What would your dream living room look like? Do you enjoy the simplicity of pared back Scandi style? The cosiness of the Danish Hygge? Or perhaps you prefer an eclectic mix of colour, texture and pattern? Whatever your preference, the design and style of your living room form an important core to any home.
A versatile space that sees families come together after a long day, friends reminisce after months apart and individuals snuggle up with a book, the living room must be adaptable for any occasion. Through incorporating key elements and decor styles, you can create a living space that suits your unique lifestyle, whether you enjoy relaxing or entertaining guests.
The LuxPad asked a selection of interior experts from across the globe to reveal their ideal living room decor. From boho-chic to classic and colourful, we have all the ideas you need to create the perfect heart to your home.
Bohemian Living Rooms
Boho chic at its best, this living room belongs to Marie Olsson Nylander and I love it (I adore the whole house in fact). Understated, homely, here it is more about creating a home than showcasing a beautiful collection of vintage pieces. With its neutral tones, white walls, natural, earthy materials it has a serene feel to it, yet it would totally withstand kids running around while you try and chill on that gorgeous sofa or catch up with friends and a cuppa! To me, that is what a living room should be. It should be about living…living beautifully.
I’m a maximalist at heart, so this eclectic, bohemian living room is my ideal place to retreat to. To inject some bohemian elements into your living room decor, layer it with plenty of books, curiosities from your travels and things that just make you happy – the perfect decorative accessories! Temper the liveliness with a few bigger, bolder pieces for some calmer elements in the room, like the sofa and neutral walls. To bring it all to life, nature knows best – this doesn’t always mean pot plants but can be anything from a massive hunk of tree as a coffee table to a bamboo hanging chair!
The best spaces combine different looks to create a style that’s all its own. Take this gorgeous, bohemian chic living room, for example. We love the space for the way it balances clean, white furniture and walls with vibrant pops of colour. The sofa is simple and modern (not to mention comfortable, which is essential!). But the juxtaposition with that incredible Moroccan-inspired coffee table and bright, stripy rug, gives the space personality and style. Add tons of natural light from the many windows, and you’ve got my dream living room.
It would be strange for me to choose any living room other than my own as my dream space. I continually tweak and change my own living room decor, and the end wall with the over mantle mirror has become my trademark look – it is my most pinned photo. Recently my latest crush has been white painted floorboards, so I painted my own to give a whole new look to the ground floor of my cottage. This room houses my collections of textiles, travels and art. It is very personal to me but that is why it is my dream space. The left-hand sofa was reupholstered by myself after buying it at auction, the walls are my favourite colours and I find this look very stimulating, yet comfortable and cosy.
Scandi Living Rooms
For me, the living room is more than just a comfy and relaxing space – it also needs to be a multifunctional space where a home-owner can really show their style. I think the most important aspect is a comfy sofa and extra seats for guests, but a large rug, accent cushions, and lighting can quickly brighten up the dullest of rooms. I love the clean, white background and the mix of textures with a yellow accent colour in this Scandinavian living room arrangement. The additional fireplace and wall art is the cherry on top!
What I most like about this huge living space is the combination of industrial and Scandinavian style. There are so many contrasts throughout this living room decor which create a very interesting and inspiring picture. Raw and soft go hand in hand with dark colours and light accents. Not to mention the playful touches like the climb rope, the iconic rocking chair and mix-matched cushions on the couch – and to finish it all, a movable palette with greens. This living room is a striking example of masculinity meeting femininity to create a warm and clean living room.
With a stunning log burner and curved dormer window providing the wow factor, this living room has been sparely and sympathetically furnished to let these speak. The black of the stove is balanced on the other side of the room by the low hanging black lamp and the Hoof side table. A rug and sofa, in neutral shades, and minimal but striking artwork, are combined with a few personal objects to add interest, and a green pouffe and plants echo the greenery of the trees beyond the window. The whole look is one of effortless but cosy minimalism. Nothing more is added than needed to achieve the perfect balance of beauty and functionality – something I am still striving for in my own home.
This living space, created by SJB Interiors, is delicately curated through the use of exquisite furniture, accessories and lighting from the world’s top suppliers, accentuated by the abundance of natural light within the room and luxurious finishes. The key to a successful living space is comfort, texture and dynamism – created through contrast and focus on white space. An envy-inducing space which encourages relaxation and tranquillity, create this look with a few large square-shaped neutral cushions and a mix of hydrangeas and peonies scattered throughout the room, combined with a soft Scandi-inspired rug beneath your feet.
I love this room as it is filled with light & has a peaceful timeless feel. From the natural timber floor to the plain white shutters at the window everything has been kept simple & is therefore easy on the eye making the whole space very relaxed. The shelves provide storage for books & other objects of interest & these are framed perfectly with the art on the wall above. The look has a clear respect for the architecture of the room & pink cushions add a pop of colour.. Perfect.
Colourful Living Rooms
This living room in Wandsworth by Suna Interior Design is the perfect combination of quirky and inviting. This space is all about the mood, with dark, rich tones and individually selected pieces that make a real statement. The collectable model of Battersea Powerstation and the artworks reference the locale: Wandsworth. The combination of textures such as the concrete coffee table, leather sofa and soft velvet punch-button chair create an edgy juxtaposition. While the palette of blue, tan leather, grey and black is striking and sophisticated with an urban, metropolitan feel.
This living room in Moscow was designed by Anna Kovalchenko Interiors. This space is all about exotic travels so loved by the owners of this apartment. The combination of warm hues – orange, brown, yellow creates a very inviting and cozy atmosphere. Rich textures and exotic woods add sophistication and refinement to the space. The custom fireplace cupboard and corner sofa was designed and made to measure specifically for this project.
I have been in love with this living room since it first appeared in Domino Magazine in August 2008. It belongs to gallery owner and entrepreneur, Katie Ukrops, from Richmond, Virginia. I am always drawn to pastels but they can be so tricky to use effectively in a “grown-up” way. Katie nailed it! The pale pinks and soft aqua blues have been my springboard decorating go-to template to this day.
I’m a huge fan of seeing lots of colour and personality in the home, and this space certainly has that. The room uses wonderful bright, bold colours which have been added via accent accessories. You’ll notice the walls and furniture have been kept to muted tones so that in the future, the colour scheme can easily be replaced using different accent pieces. Lighting is one of the most important features in a living room as the space is used for a variety of tasks. This space has several different sources of lighting which will work to create a wonderful ambience on dark nights.
I love colour so it’s no surprise that this would be my perfect living room. Natural light flooding in, combined with exposed bricks makes it the perfect blank canvas to decorate around. The blue and yellow accessories really dress the living room and give it a very feminine look, it’s luxurious yet comfortable and has a homely feel. I love the mixture of textures, the rug, the canvas on the wall and the different type of woods – they all add to the contemporary feel of the room.
Bring nature inside. Add a touch of Japanese style to your interior design – it’s all about simplicity and is marked by a refreshing note and deployment of outdoor elements inside. Prized for its clean lines and attention to detail, be inspired to give your room character with plants. Create a modern greenery in the living room, it keeps the space feeling light and fresh. The oversized windows capture the outdoor view and are a particularly powerful statement in a smaller space. Coordinate your living room with clean-lined wood furniture and sleek plants.
Using self-adhesive wall murals is a great way to get instant impact in your living room. These wall murals can be repositioned and don’t leave any residue when removed – perfect for a rented property. Using elements and colours from your chosen murals in your soft furnishings and accessories will tie the scheme in together. Perfect for people looking for an affordable, stylish and tasteful wall decor, and easy to change when you want a new look for your living room.
This sitting room in my old apartment encapsulates what a well-designed home is about to me. It’s a warm, personal space filled with furniture, art and objects that tell a story of the owners’ interests, passions and personalities. In this picture a Moorish mirror reflects a 1950s West German bowl light, it sounds like an unusual contrast but it somehow works. It is embracing idiosyncrasy and finding those interesting touches that make a room unique that is part of the joy of decorating.
I believe a living room should be comfortable as well as functional, and this room design fits the bill perfectly. I love the geometric wallpaper, the natural wooden floor and the colour scheme. The warm copper tones, mixed with the burnt oranges and teal rug are very on-trend for autumn this year and they evoke a feeling of warmth into the room. The log burner is a great addition to create a truly cosy element on a cold day.
Personally, I want to feel cocooned and snug in a living room, which is exactly how mine makes me feel. The scheme brings together all my favourite things – the walls are a deep version of my favourite colour, there’s tons of texture, colour and a hint of luxe and sparkle with the gold accessories. It’s a great space for the family and as it’s not all focused on the TV, a brilliant space for having friends over to too. In winter its super cosy with the wood burner on, and in summer the tall doors are almost permanently open to link to the garden. It’s somewhere I can’t wait to get home to – which to me is an absolute must.
I adore this dark and theatrical living room I created for my rather cool clients, who wanted a child-free space to chill in after dark. I gave them a room saturated in deep hues, but also well balanced with vivid colour splashes. The sheer drama created by the deep moody slate grey colour along with the bold and boisterous wallpaper pattern totally creates the perfect chill out room for the stressed parents’ escape! The darkness gave a perfect stage for the plush yellow velvet chesterfield sofa bringing big contrast and upping the glamour.
The windows were dressed in the most stylish pooling curtains with that natural crunch and fullness only taffeta fabric can give, just like a swirling ball gown!
Modern Living Rooms
This is actually our second living room space. The first has a large built-in cupboard with open gas fire and shelving on either side with LED lights set inside, and a large corner sofa in front that my husband and I and our two kids cosy up on and watch movies. Our second lounge is what I like to call the ‘cocktail area’ (I like cocktails). The sofa is a little firmer and is more conducive to sitting and having a chat with a friend, drink in hand. It is set back a bit from the kitchen but I chose to have the pipework running down and boxed in to create a small recess, helping to separate it from the kitchen. By wallpapering and laying down a rug, the area is well defined and beckons you to sit down and relax. The arched light adds height and definition and the illuminated decanter ties in with the cocktail scheme. I chose the rounded coffee table to add a retro feel with a handy opening to keep our magazines in easy reach. It always feels like a very relaxing space.
We often find that our clients place their rugs in middle of the living room, and away from the furniture, which can make the space look disconnected and awkward. We always encourage our clients to buy a large rug and let the furniture legs sit on it. You can either place all the furniture legs on or just the front legs of the sofa and chairs. What’s great is that it not only looks really good, but it also solves the whole moving rug problem as the furniture helps keep the rug in place.
I love the simplicity of this elegant penthouse apartment in central London I worked on. It focuses on symmetry, a simple colour palette and texture. Long lateral spaces are a challenge to design, ensuring they avoid becoming corridors. This was avoided by a large CVO ribbon fireplace wrapped in colour-enhanced irregular cut marble as a sculptural element to break the room, separating the media room. Hidden curtains and automated louvres were used to allow light shading to the spaces.
This living room has been very well designed and the combinations are the perfect marriage. Subtly different greys create the all-important layering effect, with the natural textures of wood and greenery softening the look. The fabulous splash of gorgeous orange adds the detail that makes this room work so well. The key design tips here are to create a coffee table ‘display’ with different materials and play with their heights. Use large greenery to emphasise the ceiling heights and always add a swivel chair for fun – all together my perfect room.
This is one of my all-time favourite living rooms, designed by the acclaimed interior designer, Steven Payne, from Maison Architecture & Design. The careful space planning, together with the clever combination of different textures and materials is what makes the design of this living room successful. The white walls and neutral floor act as the perfect canvas for the furniture, emphasising it. The comfortable rattan sofa and linen upholstery are ideal for sunny locations, creating a relaxed holiday look. The yellow lacquer media cabinet acts as a focal point and adds a splash of cheerful colour to the interior. Last but not least, the French window frames are painted black to enhance their height and the classic black and white combination in the curtains create a very stylish contrast.
A balance of a neutral backdrop in layered shades provides the perfect scene for the vibrant pops of colour and texture in this family living space. I always believe that a home should feel welcoming and personal, by creating a neutral base such as this one, the design possibilities are endless. A deeper and warmer tone of paint used on just one wall, linking the dining and living space together creates unity, whilst wall lights add cosiness to the nook where the sofa is and ultimately zone this area of the room.
The living room is such an important part of your home. It is where you unwind, relax and rejuvenate. It is also the room where you reflect and invite people over for a drink and a great conversation. No matter what your style, it is the perfect opportunity to show your personality. Think about a warm, textured approach to Scandinavian simplicity. Consider comfortable modular pieces that can be moved around and adapted to your needs (the combo sofa ottoman is great to be used as a coffee table or to put your feet up). Create a focal point with a beautiful fireplace, which is always an easy statement that helps to compose the room. Think about multiple lighting sources to create a dimmable interesting environment.
In this living room, we used vertical curtains, to emphasise the height of a space. Incorporating reflecting materials like mirrored objects can also increase the space of the room. Don’t be afraid to play with colours – here we used a pink mirror on one side and a mint green steel shelf on the opposite wall. Using a mixture of materials in a living room can also work really well. Wood naturally brings a cosy feeling against materials like concrete which do the opposite. Multifunctional furniture allows you to utilise the space effectively. The coffee table we used here folds away, so when a little extra space is needed, it can be stored elsewhere. Finally, adding an eye-catching design object will bring a special feel to your overall aesthetic – here, the black pendant light became the main focus.
Mid-Century Modern Living Rooms
I’m on a mid-century modern high right now so this image speaks to me in many ways. We just bought a mid-century masterpiece and with that comes a lot of responsibility and a huge renovating project. With that being said it’s no secret that I love mid-century and this living space portrays the perfect balance between modern and mid-century. The stark white walls paired with darker furniture and pops of colour in the accessories make this space flawless. And can we please talk about that stunning chandelier? It makes the room come to life!
I have a real eclectic taste; loving vintage mid-century homeware and furniture mixed with a few modern pieces and antiques. I love this 1970s influenced living room for this very reason as the home owners have mixed 1960/70s teak with African pieces, soft tactile furnishings and a light fitting with a slight industrial feel to it. I particularly like the teak stereogram doubling up as a sideboard, the bent ply Mallod coal scuttle, the dark steely grey hearth and the large West German lamp with oversized shade. They have created interest by putting three-dimensional things on the walls, such as antlers and created differing heights by standing pictures on surfaces. They have followed a rule that I believe in – surround yourself with objects that you love, it is your home after all!
Consider mixing pieces from different eras to create a truly unique space. This room brings together pieces from auctions and family pieces with design classics. Many people are intimidated by antique shops, but prices are currently very deflated and often on-par with Ikea. When considering the details of a room, I think in terms of planes and layering; try to make each view three-dimensional, even if it’s the display on your mantelpiece. If you use a colour or shape in one area, try to pick it up subtly elsewhere, to create a visual thread to draw your eye around and beyond the room.
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Curated and styled by Kate of Mad About The House, this living room set up is a gorgeous example of how pink and greens combine brilliantly to add elements of interest in monochrome spaces. Velvets have a luxurious softening effect on harder materials like wood and marble. A great way to relax in style.
The fireplace and stunning mirror are the real heroes in this gorgeous living room. We recently redesigned this space for a client and in its original incarnation, the chimney breast had no fireplace surround or mantel, just a simple opening for the wood burning stove which was totally out of proportion. We sourced an elegant marble fireplace to give the room a feeling of luxury, and added the mirror whose impressive height draws the eye up to the stunning vaulted ceiling. Its rustic nature compliments the base of the coffee table and gives an otherwise neutral room a real edge and personality – and the splash of green is the perfect colour pop!
Haeley over at designimprovised.com has managed to create a charming, kid friendly living room that screams style. Her furniture choices are simple and classic, yet durable for little hands and feet. With a beautiful accent coffee table, she doesn’t need any added decor to make it stand out. Her girls even have a space their own with a craft desk and storage unit for all of their gear. When styling a minimal room with children in mind, it’s all about the pops of colour which Haeley has incorporated masterfully. That is the beauty of a minimalist approach.
Often the key to a successful living room design is dependant upon a carefully selected palette of materials and colours. This stunning living room works with a few colours as the main colour palette but then adds interest with an injection of colour and texture. Another layer of interest and personalisation comes from mixing old and new materials together, along with bold artwork, to make the space feel unique and connected to the owner. Basing your interior design ideas around a particular piece of furniture or artwork can be a great way to find your initial inspiration and keep a common thread to your ideas.
Designed by husband and wife team, Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, of Carrier & Company in NYC, this sitting room in the Wilton House project in New Canaan, Connecticut features a trifecta of interior design goals – i) beautiful proportions that suit modern family living, (ii) a seamless mix of textures throughout the space and (iii) the perfect blend of old and new. I love the Room and Board sofa, Ralph Lauren cocktail table and the Chinese porcelain panels on the walls. For me, it’s the perfect sitting room – comfortable, calm and welcoming.
When I set out to find an image that represented my dream living room, I knew it needed to include certain elements that I view as the defining components of my style. This living room from Tara Shaw’s home in New Orleans perfectly fits that bill. It is at once fresh and contemporary while feeling European inspired. Of singular importance in any living room is a sumptuous sofa that one can sink into, and the cream linen one here is deliciously inviting. Light and bright, the high ceilings, decorative mouldings and gorgeous arched windows lend the perfect backdrop for the personality pieces, a delightful mix of stunning antiques, lovely reproductions and even a pop of a modern piece here or there. Rich patinas, lush gilding, and carved woods add just the right finishing touches, while the fur throw and overstuffed pillows ensure comfort and a desire to linger.
Here’s my idea of a perfectly cosy and inviting living room. The image is taken from the Cabbages & Roses Look Book from Brook Cottage. I love how light from the beautiful sash windows fills the room from both sides with heavy, floor length curtains framing the garden view perfectly. The walls are a warm neutral colour and work beautifully with the mix of vintage inspired faded floral and gingham fabric which creates a very relaxed and inviting feeling. Using a large throw over the sofa not only looks cosy but also is a great practical solution for families with small children. A stack of good books and magazines on a coffee table or footstool is a great idea it adds to the relaxed feel of this room.
Making the most of a multi-purpose reception room requires good furniture planning. I like plenty of occasional seating to be mixed amongst the fixed furniture. The occasional seating must be light and small enough to move around where required. Dining chairs are useful to pull up to conversation areas as and when. Good artificial light sources are always a priority for me. In my living rooms, I arrange the light at different levels and include dimmers to control my different scenes. Make sure the sound system is not belting out next to a seating area – conversation should be easy not strained.
The spectacular forest setting of this house warranted a combination of materials which would celebrate and compliment the natural beauty of wood. The solid, reclaimed oak beam, originally from a French farmhouse, was hand-selected to frame a fireplace finished in white brick slips, set with white mortar; giving a softer modern feel to a traditional feature.
We love how the punctuation of black ironwork ground the room’s subtly verdant colour palette, providing a self-assured, modern take on a traditional rural living room. Linen, velvet and boucle fabrics offer textural rather than patterned contrast amongst the soft furnishings in a scheme which is quietly seductive.
This living room is one of my favourites for several reasons. Initially, it was an odd trapezium shape which meant that storage and a comfortable furniture layout was very tricky. We designed joinery to go along the back of the room which squared the space up nicely whilst providing storage and a nook for the client’s keyboard. The client was a musician who needed space not only for a keyboard but several guitars and a didgeridoo, the joinery made it possible to store or display all of these items and more! The ceiling ‘drum’ pendant also referenced the client’s love for music, and the coffee table could be converted to a dining table for six, which maximised the flexibility of the room.
Exposed bricks, plants, mixed textiles and art are four main elements that I absolutely love in any living room, and so this picture is particularly appealing. I like homes filled with personal touches, which can quickly be achieved by creating your own gallery wall composed of prints, photographs and paintings. Mixing and matching textiles are a very easy way to restyle any living room – for example by changing cushions, sheepskins or rugs. The final thing I love about this living room is the plants, which can bring any room to life by creating an airy, lived-in look.
The living room tends to be the heart of the home. Whether you use it for formal entertaining or everyday living, it should be a reflection of your unique personality and style. This amazingly chic living room from Sally Wheat Interiors represents my dream living space. At first glance, it appears very simple, but given a closer look, it holds many decorating and styling tips that can be applied to any space. First, the room has beautiful touches of lilac which pairs effortlessly with the gold accents. Second, the Mongolian fur stools add texture and are so soft and pretty while adding an element of whimsy to the space. Every room should have some element of whimsy in my opinion. Next, this room adds more texture by layering rugs. Finally, this space mixes old and modern elements with ease. The large antique mirror adds an element of old to the modern furnishings.
This neutral-toned London town house we completed earlier this year is one of my favourites. With its narrow proportions, the room has been given depth and a further dimension by the introduction of two Venetian glass Julian Chichester mirrors, in the alcoves on either side of the fireplace – these also add symmetry to the space. Modern art in the form of the beautiful Rachael Nee piece from the Cube Gallery London is hung in a simple frame above the fireplace, whilst from the back of the room, the frame itself is framed within the confines of the Jacques Vanroose Challenge sculpture. Contrasting textures of silk and linen are layered over velvets to create a sense of depth within the fabrics. The overall colour scheme is light and neutral creating a sense of calm within the urban jungle.
Your living room can be a space where you can be a little bold – don’t be afraid to mix it up. I love the pairing of contemporary design alongside antiques, for example. If you really love something, you can make it work. Sometimes a statement piece can inspire your entire scheme. Sarah Ruffin Costello’s New Orleans home is a lived-in yet stylish space. The room’s unique chandelier and the use of oversized banana leaves for display on the mantle brings drama to this interior. Art teamed with a stunning antique mirror is also a winning combination.
I love this gorgeous and classic living room with taupe, mink and grey tones. This colour palette oozes elegance and class. The use of silver metallic elements is very clever as they bring the whole look together and give it a luxury feel without being too overpowering. There is a fine line between classy and tacky and this is a perfect balance. I can just imagine myself sitting in the armchair with the fire lit, reading a favourite book.
I adore this living room decor – it combines so many of my favourite things. From the mismatched sleek modern sofas to the vintage glass and brass coffee table and console, colourful artwork and showstopper of a light fitting. It oozes grown up glamour, but is anything but boring. You can have so much fun decorating a living room. For me, it’s about keeping a limited colour palette so the room has a sense of calm and unity, but really going for it with texture and mixing materials so the eye has plenty to look at. This living room is the perfect example of cleverly combining different styles and elements, but because of the limited colour palette, it feels cohesive and cosy. For me, it’s the perfect grown up living space.
This drawing room in Firmdale’s Knightsbridge Hotel is the epitome of understated refinement. Beautiful, curated craft, art and sculpture combine to give interest and edginess to this space. I love the muted tones of indigo and burnt orange and the gorgeous textiles and unique pieces which run through Kit Kemp’s work. This is a great example of how accessories and art form the character and essence of an interior, not just as an addition but as an intrinsic part of the design.
The key to creating a living room that looks high end and professionally styled is symmetry. First choose a focal point in your space, whether that be a fireplace, large piece of art or a fabulous sofa and use that as your middle. Next use mirrors to make the room seem larger and bounce light around, use cushions in different materials to add texture and use flowers to add a softer touch. This image shows the beauty of symmetry and the elegance it can bring to your living room.
This room makes such a great living space because it provides the sensation of being simultaneously inside and outside, connected to nature from the comfort of the living room. Getting this effect is easy, and it’s all in Air’s glass doors. Combined with a roomy open space plan, we were able to expand the amount of natural light largely through the trendy sliding and bifold doors. The final touch for this room’s free-flowing interior is through its glass splashbacks, floors, shelves, and other furnishings. Contemporary design is the popular choice amongst homeowners, and large glass doors are the ideal way to dramatically open your home’s space.
It pays to be bold – neutral walls, tactile smoked wood flooring, energised with a pair of 1940’s chairs upholstered in lipstick-red velvet and feature stone fireplace creating a focal point to the space. Canary yellow cushions accessorise a cream linen sofa. The bold contrast of dark wood shelving balances the end effect. I love this daring use of contrasting texture and colour popping.
This client wanted to convert a period English flat into a bright, modern living space. For this project, we used natural tones for the base colours (e.g. paint, window, floor coverings and furniture pieces) and accented these with colourful cushions and other accented furnishings. I personally like this style as it provides a very clean aesthetic, with pops of colour that give a space the appearance of being larger than it actually is.
We designed this living room for a gentleman’s penthouse in Surrey. What I especially love is that the ladies enjoy the space just as much as the chaps. The key is paint colour; all areas have been painted a dark grey to create mood. The use of malachite velvets in the fabrics and the sexy magenta LED lighting creates impact against the dark background, all of which are perfectly accessorised with metallics in the starburst mirror and the antique glass behind the bar. One can create this seductive feel easily by using LED strips strategically placed and by choosing fabric colours that pop against the dark walls, making a move to the dark side really does make you want to linger.
We hope our selection of beautiful living room decor has left you feeling suitably inspired. Which one is your favourite? We’d love to hear your thoughts!