The Best Living Rooms Are Designed to Make You Want to Lounge All DayWords by Olivia Lidbury
What kind of living room are you?
Do you prefer a loungey space for movie marathons? A lively great room to fit the entire family? A tailored space made for large cocktail parties? Or a conversation pit to host your closest friends (and a bottle of wine)? A living room can inspire, stimulate, or calm you depending on the use of color, texture and furniture.
Whatever your taste, it should above all else be a place that makes you want to unapologetically flop out with your favorite drink or pick up a book. More of a conversationalist? With the right seating, you’ll be putting the world to rights with your guests. Find the best living room ideas which most accurately expresses your sense of zen through our Experts—and book a one-on-one consultation to get personalized advice for your own space.
Blending antiques, mid-century, and contemporary design in a single room sounds bold, but through Athena Calderone’s assured and tasteful eye, the result is always harmonious. The secret: a restrained color palette.
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With a penchant for striking architecture and airy spaces adorned with indoor trees and sleek furniture, it’s little wonder that Brigette Romanek’s singular vision has made her a go-to resource for her A-list clientele.
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Through Cameron Ruppert’s maximalist lens, prints and colors are layered in abundance to create a vibrant smorgasbord for the senses. It’s a delight for anyone with a traditional but playful aesthetic.
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Masters at seamlessly blending the traditional with the contemporary, this LA-based practice brings a refined sensibility to one of the most relaxing rooms in a home.
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Craving quiet simplicity? This NYC-based studio places a strong focus on shape and form with a playful twist—creating rooms that are both soothing and always eye-catching.
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Do away with the three-piece suite and mix a variety of statement seating as demonstrated here by Jake Arnold, whose richly textured approach to dressing a living room effortlessly fuses rattan with rush weave and velvet.
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For eclectic spaces with a luxe slant, turn to Jenna Lyons. The former fashion executive’s weakness for unlacquered brass and colorful upholstery makes for unforgettable surrounds.
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Joy Moyler’s signature play on pattern, textiles, and depth has endeared her to a gilded clientele which includes Leonardo DiCaprio and Adrien Brody. Bursting with rich textures and intricate narratives, her living rooms are talking points in themselves.
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Mark D. Sikes
Want to relax and escape? Mark Sikes’ richly layered rooms, which call on the all-American classical style, possess a magical and transportive quality that’s made for the movies. It’s no wonder Nancy Meyers is a fan.
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What does your living room say about you? Under the masterful and minimal eye of Nicholas Obeid, it becomes a curated backdrop full of life thanks to a considered mix of old and new.
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Sarah Sherman Samuel
Granted, living room furniture should score high on comfort—but it should also be beautiful to look at. Sarah Sherman Samuel’s little black book is filled with sources for the most stand-out pieces to lend a gallery-like feel to your space.
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