Do you like the clean modern lines of Scandinavian design? The shabby chic French look? Or perhaps the bold shapes and exotic colours from Morocco?
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!
Shiplap over a fireplace and built-in bookshelves feels cozy and inviting. Beach vibes for days.
Lacking on space? Permission to forgo the traditional coffee table/sofa setup. A fireside table is the coziest spot for reading or a casual dinner.
Shopping habits revealed that quality and comfort are key when it comes to the home furnishings we choose to buy, but we’re much more ‘cautious’ with our purchases, and are opting to source a few new pieces to set our rooms apart. Although John Lewis says ‘there is no typical customer,’ their sales data ‘speaks of some distinctly different styles and tastes found in UK homes’.
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The trompe l’oeil paintings, such as the scrolls that frame the windows in this living room, help break up large walls. You don’t have to worry about hanging art in this space.
It’s what happens when you create a jungle inside a bungalow. No, we’re not just trying to make fetch happen here.
To up farmhouse vibes, install shiplap. Joanna Gaines would totally approve.
Think red, white, and blue feels too patriotic? Not when it’s paired with geometric lamps and a neutral, patterned rug.
Elegant furniture juxtaposed with exposed brick walls feels cool and lived-in. Add statement art to break them up.
A growing fondness for all things British is emerging. Many are opting for decorative eclectic styling that mixes tradition with today. ‘We introduced a new collection of Liberty Fabric prints, collaborated with the V&A and launched a best-selling print inspired by an English country garden. Evidence of this tribe in action includes increasing sales of William Morris wallpaper (19 per cent) and Royal memorabilia,’ explained the retailer.
The Danish word hygge dominated this winter, with The Little Book of Hygge a bestseller. John Lewis says: ‘The calming, minimalist Scandi look has been a favourite among customers for several years, with top-sellers including natural weave textures for cushions, bed linen and wallpaper.’
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Though the walls and floors in this cottage are neutral, patterned chairs give it a pop. Bright pillows on the sofa add to the tropical feel.
Nothing says nautical more than blue, but it can get way too monochromatic, fast. Use varying shades of blue (and even some touches of green) to keep your space more intriguing.
Dark beams add contrast to high and light ceilings. Add a gothic-inspired chandelier to ground it even more.
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Lavender walls help this otherwise busy living room feel calm. Chinese ancestral paintings hang over the sofa, framed by ginger jars on wall brackets, and the sofa is upholstered in an overscale ikat.
Raw-poplar walls give the feel of “a fisherman’s shack.” We’re forever on island time.
Add vibrant color without it overpowering your room by painting bookshelves. It’ll accent the room, but not be the focus of the room.
Luxury Lovers enjoy a touch of sumptuous indulgence in their homes with dramatic decorative accessories and gold, copper and brass lighting, adding decadent allure. John Lewis reveals how their sales increased in all of the following: velvet cushions (56 per cent), silk pillowcases (44 per cent) and grey fur throws (35 per cent).
If you are decorating your home and are at the stage of compiling moodboards, then take a look at these design styles from around the world to match every taste. If you want a sleek and modern home with an air of elegance, go for Italian style. Or if you’re embracing 2017’s biggest new trend, lagom, and are making an effort to live a more sustainable lifestyle, you’ll find that the Scandi and Japanese style will suit you best.
The report explained how today, interior styling is not so much about staying on-trend but more about celebrating individuality, and using social media and online inspiration as a means to creating personal ‘displays’ in the home.
Here’s how you get paneling when your house has none. Red leather nailhead trimming creates the look of wall paneling in this living room.
Who says backsplashes are just for your kitchen? Try tiling your fireplace — blue and white if it’s a beach house, obvi.
A pine mantel frames the cozy hearth in this farmhouse living room. Along with apron sinks, Windsor chairs, and tin sconces, an assortment of baskets ups the home’s rural charm.
Yellow upholstery will make sure your living room is always sunny, no matter what the weather is outside. Keep the rest of the room white and it’ll feel even brighter.
An understated palette means you can focus on incredible interior architecture and dramatic statement pieces. Can we talk about those beams, please?
If you’ve got tall ceilings, you need a statement chandelier. This modern chandelier picks up the gold accents in the room.
The ultimate bohemian formula: bold wallpaper, patterned pillows, a sheepskin rug, and greenery. Now go and live your best boho life.
Inspired by stories and memories of times abroad, these bohemian globetrotters create vibrant looks in their homes, featuring vivid colours, ethnic prints and embroidered floor cushions. John Lewis’ Dakara range takes inspiration from the Moroccan souk and the Turkish bazaar and the department store saw ‘strong sales of ethnic-inspired table linens, pom pom storage bags and llama-embroidered cushions’.
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A pendant lamp adds to the jewel-box effect of this lush living room. Even though they used contrasting colors, the darker tones keep it from feeling too bold.
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This living room is simple, clean-lined, and inviting, with a little bit of glamour and a lot of comfort. To highlight the architectural details, the moldings are painted in high-gloss white.
Create a cozy cottage feel with an intimate grouping of furniture. Also, this vintage root table is everything our wood coffee tables aspire to be.
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The eclectic mix of vintage armchairs, a blue-glass mirror, and a glass-topped rattan side table is total ’70s vibes. With a style like this, the bolder, the better.
The mosaic Moroccan tiles are the focal point of this blue-and-white living room. They add an exotic touch to a beach house.
This living room was blessed with original Beaux-Arts plasterwork and parquet, but you can still recreate a French-inspired room at home with a linen-covered bergères and a Louis XVI side table. Vintage curtains and a crystal chandelier complete it.
This rustic great room was built to resemble a converted barn. And those windows, though.
An L-shaped couch not only looks cool, but it makes a corner living area way more functional. To make it stand out even more, choose a bright color.
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Style pioneers simply can’t be pinned down. They mix and match looks with ease and authority to create their dream home aesthetic.
This floor is covered in 10 different vintage Moroccan rugs for an inviting feel. To recreate the look, make sure you choose all comfy, durable fabrics.
Are you a Luxury Lover, Scandi-fan, Nomadic Settler, British Eclectic or Style Pioneer? In the John Lewis Retail Report – How We Shop, Live and Look, the retailer has identified varying home styles that best represent the interior design choices of their customers.