With the winter season now in full swing following the drop in temperatures we’ve seen recently here in the UK, staying in and keeping warm has become more important than ever. Snuggling up on the sofa in front of the fire feels that little more special with the nights slowly drawing in and the forecast less forgiving now the long balmy nights of summer have long gone.
Being a room we spend so much of our time in at this time of year then, it’s only right that it’s a cosy, personal and practical one the whole family can enjoy. From a cosy, country-inspired scene to one more cool-toned and contemporary – together with two colour-themed rooms that are proving popular in the interiors world – here’s a little living room inspiration, whatever your decor style may be.
Neutral and pastel tones – like Teresa’s Green and Purbeck Stone by Farrow & Ball – happily evoke a country-inspired feel. Perfect for the fireplace, walls or woodwork, pair with soft off-whites – Wevet by Farrow & Ball is ideal being a delicate, easy and understated shade. Rich wood grains like our Abington Pine range – or Camille Limewash Oak for something a little more elegant – are both timeless and traditional options too. Or, for a more contemporary touch, our many painted furniture ranges will add a modern country feel. Arlington Cream – with its soft cream base and warm oak top – will slot seamlessly into a country-inspired living room, and perfectly complement a range of natural textures like our Jute Weave Rug and Kooboo Round Basket.
Our Red Stripe Runner is ideal for sitting alongside the fireplace while a range of cushions – from William Morris to our beautiful Bree Merryn collection – will make snuggling up on our Charlbury Leather 2-Seater Sofa all the more special – and tempting!
If your preferred style is a little more contemporary with a rustic country twist, our grey painted furniture collections will complement your existing style perfectly. A soft, subtle hue, our Chester Grey range is timeless and flexible. If you favour something a little darker, our Florence Grey collection, with its signature brushed steel cup handles, will make a striking addition when teamed with softer textures like our Banan Round Woven Rug and Anja Check Throw.
For a panelled, feature or alcove wall, both Worstead and Mole’s Breath by Farrow & Ball will help to create a modern country feel to your living room. To offset the grey, our Ellenborough Painted range, with its rustic oak top and painted white base, will add a subtle yet elegant softness. Or, if you fancy going for a warmer shade on the walls to pair with grey painted furniture, we find Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue makes a stylish pairing. Make a statement with our beautiful Chadwick sofa. Lovingly handmade here in the UK, it provides unending comfort, while our range of baskets offer a practical place for spare throws and cushions.
For a contemporary living room or snug that lends itself to an opulent colour scheme with metallic accents – like our popular Kanak Marble Base Lamp – try Brassica by Farrow & Ball on the walls or cabinets. If you’re looking for a lighter shade to brighten a smaller space, which is still easy and contemporary, Lamp Room Gray is wonderfully timeless with a hint of blue. Oak furniture will offer a gentle nod to traditional country decor for a nice blend of old meets new, or opt for our Appleby Oak Display Cabinet or Montague Oak Ladder Bookcase to inject more of a Scandi-inspired contemporary feel. It may be small, but our Natural Oak Cupboard is wonderfully practical for squeezing into those difficult nooks and crannies too.
Perfect for a cosy reading nook or to sit in front of the fire, our Evesham Love Seat boasts a contemporary design yet is wonderfully comfy with its cushioned back and high arms. It’s available in a range of different colours to suit your preferred decor choice too. Pile high with soft cushions – our range of velvet cushions come in many colours – while our Rosalie Faux Fur is a must-have cosy addition for any living room style. Perfect for taking a pew or putting your feet up, our Clover Buttoned Coffee Table – available in three neutral shades – is sturdy, understated and wonderfully timeless too.
If you’re a fan of the dark trend that has been circulating social media, magazine editorials and popular blogs over the last year or so, and fancy having a refresh in your own living room, our Westcote Blue range is perfect. From bookcases to TV units, coffee tables to sideboards, the striking blue – a colour match to Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue – is beautifully complemented with warm oak tops. If you love the idea of dark painted walls, Hague Blue is a perennial favourite, while Abington Pine – hand-crafted from distressed solid pine – will add an element of rich traditionalism.
For something a little less rustic and more elegant in style, our Hadley Smoked Oak Display Cabinet, with its panelled detail and rounded feet, will add a modern contrast when teamed with dark painted walls. Accessories in complementary blue hues – from our elegant Afina Ceramic Lamp to the more modern Azurine with its exposed bulb – offer an inexpensive, stylish and practical element. For the cold mornings and dark evenings ahead, there’s nothing more inviting than a cosy armchair. Available in a range of colours and fabrics, our Evesham Armchair is a timeless and traditional design which will be with you for many years to come.
You can browse our range of living room furniture and accessories online, or why not pop into one of our beautiful stores? We’ve set up homes in the fine city of Norwich, Chelmsford, Stow-on-the-Wold and most recently, in the heart of Godalming.