Quite haven, romantic retreat, buzzy family hub, all-purpose entertaining space – our hard-working living rooms often have to fulfil more requirements than any other area of the home, so why not lavish them with the attention they deserve? We’ve gathered a few of our favourite living room looks to inspire your next scheme, ranging from bold pairings that play with finish to bright and breezy palettes with a twist.
1. Opposites Attract
2. Feature Florals
Feature wallpaper makes a dramatic statement of any living room wall, and floral wallpaper Helleborus is our pick of the bunch. It adds an exuberant contemporary touch to this traditional living room, its oversized botanical motif working beautifully with the bare wooden floorboards and clean white trim.
3. Old Meets New
It can be tempting to plump for architect-friendly pure white when faced with a sculptural space, but a softer take on the shade can work wonders, creating a more inviting feel without compromising on versatility. Old White, from our Traditional Neutrals group, has an underlying grey-green tone that makes the most of the abundant light in this ex-industrial living room, but without the stark brightness of a pure white.
4. Go Green
Green paint may be big news for contemporary interiors right now, but this versatile colour can also be used to great effect in traditional spaces like this one. The key to a scheme that makes the most of period features is in the configuration you choose as well as the colours, and the classic pairing of a darker wall (Green Smoke) with a lighter trim (Strong White) creates a living room that feels both modern and familiar.
5. Polished Prints
Adding a statement wallpaper is a tried, tested and much-loved method for bringing personality to any living room scheme – make it a subtly shimmering metallic print, and it takes on an even more luxurious air. Our De Nimes and copper wallpaper Lotus BP 2071 is a great choice for this cosy corner, where its tactile print pairs beautifully with warm wood accents and a plush navy sofa.
6. Finish First
Stone Blue walls with a Dix Blue ceiling are already a beautifully bold choice for this stylish living room, but it’s the interplay of finishes that really brings the look to life. While the walls are painted in Estate Emulsion, our signature chalky matt finish, the decorative mouldings and window frames are picked out in Full Gloss, creating a striking contrast.
7. Feature Comforts
The use of School House White, Sulking Room Pink and Paean Black in this contemporary living room is playful yet sophisticated, the unexpected combination tempered by crisp lines and careful ratios. For a beautifully cohesive look, follow this designer’s lead and mirror a statement wall colour in soft furnishings or accessories, like this Portobello Pink rug by The Rug Company.
8. Balance Beams
In choosing our Architectural Neutrals as a starting point for their living room scheme, the owners of this Manhattan townhouse have struck the perfect balance between the house’s historical elements and their own, more contemporary, leanings. Pale Pavilion Gray used all over the walls, ceiling and trim enhances the feeling of light and space, while Pitch Black, our deepest, darkest shade, draws attention upwards to the original beams and adds structure to the space.
9. Above Board
There are more ways to revamp a living room than simply focusing on the walls, as this light-filled space shows. If you’d rather keep walls and woodwork neutral, why not treat floorboards to a few coats of hardwearing Modern Eggshell in a contrasting shade? Here, light, bright All White and Dimpse sit alongside lead-grey Down Pipe for an elegant look.
10. Dark Magic
Contrary to common belief, making the most of a small living room doesn’t necessarily mean painting it white. In fact, one of our favourite methods in any room is to embrace its diminutive proportions with an inviting, enveloping deep shade on walls. In this stylish living room, inky Black Blue creates the perfect conditions for intimate get togethers, impromptu movie nights, or reading into the small hours – for maximum effect, take your chosen deep shade over the dado rail and skirting boards too.