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Living Room Ideas, Designs & Inspiration

Living room ideas & designs from the most stylish houses. From living room furniture arrangement to living room colour schemes, upholstery ideas to curtain styles, welcome to the House & Garden living room archive – a veritable trove of over 400 great designs from the most beautiful homes in the world. If you’re looking for someone to decorate your living room for you – consult our online directory The List.

Living Room Ideas, Designs & Inspiration

Traditional Muted Colours Drawing Room

 Interior designer Virginia Howard had no intention of moving from Knightsbridge to Pimlico, until a nineteenth-century balcony flat garden square changed her mind. In her streamlined and calming living room an Italian marble bust sits on a base designed by George Carter, inspired by scagliola plinths at Holkham Hall in Norfolk. The ‘Tangier’ rug is from Robert Stephenson. The gentle palette is lifted with patterned details such as the cushions and upholstered chair.

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Living Room Bookcase Wall

 A design ethos of timelessness combined with simplicity and sophistication characterises Arnaud Zannier’s collection of hotels, and his family home. The elegant rural villa not far from Aalter, between Ghent and Bruges, is styled with a wealth of organic materials lending it depth and warmth. The library adjoins the living room, which has plenty of shelving to display books and family photographs.

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Modern Living Room with Orange Rug

 Set across the top floors of four Victorian houses, this flat\’s interior was remodelled to create an open-plan living area that blends into the terrace.’I was fed up of moving from room to room and wanted a more relaxed way of living’, says the owner. The saffron yellow walls are illuminated by a large skylight, and the rug is by Sinclair Till.

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Geometric Rug

 Danish model and stylist Pernille Teisbæk’s Scandinavian home lifts minimalist interiors with clever design pieces. A cosy chair and an indoor plant in the white living room softens the expanses of whiteness.

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Black Magic

 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.

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Traditional Manor Living Room

 Near the site of a Sussex country house demolished in 1911, Richard Taylor and Rick Englert have built a Jacobean-style manor at Whithurst Park. It took a year to get planning permission and two more to build. The result is striking and bears some of the signatures of the prodigy houses built in the era that its design evokes, such as Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire and Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. As Kit explains, It was the site itself and essence of Sussexness that made me design it as I did. A seventeenth-century table inherited from Richards family sits in the drawing room window.

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Yellow Sitting Area with patterned accents

 Since moving into her husbands Wiltshire farmhouse, designer Sarah Vanrenen has enhanced its quirky charm, with an adjusted layout and unexpected colours. Eye-catching pieces hold their own against the bright walls. The large mirror and sofa were both inherited by Sarahs husband Grant and she made shades for the Vaughan wall lamps in an ikat fabric.

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Modern Open-Plan Living Room

 The living room area in this transformed city flat features a curved sofa designed by Studio Ashby, the shape of which was inspired by the River Thames, and was decorated with pale colours. The joinery piece maintains the open layout of the flat, keeping the overall scheme light while using strong angles and varied materials to add interest. Its design reflects the strong lines of the modern architecture along the Southbank. Calacatta marble, unlacquered brass (forming a characterful patina over time) and birds eye maple were used to create the facets.

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Monochrome Living Room with Striped Rug

 Architect Francesca Oggioni had to set aside her rationalist principles when she was planning a new layout for her listed house in west London, so it would work as a family home, workspace and backdrop for an extensive art collection. In the first-floor drawing room, a Fifties walnut coffee table by George Nakashima sits in harmony with a sofa from Axel Vervoordt and a photograph by Peter Beard.

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Minimalist living room – Cotswolds Barn

 In this converted nineteenth century Cotswolds barn, designer Pippa Paton has combined modern design with natural materials to create a minimalist haven that maintains its rural identity. This informal living area is decorated in bright colours – the grey sofas are offset by the lacquered coffee tables and velvet cushions. As Pippa explains, I tend to stick to a similar palette so the eye perceives the harmony of a whole space, but in here we did something fun that works against the neutral background.

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Yellow Living Room With Antiques

 I was inspired by the scenes with Tilda Swinton in the film I Am Love, says the owner of this house designed by Hugh Leslie. I wanted the same stillness, golden light and velvety textures. Adeptly fulfilling this wish, and creating a modern interior within a traditional shell, this sitting room is a perfectly gauged balance of classic period grandeur and accessible modern comfort. Chinese Chippendale and Frank Lloyd Wright, rub shoulders with inherited family pieces. A chaise longue and a parchment étagère, both designed by Hugh, are complimented by an eighteenth-century armchair, from Richard Steemberg at Core 1, covered in green Mogador velour by Lelievre. On the floor Hugh has used a dual-pile rug by Sandy Jones.It is very calming in here just to sit quietly and read.

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White Living Room with Vintage Furniture

 At the Playa Grande Beach Club, seating areas are filled with furniture and home accessories in rich, earthy reds and oranges that contrast beautifully with the pale blue and white walls. Clashing patterns and prints complete the eclectic, vintage-inspired scheme.



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