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 forms an important core to any home. The LuxPad asked a selection of interior experts from across the globe to reveal their ideal living room. 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
Kate – Kate Young Design
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 about 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. Image Credit
Shireen Dhaliwal – Echo & Mirth
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 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 or a bamboo hanging chair! Image Credit
Emilee Schumer – NousDecor
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 our dream living room.
Janice Issitt – Interior Blogger
It would be strange for me to choose any living room other than my own as being my dream space. I continually tweak and change my own living room 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 re-upholstered 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
Anna Lysik – Don’t Cramp My Style
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 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! Image Credit
Johan Hazenbroek – Label 1114
What I most like about this huge living space is the combination of industrial and Scandinavian style. There are so many contrasts in this living room 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 pallette with greens. This living room is a striking example of masculinity meeting femininity to create a warm and clean living room. Image Credit
Emma Harris – A Quiet Style
I’m not sure if this is my dream living space, but it comes pretty close. It has everything needed to create a perfect room; beautiful flooring (the choice of floor really does make or break a room scheme), a sofa that you want to sink into, simple and calm decor that is easy to update, layers and texture to give it a cosy feel, interesting objects to lift the all white scheme, and most importantly, somewhere to put your cup of tea. Image Credit
Molly – Molly and the Princess
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. Image Credit
Louise Parker – Studio Gabrielle
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 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 with a few large square-shape neutral cushions and a mix of hydrangeas and peonies scattered throughout the room combined with a soft Scandi-inspired rug beneath your feet.
Colourful Living Rooms
Anna Kovalchenko – L’Essenziale
When I saw this room it immediately caught my attention with its unusual colour combinations and an unconventional use of paint. I like the fact that blue colour on one wall is applied on the bottom side and on the top on the neighboring. This trick makes the room feel airy and spacious, while at the same time provides enough colour not to look boring. I also love the wardrobe with black triangles – I think it is an easy and fun idea for a DIY project. Image Credit
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.
Stacey Corrin – Professional Writer & Designer
When styling your living room it’s easy to get carried away with trends that can be difficult to maintain. The important thing is to remember how you use that space on a daily basis. This example is particularly exciting because it creates a fun and vibrant, yet cosy atmosphere. Personally, my living room is the hub of my home and with three small children running around, it needs to be as child friendly as possible. This room manages that while still looking contemporary and packed full of character – the ideal room for a lively family – with just enough colour without looking over the top. Image Credit
Lesli Devito – My Country House
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 entrepeneur 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.
Sophie Tatton – Tatty Designs
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. Image Credit
Elena – Spanish Mummy
I love colour so it’s no surprise that this would be my perfect living room. Natural light flooding in combined with white walls makes it the perfect blank canvas to decorate around it. The pink 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 canvases on the wall, the glossy surfaces and also the shiny metals – they all add to the contemporary feel of the room. Image Credit
Mette Jakobsen – Monster Circus
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 is a particularly powerful statement in a smaller space. Coordinate your living room with clean-lined wood furniture and sleek plants. Image Credit, Photo credit: Christina Kayser Onsgaard, Styling: Rikke Graff Juel
Natalia Alexandrou – British Style UK
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. Image Credit
Mid-Century Modern Living Rooms
Kirsten Grove – Simply Grove
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! Image Credit
Kate Beavis – Interior Blogger and Writer
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!
Jessica Stone – Persona Abode Interiors
Rodman Primack builds up from a backdrop of architectural features, and a simple colour palette, to go a little mad with pattern and colour through his choice of accessories and cushions. I loves how he regains order from the crazy pattern combinations with simple styling of stacking and grouping. I’m a sucker for book-filled living rooms, they bring awesome colours and texture, and can be rearranged when you fancy a change. The plants and nature inspired artefacts are the decoration on the cake. Forget screening windows with sheers, place leafy plants to mimic trees outside to blur the views. Image Credit
Shea Fogerty – The Fogue Abode
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. Image Credit
Nick Scott, WN Interiors
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. Image Credit
Louisa Blackmore – West Egg Interiors
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. Image Credit
Lory Bernstein – Designthusiasm
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. Image Credit
Meghana Badiani, Elystan Interiors
This eclectic room is designed by Ben Pentreath. He has chosen a simple colour palette for the shell of the room and enlivened it with splashes of vibrant colours. I particularly like how he mixes pattern and colours, totally breaking the design rules but somehow the room feels lived in and relaxed. The modern art used is contemporary and adds serenity to the scheme. It really is a skill to be able to marry the old and new and still make the overall design up to date. His choice of antiques gives the room a masculine edge and definitely grounds the space. I look forward to these zingy colours coming through this summer in interiors and breaking a few design rules to create some really interesting design schemes.
Laura – We Made This Home
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. Image Credit
Katie Anderson – Love French Style
I think the natural colours and light in this elegant white living room are just so peaceful. The French style chandelier is a brilliant way to draw attention to that cosy living area at the centre of the room. My colour palette is getting smaller and the more decorating and designing I do I find the best exercise of all is to take everything out of the room before you start and only put back in the objects that are either practical, beautiful or both. This living room space uses the perfect sized furnishings for the proportions of the room with natural metals, simple white fabrics and foliage for the teeniest splash of colour. I’m a lover of colour at heart, but I find the simplicity of this space very clever and inspiring. Image Credit
Chad Graci – Graci Interiors
This Manhattan living room designed by the legendary firm of Parish-Hadley is a combination of everything that I love in a space. The dynamic room is at once stylishly chic and invitingly casual. A subtle faux-marble finish in rich ivory creates a classical backdrop for objects and accessories that introduce hints of exoticism and the orient – a must have for layering and interest. In this room, casual fabrics like linen and printed cottons used in formal applications are elegant but approachable while modern, comfortable upholstery make any living room feel usable. Here, the tasteful mix of periods and styles, juxtaposed against the graphic herringbone floor, give the space a timelessness that keeps it fresh well into the the 21st century. The scheme is so well conceived and collected that it could have been decorated 20 years ago… or today. Meanwhile, books and furnishings of varied scale and style keep the decor from feeling too serious. In a sense, Parish-Hadley created what any decorator would want to achieve – an eternally stylish room to stand the test of time. Image Credit: The New York Times
Glam Living Rooms
Lisa McGough – LMC Interiors
I love living rooms to strike a successful balance of glamour and warmth. The modern day living room is expected to function in many ways – a beautiful space for entertaining as well as a cosy place for family to relax. The combination of shapes, eras and textures used here create an interesting, artistic living room while the quiet colour palette keep it tranquil. Couldn’t you picture yourself curled up reading on that lush velvet sofa? I know I could. Image Credit
Agata Dimmich – Passion Shake
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. Image Credit
Jennifer Lippi – Decorating Delirium
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. Image Credit
Anna Bilton – Interior Designer
This neutral toned London town house we completed earlier this year is one of my favourites. With it’s 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.
Hilda, Hilda By Design
Your sitting 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 & the use of oversized banana leaves for display on the mantle, bring drama to this interior. Art teamed with a stunning antique mirror is also a winning combination. Image Credit
Evija Roberts – From Evija With Love
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 the perfect balance. I can just imagine myself sitting in the armchair with the fire lit, reading a favourite book. Image Credit
Bianca Hall – French For Pineapple
I adore this living room – 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. Image Credit
Sara Cosgrove – Sara Cosgrove Design
One of my all time greats of interior design is Syrie Maugham – her eponymous white living room is one of the most impactful of my career – she was so ahead of her time. Her layering of texture and shape to create depth rather than colour is a real interior design inspiration. The faceted mirror backdrop adds real glamour, yet the space feels warm and approachable. My total dream living room… Image Credit
Emma Hooton – Interior Designer
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. Image Credit
Sophie Howard – Interior Designer
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. Image Credit
Jayesh Patel – Air
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 home-owners, and large glass doors are the ideal way to dramatically open your home’s space.
We hope our selection of beautiful living rooms has left you feeling suitably inspired. Which one is your favourite? We’d love to hear your thoughts!