Living Rooms with Stand out style

Ideas for creating living rooms that seriously stand out...

Light fantastic

Set a dramatic tone for your home with a decadent statement light – a central piece that you can arrange the furniture around. Head bump-saving tip: remember to factor in clearance room so people can walk beneath the pendant – allow 2.13m from the bottom of the fixture to the floor.

GET THE LOOK Chandelier, sofa and chairs, all Talisman. Milo Baughman swivel chairs, reupholstered in a fabric by Robert Allen.

Statement Seating

For a show-stopping piece of furniture to make its mark, it shouldn’t be upstaged. As they say: if everything is important, then nothing is. Paint the walls plain white to allow the item to be the centre of attention and then anchor it with a striking rug to ramp up the wow factor.

GET THE LOOK Daybed, White Arrow. Multi-Lite pendant in White, £523, Gubi at Made in Design. Rug, Ferm Living.

Pattern perfection

Playing with scale – and lots of it – is the secret to mixing pattern in your decor. One size doesn’t suit all: a combo of large and small motifs will lend a sense of ebb and flow to your space. Start by picking a prominent design – here, it’s the tropical leaf wallpaper – then add more layers of smaller-scale pattern, such as these accent cushions.

GET THE LOOK Similar wallpaper, West Palm, £264 a roll, Thibaut at Fashion Wallpaper. Similar sofa, Verano in Zinnia, £1,799, Swoon.

A new leaf

Tired of the humble houseplant? Dial up the drama with an indoor tree, the logical and maximalist next step. When choosing your tree, check that it will live happily indoors and consider its care. How much water and natural light does it need? How large will it grow – and how high is your ceiling?

GET THE LOOK Interior design, White Arrow. Co ee table, Yves Klein. Carpet Frank Nr 1 rug, £14,450, Josef Frank at Svenskt Tenn.

Curtain call

Curtains complete a living room – and a modern approach is to pair them tonally with the walls. The trick is to go with fabric just a couple of shades darker than the paint, creating a layered and sumptuous look. Every so often, matchy-matchy works.

GET THE LOOK Similar paint, Sulking Room Pink estate emulsion, £46.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball.

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Step Down

Eventually, everything comes back in style – now it’s the turn of the sunken living room. Perhaps it’s our obsession with all things mid-century or the trend for broken-plan living that’s fuelling the revival. Whatever the reason, a sunken living room is a practical way to zone a large space without erecting walls, as this design proves.

GET THE LOOK Design, EMR Architecture. Rug, Designers Guild.

Wonder wall

Move over wallpaper – murals look fabulous in living rooms. Be guided by architectural details – walls with replaces or mantelpieces make fine canvases. Just bear in mind that your mural design must tie in with the rest of the scheme. Here, gold accents enhance the honey tones of the wooden floor and the richness of the leather chair.

GET THE LOOK Mural, Fromental. Simpli ed Crillon chair, Soane Britain. Bespoke bookcase, Carden Cunietti.

Divide and conquer

Instead of open plan, go broken plan. This offers all the benefits of its predecessor – a sense of light, space and sociability – but with greater emphasis on separation.
Split levels, backless shelves and internal windows are all savvy ways to zone a large space. In this Victorian home, Crittall-style screens preserve the ow of light while providing a feeling of seclusion.

GET THE LOOK Interior design, built-in storage and rug, all Turner Pocock. Similar paint, Slate IV pure at emulsion, £49.50 for 2.5L, Paint & Paper Library.

Art gallery

This clustered configuration is a fantastic t for a mix of ornate frames. For maximum impact, ensure the images have a unifying element – florals are the theme here – and try to keep an even gap between the frames for a balanced look.

GET THE LOOK Pangolin rug, from £599, Roddy Murray at Boxer Rugs. Eero Saarinen Tulip side table, £1,056, Knoll at The Conran Shop. Floral paintings, James Stuart Park.

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