Smart living room
Use the pared-down look of a hotel to inspire your living room. The contrast of the dark-wood coffee table from Laura Ashley and leather armchair from Marks & Spencer, blends well with the neutral curtains, wall colour and flooring.
Symmetrical living room
In this traditional living room, matching chairs, lights and soft furnishings have been used to create a symmetrical scheme that draws the eye to the window. The luxurious Andrew Martin sofa, layered with cushions from Lelièvre and Carden Cunietti, is framed by two 1950s chairs from Revival and flanked by a pair of lacquered side tables with identical lamps and glass balls. A Rug Company Moses rug adds pattern and ties the scheme together.
Green living room sofa
A modern-style sofa with a traditional buttoned back has smart contemporary appeal. The shimmering wallpaper both reflects the green of the sofa as well as light into the room.
Indoor-outdoor living room
Hanging patterned blinds gives shade from direct sunlight and adds a layer of interest to this living room scheme. Burnt-orange tones used both outside and in create a link between the two spaces, while natural linens evoke a tranquil mood. An area rug offers softness, as does a comfortably cushioned modular sofa.
Pastel living room
Mix blue, and floral wallpaper for a soft, gentle living room style. The delicately patterned wallpaper and sofa are both from Laura Ashley, while the simple side table is from Ikea. The blue floral cushion on the sofa is from Lombok, and complements the room design perfectly.
Cream and brown living room
Accents of orange help break up the brown and neutral palette in a living room, while silk curtains and a velvet-covered sofa soften the masculine feel.
Eclectic living room
Mix antique pieces with contemporary items for a unique look. Here, patterned wallpaper from Neisha Crosland provides a seamless backdrop for the ornate table and lamps by William Yeoward.
Pale-gold and cream living rooms
A classically neutral colour scheme runs from the pale gold of the drawing room, through to the creams in the living and dining rooms, and stone in the kitchen. Farrow and Ball paints have been used throughout.
Divided living room
Change the proportions of a long, narrow room by dividing off one end with a sofa and creating a study area at the other. Position seating together so they face each other, the walls are painted a calming putty colour and the flooring is from Crucial Trading.
Traditional living room with TV area
To avoid the TV dominating the room, tuck the screen away in a bay window or recess. This George Smith footstool is a good idea for children or when extra seating is needed and baskets are a simple storage solution for DVDs. Avoid glare around the TV by fitting 'bottom up' roller blinds at the windows and paint a bespoke TV unit to match the scheme so that it blends in.
Classic white chair in living room
A classic deeply buttoned Andrew Martin armchair, with its distinctive diamond pattern, creates a focal point in a living room. Position next to a small table and it creates a desirable reading area too.
Georgian living room
Blue-and-white china inspired this drawing room. Pale walls are a backdrop for classic furniture and accessories. Natural Claremont Fabrics sofas and a blue footstool draw the eye to the fireplace. A scrolled side table, gilded frames and mirror create glamour, wood furniture warmth. Cream and aqua stripe Colefax & Fowler curtains add colour.
Elegant Chesterfield sofa
Soften the tailored look of a Chesterfield sofa from George Smith with faded florals and deep buttoning. Satin catches the light beautifully when used for buttoned upholstery.
French-style living room
Simple, large-scale furniture, set against a palette of white and pale aqua, evokes the casual elegance of southern French houses. Accessories with a modern twist, such as the paper chandelier, add a stylish edge.
Country cottage living room
This elegant room is actually a 1970s extension but reclamation yard finds like the fireplace and floorboards give it a period feel. The chimney breast is covered in floral paper to offset the pale walls and woodwork. Built-in bookcases add storage, while period and modern furniture are mixed for interest.
Red and white living room
This living room has walls painted in a Farrow & Ball white, with a red sofa and a rug and curtains in a matching tone from Roger Oates Design. A wooden cabinet provides elegant storage, while a mix of contemporary and vintage furniture creates an eclectic look.
Colourful living room
This sitting room sets accents of bright lime and fuchsia against shades of blue for the walls, Sofa Workshop sofa and carpet. A white Oka table on a contemporary rug from The Braided Rug Company creates a focal point and picks up the stripes in the curtains. Bright cushions, glassware and a Malabar lime chair cover provide contrasting colour.
Elegant living room
Choose a calm colour scheme of cream and chocolate for your living room, and open up the space with a hard-wearing carpet from Kersaint Cobb. A plain, pale curtain from The Natural Fabric Company adds height to the room and contrasts well with the dark furniture.
Cosy living room
There are three contrasting tones in this room, red, taupe and green. The brightly coloured loose fitted covers for the sofa and striped curtains are from Laura Ashley. The cushions and floral rug from Marks and Spencer contrast beautifully with the sage-green walls.
Highland living room
A Laura Ashley cream armchair adds sophistication, while traditional tasselled plaid cushions and throws are up-to-the-minute in lime, orange, pink and purple. A rich wooden framed mirror and a writing desk from The Holding Company continue the simple but sophisticated look. Heather in pots, enamel and stone ornaments and a wicker log basket complete the Highland theme.
Antique-filled living room
Shades of plum add warmth to this living room, and is a recurrent theme played out in the complementary blinds and wallpaper, Osborne & Little fabric-covered ottoman and Vaughan sofa upholstered in a Nina Campbell print. Gilt-framed paintings add a traditional feel to the room.
Classic living room
Sage green velvet from Elizabeth Baer fabrics and a distinctive Neisha Crosland floral cushion make this Laura Ashley sofa an inviting place to relax. The French antique mirror adds light, space and a touch of grandeur, while the open-fronted, panelled cupboard provides additional storage.
Artwork living room
A painting creates a focal point and inspires the colour scheme. Key shades of blue and soft natural tones are picked out and introduced in the Wesley Barrell sofa, cushions, curtains and walls. Gilded wall sconces from Nordic Style balance the painting and contrast with its simple wooden frame. A footstool and Roger Oates silver rug add texture.
Calm living room
Living room with cool and calm tones, with ivory walls and a cream sofa from Sofa.com. The room has touches of , with fabric blinds edged in dark brown fabric from Harlequin. The classic look is finished off with lemon accessories.
Warm living room
This living room is made warm and inviting by using lots of texture. The neutral walls and sofa from SofaSofa are focused around the fireplace and are complemented by a wood-framed mirror from Next, wool throws and a sheepskin rug.
Old and new living room
This living room mixes old and new by restoring original features, like the grand fireplace, and teaming them with contemporary leather sofas and a brightly coloured throw and cushions. A large gold mirror above the mantelpiece adds to the eclectic feel.
Eclectic living room
A mix of unexpected pieces gives this living room a sense of warmth and charm. Revived second-hand items of different styles work seamlessly together.
Formal traditional living room
An eau-de-nil sofa and coffee-coloured walls give this formal space a contemporary edge. The mixture of soft teal, greys and creams keep the look light.
Colourful grand living room
This seating area, lifted with jewel-toned accents against dramatic deep-blue panelling, flows into the kitchen beyond via a set of double doors.
Grand living room fireplace
Soft colours on the walls and furnishings allow the original features and striking fireplace to take centre stage. For a traditional look, dark-wood furniture, gold lighting and a classical painting are perfect.
Relaxed classic living room
Use a sofa as the starting point for your living room scheme. The classic style of this piece in a clean fabric sets the tone for an elegant but contemporary look. The palette of soft green and gold creates a relaxing feel that mixes perfectly with neutrals and gives a slightly rustic feel.
Antique-style living room
Carefully selected antiques are combined with a traditional window dressing and a period fireplace to create a classic living room scheme. A footstool doubles as a coffee table, while a tall corner unit has been converted from an old drinks cupboard into a TV cabinet.
Elegant living room
Painted furniture is teamed with classic shaped sofas for an elegant look, and floral cushions add a touch of charm. An upholstered footstool doubles as a coffee table for a modern finish.
Formal lving room
A grand fireplace makes a striking statement in this formal living room, with a period style mirror and candlesticks flanking it. A half-moon table fits snugly in the window, creating a pretty display area for family photos.
Space-saving living room
Pale mauve walls add interest to this compact living room without making it feel boxed in, and square and boxy furniture create a clutter-free look. A bespoke storage unit keeps books on display, stores away extra clutter, and also doubles up as a desk. Cube stools make a handy occasional seat and are tucked away neatly under the coffee table.
Vintage-style living room
Small, framed family photos have been hung from picture hooks to create an eye-catching yet space-efficient feature in this compact living room. A shelving unit is made to work harder by adding storage baskets full of smaller bits and bobs. Both the coffee table and the console table have drawers for DVDs, books and papers, and a large rattan basket is great to store extra blankets.
Grand living room
Chunky classic sofas are teamed with dark wood furniture and imposing curtains to make the most of this elegant space. A modern damask print is used on one wall and balanced with a toning paint colour on the other walls for a contemporary touch.
Traditional white living room
This understated scheme lets the Victorian features, such as the elegant cornicing and marble fireplace, take centre stage.
Cottage living room
Velvet fabrics give this room a cosy feel, while the paintings and photos add a homely vibe. The cushions and patterned ottoman brighten the room.
Cream living room
Cream walls create the perfect background for dark wooden furniture. Mirroring the black marble of the fireplace, the chairs have been covered in geometric-patterned fabric to give the room an interesting twist.
Textured living roomKeeping the walls a light colour allows the dark fireplace and striking coffee table to take centre stage.
English eccentric living room
With its smart but lived-in feel, this room really sums up classic British style- eclectic, relaxed and packed with individual touches.
Yellow living room
The gentle curves of this traditional sofa offer a perfect way to create a smart, elegant living room scheme. Fabric in a bold floral pattern will make a strong statement when teamed with other soft furnishings and curtains in the same colour. Rich raspberry gives the look an added kick.
Fresh coastal blue works beautifully used in moderation as an accent colour. In this room, we used white and mid-brown as the foundation of the scheme for walls, flooring and furniture, then simply added fabrics and accessories in a matching sun-bleached denim shade to create a living space that's airy and inviting.
Cool blue living
With its washed-out blues and soft creams, this is a wonderfully calming scheme that is perfect for living rooms. Choose furniture in pale colours that look as if they've been bleached by the sun. With such a muted colour scheme, you can have fun with prints and accessories - complete the look with outdoor inspired pieces, such as pretty picnicware, pitchers, and hanging votive jars.
Classic living room
With velvet sofas in sumptuous colours this living room has an instantly inviting feel. The traditional curves of the furniture add to the classic design of the room.
Classic living room
Soft green walls and pale linen upholstery set a soothing tone for this living room. Floral prints and a stone fireplace add warmth.
Homely living roomClassic-style armchairs in warm red tones mixed with dark wood give this living room a homely feel.
Colonial-style living room
Use accessories and antique furniture such as this coffee table and lights to create a colonial look in your living room.
Classic French-style living roomA generously upholstered chaise longue is French in feel and a perfect place to relax.
Warm living room
A floral curtain fabric sets off the colour scheme in this living room. Chalky off-white paint is used on the top half of the walls and is livened up with a heather purple on the bottom half. Chunky waxed oak furniture and a comfy sofa creates a timeless look. Accents of purple complete the scheme.
Bold coral living room
Soft and calming grey furniture creates a formal and relaxed living room, which is brightened up with coral walls and accents of white. Accents of coral and red in the cushions and lighting add a modern feel, and quirky items like the coffee table stand out and lift the scheme.
Relaxed living roomGive your living room a relaxed feel by using natural and textured fabrics in neutral shades.
Classic living room
A mix of patterns, a grand fireplace and a traditional painting offer a quintessentially classic feel. Add a modern twist with glass or acrylic furniture.
Purple living room
To use blossom prints in a smaller room, start with creamy neutrals on the walls, carpet and upholstery, then choose blossom-print curtains and lilac accessories.