create a cosy corner for dining with family and friends by pairing a bench and chairs with a table, it’s nothing new but it works a treat. Lay a rug underneath that stretches out past the legs of the chairs and drape sheepskins over seat backs to create a warm, relaxing atmosphere. Light a few candles, pop open a bottle and gather round,” Cate St Hill.
5. Simple black and white dining rooms are timelessly stylish in both contemporary and traditional homes and it’s easy to add a burst of accent colour through vibrant upholstery on dining chairs.
Introduce modernity to your home with contemporary living room ideas from some of our favourite interior design bloggers.
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.
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
35. “If your lighting is directly over your table, think about where you and your family and friends will be sitting – you might love your choice of light but it may be best not to obscure the head of a loved one,” Red Online.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.”
From the essential dining tables and chairs to stylish sideboards and shelving, these dining room furniture ideas will ensure your space is both practical and stylish.
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.”
36. “Modernise your dining room with industrial style lighting. Balance their streamlined look by combining the lighting with natural furnishings, like wood tables and wicker chairs,” HGTV.
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
15. “Formal dining rooms are kind of redundant now, your eating space should feel relaxed, homely and be a room you want to stay in once the meal has finished – lighting is key! Throw in a couple of vintage armchairs and a drinks cabinet for afters and you’ve got a cosy spot for the rest of the evening. Oh and don’t forget some kind of music source, dining in silence is my worst nightmare,” Karen Knox of Making Spaces.
From sophisticated dinner parties to casual suppers with your nearest and dearest – a lot happens around the table which makes the dining room a very important place indeed. From the perfect designer dining table to stylish yet comfortable dining chairs, there is a lot to consider when creating this space and to help, our team of Houseologists have pulled together the top 37 dining room design ideas to make the whole process a breeze!
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.
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..
16. “Create a dining room that people want to spend time in,” says Natasha of Candy Pop. “Consider comfortable seating, cosy lighting and a calming environment free of clutter – a homely and welcoming space will encourage happy gatherings and memory making.”
Ask what the space is for Let practical considerations about your lifestyle be the starting point when you design your living room. Ask yourself key questions such as: Who uses your living room? What do you use the space for? Do pets and children play here? Is this room reserved for when you have company?
We’ve pulled together some of our favourite contemporary dining room ideas from top interior bloggers to help you infuse your home with stylish modernity…
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!”
Create a stylish space to enjoy your meals with our top dining room design ideas.
25. “Before you dive into furnishing your perfect dining space you first need to plan your space according to size. You want to create a cosy space to entertain and enjoy with friends but being squashed or banging elbows isn’t going to create the right vibe,” says Lori of Wild & Grizzly. “Ensure you leave around 25 inches placement per person to dine at your table and 30 inches from your table to wall for comfort. Measuring your space will allow you to choose the right table size and make your dining experience extra special.”
Rug A rug is a great way to add texture and dimension to your space and will make it feel rich and cosy. You can choose a plain rug to accent your colour scheme or make a bold statement with a graphic or patterned rug. When it comes to placement, rugs should be no closer than six inches and no further than two feet from the wall, touching or in the centre of the main furniture in the room.
29. For a moody dining room that exudes traditional Scandinavian style look to furniture that has a strong architectural silhouette. The NORR11 NY11 Dining Chair, with its Mid Century school room inspired style is perfect for adding instant Nordic chic – particularly when paired with cool contemporary industrial lighting and a clean, engineered dining table.
2. “Oversize furnishings make this cavernous living room feel more intimate, while colourful accessories and a print by Anna Ullman add personality.” Architectural Digest
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Consider traffic flow The living room is a busy family space where people will be regularly coming in and out of the room. Consider the traffic flow as you arrange your furniture, and make sure it is easy to move through the space. Creating awkward corners or tight spaces will make the room feel cluttered and smaller than it is.
7. Look to cool chalky pastel shades to create a dining room colour scheme that is both modern and playful. Our team of Houseologists love to combine sophisticated pastel tones with pale wood finishes for a contemporary Scandinavian look – try matching table top accents with your dining chairs for cool cohesion.
21. Pared back minimalist dining rooms will never go out of style and work particularly well in dining spaces that are flooded with lots of natural light. Look to engineered finishes and contemporary clean lines for a modern minimalism with a chic silhouette.
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.
26. Fill your dining room with some seriously Scandinavian vibes with the &Tradition In Between Chair. Creating a super stylish balance between positive and negative space, this design by Sami Kallio is a masterclass in Scandic design processes and cool modernity.
From sofas to coffee tables, choosing the right furniture for your living room is crucial to ensure the space works efficiently and to creating the room’s aesthetic.
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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.
8. “Make sure you have a flexible seating arrangement to squeeze in more guests when hosting diner parties,” says Maxine of We Love Home Blog. “Start with a dining table which extends to fit friends and family. A bench is ideal as you can fit more bottoms around the table. Keep a couple of folding dining chairs to hand to host most friends or look for stacking dining chairs that you can neatly store out the way to make an impromptu dance floor for after-dinner partying!”
17. “A neutral monochromatic scheme of whites and woods is often a safe way to create a modern sophisticated environment,” says Eleni of My Paradissi. “The simpler the palette, however, the more one has to pay attention to the details of the furniture and accessories. Sleek pieces with unexpected design, plush textures and fresh green plants are some of the tricks one can use to pull off this design.”
10. “If your home is too compact for a separate dining room, then consider incorporating a dining area in an open-plan living room,” says House to Home. Create an area within the living room that can be used for dining. Hanging a pendant light over the table and adding upholstered dining chairs that complement the sofa and soft furnishings will ensure the room feels cohesive while separating the two areas.
Whether you prefer sophisticated neutrals or like to add pops of playful colour through furnishings and accessories, these top dining room colour ideas are sure to inspire your space.
20. “Nothing is more inviting than a long farmhouse-style table for the setting of a large family dinner. Keep the space from getting weighed down by choosing slender, not-too-clunky chairs and linen table settings,” Real Simple.
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18. “I think one of the most important things not to scrimp on is dining chairs,” says Katy of Apartment Apothecary. “If you, your family and your guests are as comfortable as possible, lingering around the dining table is a pleasure and meals will be longer and more enjoyable. It’s also a good idea to hang glass or ceramic pendant lights over your dining table as this creates enough light to see your food but also the right sort of soft light to create a good atmosphere.”
28. Keep your dining room colour palette in the Scandinavian tradition with a monochrome scheme infused with raw wooden accents and colours drawn from nature such as chic forest green and rich earthy browns.
13. “Try softening up a monochrome scheme with warm lustrous textiles and play with different shapes.” Nikki, My Scandinavian Home.
19. “Often a homelife hub, whether it’s in the kitchen or open-plan living space, a dining table is such a key piece,” says Julia of Stylonylon. “It’s colour and texture can really define the space, so consider whether you want the comforting aesthetic of wood, something bright and light in white or a real statement piece in slate grey or zinc. You can then build the rest of the room, with carpet and chairs, around this!”
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.
Before you can begin adding your own unique touches, these are the essential need-to-knows to help you create a standout living room space in your home:
Coffee table Coffee tables often form the centrepiece that the rest of the furniture is arranged around. If you’re going to use a table in the centre of your space, pick a bold statement piece that is large enough to be within reach of the sofa. If you need more space, pick a table with storage or swap out the traditional coffee table for smaller side tables or an ottoman that can double as a seat and a flat surface to place trays.
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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.
Once you have the essential pieces of furniture in place, turn your attention to the finishing touches that will pull your design together. Accessories are the finishing touches that complete your room and complement your design scheme as well as helping to creating a gorgeous room that invites you to relax and unwind.
22. “Too much wood across the dining table, chairs, flooring and cabinetry can be a bit overwhelming. Think creatively about the pieces you bring into the room,” says Real Simple. These beautiful chairs create an elegance through their fine lines and negative space that really enhances this minimalist dining room.
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!”
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
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Accessories Adding accessories offers the opportunity to put your favourite things on display and also show off your unique personality. Interior accents like candles, ornaments and wicker storage baskets help to create an atmosphere where it’s easy to relax and unwind. Keep your look consistent by choosing pieces with subtle repetition; for example across shapes, materials, colours, theme or time period.
6. For a stylish retro dining room colour idea, look to shades that evoke a fun Mid Century feel. Rich marigold orange, cool olive green or turquoise are all perfect for enlivening your space.
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34. “‘Good lighting and acoustics are key to a great dining room. Keep the design simple and consider soft furnishings if your room sounds like an aircraft hangar. The dining table should be the star of the show. Light it up with a statement pendant making sure your bulbs are warm white for a cosy glow,” says Hannah Burke of Open House London.
Storage unit If the living room is where you and your family watch television then you’ll likely need storage for any equipment that goes along with it. Consider a compact media stand or unit that will keep wires safely out of view but can also double as a surface on which to place accents and accessories that bring the room together.
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.
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.
31. For a true luxury dining room idea, use tableware to elevate the overall look of the space. Gold detailing across crockery, cutlery and glassware combined with luxurious table linens and glamorous candle holders in materials such as marble, smoked glass and brass will instantly upgrade the whole room.
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.
12. “Bring life to your dining area with houseplants. Succulents are easy to care for and make the perfect centerpiece year-round,” says HGTV. Lush greenery is a wonderful small dining room idea as it breaks up the decor without taking up valuable space.
When choosing furniture , it’s important to consider proportion as well as practicality and style to ensure that your living room layout works. For example, if you have your heart set on an oversized sofa, consider that you may also have to go for a larger coffee table so that there is cohesion between your furnishings – so ensure that you have plenty of space to accommodate this.
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.
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.
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
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.
37. “Your dining room should reflect your style but be functional and uncluttered,” says Lori of Wild & Grizzly. “Add a touch of your personality with a rug to frame your dining table on hard surface floors or a low pendant light centered over the table to add drama, create a focal point and add atmosphere to your room.”
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.”
Sofa Your sofa is the key piece in the living room so getting it right will ensure the room flows. As well as the style and size of the sofa, take time to choose the perfect upholstery for you, think about the texture, colour and pattern and look at how durable the material is. For a successful living room layout, arrange your seating to create sociable groupings so people can interact easily. If you are struggling for space, choose a smaller sofa and use ottomans, chairs and footstools to add additional seating.
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).
Bring a touch of seaside-inspired style to your living room with the soft palettes and natural materials of coastal living…
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.
The way in which the furniture, lighting and accessories are situated in a space is key to ensuring the space works. These living room layout ideas will help you ensure your space works, no matter what the size.