I'm sure you'd agree that there is nothing more satisfying than getting home from a long day at work, grabbing a cushion and throw and taking reign of the living room, but how many of us are taking note of the latest interior style trends?
It can be hard to style a living room that also fits your lifestyle, and without being visually overwhelming, but there are also many ways to add class and balance to your living room design.
We spoke with a number of design bloggers and interior experts to find out more about their favourite living room designs and to gain priceless advice that could help provide you with the inspiration you need.
"I’m in love with this Parisian flat with a gorgeous balcony. It’s light, bright and has a marvellous high ceiling that opens up the space. My favourite parts of this living room would be the romantic window with stylish lace for curtains. Those see-through shutters will no doubt encourage as much light into the room even on the darkest of days. The centrepiece furniture also awes me, it’s not my favourite pattern but it’s definitely one that works in this room to add a modern edge – If it was up to be though, I’d no doubt go for colourful florals.
I bet you haven’t noticed the beautiful planters hanging from the window frame. I would definitely love to DIY and make a few for myself. Finally, a room isn’t a room without some fresh flowers and natural plants to stimulate creativity and the feeling of zen. I love that this lounge is decorated with lots of stylish plant pots as well as the hanging planters at the window. What a beautiful space!" Image Credit.
"I am totally in love with this living room photographed by Line Klein Studio. It's the perfect space that combines industrial style and pastels colours in a well-balanced harmony. I love the rough textures with soft pinks and this literally would be my future living room" Image Credit.
"My own living room is my personal favourite - it reflects the bold, colourful and glamorous look that I love but it remains inviting. Perfect for an evening snuggle, our velvet chesterfield is elegant without being stuffy and the botanical wallpaper creates the perfect backdrop for my plants. It's our room to escape to after a long day and is the perfect reflection of my love of eclectic boho glam interiors." Image Credit.
"With the summer months just around the corner and days longer and brighter we, like many, are throwing open the curtains, cracking the windows and making the most of some spring air.
For the living room, we’d recommend bringing the outdoors in. Plants and greenery will add a much needed vibrant touch and are perfect for introducing the tropical trend into the home. Cheese plants and oversized spider plants seem to be a popular choice and can be an inexpensive way to add a design statement.
Alternatively, pop to your local garden centre and group together some succulents on a coffee table or beautiful flowers on a sideboard for a low maintenance way to breathe new life into a room." Image Credit.
"I designed this space for Christie's Inc, it's a living room that I aspire to have when I'm older. It' s filled with eclectic pieces that have been collected throughout a lifetime which I think is how a living room should be. It should show pieces that explain who you are as a person in a visual way. The feeling of the room should match your personality." Image Credit.
"This bold living room is proof that decorating with bright colours can be both stylish and sophisticated. The cobalt blue sofa is absolutely the star of this room, while the natural elements of plants, wood, and leather ground the space. This welcoming and well-styled living room is designed by Swedish design firm Svenskt Tenn Interior Design.
They achieve the perfect balance between comfort and originality in this living room, which is the key to a successfully designed space. This living room was recently featured as part of my "Interiors from Around the Globe" article, which showcases the originality of designers across the world.
This living room is truly inspiration to go bold when selecting your home decor and furniture. A bright blue sofa could be just what you need!." Image Credit.
"This light, bright, family friendly living space ticks all my boxes. Although the base colour is white, there are plenty of colour pops in the form of carefully chosen furniture and accessories.
Modern artwork plays a big part in adding interest to the plain walls, but also the mix of contemporary and vintage styles gives the room character.
Retro chairs and tables sit alongside modernist shapes and pretty vintage chandeliers maintain the feminine vibe.
I'm a big fan of leafy green plants to help create a fresh and vibrant atmosphere - literally adding life to the living space.
Personally, I might be a bit scared about keeping these lovely white floors clean … but you can always cover spills with more rugs!" Image Credit.
"The mixing of modern and transitional styles makes it a good mix for accessorising and embellishment. Soft European suede’s cover the sofa, club chairs, and Ottomans in a deep black colour. This solid surface contrasts boldly to the white walls and black, white, and gold coloured fabrics of the draperies and pillows.
In addition, all the custom plasterwork and decoration reflects the turn-of-the-century motifs consistent throughout the space. A major benefit of the room is the coherent and cohesively designed conversation area that is tightly knit and centres around a custom designed metal mesh coffee table. The silver and gold metallic’s also contribute to the interesting mix of finishes.
Finally, there is a logical, yet comfortable, format to the living room that blends well into the dining room upon which it opens." Image Credit.
"I have chosen this amazing living from the very talented Sophie Paterson Interiors. For me, this space is so successful because the layout has been carefully considered, maximising the use of available space. By having a large corner sofa and making use of the bay window to for additional seating, a really sociable space has been created. I also love the subtle tones of grey, eclectic mix of patterns on the cushions and the rustic accessories, which result in a lovely, relaxed feel to the space." Image Credit.
"My ideal lounge is a space for relaxing with family with plenty of comfortable seating for everyone. I love light and airy interiors, so white walls and floors are a must, with big windows letting in as much natural light as possible.
Beyond the walls and floors I prefer monochromatic schemes - with a few light greys and blush pinks thrown in as an accent to soften the look. Bold statement prints are top of my wishlist for our new extension along with multipurpose furniture, which not only functions with its original intent, like a coffee or side tables - but has plenty of hidden storage, always a must with kids!
With such a light coloured scheme it could easily feel a little cool in the evenings - so a modern style wood-burner is also a must-have!" Image Credit.
"My own home is somewhat mismatched and eclectic so when I get the chance to style rooms for photoshoots, I enjoy the opportunity to create something with a tighter theme, yet still retaining a fun, relaxed feel similar to my own tastes.
This ‘into the blue’ living room I created for HomeSense is a perfect example of that - I used a selection of gorgeous faceted and drip-dyed vases to act as real statement accessories, mixing in some geometrics, Moroccan touches and quirky twists such as the badger cushion.
This space shows that as long as there is a uniting element - here, multiple shades of blue - you can introduce pieces of various different styles and the look will still work wonderfully as a whole." Image Credit.
"I am in love with colours in this room: dark rich green paired with lemon yellow - such a delicious combination! Bright colors are complimented with striking patterns - black and white rug on the floor adds even more drama and statement in this room.
This house was created by Brazilian Casa Vogue and you can really feel Brazilian spirit in this space. Outdoor garden with lush tropic vegetation is divided by glass wall, which makes this room feel very fresh and exotic. I also love wooden accents and Mid-century modern furniture, which create a very relaxed, warm and cosy feel". Image Credit.
"My clients asked me to design a modern, yet cozy living room with plenty of storage and a comfortable sitting area to accommodate their family and guests.
As an interior designer I strongly believe that our home has a great impact on our health and wellbeing. Most people tend to spend a lot of time in their living room, which usually serves multiple purposes, must be comfortable and welcoming as well as aesthetically pleasing.
When I designed this space I could really stay true to my style, which I like to refer to as ‘modern contemporary with a touch of nostalgia’.
This living room features a mixture of modern sleek lines and organic shapes, combines earthy colours with a touch of fresh, yet soothing turquoise and is given its final touch with a few quirky items. For more details on this project, take a look at my YouTube video."
"A stylish living room is not about getting the ‘show house’ look, it’s about creating a space that is beautiful, comfortable and works for you. An ideal living room should reflect you and tell a story – but be functional at the same time. Storage is so important to make sure your clutter isn’t all on display – coffee tables with built-in storage is a great way to hide those magazines and remote controls when you’re not using them!
Choosing a colour palette can be a challenge, but sticking to similar shades can bring the space together. Use pattern and texture to create a more interesting space, especially in your cushions and rugs. Getting your lighting right is key to creating atmosphere. Table lamps and a floor lamp can set the mood in the evening.
Don’t be afraid to mix up styles for an eclectic look – I love this Scandi meets mid-century modern living room! It works so well because of the muted blues, purples and greys tie in beautifully together. The feature canvas draws your eye to the back of the room and the tripod floor lamp in white doesn’t dominate the space." Image Credit.
"My living space is truly a reflection of my loves and adventures, and I believe that whether you are creating a space for yourself or for someone else, it should reflect the person and what they have done. So a mixture of old and new, objects from different countries but with the colours tying it all together.
A lounge can take bold colours and deep rich walls are perfect for showing off pictures and mirrors. A relaxed atmosphere with piles of cushions, works of art in their own right, somewhere which works in the day and at night for either reading, watching TV or chatting with friends.
In my lounge I have a picture wall with original art that I have collected, there's an old over mantle mirror which I painted and objects from my travels around the world, also some heirloom pieces found by my Father when he lived abroad. The lounge should change seasonally, replacing fur rugs with cotton ones, wool throws with kantha cotton quilts and also accents of seasonal nature. Some well chosen house plants will help to cleanse the air and create colour and textures in corners." Image Credit.
"My ideal living room would have a sofa and two armchairs. I prefer that to two sofas as I feel it offers more flexibility. I like to change things around a lot, so a couple of amazing armchairs are high up on my wishlist." Image Credit.
"My favourite living space is by designer William Yeoward who produces stunning products for the home. The image is taken from William’s city home, and what I particularly like about the design is we are captivated by every single item within the room.
Taking everything in slowly, we start with a vibrant orange chair, followed by statement lamps, then the art work, interesting collection of books and green sofas. There are many pieces within this room, but everything blends seamlessly together. For me a successful design draws you in, and makes you want to enter the room, I could certainly see myself happily whiling away the time in this living space." Image Credit.
"I’m endlessly mesmerised by the art of storytelling & if there’s one place in your home that should speak of your personal history, it’s the living room. Undeniably one of the best examples of this can be found in photographer Mario Testino’s Los Angeles home.
Mario’s living room speaks volumes of his love of far flung cultures, rich earthy colour palettes, modern art, layered global textiles &, of course, globe trotting. Peruvian pottery sits seamlessly alongside Mauritanian mats, while French steel-framed windows & streamlined furniture featuring contemporary curves bring an essence of modernity. The look is accumulated & undeniably autobiographical." Image Credit.
"For me, the living room is the true heart of a home. It’s an opportunity to define, and uniquely represent our tastes, passions, stories and collections. It is the world we chose to put on show to the guests that we entertain, and also the world that we choose to spend our precious personal time in.
This living room does just that. It’s the living room of a collector, and not the living room of a show home. Nothing matches; this doesn't ‘go’ with that; and as a result, it’s a triumph. From the masculine walnut walls, through to the polished carrara marble table, powder coated black steel frames that cradle felted upholstery, ancient art, contemporary art, and a €50k Lalanne rug that I’d commit crimes for." Image Credit.
"April showers? No worries, I’ll be right here. This cottage style living room is just divine and screams spring to me. The gauzy curtains that I imagine blowing in a warm breeze and the floral pillow and chair that mimic the colours blooming in the garden create a warm and welcoming feel.
The rustic beamed ceiling, the wide plank wood floors and walls compliment the more traditional furniture and crystal chandelier to craft a room that walks the line between elegance and cosy charm perfectly. It’s simply dressed with just enough accessories to make the room sparkle without competing with the spectacular views. Fabulous!" Image Credit.
"My ideal living room is made of up three very important elements - a statement
sofa, oversized artwork and mid-century modern furniture.
I'm a massive fan of the whole bohemian, eclectic cool vibe found in Californian properties, which often includes fresh white walls and natural light in abundance.
Throw in some exposed brick work, greenery and a vintage print rug, and I'm ready to move in today." Image Credit.
"This Scandinavian style is what I trying to create myself in my own current renovation. The room is light filled and has an airy feel. Most importantly there seems to be an emphasis on fun - a social focus with all seating facing into each other.
The fire creates warmth and the pendant light is a statement, adding a wow-factor. There is a little burst of colour that creates balance in within the monochrome hues." Image Credit.
"I love how colors and pattern are mixed together in this picture. Plants and light add the perfect finish.
I think pink and yellow are a great match, very trendy and Scandinavian style. It's time to play with rugs, not just one but use them as layers with different textures.
Don't be afraid to mix pattern and colors together. Choose what you like and try to match them together, your home has to express yourself. Be free and brave!" Image Credit.
"I've picked my own living room as although it's a work in progress (as is the whole house) We are really happy with it at the moment.
The coffee table adds a mid-century vibe and it has the bonus of having storage inside it too- great for quick tidy ups. The rug really adds warmth and colour to the room. It gives off a Bohemian and relaxed feel.
The chesterfield could feel a bit stuffy without this rug I think, so it really adds to the cosiness and family feel of this room." Image Credit.
"I love this living room of Sarah Ruffin Costello because it's a wonderful blend of traditional and modern. It shows ideally how two styles can live cohesively in one space. The designer did a masterful job of using colour to bring harmony to the room." Image Credit.
"I absolutely adore this living room in subtle Spring colours. Spring is a transition from the cold winter toward too hot summer.
Not only does this living room look fresh for spring but it brings in warmth and cosiness with dusty pink throw. The sofa is traditional and very cute.
This living room is very chic, very Parisian and I can visualise sitting there with a cup of Earl Grey tea and read a book while listening to Jazz FM." Image Credit.
"My ideal living room is one that doesn't feel too formal. I like the idea of a dressed room, but practicality dictates we cannot live like this so I prefer environments to relax in. I think finding the right balance of features vs comfort for a lounge is critical to actually using the space.
We all love the idea of a show home, but actually living in one would drive most people nuts. I like working in properties where you have a blend of tradition meets modern styling. You can make areas instantly feel more luxurious with good lighting and good flooring and add the comfort with furnishings.
Over time these can be changed and upgraded in order to keep a super up to date style without breaking the bank." Image Credit.
We were lucky enough to speak with one of New York's most talented interior designers, Gail Green.
Gail and her team have worked on a number of successful projects, from Art Deco to Dining Rooms, Hotel Lobbies to elegant Art Collector spaces, you name it, Gail and her team have worked on just about every interior project you can think of.
Which is why we were excited to talk with her, and find out more about where it all started for Gail, where she finds inspiration for each project and the projects she's currently working on...
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This years second interior designer interview is with the talented Sarah Myall, Director and Principle Designer at White House Interiors, based in Kensworth, Bedfordshire.
Sarah and her team have worked on several projects in the residential, commercial and hospitality industries, impressing several clients by sticking to their number one rule, "It's not us it's you."
We we're keen to speak with Sarah and find out more about what inspired her to pursue a career in interior design, along with her current projects so far in 2016...
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