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9 decorating ideas for your living room

From soothing paint shades to curvaceous seating and graphic murals, here’s our edit of the most inspiring ideas for your relaxation zone

Dulux’s ‘Willow Tree’ or ‘Fresh Sage’ (dulux.co.uk)

It’s where you relax, unwind and enjoy the comforts of home, so your living room deserves decorating attention. Be inspired by our edit of the best looks.

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1 Historic palette
Fernando Santangelo olive living room
Fernando Santangelo

This moody living room by Uruguayan designer Fernando Santangelo is decorated using muddied shades of olive, midnight blue and charcoal, which echo the landscape in the 19th-century Old Master-style painting on the wall. The scheme’s completed with a velvet sofa – try the ‘Elsa’ in ‘Ochre’, available at The Conran Shop.

2 Sage advice
dulux sage green living room

With garden-facing glass doors, a tree growing indoors and herb coloured walls, this living room designed for the Australian outpost of Dulux paint evokes a sense of serenity. Calm needn’t mean plain, though. The addition of a peach and salmon pink sofa, patterned cushions, bold artworks and a graphic rug – available at Halcyon Lake – make sure this is a space that invigorates the imagination as well as relaxing the mind.For a similar wall colour, try Dulux’s ‘Willow Tree’ or ‘Fresh Sage’.

3 Reserved nature
Whyte Lilja  living room
Whyte Lilja

Turn your living room into a zen retreat with a palette of textured white. Stockholm-based studio Whyte Lilja complements natural tones with shapely pieces, such as Zanotta’s ‘Pianoalto’ sofa, and Jaime Hayón’s ‘Palette JH7’ coffee table for &Tradition (available at Made In Design) and ‘Aballs’ chandelier for Parachilna (try Monologue).

4 Retro revival
Daria Zinovatnaya lounge
Daria Zinovatnaya

We’ve been welcoming back the colours of the 1970s this year, but this fantastical lounge takes the trend a step further. Its creator, Russian designer Daria Zinovatnaya, uses 2018’s hottest palette to create a mural across the walls, ceiling and floor. The sofa by Paustian addsa final flourish of apricot.

5 Breaking the mould
Damien Langlois-Meurinne living room
Stephan Julliard

A dramatic artwork in its own right, the sculptural fireplace steals the show in this characterful living room. French studio Damien Langlois-Meurinne juxtaposed the sweeping lines of the bespoke plaster surround with softly curved classic furniture, from ‘Lady’ armchairs by Marco Zanuso for Cassina to a Vladimir Kagan sofa and a vintage brass coffee table by Armand Jonckers – try 1st Dibs.

6 Ahead of the curve
Pierre Yovanovitch living room
Pierre Yovanovitch

Let your sofa shape your space. This bespoke pink perch snakes through the lounge in a farmhouse in Provence, converted by Parisian interior architect Pierre Yovanovitch. For a similar sofa, we suggest the ‘Arcolor LH’ by Jaime Hayón for Arflex from Aram. The ‘squashed’ ceramic coffee table is by French craftsperson Armelle Benoit.

7 Sea of calm
Dulux blue paint

Greens, greys and blues radiate tranquillity, as this room, painted ‘Goyder Green’ by the Australian arm of Dulux paint, illustrates. ‘Mint Macaroon’ is a good alternative in the UK. Note how the ‘Tweet’ coffee table by Gino Carollo for Calligaris matches the marble fireplace.

8 Raw beauty
the greenwich hotel penthouse
Nicolas Koenig

Designed to adhere to the fundamentals of Japanese aesthetic wabi-sabi, this living space in the Tribeca penthouse at New York’s The Greenwich Hotel embraces modest design and the imperfection of natural materials. Make like its creators, Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt and Japanese architect Tatsuro Miki, and leave limewashed walls unadorned, wood untreated and flooring simple. Here, the concrete floor is covered in a large sisal rug – try Crucial Trading.

9 Magic carpets
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Comfort begins beneath your feet, and Thilde Santin, who added this charming patchwork carpet to her home in Copenhagen, knows this better than most. Get the look by layering vintage and new Berber rugs by Larusi or colourful, affordable options from Habitat.

This feature appeared in ELLE Decoration March 2018

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