The concept of a living room can mean different things to different people. From a place to entertain to the most comfortable and lived-in room of your home where everyone inherently seems to find themselves at the end of the day, a living room is undoubtedly a multi-purpose space that should reflect your family’s lifestyle, but also your style and aesthetic.
We gathered some of the most notable interior designers and influencers and asked them what the most pivotal elements of a well-designed living room are from their perspective.
This includes Adelaide Bragg’s love of a comfortable feather and down sofa, to Mary Lou Sobel’s desire to create calm, inviting spaces with rich textures and strong proportions, the following highlight what it is that truly creates the ideal living room. These designers have named some of their favourite must-have pieces of furniture, as well as their overall objectives they strive for when working on these spaces.
When I begin to contemplate the design of a living room, I always begin with an area rug as it sets the stage for the remainder of the room and ties everything together. A fireplace is a great consideration to create a focal point, and then of course comes comfortable upholstered pieces.
The easiest way to make your house look instantly more chic is to de-clutter it. I know it’s hard with the amount of stuff kids bring home and I am constantly fighting the battle myself but by having storage spots for everything and keeping on top of the clutter your home looks so much better for it.
You can also achieve a stylish look with cushions and artwork from cheap stores. These days you can make your house look really on trend and still stick to a budget.
Seating that invites you to create conversation. Be creative with your occassional chairs, be bold with fabric and cushions.
A rug, whether a textured sisal or a one-off silk Persian rug really completes a space.
Your living room can be that part of your home that embodies your lifestyle. There are essential elements that go into the creation of the living room that’s perfect for you, from well-proportioned, durable and beautifully made furniture to tables that provide a place to rest a cup of tea or a favourite book.
We hope that you found inspiration in our designers’ visions of what it means to plan a beautiful living room from their perspective.