These exceptional living spaces bring oodles of character and panache to the homes they occupy
Traditional or contemporary; modern or eclectic, or just simple and cosy, whatever be your style, here’s our pick of the best living rooms we’ve ever featured. We bet, it’s gonna be impossible to pick a favourite. Whether you are aiming at a complete overhaul or just a cosmetic makeover, these spectacular living room ideas will give you all the impetus you need. If you are looking for the interesting accent wall ideas, furnishing options or just the right colour palette for the family’s favourite room, these living room designs are brimming with some pretty interesting decorating ideas. Here’s to creating a picture-perfect living room!
Symphony in Wood
Wood undoubtedly plays the protagonist in this living space. The wood-panelled walls are a welcome departure from the usual ubiquitous painted or textured walls. Conceptualised and executed by Akshat Bhatt of Architecture Discipline, the design elevates the usage of wood to a completely different level. “The client belongs to a Rajasthani family with a lot of heirlooms. The design intent was to heighten and exaggerate these elements. Classic materials such as brass and timber are experimented with to create a simplified version to fit in the modern context,” says architect Akshat Bhatt.
A Decadent Space
“The owner wanted a mini palace. And that’s what we gave him,” says Adeetee Sawhaney of Altus Interio. We know exactly what she means. The space is resplendent with all things luxurious. From bespoke furniture embellished with gold and silver, specially-commissioned artworks, and a profusion of rich textures and finishes, this space certainly exudes luxury. The colour palette — white and blush, with a brush of silver and gold — asserts a highly evolved language of luxury. But what bowls you over is the attention to detailing. “God is in the details, after all!” says Adeetee!
Simplicity is Key!
Author Josie Conran’s home is actually a boathouse! “Our home is more of a house that floats, as opposed to a houseboat. It was built about four years ago and is a permanent fixture of two storeys, in white clapboard, with a pitched roof,” informs Josie. The
colours of the living room work fantastically against the deep green of the river. It is a happy home filled with colours of the season, aimed at threading a note which is open and inviting. “The bright colours that we use are a reflection of our pleasure in creating our family home. And the inspiration behind creating this beautiful space is to celebrate life on the river.
Designer Alex Davis’ 5,000sqft home resonates his multiethnic outlook. In order to make it more open and personal, the house was restructured and the walls were torn down to suit the requirement of the nuclear family living. “The entire house is designed keeping with the local aesthetic language with a contemporary take on it,” says Alex. All the ornamentation in the house has been handpicked and collected over a peirod of time. However, the house derives its identity from Davis’ use of traditional elements from Old Delhi. On entering the house, the spaces flow in two different directions. One section is occupied by the bedrooms while the kitchen, dining and living areas are on the opposite side. The design is fluid, with one section flowing into the other seamlessly, the furniture is strategically placed to divide the space into functional areas.
There’s nothing sterotypical about author Anuja Chauhan’s home. The house is a mirror of Anuja’s personality. Quaint, quirky and playful, her signature trend of blurring between the lines comes to the fore. Anuja says, “I try not to use things the way they’re meant to be used. I’ve married quirky ideas like gas cylinders as bar stools; gudri as upholstery; bangles inside a table and a big wooden truck as a cutlery rack.” The space is inimitable, and that, we think, is true luxury. Owning a space that truly mirrors your style.
Classy and Contemporary
What strikes us about this space is the profusion of textures, shapes and finishes you find here. The sinuous nature of the custom-designed sofa, the wooden-textured wall and the vaulted ceiling with gold detailing, everything together creates a stunning visual palette. “The palette mostly monochromatic, stems from the nature of the materials themselves,” says Akshat Bhatt, Founder, Architecture Discipline.
Director Guddu Dhanoa, his wife Santosh and their son, Jeet’s bungalow by the sea is a design inspiration for many. The architecture of the 20,000sqft home is interesting — the living room, the bedrooms and the dining rooms are all separate spaces, connected via concrete pathways that are interspersed with green patches. “It’s unlike anything you get to see in Mumbai,” says Guddu with a hint of pride in his eyes. You see an obvious Balinese influence in the interiors. The base colour palette is subtle, the furniture is minimal, pops of colour are introduced through accent pieces.
A Floral Story
Blogger and interior designer Ju de Paula’s home in the English Countryside is nothing less than poetic. The living room sums up Ju’s decorating style: colourful, patterned, bright and airy. The fireplace used to be brown and was one of the first things that Ju addressed in the house — painting it white brought the room to life!
A Cottage in the City
Textile designer Julie Kagti’s haven is a testimony to reclaimed wood and textiles from their various sojourns. The colour palette is earthy; the tones warm and the ambience beckons you to simply enjoy life as it is meant to be. “While doing the interiors I kept with the theme and worked towards a rustic and earthy flavour. I sourced old used wooden doors and door handles from Bamboo bazaar in Bengaluru along with reclaimed old wood to use for cupboard and side tables in the living cum kitchen area. Cane mats from Assam for the cupboard door frames for the bedrooms. Little bursts of colour, something that I love walking into a room and finding, throughout the interior come from the varied handcrafted textiles, flowers, plants and bric a brac used around the house.”
Designed by none other than supermodel Kate Moss, The Barnhouse, a five-bedroom country house in luxury Cotswolds retreat The Lakes, is everything that dream homes are made of. Complementing its romantic rural setting, the decor brings the outdoors inside with an earthy colour palette, floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors opening onto a deck, swimming pool and the 650-acre woodland estate. Kate juxtaposes vintage comforts with pop-culture chic features such as a log burner centrepiece alongside artwork by the likes of Damien Hirst and Chris Levine.
Phoenix Residential’s Kessaku, a world-class residential project in Bengaluru is an exemplification of the idea of simplicity in complexity. And this design philosophy is obvious through the entire project. Especially this living room where the feature walls — the wall mural and the gallery wall — create a marvellous decor discourse!
A Mediterranean Dream
The owners, Manju and Dhiraj Radhakrishnani wanted a home far from ordinary — a home that mirrors the effervescence of youth. Architect Nitin Bharccha created just that — a space that’s distinct in its design identity, and a home that marries design and functionality. This living room design is a clear deviation from the banal. The cavernous architecture draws you in, into a different world. All white and turqouise, the space is picture perfect — like a postcard from Santorini!
Drama in Design
Designed by Marcel Wanders, this home is dramatic in its persona. The designer plays with textures and patterns. The textured ceiling, patterened wall and the custom-designed flooring create a stunning visual narrative. The pristine white colour palette adds to the visual appeal and enhances the drama created by the textures and patterns.
Old world in style, vintage in soul and warm and classic in tonality, Rubina Dhankar Qadir Din’s Gurgaon home certainly weaves a stunning narrative. The stunning fuchsia sofa set against a grey chevron wall creates a startling contrast. “Our home is a confluence of cultures. My husband is a Muslim and I am a Hindu. While he wanted a red velvet couch and antique Mughal chandeliers, I wanted a muted, understated space. We compromised on muted patterns to balance his request and my vision,” says Rubina.
Celebration of Colours
We love homes with a distinct design identity. This home designed by Smita Thomas, Founder, Multitude of Sins is just that. “Playing with a bold melange of neo-rustic, neovictorian, industrial, and romantic boho elements, Manisha and Ajay’s space is a canvas for bold art with life infused in every corner,” says Smita. We were absolutely bowled over by the feature wall in the living room. Created with different doors sourced from flea markets, painted in vibrant colours, this wall certainly sets the tone for the rest of the house!
This living room has a unique quality of bringing together two contrasting forms of design — contemporary and traditional — in a unique homogenous setting. “I’m equally inclined towards international finesse and Indian art, textile and crafts. The diversity of our culture was the source of inspiration for this particular project,” says the designer Shantanu Garg. Here, in this living room, the brightly-embroidered chairs and the traditional benches set against a very sophisticated grey backdrop, creates a wonderful contrast. “Incorporating artisanal elements in contemporary homes helps create an amazing contrast. Interestingly, contrast also creates harmony when designed and composed in co-existence.”