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 cosy sofa and coffee table

    The hero piece of this room has to be a super-squashy sofa in a versatile colour. Put a warmer neutral on the walls for a cocooning feel and add a big, jigsaw-friendly coffee table that everyone can reach, rather than cluttering the space with side tables.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Walls painted in London Stone No 6 matt estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball at B&Q
    Buy now: Portland Stone carpet, £39.99sq m, Brintons
    Buy now: Rug Guru Union Ivory rug, from £469, Modern Rugs

  • Coastal living room with built-in storage and blue soft furnishings

    Creating an authentic coastal scheme couldn’t be easier. Teamed with white walls, even the deepest blues won’t overwhelm, creating a calm but colourful and characterful seating area. Use pure white paint on the storage. With blue, this fresh tone works better than creamy shades, which can look dirty and dated.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Iggy armchair in brushed linen cotton, £890,
    Buy now: Lucas rug, £140, Habitat

  • Denim blue living room with orange accents and striped armchair

    If you’ve already used white, grey or natural tones in your home, adding denim blue is the easiest next step. Use it to add gentle colour, a calm mood and timeless style. These blues are your go-to colours if you love relaxed country style or a smart, Hamptons-inspired look. Soft orange accessories look beautifully vibrant against the saturated blues.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Iggy sofa in Amalfi, £1,880,
    Buy now: Joules Harbour Coastal stripe armchair, £1089, DFS

  • Modern Bohemian living room in dusky purple and olive green

    Stick strictly to two colours (we love the classic boho combination of dusky purples and olive green) and you can mix furniture styles and wood tones without the overall effect being messy. This isn’t a ‘playing it safe’ kind of look, so upholstery in a non-neutral colour is essential, while traditional brass accessories fit better than trendy copper or rose gold.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Walls painted in Dulux Heart Wood matt emulsion, £16 for 2.5ltrs
    Buy now: Grace three-seater sofa in Aubergine velvet, from £749, Ideal Home range at Very



  • Woodland-inspired living room with lilac sofa, floral feature wall and cosy textures

    A combination of luxurious textures come together to create a cosy living room. Start with a slouchy lilac sofa and add woollen blankets and cute woodland animal cushions. Introduce a woven rug and a cream trunk coffee table, and complete the look with fresh flowers to bring the floral wallpaper to life.

    Get the look
    Buy now: 
    Cream trunk, £147, Wayfair
    Buy now: Similar bunny cushion, £11, B&Q

  • Traditional living room with decorative mahogany furniture

    The pale grey of the side table and soft blue-grey the sofa echo the colour of the print on the wall above brings a sense of harmony and interest to this traditional sitting room. The eclectic mix of antique pieces and decorative shapes creates a relaxed yet refined style.

    Get the look
    Buy now:
    Similar Antique Georgian style wall mirror, £465, Selling Antiques
    Buy now: Similar Freddie sofa in mineral grey clever linen, £1665, Loaf

  • Traditional living room with mid century furniture

    A new Victorian-style marble fireplace makes a focal point for the more formal part of the double sitting room. With walls painted in Dulux Jasmine White, the tone provides a cohesive and versatile backdrop for the room decorations. Antique accessories displayed with symmetrical style continue the rooms refined quality.

  • 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.

    Get the look
    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

    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.

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

  • 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.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar floor lamp, Houseology

  • 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.

    Get the look
    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 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.

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

  • French-style living room corner with blue-velvet armchair

    Create a grand-looking scheme with ornate French-style furniture. Against white walls, the furniture takes on a modern look, while retaining its traditional properties. Sumptuous fabrics, such as the blue velvet on the armchair, add a beautiful finishing touch.

    Get the look
    Buy now: furniture, Nicky Cornell

  • 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.

    Get the look
    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

    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.

    Get the look
    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

    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.

    Get the look
    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

    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.

    Get the look
    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

    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.

    Get the look
    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

    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.

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

  • 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.

    Get the look
    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

All the latest from Ideal Home