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.

  • 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.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • 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.

    Get the look
    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.

    Get the look
    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.

    Get the look
    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

  • Quirky living room with world map

    Quirky living room with world map

    There’s a geographer, astronomer, scientist vibe to this living room corner. Vintage furniture has been given a new lease of life, from the vintage trunk to the flip-down seats. A print that casually sits on the floor adds interest below the dado rail, while the world map gives injects some colour.

    Similar storage trunk
    Scaramanga

  • Traditional open-plan living and dining room

    Traditional open-plan living and dining room

    Combine the best of both worlds. This open-plan living and dining room keep the focus firmly on the beautiful period features of the property, while enjoying an open-plan style that is so popular right now. Wooden flooring peeks out between the sisal rugs, which have been used to mark out each zone.

    Similar sofa and sheepskin
    John Lewis

  • 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

  • Light-filled traditional living room with cream armchairs

    Light-filled traditional living room with cream armchairs

    Take advantage of large windows by ensuring that the space is used to its full advantage. The two armchairs here are perfect for reading or a pre-dinner chat. The furniture is neutral so that the view of green trees outside can be enjoyed.

    Similar armchairs
    The Odd Chair Company
    Similar cushions
    Pentreath & Hall

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