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Living room ideas that will bring our your inner interior designer

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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We love checking out both new and classic living room decorating ideas. The lounge is the most frequently used space in the home, which means that the look, feel and usability factors need to be addressed with the utmost urgency. Naturally, interior designers have become accustomed to making clients' living rooms look absolutely phenomenal, while giving the impression of ease and organic integration of furniture items, but before you even consider employing the services of a professional,  you need to have an idea of the aesthetic that you want to create.

Absolutely everyone acknowledges that the living room is the most sociable room in the house and it is where everybody gravitates towards at the end of a long day, which is why a comfortable, style-appropriate design is essential and today, we're going to help you decide which genre of décor is perfect for your home. 

Modern living room ideas.

Look in any design magazine and you'll find a slew of utterly incredible modern living rooms that exude a clean and unfussy aesthetic that helps to maximise every inch of space and nuance of natural light. 

While there's a huge range of suitable colour schemes to choose from, you'll normally find that white features prominently, when a contemporary finish is desired, as it keeps everything looking uncluttered and bright. As a general rule, black is a natural contrast choice against the vibrancy of white and you'll never hear anybody claiming that monochrome is out or old-fashioned. Glossy, low-level furniture will always be at the centre of any contemporary creation too.

If modern living room design is definitely tempting, you should check out a few more examples.

Grey living room ideas.

Grey has been gradually increasing in popularity over the last two years and has finally reached the pinnacle of interior design accomplishments, in the sense that it is now one of THE colours for an on-trend and gorgeous lounge. The true genius of grey is that there is a shade for everyone.

in 2017, cool and pale hues, not dissimilar to concrete, were very popular, but in 2018, experts are predicting an uptake in bolder shades, such as dark granite and charcoal. Wonderful for creating a modern yet classically elegant living room, grey walls and furniture will be in vogue for a long time to come and would definitely appeal to potential buyers, if you are staging for a sale.

Cosy living room ideas.

Reflected Glory - Holland Park Renovation: classic Living room by Tyler Mandic Ltd
Tyler Mandic Ltd

Reflected Glory—Holland Park Renovation

Tyler Mandic Ltd

For many people, the comfort of a living room outranks the aesthetic value but you can combine the two effortlessly, by focusing on a cosy finish. If you're wondering which motifs will help to capture the right essence, you're in luck, as we have a comprehensive list:

- Luxurious fabrics such as leather, velvet and brocade. Anything that will wear in a stylish way and 'give', will always add to a cosy vibe that simply beckons you to sit down, curl up and take a nap.

- Fresh flowers and plenty of them! The room should smell great and feel full of natural elements.

- Don't skimp on the rug. A large, luxurious rug will help to create a multi-sensory experience, from warm and cosy toes all the way through to a relaxed mindset. 

We know that these elements sound as though they will be exceptionally expensive, but there are ways and means to get the look for less as well.

Scandinavian living room furniture choices.

Power of Nature: eclectic Living room by Pixers

Power of Nature


Living room design ideas don't get much more chic and enviable than Scandinavian concepts. Seriously, it's long been the case that the Scandinavian approach to interior design has been not only admired but also imitated worldwide, thanks to the inspired use of neutral space, natural light, refreshing colours, natural materials and stylish furniture. The most copied elements of Scandinavian design, in terms of living rooms, are:

- Natural wood furniture items, such as coffee tables.

- Shapely furniture legs with a slightly retro aesthetic. Atomic-inspired legs will never go out of style.

- Soft neutral colour schemes that include white and grey with zingy accents. Yellows and rich blues are commonly used in the form of accessories, such as cushions.

- LOTS of plants, to bring an element of natural flora into play. The more vibrant the greenery is, not to mention oversized, the better. Ferns and cheese plants will be particularly effective.

- Nature-inspired wall art. Just look at the pictures in this snapshot and you'll see what a beautiful impact they have on the otherwise plain wall.

Rustic living rooms.

Warm, enveloping and charmingly simplistic, rustic living rooms are always a real treat to behold and the best part is that they can work well as either a large-scale installation or as a small living room idea. Thanks to a lot of natural elements being brought into play, you can decide whether you want an airy or a cosy vibe and adapt your ethos from there.

Real wood flooring, exposed bricks, interior wood wall cladding and a real fire or stove will make for a gorgeous room that is undeniably connected to nature and the outside world, which is what rustic aesthetics are all about. You could definitely look to include some wools, felt and leather too.

Eclectic lounge design.

For a funky take on living room décor ideas, eclectic interior design schemes are worth consideration. Perfect for anyone that loves more than one look, feel and colour palette, eclectic design basically allows you to have your cake and eat it too, without compromising for fashion!

Great for a living room that is perhaps an unusual shape or unfortunately sized, an eclectic design ethos can be wonderfully adaptable, exciting and eye-catching, not to mention a fabulous way to express your true self. Common eclectic touches include:

- Clashing colours and prints. This can be extended to walls and textiles or even both. The normal rules don't apply!

- Statement light fixtures.

- Unstructured gallery walls.

Traditional living room themes.

Georgian Country House: classic Living room by Etons of Bath
Etons of Bath

Georgian Country House

Etons of Bath

In terms of living room ideas, UK homes often seek to use traditional design motifs, particularly in period homes that wouldn't look quite right with anything else. There's a real time and a place for classic and sophisticated recognisable tropes of interior design and older homes with a little history are most definitely the right location! After all, what heritage home would be complete without luxurious drapes, chandeliers and antique furniture?

We've got even more living room inspiration for you, just in case you haven't quite had your fill…

Did you discover the perfect living room aesthetic for your home in this guide?
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