Is your living room packed with pattern, an understated palette of neutrals, a modern take on country style, cool and contemporary...? If your answer is 'none of the above right now, but that’s what I’m after', then stop right there, put your feet up and have a browse. These lovely living rooms are here to inspire you...
You may not live in a country farmhouse, but you can still get the look. Think beautiful natural textures like wool, sheepskin and leather, country motifs and a muted colour palette, and transport yourself from town. Cushions, Milton & Manor (pictured above).
Bold colour and a combination of modern florals, stripes and plains create a stunning living space. Take a leaf out of the designer’s book and go for a fresh white ceiling when you’re using a deep shade on the walls to keep the overall effect airy. Fabrics from the Vienna collection, Ashley Wilde.
Pull off neutrals well, and it’s a look that’s sophisticated and stylish. Do it badly, and it’s just plain dull. The secret? Create variation with different finishes and textures, such as this gorgeous snakeskin effect fireplace wall from The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse.
Keep the furniture quiet and the walls busy. This fabulous Splendour wallpaper from Graham & Brown gives the traditional damask a modern twist in a gorgeous pink. Combine it with comfortable, plain upholstery to create a quiet contrast.
Contemporary living rooms with long low furniture shapes are easy to live with, but don’t forget to give your room a feature otherwise the impression can be of a scheme that’s sleek but bland. Here it’s the amazing Knit rug from Helen Yardley.
Don’t forget to keep it comfortable in your quest for fabulous interior design. It’s easy to fall into the trap of working round the telly, but what about space for reading and relaxing, having a tipple, taking time for yourself. Go on, you know you want to. Flooring by Quick-Step.
Blue doesn’t have to be coastal. We love a touch of seaside style, of course, but for a more sophisticated take simply work it with neutrals and step away from the nautical accessories as in this scheme with fabrics and wallpaper by Sanderson.
Look at the lines of your room for design success. Adding a softer curvaceous element to a room of verticals will make you appreciate both. Flooring by The Natural Wood Floor Company.
We know that, in real life, you aren’t going to put this many cushions on your sofa – however tempting it may be. But that isn’t the lesson of this fresh scheme. It’s rather the perfect example of how decorating aficionados can create a plain living room scheme that will be the perfect backdrop to their latest style crush. Fabrics from the Lakota collection, Prestigious Textiles.
We love wallpaper and paint, but let’s not forget that a fantastic living room scheme can be created with artwork – and how you choose to display it. Make your pictures the focal point for a stunning and individual scheme. Flooring by Pergo.
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Sarah Warwick, Guest Editor
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