Summer living room
Create a summery feel in your living room, with a wall of floral wallpaper from Villa Nova. Keep the colour palette simple with a cream coloured sofa from the Sofa Workshop and mirrored cubes to reflect light from Laura Ashley. The overall bright, airy feel is completed with neutral curtains to allow the sunlight to flood in.
Relaxed living room
Create a relaxed style in your living room, by mixing a neutral coloured backdrop and sofa from Sofa Workshop and pale footstool. Introduce a touch of blue with cushions, floral colour in curtains and texture with a throw from Muskett & Mazzullo.
Open living room
Avoid the corridor look in a narrow room by choosing a corner sofa, and grouping furniture around the fireplace. Also, the modern canvases from CanvasRus above this have a similar coordinated feel. By adding a large mauve and plum rug from Next, this helps to open up the room and the modern canvases.
Modern living room
A Conran Shop wide leather armchair works well against pale blue wall paint from the Designers Guild. More practical than white, the colour lightens the room and increases space. Add pattern to the scheme with a customised wallpaper (Zoffany) screen – ideal for hiding children's clutter quickly, or your home office.
Retro living room
This retro wallpaper, from Harlequin, has been teamed with blocks of solid colour to soften the visual impact of the bold colour and design. The Starburst clock, from Newgate Clocks, finishes off the retro look.
Yellow floral living room
The oversized florals of the wallpaper in this room is made extra trendy in this season's hottest colour. The subtle use of florals in this room have created instant focus.The grey colour featured in the paper has been picked for the wall paint to keep the scheme toned in together. Offcuts have been framed and hung on bare walls to continue the theme.
Modern living room
Key colours of grey and red in this uncluttered white living area are picked up in the bespoke sofa by Planet Design Company, an Ikea rug and Spindle floor lamp from Habitat.
Open-plan living and dining room
A modular sofa and large rug create a defined lounging zone in the open-plan space. The red rug with black seating is a bold statement.
Blue living room with yellow highlightsUsing a palette of sharp yellows and utilitarian greys is reminiscent of pioneering post-war schemes.
Relaxed living room
Eco-friendly furniture, like these bookshelves from Benchmark, are stylish and promote a greener lifestyle. Placed in a relaxed vintage-style living room, alongside a reupholstered and customised chair from Squint, they are ideal as a storage and display unit. Show off second-hand and vintage buys, from shops such as Fandango, alongside original artwork and create an eclectic display.
Modern family living room
This family room in warm taupe tones teams a modular sofa from The Conran Shop with a Vincent Sheppard wicker butterfly chair to provide versatile seating. Occasional tables in different styles create an informal feel, while a Channels sideboard and built-in shelving provide lots of storage. A Romo blind in a stylised floral print framed by striped linen curtains from Nobilis turns the large window into a feature.
Pink living room with reflective accessories
Create a warm, feminine feel in a small living room with a shell pink and oyster scheme teamed with reflective furniture and shiny accessories. Iridescent wallpaper, like this Indulgence wallpaper from Harlequin on the chimney breast, really picks up the light, especially as it is set against pearlescent Light & Space Spring Blush paint from Dulux on the walls. We all know mirrors are a great way of making a room feel lighter, so mirrored furniture, like this mirrored table from Next and the mirrored cube from Laura Ashley, makes sense in a small room.
Small basement living room
A wall of built-in storage behind the sofa and beneath the modern fireplace hides clutter and makes the most of limited space. Furniture is kept to a minimum, meaning the look can be changed with different accessories like cushions, lamps and vases. Halogen lighting with dimmers means different atmospheres and zones can be created.
Vibrant damask wallpaper living room
The cool azure green of this damask wallpaper creates a summery look in this living room. A large, comfortable contemporary sofa has a white linen frame, but the seat and back cushions in velvet, accessorised with minty green silk cushions, add a rich feel. Predominantly white and ivory accessories tone down the effect of the striking wallpaper, while a herringbone carpet adds warmth.
Graphic print living room
Play with scale and supersize a geometric-style grid motif to create strong, modern panelling. Angular furniture in toning block colours ground the look of this living room, while citrus accents add zest to the scheme. Add interest to the corner of your room with an eye-catching floor lamp.
Living room with album art
Make a strong graphic statement by filling a wall with framed classic album covers. Vertical white stripes divided the space effectively and provide a punchy contrast for the bright coral background.
Airy modern living room
Light bursts into this large living room from two huge arched windows. The leather chairs came from B&T Antiques, the rug is by The Rug Company and the glass coffee table came from The Conran Shop.
Bold wallpaper living room
Bamboo-print wallpaper and retro-style furniture pieces set the scene for laid-back lounging in this living room. Cool aqua accents to match the wallpaper are added with glassware and cushions, while the coffee table and sideboard provide storage for hidden items and ones that you wish to keep on display. Go for reproductions of original lighting designs, such as the floor lamp, for an authentic look.
Modern blue living room
Use rugs to divide areas into different zones: a long-haired dark rug will hide stains and take heavy wear, but also look smart. Here, a sturdy Chesterfield fron The Odd Chair Company is classic yet functional and looks good against pale blue wall paint. Keep clutter hidden away in stylish storage boxes from The Conran Shop.
Bright tropical-style living room
Vibrant pinks and bright orange are a bold choice, but mixed with soft cream you can create a striking look that will bring life to your living room.
Bright accents living room
Use an accent colour with impact to give your living room a stunning finish full of energy. You don't need to add much, just a few accessories such as a throw or a stool and a few cushions. Even candles and flowers can be enough to give a room a really professional finish.
Glamorous living room
A neutral scheme with monochrome accents suits an Art Deco setting. Echo the window lines and paint up to dado height in a richer shade to add depth and create a backdrop. Play with scale to keep the look modern.
Living room sideboard
Make an oil painting fit seamlessly into your modern scheme by framing it against mirror mosaic tiles for a contemporary edge.
Classically modern living room
Juxtaposing modern and period furniture can give a room an exciting edge, but keep the colours simple and light for a bright, airy feel.
Living room with pruple accents
Add a touch of floral decoration teamed with dazzling colours to totally change the mood of a room. The shocking pink and lime add a vibrancy to an otherwise bland room, and the pattern on the rug repeats the floral motif on the cushions and continues one of the rooms two accent colours.
Swedish-style living roomThis living room goes for smooth lines and simple accessories to create a fresh Scandinavian look.
Living room with bright accents
Give your living room a modern twist with a colourful footstool. Teamed with muted tones and traditional prints, the scheme takes on a unique edge.
Colourful living room
Warm shades of pale create the perfect backdrop for a living room full of splashes of colour. Simple creams and beiges achieve an uncomplicated setting to show off bright accessories and bold furniture, without being too cold or stark.
Relaxed classic living room
This living room has been updated with geometric patterns and contemporary shades. Statement pieces of furniture such as the white, block coffee table give it a modern touch, while floral fabrics and antiques provide a balance with the traditional elements of the room.
Special effects living room
Lookalike walllpaper can create a stunning feature in a room. The retro-style paper looks great on this chimney breast and gives this room the wow-factor. The floating shelf cleverly creates a sleek mantlepiece and compliments the contemporary scheme.
Floral carpet living room
This room makes patterned flooring the basis of a subtle, contemporary look with lasting appeal. The fabric patterns have a similar motif to the carpet and the neutral wall colour works perfectly - keeping the room to a two-toned colour scheme means you just can't go wrong.
Green living room
The vibrant green sofa gives this living room a fresh and energetic feel. Glass lighting and furniture allow natural light to reflect around the room.
Living room storage
Full-height shelving creates a feature of practical storage. Use it to store books as well as display accessories.
Grey and blue
Grey creates a sophisticated backdrop for blues and creams. Mango wood and varied textures stop the colour from becoming dull.
Bold prints, geometric accessories and structured wood furniture create a retro vibe. The same colours have been carried through the living room to give a cohesive look.
Fresh living room
Keeping the palette limited is a good way to create a contemporary look. Decorative details like the side table and rug add interest and texture.
Living room storage shelves
A wall of shelves is a great way to store and display books. By adding a fascia to the front of the shelves you can choose which books to show off.
Use a wasted alcove space to keep your media storage out of the way. Fitting bespoke storage units means the space will be used efficiently.
Integrated entertainment system
A chimney breast decorated with bespoke contemporary-style panelling that incorporates a wall-mounted TV makes an interesting focal point. The dark seating scattered with bright cushion adss accents of colour to the scheme, drawing attention away from the TV.
Colourful living room
Create a statement look with striking and unexpected colour combinations. Flaming coppers, crimson reds and hot pinks sizzle over super-chic cinnamon browns in this bold, bright yet classic living room.
Relaxed modern living room
Update a sofa with a pair of large sculptural floor lamps to frame a seating area. The Elan leather three-seater sofa is from Jasper Morrison for Cappellini at Viaduct and the striking floor lamps are from Ecco Trading.
Multi-functional living room
This living room has a sofa bed, so it can be used as a guest bedroom, and also a decorative table which doubles as a desk. The Skandium desk and Dormy House chair create an unobtrusive work area, tucked against a wall which would otherwise have been wasted space. Soft green walls, fresh white woodwork and cocoa accessories like the Julian Chichester lamp create a warm, welcoming look.
Warm white living room
Leaving a rough line of paint strokes near the ceiling creates a relaxed, personalised touch. The large-scale paintings, disjointed mirror and elaborate chandelier pull focus to the simple fireplace.
Living room alcove storage
Make the most of your living room alcove by turning it into useful storage. Here, with a smart console table and a pair of wall-hung bookcases, the space becomes a perfect place to show off books, trinkets and family photographs. Paint the walls in two co-ordinating colours to define the area.
New England-style living room
The deep blue of this Lena Proudlock sofa and assorted patterned cushions create a contemporary take on New England style when set against a fresh white background. Using a one-colour palette, experiment with different patterns on fabrics and accessories. A Roger Oates striped rug ties the scheme together.
Contemporary blue living room
This living room has been updated with teal, black and white tones for a bolder look. Floral cushions on the sofa bring a plain sofa to life, while a flower transfer stuck to the underside of the coffee table glass is an easy way to update a piece of furniture. A wall-mounted storage unit is not only a stylish feature, but is the ideal space to keep books and magazines, and for showing off pretty things.
Designer-style living room
Black furniture stands out against the crisp white backdrop in this modern living room. The original fireplace has been plastered over to give it a boxy, modern feel and a wood-burning stove has been tucked into it. Accessories in citrus shades and a patterned rug add colourful accents.
Contemporary living room
A successful TV room avoids making the screen a focal point. To distract the eye, use colourful fabrics and artwork, while built-in storage is perfect for hiding DVDs and CDs. In this room, a traditional Howe chair on castors from William Yeoward balances the contemporary look, and can be positioned to face the screen. A Louise Bradley contemporary coffee table, prints and vases complete the look.
Flock living room
Flock's velvet-like pile was originally created using the powdered wool left over from the manufacture of cloth. Today's examples are still classic but less formal, as illustrated by these cushions, Designers Guild wallpaper and wall-hanging artwork. Mix with a Conran Shop sofa and Laura Ashley console table.
Playful living room
A red sofa and colourful striped rug make this family living room a bright and cheery space – perfect for children to play in. Pale walls are teamed with modern white furniture to allow the colourful furnishings to stand out. Designer-style accessories complete the quirky look.
Modern living room with striped wallpaper
This large window floods light onto the striking green and brown striped wallpaper, which is the focal point of this modern living room. The L-shaped sofa system creates a relaxed feel.
Chic stripes living room
A bold striped two-tone wool carpet needs careful pairing with similarly coloured fabrics and accessories. The deep aqua paint on the walls calms the scheme, while adding warmth and colour. Linking the whole look, wide grosgrain ribbon edging frames the large pattern of the curtain fabric while echoing the stripes of the carpet and chair.
Casual cream living room
The simple beauty of extra-wide blonde wooden floorboards transforms this room into a cool contemporary space. Furniture that is raised off the floor creates a lighter, uncluttered look, while gentle shades of cream on the walls, curtains and cushions soften the scheme, providing a comfortable, tranquil mood.