Get inspiration on bringing luxe home with these grand spaces
Looking for modern, elegant interior inspiration for your living room? These gorgeous grand spaces have more than just a dose of glamour.
Luxe and layered, they are brimming with unique decorating ideas, from designer lighting to statement art, and from classic features to punchy colours and modern furniture and accessories.
The genteel peach-soft spectrum of pastels in this living room took their cue from its key artwork, an oscillating orb of colours by Charlotte Hallberg. With the shafts of natural sunlight that flow in through the tall windows, this space feels both sophisticated and dazzlingly simple. The living room pendant by Apparatus Studio is a lesson in advanced trigonometry.
Get the look: The sofa is a vintage find – try Circa for similar. This is the Beetle side chair by GamFratesi for Gubi. The Wisp side tables, by the sofa and chair, are by Ochre. The Enoki side tables are by Philipp Mainzer for e15 and the standing mirror is by Carl Auböck. The rug is from West Elm. This is the Triad 9 pendant by Apparatus Studio.
Soaring ceilings and vast windows are just a few of the grandiose features of this three-storey Grade A-listed living room. A carefully curated mix of antique and modern gives the home a unique style and sense of personality. Many of the furniture, lighting and artworks were sourced in Scotland, but with Tom Dixon and Matthew Hilton also mixed in – plus furniture picked up in Thailand, the Philippines and China, as well as some classic mid-century pieces.
Get the look: These are the Gray 07 armchairs by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. The coffee and side tables are by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. This is the Hepburn sofa by Matthew Hilton. The rug is the Pangolin design by Roddy Murray for Boxer Rugs. The pendant is by Lindsey Adelman. The Bourgie lamp on the mantel is by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell. The abstract art is by New York graffiti artist JMR.
The combination of modern Tom Dixon pieces, classic Seventies furniture and Georgian antiques really gives this room an eclectic feel.
Get the look: The Plane chandelier is by Tom Dixon, as is the Micro wingback chair and Base wall light. The Serpentine Cloud sofa by Vladimir Kagan is a vintage Sixties piece that Roddy and Andrew had reupholstered. The coffee table is by Aerin Lauder. The Indian rug was brought back from Jaipur and the antique Berber rug was found in Paris.
Light, bright hues create a relaxed, inviting vibe. The wood burner and lots of books give an inviting feel.
Get the look: This is the CH25 Lounge Chair by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. For an original Damien Hirst artwork, check out 1stdibs.com. On the last shelf of the left-hand bookcase is the Copycat table lamp by Michael Anastassiades for Flos.
An obsession with Dulux’s Blue Poppy shade was the starting point for this aquamarine room. The swathes of blue envelope you, like that blissful feeling of being submerged in water. If the aquamarine expanses conjure up the joy of swimming in breakers, the white twists and turns of the mouldings that frame all doorways and ceilings are their frothy crowns.
Get the look: The coffee table and white chairs are by French sculptor Jean-François Buisson. The decorative wall mouldings, cornices and mirrored ceiling light were created in fibrous plaster by Fullbrooks of England. For similar radiators, try Castrads.
There’s an elegant formality to the wallpaper that’s used here, subverted with tiger print and granny lamps, neon artwork and shaggy sheepskins, chandeliers and chintz, while shell-shaped seating brings Fifties elegance to the space. It’s an eclectic vintage look that’s taken to a new, more elegant level.
Get the look: The Oyster armchair and sofa, in the foreground; Fire Monkey armchair; Aroused Rose cushion, on the sofa; and Cheese Plant bolsters, on the armchair, are all by Sera of London. This is Tokai Rose wallpaper by Robert Kime. The floor lamp is from La Belle Étoffe in Frome.
In this living room, a huge disc chandelier injects a bit of Seventies rock ’n’ roll to the mix of vintage and modern pieces, creating a gentleman’s club vibe. The bookshelves heave with a carefully considered collection of antique leather and hand-painted clothbound books; tucked in between are pieces of vintage coral, framed butterflies and insects and old magnifying glasses. Two pieces of raw amethyst on the mantelpiece bring calm. It has a rich mix of tactile materials – velvets, silks, lacquered raffia and gold-flecked cork, plus big sofas and cosy rugs.
Get the look: This is the Nimbus pendant by CTO Lighting. The reclaimed stone fireplace is from Lassco. This is the Calypso rug by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company. The vintage Seventies coffee table is from Alfies Antique Market.
An antiqued mirror and crystal chandelier compliment the original marble fireplace and classical cornicing detailing. In keeping with the mood of the renovation, antiques mix with contemporary designs such as the high shine rocking chair with butter-soft leather.
Get the look: The sofa is from Loaf. This is the Pedrera coffee table by Barba Corsini for Gubi. Larusi sells a similar Beni Ourain rug. The chandelier is from Agapanthus Interiors. These are Tom Dixon’s Stone wall lights. The sculpture is by Jonathan Page. The Casper vase, on the mantelpiece, is by Astier de Villatte.
A carefully curated mix of antique and modern gives a unique style and sense of personality.
Get the look: Above the chaise is a collection of floral paintings by James Stuart Park. The chaise is by Matthew Hilton.
This library area was created with a gentleman’s club in mind – as a comfortable spot to read a book, make calls and catch up with emails. The open-plan layout prevents it from feeling stuffy.
Get the look: These are Matthew Hilton’s Balzac armchairs for SCP, covered in Zoffany’s Quartz velvet in Berry. The library shelves are bespoke and made by Andwoodcraft, then painted in Little Greene’s Lamp Black eggshell. This is the Estadio pendant by Miguel Milá for Santa & Cole.
The design of this space was approached like an exercise in geometry. Shapes are perfectly balanced, so that the hard white lines of the day bed contrast with the rounded mirror behind. The fireplace is inset with black tiles in a herringbone pattern, giving the space a traditional focal point with a twist.
Get the look: The daybed is by White Arrow. This is the Multi-Lite pendant by Gubi. The Semicircle rug is by Ferm Living.
This space is a masterpiece of balance and measure, with modern furniture blowing the dust off the house’s handsome original features, and adding the odd surprise. Think less English Heritage, more English eccentric. While this living room dates from the mid 1800s, later additions have brought Victorian panelling and some Arts and Crafts features into the architectural mix. Final flourishes include pulp fiction art and a sprinkling of offbeat but glam finds.
Get the look: The wallpaper is hand-painted de Gournay. The chairs are vintage Hans J Wegner from Dagmar. The pendant is a bespoke design by Naomi Paul. The Sixties Greaves & Thomas sofa bed is from Scottlorenzo.com. The vintage coffee table is by Paolo Piva for B&B Italia at Béton Brut. The faux plant is from Abigail Ahern. The Sixties side tables are by Max Sauze at Béton Brut. This is Green Tea flat emulsion by Zoffany.
Herman Miller’s artwork dominates this wall. The Eames lounge chair is a design icon, and gives this space a Mid Century Modern edge.
Get the look: The Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra are available at Heal’s. The Harland Miller painting was bought at White Cube gallery. This is the VW Flag cushion by Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company.
The furniture in this living room was painstakingly curated until the right Pierre Jeanneret chairs, the perfect Georgian sofa and the most delicately balanced mid-century Italian pendant came along. The result is a space that exercises restraint and balance. Without the distracting floridity of period features on the walls, photography by Moby, Nan Goldin and Anne Collier can get top billing. The art and photography collection injects extra dashes of originality into this home. A vibrant blocky yellow emanates from the Jessica Dickinson artwork.
Get the look: The lounge chair is by Martin Eisler. The paintings are by Jessica Dickinson. The photograph is by Nan Goldin. The mid-century light is from Caira Mandaglio – try 1stdibs for similar. The coffee table is by Fernand Dresse.
The living room feels contemporary, with a scattering of gilded frames glowing against gloss-blue shelves and a sprawling sofa, which accommodates 10 without overwhelming the space. This space feels welcoming and punchy. Restored panelling sits comfortably with ocean-blue hues and fronded wallpapers in a setting reconfigured to meet the needs of a modern family.
Get the look: This is the Da Bomb sectional sofa by Dune NY. The Bermuda footstool is by BoConcept. The Sputnik chandelier is by Jonathan Adler. These are Pastorius wall lights by Delightfull.