For an unexpected fireplace display, swap logs for stacked books or magazines. Firewood, who?
*Oliver Bonas do a great selection of gold accessories, all with a chic twist.
This jewel-toned color makes a room feel like a Caribbean oasis. Add potted plants and we’re completely swooning.
For a Gramercy Park apartment, designer Bennett Leifer upholstered a settee in a Sabina Fay Braxton velvet, and chose a pair of carved wood armchairs by de Gournay covered in a Stark velvet. The Empire console is from Lucca Antiques, the cocktail table is by Ebanista, the vintage stool is by Maison Baguès, the Louis XVI secretary was purchased on 1stdibs, the Tabriz rug is antique, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Alexandria Beige.
Blend neutral gray walls with sleek, modern furniture and lighting. It’ll look chic rather than dated.
An open floor plan like in this Connecticut cottage creates one large space for entertaining. Two columns (garage-sale finds from years ago) stand at the corners of the kitchen, anchoring the room.
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.
I’ve never understood how whenever you see a picture of a totally aspirational living room, it’s completely devoid of a television. Like, doesn’t that totally defeat the purpose of a living room or something?! But now you too can fake out everyone on Instagram, thanks to a bifold-panel painting that hides your television behind gorg art.
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 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.
*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 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.
Blue and white is classic, but you can warm up your space a bit by choosing gray instead. This room is proof it’s not totally dull.
Actress Minnie Driver’s inviting Hollywood living room features a mix of vintage fabrics and patterns. Window treatments in complementary colors add balance to the light-filled space.
The calming colors in the living room of this North Carolina home are balanced with fun geometric shapes in the prints above the couch, and on the rug below.
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.
*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 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.
*For a wide selection of posters, art prints and framed art, visit Art.co.uk for an affordable selection. There’s something for everyone!
You can do better than hanging up a few pictures. Paint a bold pattern on your walls, or opt for using stick-on flowers, stars, or a geometric decal.
*If you always forget to water plants, buy artificial ones instead, like this artificial indoor Eucalyptus plant, £9.99, Amazon.
*Achieve a similar look with Vita Copenhagen’s Eos lampshade (£99, Amazon) – it will give guaranteed wow factor!
For a laid-back look on your mantel, rest a sturdy style against the wall – no hammering required.
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.
Arguably, the most comfortable rug ever. This black and white pattern makes it feel fresh and modern.
All white might seem boring, but a crisp, matte white is totally timeless, and will make your space feel a million times larger. Accent with colored pillows to add contrast.
An understated decorating scheme allows period features to shine in this Victorian terrace.
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.
It adds nice depth to the room, and also makes entertaining guests super easy.
Need space, stat? Swap boring shelving for more decorative options, then load up on fabric boxes or baskets to hide an overflow of knick knacks.
*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.
Give beige a break. Dramatic hues can drench a large living room, like this inky wallpaper. The deep blue provides a surprisingly neutral backdrop.
*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.
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.
*Layer up with this velvet cushion, £19.50 from Marks & Spencer.
This hot pink fireplace was inspired by the homeowners’ grandmother’s favorite shade of lipstick. Have fun with little details like that!
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.
Let the vibes flow from room-to-room with another clever paint tip. “I often paint a home one color throughout,” says Susana Simonpietri, interior designer and cofounder of Chango & Co. “Or, I’ll try the softest hue in the room that gets the most natural light, then work through the rest of the home with deepening shades of blue and gray.”
*Introduce pops of colour with the Hill coffee table and two side tables (£99 from MADE).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Want to go a little glam without looking too showy? Add in minimal brass accents, like a side table and sconces.
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.
Yep, white furniture can work in a house with kids. Just choose durable fabrics (a leather couch) and surfaces (the plastic rocker, the lacquer table) that wipe clean easily.
Makeover a room by rethinking the pieces you already have. Use up leftover wall paint on the frame of an old chair or refresh curtains and pillows by sewing fancy trim along the edge.
Setting up a booze station on your bar cart is a no brainer — but using it as an end table (especially when space is limited) to display blooms, art and coffee table books is just genius.
Who says everything has to be matchy-matchy? Contrast your couch and chairs to make things a bit more interesting.
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.
Chairs that look good but are totally uncomfortable? Not worth the cute factor. Opt for insanely comfy seating, like a papasan chair, and you’ll want to lounge in your living room forever.
The rich-blue velvet couch pops nicely against the pale, misty gray paneled walls in this Chicago apartment.
Save square footage without sacrificing seating by using dining chairs in the living room. A rattan-and-cane perch takes up less real estate than a traditional recliner.
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.
Your style may be posh, your furniture can still be cozy. Plush sofas and armchairs rule the roost in Ellen Pompeo’s L.A. home. “It’s fancy in a cool way, not in an ‘I can’t sit there’ way,” she says.
Christiane Lemieux’s New York City loft includes artwork by Robert Swain, custom sofas covered in a neutral linen, and a coffee table and side table from the Brimfield Show and a Paris flea market.
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.
Make the living room feel airer (and infinitely bigger) by replacing a bulky sectional with pretty seating. Besides, what feels more luxe than velvet?
*Flowers will brighten any room. Shop the very best bouquets from Interflora, Marks & Spencer or Waitrose.
The key to subtle color lays at your feet. A patterned carpet plays up the neutral furniture in a New Jersey home, while a similarly-hued pillow adds another punch to the armchair.
Don’t let your primetime viewing habits impede your style. “Go for a slim TV (mine is a Samsung), and use a thin mount that lets it sit flat against the wall,” says lifestyle blogger Carley Knobloch. “Then have the wires threaded through the wall so it looks uncluttered.”
This living room was originally a landing but an L-shaped sofa and clever planning has transformed the unused space into a comfy relaxation zone.
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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.
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 West Elm Mid-Century Narrow Ladder Wood Shelving Unit, £249 from John Lewis, will show off your items in style.
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.
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.
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.
Toning grey walls teamed with upcycled furniture and vintage finds give this living room a cosy feel.
Architect Piet Boon and designer Jennifer Schmidt transformed a Washington, D.C. loft with a palette of grey, white, and wood in light tones. Textured accents, including grey velvet chairs, add interest to the open space.
The couch in this living room is a prime example of perfectly mismatched patterns. The couch maintains a color scheme, and the blue rug beneath it ties the whole look together.
If your room has a more minimalist vibe, try an oversized, paper pendant. But take note: If your furniture is large and clunky, or you have a lot of busy decor, it could overwhelm it.
Update an old-school brick fireplace (or wood paneling) with a coat of cream paint like this sunny home. Take that, ’70s-era decor.
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.
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.
Alisa Bloom recreated the environment of a French interior in her sophisticated Chicago penthouse. In the living room, she opted for a custom sofa in a Kravet fabric with pillows in a Jim Thompson silk. The 1970s chairs are from Revival, and the vintage cocktail table is from Martin La Brocante. She finished the space with a console by Crate & Barrel, a vintage chandelier by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, and curtains in an Oscar de la Renta fabric for Lee Jofa. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cement Gray.
They might be overdone, but we still love them. Add a couple of poufs to accent your space.
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.
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.
Bring the garden inside with plant-inspired wallpaper, like the one in this living room that emulates greenery on a trellis. The result? A charming and cheery vibe.
*Continue your love for teal with this Large Loft Hanging Floating Frame (£22 from Oliver Bonas).
Avoid future boredom with calm colors using texture and pattern. In a dreamy beach house, muted prints in the same palette keep a neutral room from looking bland.
Don’t forget to punctuate color with natural texture. Sarah Richardson used wicker baskets, a wood-frame mirror, and an antique pine dresser to warm up this rustic cabin.
White walls and contemporary furniture give this living room a clean and classic feel. Natural elements, by way of driftwood and greenery, bring the outdoors in.
Short pieces, like this tufted couch, keep an open floor plan cozy. Use area rugs to define individual “rooms” within the space.
Measuring just 250 square feet, a tiny guesthouse copies a staple of Scandinavian style. Bright white shiplap creates the illusion of added space.
If you’ve got a marble top coffee table, take it off and place it on the floor. Prop it up with some books for a bohemian update.
Fill any underused nook or corner with a big, ol’ houseplant and it can instantly become the personality-packed focal point of the room. Tuck the pot in a cute basket for an extra punch.
Look to the opposite end of the color spectrum to tie everything together. A moody blue grounds a windowed living room by Sarah Richardson without overwhelming it.
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.
Blue, in this case. Hint: it makes it easier to decorate, since you know exactly what shade you’re searching for.
The extra wide panels above this fireplace are a fresh, modern take on shiplap. To make it even more unique, only do a section of your wall.
*You can’t go wrong with a statement vase. The Fifi red ceramic vase (£15) from Habitat is stunning.
The horizontal wood-paneled white walls help balance out the bold pinks, oranges, and blues in this room.
Our Whole Home Project had some pretty covetable interiors—this living room included. It’s totally lived-in and relaxed, but with a touch of glam.
*Amara sells a great selection of cushions, including this Valbonella Cushion in Alchemilla by Designers Guild (£95).
New York-based designer Becky Shea crafted a stunning New York City loft for Homepolish co-founder Will Nathan. The living room, which showcases a mix of industrial elements as well as Shea’s organic-modernist aesthetic, is a lesson in open-concept living.
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.
The living room in this Greek Island home features a custom cocktail table and banquette, and striped pillows upholstered in a Les Toiles du Soleil fabric. The Queen Elizabeth II print is by Andy Warhol.
Sounds like the dullest color ever, looks incredible. Wood paneling helps break up the dark wall.
The homey and welcoming vibes come through thanks to elevated-folksy Thibaut curtain pattern and 8-foot-long Lee Industries sofas. This room pumps up your pleasure at every turn.
*Achieve a similar look with these beautiful handmade Moroccan leather pouffes by Bohemia (£98, Notonthehighstreet.com).
*This geometric rug by Traum (from £45, Amazon) would suit a contemporary home perfectly.
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.
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.
Use these gorgeous living room ideas as a starting point for your next decorating project – and shop similar looks with our suggestions.
Change up tired decor with this quick DIY. Add old wood planks to a coffee table as a bonus shelf. And skip painting — the weathered finish has more character.
Start with an all-white canvas and swap in seasonal accents all year-round. This summery living room uses cool blues, jute accessories, and nautical accents for a beachy vibe.
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.
The bookshelves in this living room allow all kinds of opportunity for displaying different items, and also for storage. Adding a ladder for high shelves adds another decorative touch.
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.
*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.
The living room is the place where friends and family gather to spend quality time in a home, so it’s important for it to be well-designed. From sleek lofts to design schemes layered with antiques, these eye-catching living spaces are bursting with personality.
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 Hudson Living Capri Leather Chair (£379 from John Lewis) is ideal for a lounge.
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.
Whether it’s a complete overhaul or a quick refresh, spice up the family’s favorite room with these pro tips.
Liven up a neutral space with potted plants and greenery. It’ll feel like an actual oasis in your living room.
*Modern, traditional or shaggy, Modern Rugs has a great selection for your floor.
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.
An open-concept layout is the key to a lighter, airier space. Choose a white color palette to up the vibe more.
*Browse more from the House Beautiful collection at Carpetright here.
*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.
How to make your living room look lighter, brighter and bigger
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.
*This gorgeous Wild Flower Blush Wallpaper from Graham & Brown would make a great feature wall.
*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.
It’s not as much about where you put your furniture as it is about the types of pieces you choose. “In each room I design, I try to include at least one round piece, such as a coffee table, that people can walk around without bumping their knees,” says interior designer Katie Rosenfeld. “I also add a few armchairs and a versatile piece like a garden stool that can be used as a stool to sit on or as a table for a drink.”
*The Urban Obsession matt paint by Dulux (£13.12 for 1.25L) would work well for a feature wall.
*Etsy is a great online portal for finding some vintage furniture.
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.
The quickest way to let light in starts at the source. Replace heavy fabric curtains with gauzy ones, making sure the panels go all the way to the floor. To accentuate a tall ceiling, mount the drapes about a foot above windows and doors.
The 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.
HGTV host Emily Henderson uses a “hero color” throughout every room to pull it all together. In her Los Angeles home, blue with gray and olive accents creates a casual, layered look.
*Velvet cushions work well here. This oversized velvet cushion by Linea (£20, House of Fraser) fits the bill.
*This Small Silver Decorative Buddha Elephant Ornament, £5.91 from Amazon, is perfect for a coffee table.
Architect Luís Bernardo Brito e Abreu renovated his São Miguel home to reflect his family’s artistic, maritime history. The living room features a vintage chair by Illum Wikkelsø, and the mantel and stone benches are both of local basalt. The sculpture of a head on the bench at right is by Ernesto Canto da Maya, and the wall sculpture above the mantel is a 16th-century naval decoration.
You spend a lot of time in your living room, so it not only needs to look great, but it needs to be functional and comfortable. Blending all three things can be tricky, but we’ve got plenty of ideas to inspire you. Need ideas for other areas too? Our bedroom and bathroom galleries will get you ready for a full house reno!
This Connecticut farmhouse nails country style. Underused neutrals rust and charcoal echo throughout with woodsy elements like oak, cedar, stone, and leather.
Steal a space-faking secret from this tiny Brooklyn apartment. Choose a few full-size furniture pieces instead of cramming in lots of smaller ones. The living room will feel larger, and you’ll have a sofa you actually like to sit on.
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.
*Marks & Spencer’s Loft range is perfect if you’re looking for contemporary, streamlined furniture for compact spaces.
Refresh your storage by taking the jackets off old books (load up at yard sales) to expose the stitching or covering your collection with coordinating papers.
*The Anself Shabby Chic Console Table, £79.99 from Amazon, features three cabinet drawers for extra storage.
Incorporate antique and vintage furniture into a modern home, as seen in this Edinburgh flat, by including different pieces from a similar period.
A simple Roman blind and textured flooring has resulted in an elegant update for this neutral living room.
A Brooklyn townhouse in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, features a sofa from ABC Carpet & Home upholstered in a fabric by Soraya Shah for Studio Four NYC. The space also includes a chaise by Timothy Oulton, a Danish cocktail table, the Akari pendant light by Noguchi, window treatments in a Rebecca Atwood fabric, and a vintage Moroccan rug. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Huntington White and the trim in Iron Mountain. A photograph by Claire Nitze and a cameo portrait by Doug Meyer complete the living room.
Blue and white is the peanut butter and jelly of color combos. But that doesn’t mean it has to skew French country.
A Dallas home feels bohemian and well-traveled thanks to wood floors and gray walls. The neutral base helps a bold kilim-covered sofa and mix-and-match throw pillows shine.
Mix metallic accents (we see you, adorable end table) with traditional wood pieces for added depth to your living room decor.
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.
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.
Arts pioneer Virginia Lebermann’s family home in Marfa includes a neutral sofa by Minotti, a white chair by Axel Vervoordt, and a John Derian floor lamp (foreground). The painting is by Charlotte Culot.
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.
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.