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Living room design ideas

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Although a house, in essence, is composed of different spaces, the lounge, which is more commonly known as the living room, is unquestionably the one room in the house that we can collectively relax and chill out within, either in solitude or in company. If you look at the etymology of the name, it quite simply means the room in which we live. Although it is supposed to be a space for unwinding, we find ourselves using the living room for a whole score of unrelated factors, like eating, sleeping, watching TV and reading. Undoubtedly the most multi-purpose zone of the house, and often times, the room that is seen by our guests, it comes as no surprise that we would invest time and money into creating the perfect space.

Despite all this, the focus on the living room should be about seeking comfort and warmth, in effect, it must have an inviting and welcoming disposition. It is only natural to want to spend time there, albeit, fantasise about kicking back there after a day at work. There are many factors that need to be considered, the most important being the furniture, layout, colours, materials and lighting. Each element should function together in perfect harmony, one not standing out more than the other. Before this, we should ask ourselves what style do we identify with? Classic, modern or perhaps even eclectic? Today on homify, we have developed a small guide to help you figure out the right path to take during your living room design process. Take a look..

Formal & classic

For some, it is difficult to step away from a formal and classic setting. Forever timeless, and always elegant, this style of living room never dates, and is forever seen circulating around home decorating magazines and blogs. Replaced at a point by a modern rival, the classic setting took a back seat, and ended up in our formal lounges, rather than the setting we choose to recline in everyday. The thing that home owners often forget is that comfort and style go hand in hand, and a seemingly delicate and well-made set will probably stand the test of time far longer than a casual piece. Therefore, do not be afraid to choose elegant and classic pieces in your quest for the perfect living room. 

God save the Queen

Justin Van Breda - Drawing Room:  Living room by Justin Van Breda
Justin Van Breda

Justin Van Breda—Drawing Room

Justin Van Breda

Here in this room, styled by Justin Van Breda, we a see a mix of the aforementioned with some more casual and laid back design elements. The room has been arranged with the fireplace as the alignment point, spreading the lounges, chairs and table around this axis. We love the touches of classicism and Art Deco that are present in the space, with both bold and whimsical elements creating a striking contrast against each other. This example goes to show that a fusion of styles can come together to create a scene that is unique, elegant and contemporary all at the same time. 

Serene green

Sofas and armchairs:  Living room by Wesley-Barrell

Sofas and armchairs


Green is a fantastic colour choice, or base palette tone for a living room as shown by experts Wesley-Barrell. Associated with balance and harmony, this colour is reminiscent of nature, and if faced with living in an apartment or urban setting, is a great way to breathe a bit of the outdoors into your home. If you look carefully, the green wallpaper has a very fine print, subtly tying the grey lounge suite into the scene. In terms of design, this room is serene and uniform; no element, colour or piece of furniture take centre stage or screams out—the overall tone of the room is mellow and relaxing.


If you aren't a fan of keeping it cool or calm, you can reflect this personality trait into your furniture and decoration choices too. In terms of mixing prints and clashing colours, Crow's Nest Interiors shows that there are no rules these days, in fact, you have about as much creative freedom as your heart and budget desires. As evidenced in this example, the bold patterns, textures and colours have been added through soft furnishings and smaller decorative elements, with the main objects and wall colours remaining muted. This is a great way to ensure that you can update your eclectic living room very often, adding and subtracting as much detail based on your taste and changing trends. 

New world meets old world

You might notice something a bit different about this particular setting. If you look to the rear, you will see windows that resemble the ones seen inside your local chapel or church. Well, you're right, because this living room has been set up inside a renovated church. The space has been designed by West London AV solutions, with creature comforts and the ultimate home media experience in mind. Scattered around the house, and indeed to the right of this living room, is a state of the ark home TV set up. Of course, if that is what you plan on doing in your living room, you need the comfiest of couches to support this notion, as evidenced in purple in the image. This display goes to show that modern items like TV and home theatre systems can blend perfectly well into a vintage and period architecture setting.

We hope you have enjoyed this varying collection of living room design ideas, and take away some inspiration with you for your next decorating feat! 

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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