Living room

  • Tonal living room with olive green walls and curated artwork

    A daybed arranged with curated cushions becomes artwork in its own right 
and complements the trio of paintings that form a pleasing focal point above.

    Languid Knows daybed, £3,900, The Sit Still Studio. Hikira rug, £2,240, A Rum Fellow. Woodpecker 
floor lamp, £299, Heal’s. Paintings (from left) Casting Round for Solid Ground, £2,400; Untitled, £550; Duality, £1,500, all Caroline Popham at Maison Artefact. Cushion in Bell Dusk, £98m, Mimi Pickard.

    Photography/ Polly Wreford

  • Moody grey living room with bold, bright furniture

    Elegant statement pieces with a handmade, considered feel are key to a design-led interior. Here, showstopping sculptural lighting 
is accompanied by an inviting sofa based 
on the classic campaign design.

    Campaign sofa in Flagstone, £3,000, 
Harp Cottage. Hand-tufted cushions, 
from £85 each, all Kate Cullum. 000 Layered Light unglazed porcelain pendant, from £4,000, Unit 89. Dante side table in Dark Bronze, £1,803, Julian Chichester.

    Photography/ Polly Wreford

  • Living room with wood furniture

    Relaxed living room with striking wooden furniture and contemporary art

    The simple yet striking wooden slatted divider sets the tone for this relaxed sitting area, where contemporary and antique pieces in different woods sit harmoniously together. 

    Photography/ Jan Baldwin

  • Victorian rectory

    Classic living room scheme with jewel-toned ottoman and Christmas garland

    A teal ottoman adds sumptuous colour, while mirrored inserts either side of the fireplace amplify the sense of light and space. A large circular mirror above the fireplace adds a modern element in this other traditional space. 

    Photography/ Mark Bolton

  • Classic living room with fir Christmas tree and foliage

    A traditional space is the perfect setting for a classic fir Christmas tree that has been decorated in a minimal colour palette of blue and white. 

    Photography/ Jon Day

  • Glamorous fireplace wood panelled walls and tile surround

    Black or very dark hues can be cosy and enveloping. When going for this look, be sure to include interesting accents as a foil. Choose an elaborate tile for the surround and add sharpness with a graphic floor rug. Then use candles and fairy lights to inject spark and chandelier. 

    Photography/ Chris Everard

  • A perfectly peaceful mid-Victorian terrace in London

    A classic period sitting room in all its festive finery

    The sitting room of this Victorian property has been been given a very sympathetic and elegant period treatment. A grand marble fireplace topped with a gilded mirror anchors the room. As well as framing the fine Victorian windows, the silk curtains with swags and tails lend a lovely touch of opulence.

  • Classic fireplace with delicate foliage and garland

    The sharp seed heads of teasels are softened with sprays of delicate foliage, creating a beautifully unusual garland and wreath. Grosgain ribbon adds a colourful flourish.

    Photography/ Simon Bevan

  • Christmas living room

    Traditional Christmas living room with natural foliage and classic furniture

    The gentle glow of candlelight, frosted silver and natural foliage combine for an atmospheric Scandinavian-inspired feel. The unusual array of garlands gives this formal room an air of whimsy.

    Photography/ Simon Bevan

  • Classic living room with elegant furniture and upholstered sofa

    Upholster a compact sofa with an oversized print to create a strong, elegant statement piece set against a calm backdrop. A bold linear design rug offers a contrasting but complementary sense of scale and drama.

    Photography/ Simon Bevan

  • Contemporary living room with a pastel palette

    Reminiscent of a late-summer garden, this hand-painted watercolour mural in shades of warm peach and spice creates a relaxed and expressive backdrop for pared-back modern pieces.

    Photography/ Damian Russell

  • Living room with tactile textures, rich colour and glamour

    Celebrate raw materials, organic textures, natural scenes and crafts such as mark making and weaving. Sweeping lines, tactile surfaces and deep tones of copper and red combine to create a deliciously warm and cocooning interior, with contrasting textures and a touch of glamour.

    Photography/ Damian Russell

  • Vibrant pink living room scheme with paisley patterns

    Celebrate the heat and colour of the subcontinent with vibrant patterns and textural accessories. Shades of rose bloom in this flamboyant 
scheme, with touches of burnt orange 
to give a nod to tropical heat.

    Photography/ Jan Baldwin

  • Living room with vibrant colour and pattern

    Celebrate the heat and colour of the subcontinent with vibrant patterns and textural accessories. Fabrics in shades of sapphire and emerald create a space that both soothes and energises. 

    Photography/ Jan Baldwin

  • French Modernist living room with mixed materials

    A new wave of geometric designs, inspired by the work of abstract artist Sonia Delaunay, combines graphic shapes with exciting colour combinations to create a smart mid-century feel. Mixing a range of fabric designs featuring diamonds, circles and hexagons brings instant vitality, especially when directional light gives it a stripped appearance.

    Photography/ Paul Raeside

  • Tropical-style living room with printed fabric and bamboo

    Vintage-syle tropical prints, teamed with bamboo and cane, evoke the faded grandeur of colonial Cuba. Découpage is an impressive way of creating a bespoke piece of furniture that can be tailored to suit your room scheme.

    Photography/ Adrian Briscoe

  • Modern living room with powdery pastel colour palette

    Decorating with pastel shades needn’t mean going entirely pale. An accent wall in a darker colour, such as the deep blue used here, serves to balance lighter tones. To add depth, introduce subtle textures with wool upholstery and curtains and rugs in patterned weaves.

    Photography/ Paul Raeside

  • Classic living room with simple linens and silk furnishings

    Polished concrete flooring offers a smooth, subdued contrast to organic-shaped furnishings, while a smart grasscloth wallcovering lets dramatic artwork do the talking.

    Photography/ Damian Russell

  • Calm, relaxed living room scheme with a neutral colour palette

    Serene greens, monochrome patterns, tactile weaves and rich textures combine to deliver an inviting colour palette for a considered living space. As seen in Japanese homes, a freestanding wall acts as a divider, 
zoning a large room. Natural flooring and delicate paper lights complete the look.

    Photography/ Damian Russell

  • Deep green and blue living room with a global artisan feel

    We embrace our inner nomad with a considered mix of Eastern, African and South American patterns with natural materials, rich textures and bold hues for an elegant, worldly look at home.

    Photography/ Damian Russell