Need a little living room inspiration? From colour ideas to living room design, we have hundreds of stylish living room pictures to inspire. Do remember that living room decorating doesn’t have to be grand (we’re talking to you, small living room owners). A simple feature wall, new living room lighting or even rugs can transform your space completely. So get inspired and dive into all our living room design ideas below. Your perfect living room could be just a picture away…
- This living room in a converted barn is decorated with a cohesive mix of old and new artefacts – including even a difficult-to-spot Bluetooth speaker. The room is part of a tribal-themed scheme created by House & Garden’s decorators Gabby Deeming and Ruth Sleightholme.
- Beside the kitchen table in a London house designed by Rabih Hage, there is a living area. A sleek grey sofa sits before an exposed brick wall, which offers a stylish contrast to the original cornicing and white ceiling. Similar sofas and cushions can be found from Designers Guild.
- In this London house designed by Benji Lewis, the architect had already specified a dark cork floor in the basement TV room. As the room lacked natural light, Benji chose a moody scheme with flashes of colour inspired by the clients’ existing painting. Walls are painted in ‘Chocolate Colour’ by Little Greene, inspired by the clients’ George Smith sofas, which are upholstered in ‘Café Noir’, a George Smith basketweave linen. The Sixties lamps, with their original shades, were sourced from the Stephen Sprake antique shop in Church Street, north-west London. The bespoke shagpile rug is from Capitol Carpets.
- Richard and Antony Joseph, creative geniuses behind the innovative kitchenware company Joseph Joseph have struck the perfect balance between work and family in their homes in Wandsworth. Richard headed the creative direction of his home and commissioned the geometric bookcases in the first-floor sitting room.
- House & Garden’s decoration editor Gabby Deeming was inspired by the Matisse exhibition at the Tate Modern to get crafty with cut-out paper wallcoverings from de Gournay and patchwork textiles. The bright yellow sofa (‘Hackney’, £2,577, from Wrong for Hay) pairs beautifully with the bright colours, but would look equally gorgeous with grey, charcoal, deep indigo or black.
- Black slate flooring runs alongside white Travertine in the ground-floor sitting room of this medieval tower in Italy belonging to the celebrated architect Bruno Sacchi and his wife Jane. Orginally completed in the Seventies, Jane and their children recently resuscitated the project’s original decor, which had fallen in to disrepair following her husbands death.
‘Bruno’s project for the house was innovative and ahead of its time in its solutions to the technical problems of a building of its age,’ says Jane. ‘He took time to consider each space and how the light falls at different times of day, making every angle, aperture and window a picture in itself. He created contemporary interiors that managed to contrast with and yet enhance the ancient setting.’The sitting room is filled with light on both sides through contemporary, floor-to-ceiling windows, recently replaced to mimic the Seventies design. Arflex ‘Strips’ ottomans, are reupholstered in blue linen, and Ikea sofas work with the white travertine shelves on either side, which hold Bruno’s collection of African figurines, sculptures and art books. ‘Bruno was a stickler for primary materials being used throughout, such as wood and steel. “Visual truth, nothing fake,” he would say. “You cannot restore a medieval tower to its original condition – you would have only stone. So be honest with what you add.”
- Go for a softer, more relaxed approach in your living space by layering up inviting textures – a rug laid over bare wood flooring will give a welcoming feel underfoot. Add personality with a mix of pattern on ceramics and soft furnishing. Tone down the palette with upholstery in mid to dark grey and dashes of black.
- In the modern living room of Lucy and Richard Turvill’s award-winning newbuild in Suffolk, the sofas and ottoman are covered in turquoise fabric from Pierre Frey, with the Georgian armchair upholstered in Raoul Textiles’ Ananas fabric in lake. The house was decorated by Lucy’s interior designer sister, Virginia White
- Jochen Zeitz is a businessman, entrepreneur and passionate advocate of conservation and sustainable tourism. Here at Segera, his eco retreat in northern Kenya, there are elegant communal spaces for guests, along with eight private villas. Each has an enormous upper floor bedroom suite and a terrace overlooking the savannah. The villas are decorated practically, but with touches of glamour and local art (African art is ‘totally under-represented globally’, says Jochen). Nothing here is wasted; water is recycled and used to irrigate the gardens, while the electricity and heating is supplied by Segera’s solar farm.
- The dimensions of these shelving units, designed by Clare Stevenson and Claire Sa from architectural practice De Rosee Sa, were dictated to the millimeter by the height of the speakers that nestle discreetly among the coded volumes. Their simple design echoes the lines of the Portland stone chimneypiece from Jamb, balancing the strong graphic print of the carpet.
- Layered glass, resin and watered-silver ‘Acqua Alta’ mirrors with polished gesso frames from Tom Palmer Studio are combined with ‘Amime’ wallpaper by Farrow & Ball in this dramatic scheme by House & Garden decoration editor Gabby Deeming. The watery reflections captured in the tinted mirror glass add a touch of other-worldiness to the room, which is balanced by a polished concrete floor from Puur.
- Interior designer Kamini Ezralow used a subtle palette of grey and yellow in her scheme for this Mayfair apartment, which combines luxurious materials with a light modern look. ‘They wanted a light feel – homely yet luxurious.’ The ceiling light in the sitting area is made from a cluster of ‘Rex’ wall lights by Baroncelli. ‘I love layering textiles. The curtains are a Fox Linton self-stripe wool, the sofa is in Pierre Frey linen and the “Carousel” cocktail chairs, by Robert Langford, have a Turnell & Gigon velvet on the front and an Armani Casa fabric on the back. Using contrasting fabrics adds a sense of fun. All the cushions are custom-made, and I’ve included designs from my new collection. The wool/silk Stark Carpet rug in the main sitting area was the first design I proposed to my clients. The fireplace is from Chesney’s.’
- Swedish company Sandberg’s Arkiv collection of wallcoverings celebrates the work of four eminent Swedish architects. The delicate lines of ‘Nordiska Museet’ show original sketch plans by Isak Gustav Clason of the Nordic Museum in Stockholm. ‘We have long wanted to share these wonderful patterns, but, until now, the technology had not been available to reproduce these larger designs to their full potential,’ says Sissa Sundling, design director at Sandberg. ‘Embracing digital technology is a new challenge for us, but one that opens up so many exciting avenues.’
- This restful flat at the top of a Victorian town house in west London makes the most of the light. The kitchen/dining room/living room hybrid features units by Bulthaup, lights by François Muracciole and Philippe Starck’s slick ‘Kartell Eros Swivel Chair’ from Heal’s.
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