The living room is traditionally one spot that homeowners can’t wait to show off. It’s the place where a statement sofa or jewelry-like accent table really shines. Take a look at these 12 living rooms culled from our 2018 pages, including a chic Parisian-inspired townhouse salon and a rustic country living room where everyone can kick off their shoes. The common thread is a welcoming attitude, so vote for the one that would make you angle for an invitation.
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White oak herringbone floors, pairs of French doors and classic moldings evoke the architectural elements of luxury apartments in Paris in this Toronto townhouse. Jewel-toned sofas and full-length silk drapes are luxurious accents.
Photographer: Angus Fergusson
Source: House & Home January 2018
Designer: Lynda Reeves
In this Palm Desert vacation home, easy care, durable materials are the order of the day. Low maintenance concrete tables are the centerpiece of the room, while a low slung sectional and chunky sisal rug emphasize the home’s casual spirit.
Photographer: Janis Nicolay
Source: House & Home February 2018
Designer: Alda Pereira
There’s lots of tactile interest provided by the fluted wood and stunning purple velvet sofas in this eclectic living room. The bar area is enlivened with a custom Italian wallpaper, scaled to fit the wall dimensions.
Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home March 2018
Designer: Lisa Lev
Salvaged windows and exposed beams add a romantic, European charm to this Montreal living space. A casual beaded chandelier scales down the glamor but still calls attention to the high ceiling.
Photographer: André Rider
Source: House & Home April 2018
Designer: Mélanie Cherrier
A fragment of an antique Egyptian column is a focal point in the living room of designer Sarah Richardson’s eco-friendly country home,
Starlight Farm. The fragment serves as a touchstone for the character and feel of the house, she says. The sofa, chairs and side tables are symmetrically arranged around the classic fireplace for a sense of balance, calm and order.
Photographer: Stacey Brandford
Source: House & Home May 2018
Designer: Sarah Richardson
This new fireplace was designed to look as if it had been part of the original farmhouse. The furniture is a mix of old, new and found pieces including a battered vintage table. A fun, feathered pendant lamp and bare windows keep the look current.
Photographer: Robin Stubbert
Source: House & Home June 2018
A salvaged barn door artfully mounted on a wall adds a rustic touch to this weekend escape. Cowhide stools and a chunky rug emphasize the country character, with steely grey drapes and pillows adding some urban flair.
Photographer: Kim Jeffery
Source: House & Home July 2018
Generous windows take advantage of this home’s leafy ravine setting, but the abundance of cushy seating options and the statement fireplace truly make this room a comfortable space to gather.
Photographer: Stacy Brandford
Source: House & Home August 2018
Designer: Allison Willson
The living room in this
Bridgehampton, New York, weekend retreat is full of beautiful antiques, but that doesn’t mean the owners won’t kick off their shoes. A striped sisal rug turns down the formality. “It’s really important that a home doesn’t feel like a showroom,” says the owner, Holt Renfrew president Mario Grauso. “Here there are layers of history that we’ve accumulated.”
Photographer: John Gruen
Source: House & Home September 2018
This elegant, silvery living room has standout pieces like a classic Aldo Tura coffee table. A classic fireplace and leaded windows are original to the 1920s Tudor-style home.
Photographer: Virginia Macdonald
Source: House & Home October 2018
Designer: Julie Charbonneau
The spruce-colored accent wall sets the fresh tone in this Montreal home. The striking slim fireplace by Norwegian company Jøtul, along with a Space Age floor lamp and citrus-hued chairs, give this space a cool vibe.
Photographer: Maxime Desbiens
Source: House & Home November 2018
Designer: Maria Rosa Di Ioia
The owners of this heritage farmhouse chose white linen slipcovers for their living room sofas that could stand up to an onslaught of pet paws. The humble furnishings are contrasted by the opulent Victorian-style crystal chandelier for a look that masters the mix.
Photographer: Robin Stubbert
Source: House & Home December 2018
Designer: Elle Patille
Author: Wendy Jacob
House & Home January 2018