We spend most of our time at home in our living rooms and traditionally very important rooms in our home. From showing off your social status, to being a place to connect with your family, it’s an important room and one that we spend a lot of money on when designing.
So I thought it would be a great idea to reach out to some amazing interior designers to share their top interior design tips with us.
Karen Howes – Taylor Howes
I love how Karen used that really large chandelier to make the space look really glamorous.
Rachel Laxer – Rachel Laxer Interiors
Rachel did indeed paint her house for a party… It used to be a rich creamy colour and when Rachel hosted a party with 1st Dibs last year, she did get the house house painted in Farrow & Ball Downpipe.
Henriette von Stockhausen – VSP Interiors
So many great tips from Henriette, but I think the most important being, have fun with your interiors. I love this space designed by VSP Interiors, you can see exactly how they have used a colour and created a beautiful room around it.
My top living room idea is to group all your artwork in one place to make an eye catching focal point. Think of a similar colour story or framing style and then anything goes to create your own one off gallery wall.
I think a fully stocked bar is essential in every Living Room. Whilst it’s all very well making drinks in the kitchen, the sense of occasion and theatrical encore that ensues from mixing cocktails in front of guests – or better still, encouraging them to help themselves – is unmatched.
For this Drawing Room in Belgravia, I had an 18th century French linen store converted into a bar, replacing the shelves with glass and marble, mirroring the back panel, and inserting downlights.
Maurizio Pellizzoni, Founder & Creative Director of Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd
The best way to design a living room, particularly in London when most of the time space is restricted, is to create a comfortable and luxurious open plan living area with an eclectic mix of sumptuous materials. This is the most effective way of adding luxury to the space.
Georgina Cave – Cave Interiors
Linking the colours in the art through the fabrics & bespoke soft furnishings was key in creating this elegant yet relaxed Living Room in Primrose Hill as briefed. By working with these colours we were able to update the interiors whilst bringing our clients art collection to life.
Hannah West – Cannon West Interiors
This is one of my favourite living rooms because it shows how wallpaper and panelling can turn an uninspiring bland room into a beautiful cosy and comfortable family retreat.
The Clients, a family of six ,were absolutely thrilled with this informal country house living/tv room.
I always say start with the main art piece chosen for the room, and from this draw out the colours within the painting which will help accessorise helping to soften and finish a room such like ‘Soft Furnishing – Cushions & Throws. This would bring the room together and complete your room scheme. I have examples attached which is the living room of an Apartment situated within Butlers Wharf, Tower Bridge, London.
Go bold with artwork. We kept this news house in Islington light and bright, with a clever use of a mirror wall in the dining room the space was doubled! A huge artwork commissioned by Brooklyn designers Calico wallpaper is the centre piece to this classic Scandi home. Adding structure with the design classic “Oluce atollo” lamp in black to keep the whole look grounded.
Photo credit: Megan Taylor
Aberdare – Shalini Misra Ltd
If you have an awkward area in a space that you’re not sure what to do with, look at unusual solutions like a hanging seat. This hanging seat serves to highlight the architecture of the bay window by not crowding it which is an important historical feature of this Victorian house.
Grant Pierrus – Interior Style Hunter
I couldn’t resist adding in my own tip. The above space I designed for Christie’s last year. It represents a space that shows someone celebrating their life and enjoying their most precious treasures.
My tip is to keep your best items on show, you want to live with them and enjoy them. Don’t hide them away in a loft or attic.