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.

Coral living room with neutral sofa

Earthy coral living room with neutral sofa

This earthy, orange-tinted pink is only a shade away from being a neutral, making it really easy to use. Try it in a room that needs a little warmth and softness. This look lends itself well to natural textures, so accessorise with linens, weaves, velvets and rough artisan ceramics.

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Buy now: Fabienne Plain in Russet wallpaper, £50 per roll, Sanderson at Wallpaper Direct
Buy now: curtains made in Keaton Spice, £38 per m, Clarke & Clarrke

Traditional seating area with wooden beams

Traditional seating area with wooden beams

In a property with wooden beams like this, you might say that you don’t need very much else to make it special. That could well be true, but there’s no reason to let a striking focal point put you off using colour. The bright chair and rug here, plus all the artworks, work a treat.

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Buy now: vintage table, The Peanut Vendor
Buy now: rug, Plantation Rug Company

Sophisticated living room full of rich textures

Sophisticated living room full of rich textures

Create the perfect mix of traditional and modern in your living room. Despite the period features and classic room layout, this space is full of contemporary touches, from the white walls to the swing-arm floor lamp and triangle rug. Luxurious textured fabrics add a high level of comfort and sophistication, too.

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Buy now: similar floor lamp, Houseology

Eclectic living room with giant star floor lamp and vintage furniture

Retro living room with giant star floor lamp

A mix of vintage pieces give this living room an eclectic retro vibe. There are a lot of classics here, such as the tulip table and the wooden sideboard, but what really stands out is the giant star floor lamp, which arches dramatically into the middle of the room.

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Buy now: Dandelion Clocks wallpaper in Slate, £46 per roll, John Lewis
Buy now: similar round tulip table, from £130, Swivel UK

Bright white living room with ornate furniture

Bright white living room with ornate French-style furniture

Modern homes don’t have to be furnished in modern styles. Clean white walls make a fantastic backdrop to the ornate furniture in this room, letting it be the focal point of the space. Colourful cushions in contemporary prints give a nod to the age of the property.

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Buy now: similar furniture, Nicky Cornell
Buy now: Spike cushion, £40, Scion at John Lewis

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 appeal.

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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

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