10 Inspirational Living Room Ideas & How To Transform Your Home
Be it a family room, an entertainment space or your favourite lounging spot, the living room is highly regarded as the heart of the home. Choosing how to style it however can be tricky. With a wealth of ways in which to transform your interior, it can be difficult to establish the perfect balance of comfort and style, without compromising on your desired aesthetic. But, worry not! We’ve taken some inspiration from top UK bloggers. Read on to discover a collation of 10 interior design ideas for living room and how you can use these looks to transform your own home - whether it be big, small or somewhere in the middle!
Eclectic boho glam. That’s how Kimberly from Swoon Worthy describes her style. Currently in the process of making over the living room of her Victorian home in Shrewsbury, Kimberly demonstrates a passion for maximalism. She combines a gentle palette with “touches of nude, peach and blush pink”, highlighted by injections of vibrant and metallic colour that give her interior a sense of glamour.
Get the Look
Begin with our Chara Pendant Light, resembling the appearance of long, draping leaves for a distinguished botanical feel. Next, seek statement mustard hues from an armchair like the Flavo or our Duresta Belton, teaming with the fashionable gold and white tones of the Axial Coffee Table. Complete the look with hints of metallic. The clear acrylic and gilt tones of the Jeeves Bar Cart will make a stylish serveware piece, whilst gold toned vases like the Priya will create a glamourous living room that is equally as swoon worthy.
Carole from Dear Designer proves just how you can transform a previously unloved living room into a space that you absolutely adore. She describes how her living room had never been her favourite room as it used to appear dark, even on brighter days. Her choice to restyle with a warmer tone has brought her scheme to life and it's certainly one of our favourite interior design ideas for living room.
Style It Out
You might not recognise it at first glance, but Carole used one of Farrow and Ball’s newest paints for her living room renovation: No.295 Sulking Room Pink. Her living room is a great example of the versatility of Farrow and Ball paints and their responsiveness to different types of light. She says it’s made “even more cosy at night when the lamps are lit and the colour changes to a deep coral”. A comfortable chunky grey sofa like the Montado introduces a touch of contemporary style. Use the Eichholtz Grand Royale Display Cabinet as a luxury storage option or our Pavilion Chic Baku bookcase-come-display-cabinet for an affordable alternative on a budget. Team with knitted cushions like the Santo and bohemian soft furnishings such as the Ilchester Throw to complete the look.
London-based Katy from Apartment Apothecary has chosen a simple yet stylish living room look that really suits her home. Refusing to be drawn to a high-end or boutique look that might more regularly be associated with city style, Katy’s living room is not "flashy or highly styled” but is instead dictated more by her “simple taste”. Although a room in progress, we love the character that Katy has already breathed into her living room with just a few simple furniture and accessory choices.
Recreate the Look
A statement rug sits at the heart of this living room and our Calligaris Marocco provides a great alternative, drawing on the red, cream and brown hues that Katy’s rug identifies with. This canvas of spectacular pattern then provides a basis on which to shape your interior vision. Eichholtz’s Atlanta sofa features soft cream tones that will sit suitably within this style of living room interior, whilst our Nordic Coffee Table makes a stylish TV stand alternative, nodding to Scandinavian style. Finish with a thickly framed round wall mirror like the Cuba and an artificial cactus for a hint of green.
A fusion of her own style and designs observed from her travels abroad, Maxine’s living room evokes a light and refreshing appearance with a subtle bohemian edge. Located within her Victorian terrace house in Brighton, our favourite features of Maxine from We Love Home’s living room are the beautiful teal blue velvet sofa and the ornate period fireplace. Her balance of white tones with vibrant upholstery and bright green house plants give this scheme an inviting and cosy ambience.
Make It Yours
The cool and airy canvas of this living room has been created using none other than Farrow and Ball’s Dimpse No.277. To establish the boho vibe, Maxine has experimented with a variation of patterns and texture. Woven baskets like these by SIA or this one by India Jane can be used to similar effect as placement for plants, firewood or as a smart storage hideaway. Accessories-wise, Parlane’s Lippy Vases are a fun mantelpiece addition, whilst artificial ferns and foliage can be used to add colour to this living room look all year round. The plush seat cushions of Maxine’s casual sofa can be seen similarly on Tetrad’s Ruffle sofa (yes, it’s as cute and comfortable as it sounds!), which can be upholstered in various tones of velvet if blue doesn’t quite match your aesthetic.
In Aberdeen, Malcolm from designsixtynine has taken a sophisticated modern twist on his 3-bed terrace home. Well, perhaps we should say he had. Malcolm has since made a few changes to his living room which we absolutely adore. But, for the purpose of our inspiration, we’re particularly interested in his first adaption of modern comfort which is “very much inspired by Parisian apartments”. What we love about this interior is its distinctively warm palette, offering quite the contrast to some cooler toned interiors above. Malcolm has mastered the art of using darker colours without making a space feel gloomy (aided in part by his gorgeous bay window!), demonstrating that your palette need not be limited to light and magnolia tones.
Sarah from Girl About House revamped this country cottage living room in Hertfordshire into a sophisticated space that sings style. Another example of a stunning statement sofa, this living room look warms a neutral palette with “bronze and brass”, accenting with “sumptuous teal” upholstery. Sarah’s living room combines understated, contemporary tones with metallic finishes for an injection of glamour that we absolutely love.
Get the Look
The Morton Coffee Table will make a stunning focal point at the centre of your living room, offering similar slender framework and vibrant gold toned finishes. Any shade of blue upholstery will work on the straight-armed Hopper Sofa by Duresta but to achieve this signature blue-and-gold look, we’d recommend a rich tone to recreate this particularly spectacular finish. Complete this scheme with a few blue and gold toned accessories, but be careful not to overdo it. This blue vase by LSA is a great example, whilst photo frames like Parlane’s Doris enhance the room with a personal touch.
We adore this living room by Laura from The Irish Country Home. In fact, we’ve been browsing through Laura’s Instagram and we’re completely in love with her entire house! Built from scratch, Laura’s home envisages a period show home ambience, whilst remaining perfectly practical and comfortable for the enjoyment of family life. She talks of her love of beautiful properties with a rich heritage and how she has tried to “put as many Georgian features into it as possible”.
Style It Out
Create this look by centring your living room with a sumptuous upholstered footstool such as Tetrad’s Buffet. This firm yet comfortable surface is great for resting feet, but also makes an ideal coffee table alternative. Position a serving tray like the Calgary on its top for an instant decorative feature. Accent with genuine antique or ornate replica furniture like the George I Side Table by Jonathan Charles to incorporate a touch of Georgian heritage. Complete the look with peach roses and a shaded multi ceiling light like Eichholtz’s Jigger Chandelier or Heathfield’s Holt Pendant.
Paula from Hill House Vintage has decorated her living room to suit her classic Georgian house in Norfolk. She describes her style as “traditionally English… but with a ‘shabby chic’ twist”. We just love the charismatic personality of her ‘Drawing Room’ - as Paula likes to call it. In fact, the colours create a space that will look suitably festive for the upcoming winter season (an equally as pintrest worthy!).
Recreate the Look
The soft green tones of Paula’s living room are created by Farrow and Ball’s No.18 French Grey, combined with No.15 Bone on the woodwork. Use our beautiful Christine Chesterfield to obtain this charming living room look, the deep buttoning and thickset scroll arms characteristic of a traditional space. Finish with the Parlane Nerthus Pitcher as a coffee table vase, whilst accessorising with this chessboard by Authentic Models. Coco the dog isn’t necessary to recreate this living room look (but if you have a doting dog, we’re sure they’ll make your interior scheme that little bit more loveable!)
Emily’s living room is exactly what it says on the tin. And if it doesn't give you some inspiration for fresh decorating colour ideas, then we don't know what will! The peachy tones of his mid-century modern living room encompass the spirit of The Pink House. Her Edwardian-built home is playful and characteristic, experimenting beautifully with vibrancy and colour. In fact, Emily’s family room nods to Living Coral, Pantone’s latest Colour of the Year, demonstrating how to execute bright toned walls with absolute perfection and balance.
Make It Yours
Of course, pink tones sit at the forefront of this exciting modern living room. But it is perhaps the choice of accessories that makes it unique. Hanging rich greenery like this one from Parlane serves to really invigorate this space, adding organic depth and a sense of drama. Botanical prints like these ones by Eichholtz fit seamlessly into this scheme. Next, discover how a period style mirror can transform a modern space with the Grisaille by Jonathan Charles. Complete with an abstract white orb pendant light such as Heathfield’s Gabriella or our Fawn Ceiling Light for a similar look on a stricter budget.
Rural country cottage meets a comfortable contemporary aesthetic within Jo’s living room at her Buckinghamshire based home. Depicting a beautifully balanced and inviting space, we adore Jo from Jo Milton Interiors' use of cool tones to create a room suitable for all the family to enjoy. She describes it as a “comfortable, liveable but elegant home” that prioritises “ function and storage”, whilst retaining a sense of luxury.
How to Achieve It
The petit Tetrad Braemar sofa is the perfect furniture piece to recreate this comfortable living room look. Not only does this sofa match Jo's with its curved pleated arms and turned leg, but it is from Tetrad's Harris Tweed collection, offering a selection of upholstery fabrics that will sit seamlessly in any rural or country farmhouse scheme. Meanwhile, use the Camden Chair as a stylish accent. At the centre of the living room sits the coffee table and our Cottesmore in taupe provides a similar look with the practicality of a single drawer. Accessorise with our Annalise Horse Ornament, a blue lantern style vase like the Inza and sprays of artificial eucalyptus.