Traditional living room pictures

Traditional doesn’t mean boring – as these beautiful ideas for traditional living room schemes prove. Find your perfect look and learn how to put the scheme together with our pick of the best traditional living room designs. Fancy something a little bit different? We have lots of ideas for country living rooms and modern living rooms. If you’re still undecided on your style, we have 100s of living room pictures covering all trends to help you out.

Neutral living room with perfectly placed sideboard

Neutral living room with perfectly placed sideboard

Perfect placement is the key to success. Here, sculptural table lamps set at either end of a sideboard not only offer a pleasing sense of balance, but draw the eye to this striking artwork to create a dramatic focal point.

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Buy now: Lear sideboard, £3,650, Daniel Schofield at Benchmark
Buy now: Desire & Longing 19 by Sue Williams A’Court, £7,500, Boo.lee Gallery

Pretty living room with flowing patterned curtains

Pretty living room with flowing patterned curtains

A neutral palette doesn’t have to be white or cream. Here, accents of terracotta and duck-egg blue combine to create a beautiful scheme that’s neutral at its heart. A mix of pattern and textural fabrics provides plenty of interest.

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Buy now: Curtains in Perseus in Stone viscose mix, £65 per m, Colefax and Fowler
Buy now: Sofa in Romany in Latte viscose/cotton mix, £59 per m, Zoffany

Relaxed reading corner with sumptuous grey velvet armchair

Relaxed reading corner with sumptuous grey velvet armchair

Create a stylish corner where you can curl up with a good book. Here, incorporating accessories in a variety of materials, including glass, ceramic and wood, creates a modern look, which is softened by plush upholstery fabrics. Understated luxury is the key to this room’s success.

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Buy now: Benton cabinet, £2,900, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam
Buy now: Onslow chair with additional buttoning, £2,140, David Seyfreid

Glamorous grey living room filled with patterned fabrics

Glamorous grey living room filled with patterned fabrics

Rich pattern and texture are key to this appealing scheme, providing layers of interest that invite closer inspection. Embroidered linen, velvet and sisal, all drawn from a palette of blues, unite the look, making for a harmonious whole.

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Buy now: Brighton Midi sofa, from £1,461, plus 8.5m fabric, Sofas & Stuff
Buy now: curtains in Pasha Embroidery in Duck Egg linen mix, £125 per m, Ian Sanderson

Blue living room with vintage trunk coffee table

Blue living room with vintage trunk coffee table

Don’t be afraid to mix up your furniture styles when designing a room scheme. Here, a vintage trunk creates a characterful coffee table in this relaxed blue living room, while a truly contemporary pendant hangs directly above.

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Buy now: PH 5 pendant lamp, from £475, Louis Poulsen at Skandium
Buy now: Thala sofa, from €2,680, plus 14m of fabric, Caravane

Grey living room with bay window and floor-length curtains

Grey living room with bay window and floor-length curtains

Go for a traditional window treatment if you want to stay true to the look of a period property. Rather than one pair of curtains, this window has a second set in the middle so that every frame in the bay window is defined. A curtain pelmet in a matching fabric also creates a look of times gone by.

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Buy now: chair upholstered in Iberis, £79.20 per m, Casamance

Country living room with leafy green print wallpaper

Country living room with leafy green print wallpaper

Known for her exquisite natural wallpaper motifs, Marthe Armitage is the grande dame of hand-produced prints and this design is no exception. Here, heavy milky white linen upholstery and an artisan wool rug keep the look textural and fresh.

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Buy now: Wild Pear hand block printed wallpaper in Sage, £276 per roll, Marthe Armitage at Hamilton Weston
Buy now: Domino 176293 linen (on cushion), £163 per m, Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon

Reading corner with built-in shelving

Reading corner with built-in shelving

It’s simple to make a reading corner – all you need is a great armchair. Pick one that complements your wall colour and you’re good to go. Ideally, position your chair near a window so it benefits from plenty of natural light. A built-in shelving unit here offers plenty of space for trinkets and books, without intruding on the floor space.

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Buy now: similar armchair, Atkin & Thyme

Neutral living room with Gothic wall frame

Neutral living room with Gothic wall frame

The Gothic wall frame around the window was revealed during restoration work and dates back to the 1300s. This makes it a hard look to replicate, but just goes to show how much period features can add character to a space. If you’re lucky enough to have them, let them take pride of place in your scheme.

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Buy now: similar dining chairs, Oka

Yellow living room with botanical prints

Yellow living room with botanical prints

Stunning country views are clearly the inspiration for this living room scheme. Overscaled hydrangea print curtains have been paired with upholstered furniture in shades of green to bring the outdoors inside. The layout of the furniture has also been carefully planned to act as a frame to the gorgeous vista.

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Buy now: Floriana fabric, £72 per m, Nina Campbell
Buy now: Trifoglio coffee table, £1,150, Oka

Living room with diagonal alcove shelving

Living room with diagonal alcove shelving

Think outside the box and and try alcove shelving with a twist. A diagonal shelf adds a modern edge to this traditional room and provides a great spot for storing firewood without using up valuable floor space. The storage unit in this living room has been painted white for a brightening effect that matches the fire surround.

Similar photo frame
Ikea
Similar light-up ampersand
Trouva

Living-room-with-teal-occasion-chair

Living room corner with teal occasion chair

Create an opulent feel in a living room corner with a velvet upholstered occasion chair or armchair in a gorgeous teal colour. Dark-blue walls and an aqua side table add to the indulgence. The colours here are all quite similar, so to stop them blurring together, add a hit of pattern to break them up and create a visual contrast.

Armchair
Sofa.com
Cushion fabric
Emily Burningham

Blue-and-green-living-room-with-zesty-colour-hits

Blue and green living room with zesty colour hits

Blue and green should never be seen, the old adage goes, but we disagree! Mix just about any blues with any greens and you’ve got yourself an effortlessly harmonious blend. Here, mellow blues and greens make a gentle backdrop for brighter hues like royal blue and lime – great if you favour a colour scheme with an energetic feel. Touches of pattern are good for breaking up blocks of colour.

‘Seaweed’ wallpaper
Morris & Co
Blue sofa
Sofa.com

Neutral living room with pink armchair

Neutral living room with pink armchair

Fans of pastels will love this pink armchair. The modern shape of the seat keeps the look up to date. A neutral backdrop is important when choosing colourful furniture, so that it doesn’t become over the top.  But that doesn’t mean it has to be the only colourful element in the room – a paler pink curtain fabric tones beautifully here.

Armchair
Sofa Workshop
Footstool
Sofa.com

Traditional living room with concrete-effect wallpaper

Traditional living room with concrete-effect wallpaper

Don’t let a shabby-chic living room drift into dated territory – a concrete-effect wallpaper and metal accessories keep it cool and contemporary. Copper is the chosen metal here and the table lamp and candlesticks give this vintage palette some welcome edge. Texture has been added with varying fabrics in pale pink and cushions in subtle patterns.

Wallpaper
Sandberg
Curtain fabric
Sanderson

Living-room-with-cosy-clubhouse-feel

Living room with cosy clubhouse feel

Choose classic ingredients, such as rich red walls and leather seating for a living room with a clubhouse feel – laid-back living is the key in this beautiful scheme. Sumptuous velvet cushions in saffron yellow provide a beautiful contrast to the spicy red, while the artworks on the wall take more of a ‘blend-in’ approach.

Cushion
Neptune
Prints
Erin Clarke at King & McGaw

Shabby chic living room with pastel-pink highlights

Shabby chic living room with pastel highlights

Forget fussy frills – the shabby-chic look is having a renaissance with polished metals, luxe fabrics and rough finishes for the ultimate in modern elegance. However, while rough textures are a great way to update shabby chic, this room still has a soothing colour scheme at its heart, with champagne pink, vintage lilac and dove grey.

Coffee table
Graham and Green
Sofa
Oka

Neutral living room with vintage trunk

Neutral living room with vintage trunk

This traditional living room oozes character, with its marble fireplace, elegant cornicing and attractive window. It can be hard to know how to decorate such a space, but a light palette keeps the focus on the period features. Meanwhile, an old trunk and ornate mirror are the perfect scheme ‘enhancers’.

Similar trunk
Scaramanga
Similar sheepskin
John Lewis

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