Written by Hugh Metcalf

Living room ideas: new décor inspiration for upgrading your lounge

Looking for fresh inspiration for a living room upgrade? We’ve pulled together some of the hottest ideas right now.

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Image: Sofology

If you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to your living room and have exhausted Pinterest as a source of inspiration, time to get innovative. We’ve sought out some of the most interesting and dynamic design ideas for living rooms from this year’s trends to get your creative juices flowing.

Contrast panelling

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Image: Dunelm

Panelling is a brilliant way to add detail and intrigue to a living room, but it’s fair to say it’s become quite a common project for the home in this day and age. Want to make your home stand apart from the crowd? Why not paint your beading in a bold contrast colour, as in this scheme from Dunelm?

Read more: How to create wall panelling with beading

Pattern overload

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Image: John Lewis & Partners

Maximalism remains a huge trend for interiors, and a growing style for this look is to layer up pattern over pattern. Using traditional-inspired prints and textiles, like these from John Lewis & Partners, is a a nod to the Grandmillennial trend – a modern update on granny chic.

Read more: Top tips for layering pattern

Work free living rooms

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Image: Matalan

With our homes now doubling up as offices, creating a clear divide between work and home life can be tricky. Keeping the living room as a work free zone by putting your desk somewhere else is a good way to switch off after the working day is done. And if you need a reminder, Matalan is here to help with this cool wall art.

Soft textures

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Image: George Home

Creating comfort in a living room is all about texture. While throws, cushions and rugs will all add to this, why not embrace the trend for walls with textural paint effects to add another dimension to your space? Paints like Bauhaus and other limewashes are perfect for recreating this style.

Read more: 3 decorating ideas to create plaster effect walls in your home

Mix and match modular sofas

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Image: DFS

Fancy a creative look in your living room with your sofa at the centre of the scheme? We love this idea from DFS for mixing and matching colours from a modular sofa range to create a colourful design.

Read more: Top tips for buying a modular sofa

New panelling ideas

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Image: Sofology 

If you’re looking for something a little bit different when it comes to wall panelling, try a modern alternative to add texture. Designs such as this, used by Sofology in a stylish scheme, can be DIYed from mouldings and beading, or for similar, try Orac Decor for its range of 3D wall panelling alternatives.

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