Timeless Design Pieces for the Living Room That Never Date
Classic, grown-up and beautiful… Treat your living room to key pieces that will never fall out of favour
These elegant white window dressings have become the perfect solution for metropolitan homeowners who don’t want net curtains, but aren’t keen on passers-by snooping, either. Here, their crisp, clean lines add to the room’s bright, breezy feel. The other plus, of course, is undeniable exterior kerb appeal.
It’s that age-old problem: where to prop your feet when you’re relaxing on the sofa. The obvious solution: a Moroccan leather pouffe. Simple and compact, these versatile little seats work surprisingly well in a variety of settings, not just souk-style. Here, a pair of brown leather pouffes add extra impact next to a plain corner sofa, and complement the sophisticated scheme brilliantly.
The architectural lines of the tripod floor lamp have become a living room staple in recent years, and look set to stick around. As well as adding atmospheric pools of light, these cool pieces make a statement in their own right. Place one at either end of a sofa, as here, for extra oomph. If you don’t fancy neutral lampshades, swap for colourful ones to energise your scheme.
These are an ongoing favourite in fashionable pubs and boutique hotels, and no wonder. Button-backed chesterfield sofas are truly timeless, and look as good in a modern warehouse apartment as in a grand country abode. Offering clean lines as well as comfort, the classic version comes in tan leather, but for a sumptuous update, I love these raspberry pink and pewter velvet numbers.
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It might not feel as key a purchase as a coffee table or sofa. But a stylish vintage sideboard transforms the look of a living room (and keeps clutter at bay, too). Here, a midcentury number adds quirky retro attitude, and provides a handy surface to show off precious ornaments and pictures. For a timeless look, stick to warm woods, such as teak or rosewood.
Fancy the private members’ club look? Then opt for a classic, deep-seated leather armchair like this one; the more battered the better. Buy second-hand for extra lived-in character, or source a vintage-look number on the high street (feather-filled cushions give added slouch factor). Pretty up with a floral cushion, then sit back and relax with a cuppa (or small port).
It’s the oldest interiors trick in the book – a striking overmantel mirror gives even super-snug living rooms a sense of space and light. However, don’t just plump for any old mirror. For old-school elegance, go for a shabby chic French-style number with an ornate white plaster or gilt-painted wooden frame. If you can afford to, source an original vintage mirror, complete with authentically aged silvering. If not, reproductions work similar magic for less cash.
OK, you’ve already seen a thousand feature walls of multiple frames and artworks. But there’s a reason why this trend has stuck – it works. A cluster of pictures turns an ordinary living room into a home. It’s an easy way to reflect your personality, as seen in this quirky abode, and whether you line up or misalign frames, mix or match, somehow it always hangs together.
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It might be all about low-slung pendants and marquee lights right now, but a crystal chandelier never dates. More than a mere light, it adds instant sparkle, glamour and just a smidgen of grandeur to any space. Even a budget high street model – as opposed to an original French rewired antique – gives that extra je ne sais quoi. Don’t automatically choose bronze, though – this jewel-like version perks up a plain ceiling, and echoes other colours in the room.
Their intricate patterns and warm colours give any space a homely feel, as well as a touch of exoticism. Plus these traditional rugs work equally well laid over wooden floorboards, stone or carpet. Period properties are their natural habitat, but they can also cosy up a modern space. For a tapestry effect, mix up several smaller rugs, as seen here. The most skilfully handwoven rugs can be pricey, but you’ll find more purse-friendly designs on the high street.
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