What would your dream living room look like? Do you enjoy the simplicity of pared back Scandi style? Or perhaps you prefer an eclectic mix of color, 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 colorful, 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 color. 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 favorite colors 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 color 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 colors 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
Colorful Living Rooms
Anna Kovalchenko – Essenziale hd
When I saw this room it immediately caught my attention with its unusual color combinations and an unconventional use of paint. I like the fact that blue color 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 color 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
Patti Johnson – Interior Designer
Luxury design can mean many different things. For this Lexington, Kentucky couple, a second home for the purpose of entertaining is definitely a luxury. As a designer, to have full reign over the room was also a luxury. The final room is very lively yet warm and inviting, and includes a combination of custom pieces. The addition of the fireplace, custom designed lighting, and artistic flair make the room perfect for entertaining, while remaining cosy for the home-owners. There is a quiet sense of achievement when client and designer work together to reach exactly the right outcome!
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 color 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 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.
Sophie Tatton – Tatty Designs
I’m a huge fan of seeing lots of color and personality in the home and this space certainly has that. The room uses wonderful bright, bold colors 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 color 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 color 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 colors 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 color 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 color palette, to go a little mad with pattern and color 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 colors 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 color 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 colors. This stunning living room works with a few colors as the main color palette but then adds interest with an injection of color 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
Julie Dodson – Dodson Interiors
There is permanence about this space, almost as though the house had stood forever on an Aspen hillside. But this is Houston, and the home is custom designed to combine the owners’ distinctly different personalities into one architectural style where Colorado rakish ruggedness and California carefree chicness meet in balanced harmony. The compromise is one of relaxed glamour and rustic retreat. You see it in the lofty beamed interior, stone fireplace, Missoni fabric on pillows, lightweight wool drapes, kid leather upholstered side chairs, and comfy deep seated sofa and slipper chairs – all restrained luxury that I’m in love with right now.
Tammy – Pink Peppermint Design
A focal point like a fireplace naturally anchors your living room and creates a great gathering space. If you don’t have a fireplace, use a great piece of art to create a focal point. Arrange furniture pieces to encourage conversation and interaction. By placing chairs and sofas facing each other it will create an inviting and comfortable space. If you choose to use an art piece as your focal point, also let it inspire your color choices for accessories in your room. In this beautiful living room you can see that the gorgeous artwork on the wall has influenced the color choices for pillows, fabric on the chairs and finishes on the mirror. The furniture placement and bright colors of this room make it a happy, welcoming space that is one of my personal favorites. Image Credit
Katie Anderson – Love French Style
I think the natural colors 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 center of the room. My color 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 color. I’m a lover of color 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
Shelly Rosenberg – Shelly Rosenberg Studio
This sunny Dallas living room wins a Texas-sized prize for expertly balancing clean, high-style design with components that can literally get down and dirty. Luxury is instantly apparent with soft furnishings in woven wool, plush mohair, silky velvet and buttery leather. Yet each fabric’s sophisticated hand defies assumptions with either old school advantages like natural, easy to clean fibers or high-tech origins like durable coatings and solution-dyed acrylics- otherwise known as outdoor fabric! Every comfort has been addressed: multiple lighting options for various tasks, deep seating with sink-into-me cushions, and an inclusive conversation area where everyone has a cocktail within arms reach. Easy on the eyes, with a cheerful, light-hearted color palette, this room is a workhorse that means business. Boasting the best of both worlds, this room really lives.
Cate Henderson – Style Mutt Home
For me, your living room should be lived in. I strive for comfort and practicality and this living room has it all. At first blush, it’s bright, warm, and relaxed while style maintaining a sense of sophistication. The cot along the window provides casual seating with plump tasseled pillows inviting you to settle in. The pops of plants and vivid artwork add life to otherwise neglected corners. No one is trying to hide evidence of the TV, but it isn’t dominating the room either. The remotes are simply stored neatly in an accessible tray. And who doesn’t love a blue velvet chesterfield!? It gives a little touch of class to an otherwise laid-back space.
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 color 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 favorites. 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 color 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 color 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 favorite book. Image Credit
Bianca Hall – French For Pineapple
I adore this living room – it combines so many of my favorite things. From the mismatched sleek modern sofas, to the vintage glass and brass coffee table and console, colorful 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 color 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 color 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 color 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
Jennifer Ely – Yours Truly Jenn
This transitional style living room initially caught my attention for its glamour but kept me interested because of its functionality. The fabrics used on the furnishings are classic and sophisticated. However, the natural light gives off a comfortable, airy feeling making guests want to stay and linger. Some of the impressive architectural features are the expansive windows, the cathedral ceiling, and the open concept floor plan making it great for entertaining and family gatherings. I’m inspired by the neutral color palette that can be easily transformed to my style with chic accessories. Image Credit
Nancy Price – Nancy Price Interior Design
This room is a perfect living space because it encapsulates the juxtaposition between antique and modern furnishings. This is something I strive for in all of my designs. Traveling the world, I cultivate a beautiful collection of antiques for my design projects and my store front. I love the play of textures in this space. The striking combination of the clean, sleek look of the Lucite cocktail tables paired back with the aged, antique architectural fragments creates a space that is both interesting and intriguing to the eye. Art is always a focal point in my design work and I showcase it in a way that is both unexpected and refined.
We hope our selection of beautiful living rooms has left you feeling suitably inspired. Which one is your favorite? We’d love to hear your thoughts!