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Different Designs of Living Rooms

Different Designs of Living Rooms

Need a little living room inspiration? From colour ideas to living room design, we have hundreds of stylish living room pictures to inspire. Do remember that living room decorating doesn’t have to be grand (we’re talking to you,  small living room owners). A simple feature wall, new living room lighting or even rugs can transform your space completely. So get inspired and dive into all our living room design ideas below. Your perfect living room could be just a picture away…

Below the sitting and dining room in this Caribbean bamboo house is the TV room, in which the walls and ceiling are clad in cured bamboo from Saint Vincent. The curved coffee table and chairs soften the rigid bamboo lines, while white and green fabrics are in keeping with the theme of nature. The house was designed by Veere Grenney.

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The sitting room of Clare Mosley’s Georgian house, on the raised ground floor, extends from the front of the house to the back. The cream armchair is from Howe on Pimlico Road, the blue sofa is fromGeorge Sherlock and the blue footstool is from Sean Cooper Sofas. The gilded lamp on the occasional table and the walnut-framed mirror that hangs over the chimneypiece are examples of Clare’s work.

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Designer and architect Rabih Hage did little to the structure of the living room of this west London house. Instead he focused on repairing the plasterwork and the cornicing, reinstating the dado, and putting in an elegant oak floor in a slightly unusual herringbone pattern – the wooden blocks lie at 60 degrees instead of the more usual 45 degrees.

Sand-coloured hessian-effect walls hand painted by Matthew Croxford of Croxford and Saunders provide a tranquil background to the art and artefacts. The room is anchored by two ‘Massimosistema’  sofas fromPoltrona Frau positioned on either side of the chimneypiece  and a bespoke rug by Denis Colomb.

Though the first impression is one of great calm and tranquillity, wherever one looks there are visual delights: antique Chinese pots, vintage lights, gold silk curtains from  Jim Thompson, a classic round rosewood table from Denmark, Queen Anne chairs reupholstered in purple velvet and a chandelier by Jeff Zimmerman.

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In the drawing room of Clare Mosley’s Georgian house, the atmosphere is warm and cosy, especially with the fireplace lit. Chimneypieces were truffle-hunted from the backyards of various dealers in north London, since the owners were very particular that these should be of the same period as the house. The light in front of the right window was once an aspidistra stand, which Mark converted. The sofa is from George Sherlock.

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In the morning room of Ugbrooke Park, a sofa and armchair, both covered in fabrics from Claremont, are positioned around an ottoman topped with a leopard-print rug. A column lamp from Vaughan sits on the console table at  the side of the sofa.

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This living room styled by House & Garden’s Gabby Deeming and Ruth Sleightholme features plaited natural-fibre rugs and a Seventies sisal tapestry. These textural pieces add cosiness to the modernist barn designed by John Pawson.

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DINING ROOM IDEAS

DINING ROOM IDEAS

Need some dining room ideas? This room is all about crowding a group of friends around the table with some delicious food, good wine and plenty of conversation. But creating the right atmosphere with some clever dining room design can help. Whether you’re looking for inspiration on the big decisions like dining room furniture or are in search of smaller dining room decorating ideas  (like dining room wallpaper), we have all the inspiring pictures  you need to ensure your stylish eaterie is the hot topic at the table.

A 17th-century oak cupboard and 19th-century American maple chairs feature in this dining room, which is brightened up by a pendant light from Pinch.

WALLS Paint, from left: ‘Plaster III’ and ‘Hot Earth’, £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library.

FLOOR Paint, ‘Plaster III’, £61 for 2.5 litres water-based eggshell, from Paint & Paper Library.

FURNITURE Seventeenth-century oak cupboard, 210 x 131 x 55.5cm, £12,500, from Hawker Antiques at Jamb. Nineteenth-century American maple chairs, 87 x 45 x 50cm, £1,895 for 6, from Giovanna Ticciati. Oak dining table, ‘Planks’, by Max Lamb, 72 x 250 x 90cm, £2,450, from Benchmark.

ACCESSORIES Thirties unglazed ceramic vases (on cupboard), by Fulham Pottery, 39 x 17cm diameter, £2,500 a pair, from Pruskin Gallery. Stoneware vase, £650, and vessel, £330; both by Iva Polachova, from The New Craftsmen. Seasonal floral arrangements, from £50, from Scarlet & Violet. Banana-fibre pendant light, ‘Anders’, 45 x 70cm diameter, £1,180, from Pinch. Terracotta serving dish with leather handles, by Silvia K, 50cm diameter, £300, from The New Craftsmen.

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In the dining room of a Hampshire house designed by Fiona Shelburne, a set of Reed & Rackstraw chairs are covered in a French damask from Alton-Brooke.

‘We wanted to move away from the traditional dining-room look,’ explains Fiona, so here the curtains are in a festive Indian fabric called ‘Rossini’ by Colefax and Fowler, the colours of which are not dissimilar to those of the Italian allegorical paintings at each end of the room. Colchester Lister did all the paintwork in the house, and the walls are a pink-tinged mushroom colour that really glows at night.

‘The owners wanted broad, generous dining chairs, so we went to Reed & Rackstraw, which reproduces chairs from 200 designs going back to Queen Anne, and had the chairs covered in a modern French damask,’ says Fiona.

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In the dining room of Ugbrooke Park, much of the eighteenth-century gilding on the cornicing and frieze has been conserved and restored. Inrestoring the eighteenth-century gilding as much as possible, they found a rather harsh aqua colour on the walls. Owner Clarissa reinterpreted it using a discreet Pierre Frey damask. The velvet on the walls makes a striking backdrop for Ugbrooke’s seventeenth-century Dutch paintings and the vases on the mantelpiece are first-edition Royal Worcester porcelain.

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One change Robin Muir and Paul Lyon Maris  made to their house in the South Downs shortly after moving in was to clad the dining room walls in timber. ‘We had always felt uneasy in the room,’ says Paul. ‘It was fine when it was full of candlelight and people, but cold during the day. So we had a local guy put up some of these vertically staggered floorboards and it transformed the place.’

The black balloon light bulb cages are from Urban Cottage Industries.

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BEAUTIFUL IDEAS FOR BEDROOMS

BEAUTIFUL IDEAS FOR BEDROOMS

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Bedroom decorating ideas: we’ve got them all. Whether you’re looking for a sleep sanctuary or design ideas that are a little more ‘out there’ (and why not?) we have hundreds of bedroom pictures to make bedroom design a cinch. Bedroom designs don’t have to mean a complete overhaul, sometimes a tiny tweak like bedroom fairy lights can have just as much impact as your bedroom furniture. So take a look at these easy-to-steal bedroom decorating ideas. The bedroom of your dreams? It might just be right here…

Kelly Hoppen’s London house shows off her trademark slick, neutral style. The main  bedroom, which has an internal window looking down onto the open-plan ground floor, features a neutral colour scheme of white and taupe.  ‘You probably haven’t even noticed the other major thing I’ve done here,’ says Kelly. And it’s at this point that I come to appreciate not only Kelly’s dedication to detail, but also her refusal to take herself too seriously. ‘I’ve mixed sand with taupe,’ she says with mock triumph.

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Earth-coloured walls, green touches and an oak bedside table make up a natural design in this bedroom, decorated by Gabby Deeming.

WALL Paint, ‘Hot Earth’, £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library.  Curtains, ‘Reeds’ (green/blue/white), by Alexandra Palmowski for Virginia White Collection, linen, £125 a metre, from Redloh House Fabrics. Framed print, Figgy, by Kate Boxer, 45.5 x 63cm, £590, from Giovanna Ticciati.

FLOOR Cotton rag rug, ‘Rosepath’ (dark blue), by Vandra Rugs, 297 x 241cm, £3,554, from Sinclair Till.

FURNITURE Metal bed, ‘Tuvalu’, 250 x 210 x 160cm, £2,590 including mattress, from Oka. Early-twentieth-century oak hexagonal table, 75 x 75cm diameter, £1,400, from Alexander von Westenholz.ACCESSORIES Cushions, from left: ‘Verandah’ (burnt orange), by Veere Grenney, linen, £150 a metre, from Tissus d’Hélène; ‘Ombre’ (blue/rust), mohair, 50cm square, £85 each; and ‘Abstract Zig Zag’ (blue), linen, 30 x 50cm, £79; both from The Conran Shop. Linenbedlinen (soft pink), from £30 for a pillowcase; cotton scarf (used as bed throw), ‘Kantha’, 220 x 100cm, £705; glazed stoneware mug, £30; all from The Conran Shop. Maple vessel, by Hans Henning Pedersen, 18 x 15cm diameter, £250, from Flow. Stoneware ‘Round Bottomed Vessel‘ (used as vase), by Iva Polachova, £330, from The New Craftsmen. Glazed ceramic and polished nickel table lamp with handkerchief linen shade, ‘Gallatin’ (moss), 73 x 20cm base diameter, £1,895, from Remains.

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On the Caribbean island of Mustique, interior designer Veere Grenney has redesigned a bamboo house that is a study in neutrals and natural materials.  The main bedroom, in a pavilion, has a bed from Soane. Green fabrics complete the room’s natural design while adding another colour to the simple scheme.

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The main bedroom of Jo Vestey’s Oxfordshire farmhouse has Jo’s photographs on display and a Japanese light on the desk. Exposed beams, wooden floorboards and the desk contrast nicely with the white rug and walls, giving an overall look that is both clean and rustic.

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In designer Ben Pentreath’s flat, both bedrooms are papered. As Ben explains, ‘I like using wallpaper because I love the layers of pattern and colour that it brings to a room.’ Soane’s delicate ‘Seaweed Lace’ wallpaper contrasts with the bold blanket from Pendleton in the main bedroom. A Marianna Kennedy ‘Spring’ lamp in blue adds a different colour to the room.

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