Whether you’re looking for inspiration to completely redecorate or you just want to give your space a quick refresh, we’ve got living room design ideas, and shopping advice to help you choose a good-quality sofa or find the ideal wallpaper for your walls.
Using a variety of motifs in one hue and keeping pattern to the upholstery, while walls and floors remain plain, brings depth to a scheme without it feeling too busy. In this room, a striking wave design on the sofa offers a contrast to the more subtle prints elsewhere.
This series of foliage prints set against a vibrant emerald-green wall offers modern take on the botanical theme. Sparse accessories and the clean lines of the furniture add to the contemporary flavour of the space.
Concentrating furniture and accessories featuring strong pattern and brightly coloured plains in a confined space is a good way to define a seating area within an all-white room.
Upholstering a sofa in a lively combination of plain and patterned fabric creates instant character. Pair with walls in clashing hues and finish with a riot of colourful cushions.
The lustre of brass elements shine brightly when set against a calm backdrop of cool greys. A deep emerald green velvet sofa adds to the sense of drama and richness.
Blending fresh tones of ocean blue and lush botanical green with natural materials strengthens this scheme’s affinity with the outdoors. A delicately coloured sheer provides privacy while filtering harsh sunlight for a softer look.
A sofa upholstered in a multicoloured graphic print takes centre stage in this contemporary living space. Additional blocks of colour work well with the strong linear shapes of dark furniture, while walls in pale grey allow the abstract artwork to sing out in this confident look.
Get the look Hayward two-seater sofa, H70xW190xD95cm, £2,958 plus 13.2m fabric, The Sofa & Chair Company.
Panelled walls painted soft grey provide a sophisticated backdrop for this scheme, which artfully balances black and white upholstered furniture. Blocks of pattern, in the form of tailored cushions and artwork, add interest and personality to the modern look.
Intriguing and subtle, this architectural mural adds a lighter decorative touch to this scheme in which neutral, muted furnishings allow it to take centre stage. A ledge of rustic wood echoes the horizontal lines of the print and creates display space for elegant accessories.
Get the look Nordiska Must wallpaper 606-08, H20xW360cms, £386 panel, Sandberg; Issac sofa in Chalk washed linen, H92xW211xD95cm, £2,040, Sofa.com.
This trellis wallpaper speaks of blissful summer days in the garden. Working geometric motifs into the scheme gives the finished look a modern edge.
A timeless scheme offers a respite from the whirlwind of modern life – and with the neutral elements in place, it is easy to play with the balance of your palette as seasons change.
A black cane sofa arranged with palm leaf-motif cushions against plain ochre linen lends an elegant exotic feel to a classic scheme. Dark-wood flooring and a table of leafy plants complete the look.
Using fabrics with patterns in different scales gives curtains a beautifully tailored finish, while contemporary furniture in the palest leather keeps the look fresh.
For a pared-back scheme, upholstered furniture should have a simple silhouette and minimal detailing. To achieve this look, opt for a neat sofa in a plain linen with no buttoning, while loose covers can be made for existing armchairs. Hints of subtle pattern and colour can be introduced with soft furnishings.
From indigo to navy and cobalt, blue hues sit particularly well together, so offer great scope for pattern mixing. In this living room room, cushions with small-scale motifs are successfully combined with robust striped blinds and a bold indigo geometric on the screen.
Softly striped sheers and a rug in a chalky pink palette harmoniously balance with the bolder circular designs of the rattan chair, table and floor light – all with fine black metal frames to keep the look light.
Simple utility is given a light and pretty dimension with horticulturally themed decorative flourishes and happily mismatched pattern in schemes that embody relaxed charm.
To ensure patterns work comfortably together, choose designs from a similar tonal palette and complement them with plain walls and upholstery. Adding sculptural pieces of furniture and lighting brings an additional layer of interest to the scheme without overpowering it.
Subtly toned chinoiserie curtains and an antique rug define this seating corner, which features a mix of textural fabrics including velvet, linen and hessian, creating an elegant living space with timeless allure.
Opting for bold, block colour, such as azure, denim or sapphire, on upholstery and in rugs allows depth to be added with pattern. Here, a fine ticking stripe and geometric print fabrics provide lively highlights that catch the eye.
When using a lot of hot, spicy shades, introducing a crisp, black and white pattern will act as a focal point and keep the look modern.
This smart living room scheme, which mixes different-sized checks on upholstery, blinds and cushions in a dashing combination of black, white and yellow, gives traditional gingham a refreshing contemporary twist.