Living Room Ideas
The ultimate staple for urban living, no other piece can offer such flexibility, and adapt so cleverly to its surroundings and the evolving needs of a home as much as a modular sofa. Shop the best designs, including the Layla modular sofa from our own House Beautiful collection at DFS.
This is where you can spend and where you should save when it comes to updating your living room. As part of House Beautiful's Design My Space series, we help you decide on those investment pieces worth a splurge, and those soft furnishings you can buy on a budget. From lighting to shelving and cushions to paint, interior designer Andrew Griffiths shares his expertise. #DesignMySpace #livingroomideas
For a modern living room makeover choose a pink velvet sofa (Darcy sofa in mauve from the House Beautiful collection at DFS), a circular storage basket, oak coffee table and a neutral rug to zone the seating area. Layer lighting sources with a large pendant light hanging overhead and task lighting. The large bay window allows for plenty of natural light to flood in. (Photo: Photographer: Polly Wreford | Stylist: Jen Haslam | Production: Sarah Keady)
It's the centrepiece of the living room and gets a lot of use, so choosing a sofa that looks good and feels cosy is important. But don't underestimate the potential that styling can bring – a sofa will look bare without accessories and over cluttered with too many. When it comes to styling a sofa, it's all about finding the perfect balance, and it goes beyond throws and cushions. To achieve a cohesive look, think about the surrounding area, such as plants, floor lamps and a rug.
To create the ultimate cosy living room during autumn and winter, interior design experts share their simple tips for making the most of your lounge space. From soft furnishings to mood lighting, learn how to create a cosy living room setting and make your space more inviting. (Photo: House Beautiful/Dan Duchars)
A lovely way to add colour to a plain living room is with ombre wallpaper. Choose your favourite shade then have a wall that begins with a deep tone at the bottom and graduates to a paler shade at the top. It's subtle, calming, and easy to live with, especially in this lovely green-blue. Pictured: Horizon Deep Blue wallpaper, Elizabeth Ockford.
'This paper would work well for a feature wall or inglenook in a modern apartment or retro style home,' says Susi Bellamy, Wallpaper, Fabric and Accessory Designer. 'Perfect for dark corners to add some bold colour and pattern or behind a sideboard for some "modern art for the wall".' Pictured: Pietra Blue mica non-woven wallpaper; Grey Stucco kaleidoscope oblong velvet cushions; matching velvet shade; Pietra Blu velvet storage stool, all Susi Bellamy
For an interesting living room wallpaper idea, choose your colour palette then use different patterned wallpapers in different areas. Choose one for the walls and a different one for the chimney breast. It will define the areas in a complementary way. Then follow the theme on the armchair with different fabrics on the body of the chair and the sides. Pictured: Alcove walls: Norcombe in Welkin; Chimney Breast: Cones in Lint; Skirting and fireplace painted in Shirting no. 129, all Little Greene.
If it's a beautiful wallpaper, why not frame it? Wallpaper can make fantastic art work. This wonderful, one-off marble wallpaper print is £95 from Nat Maks – Natascha Maksimovic is a print maker and illustrator and makes them in her studio in Margate. This design is perfect in this lounge room with its peach and blush pink palette.
For a rustic, country-style inspired living room, opt for an intricate botanical design. This white and soft green wallpaper print is inspired by a brightly coloured swatch found nestled in an old fabric mill. Named after the flowering South American desert, this playful print is the ultimate in escapism. Decorate around a fireplace and create a rustic look with dried flowers, solid wood furniture and neutral, tactile fabrics. Pictured: Atacama BP 5804, Farrow & Ball.
The colour blue can make you feel calm and relaxed or vibrant and energised, and can work well in a living room. Complement an all-blue scheme with blue paint on doors and around fireplaces, and printed wallpaper on the four walls. This flamboyant peacock feathered wallpaper design provides a splash of colour. Pictured: Carlton House Terrace - Blue Plume, Little Greene.
Love jewel colours? Bring colour and character to your living room with punchy hues. Team wall panelling with a pretty, floral wallpaper design to make your room sing with personality. A deep blue velvet sofa and plush green velvet cushions complete the look. Pictured: Bougainvillea (Rouge, Leaf Green & Cerulean Sky on Charcoal), Cole & Son
When it comes to creating the Japandi aesthetic in your home, on-trend materials like marble and polished concrete can feel quite cool, so balance them out with delicate, organic details such as bamboo blinds and rattan furniture. Natural lights, a rattan screen divider and a sofa with a wooden frame creates a light and airy feel in the living room. (Photo: Rachel Whiting / Styling: Amy Neason)
Japandi is an effortlessly elegant trend that will work in any room of the house – especially in a large open-plan living space. With wood at the heart of the Japandi trend, it’s time to make a feature of the dining table. Pair a solid statement piece with upholstered chairs, in a soft, muted tone and finish off with a Scandi-inspired patterned rug. (Photo: Rachel Whiting / Styling: Amy Neason)