“No fuss” was Lynn Morgan’s mantra when she decorated this house “I wanted it simple, clean-lined, and inviting, with a little bit of glamour and a lot of comfort.” An ottoman in Zig Zag by Alan Campbell lends modern oomph between a pair of Louis XV style bergères. To highlight the architectural details, she painted moldings in high-gloss white. A David Hockney lithograph hangs above an antique mercury glass mirror.
In the living room of this apartment , designer Alexander Doherty painted the walls painted Pavilion Gray, and the trim is Lamp Room Gray, both from Farrow & Ball. A blue-and-white Qing dynasty lamp and a 20th-century painting by Michael McGuigan, behind the piano, reflect the owners’ wide-ranging connoisseurship. Throw by Frette.
In the living room of this Victorian home in Illionois, original Beaux-Arts plasterwork and parquet set off imports from designer Annie Brahler’s company, Euro Trash. On a seagrass rug from Lowe’s, she grouped linen-covered Belgian bergères and a Louis XVI side table with a 19th-century French gilt settee and Dutch footstools. Vintage curtains hang at the windows. A Belgian crystal chandelier and sconces sparkle against walls in Ralph Lauren Paint’s Design Studio White.
Black and White
Antique meets modern in this living room. Designer Ken Fulk chose a black and white palette, softened with neutrals and natural textures. The chimney breast is papered with Ralph Lauren’s black Yacare Crocodile, and a Ralph Lauren Peyton ottoman sits on a cowhide rug from Frank’s Leather & Hides.
In the living room of a Greenwich, Connecticut, house, designer Ashley Whittaker created a cozy spot for two with a pair of the homeowners’ favorite chairs and a Currey & Company Circe bench.
A Blue and White Living Room
David Lawrence uses blue and white to make the perfect summery living room in this house. The fabric on the sofa is Vizir in Indigo from Old World Weavers. Throw pillows by Ralph Lauren.
In the living room of this home designer Mary McDonald employed hints of colour against a neutral backdrop for a quietly refined mood. “In monochrome rooms, texture is key,” says McDonald, who covered the custom-made chaise in Pierre Frey’s Ice linen, and Reagan Hayes’s Henry sofa in a Duralee cotton velvet, with pillows in Schumacher’s Chinon silk and Padova damask. McDonald designed English-style bookcases in taupe with back panels painted a pale blue. The Klismos chairs are from JF Chen.
Sophisticated and Colourful
Bursts of sunny yellow and fuchsia refresh traditional architecture in the living room of this home designed by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier and Company. A hanging mobile light fixture by David Weeks “artfully fills” the soaring ceiling. Love seats in Larsen’s Bouquet Garni II bring texture and pattern to glossy Venetian plaster walls.
Blue, White, and Green Living Room
This living room designed by Marshall Watson evokes a traditional mid-20th-century sensibility but with a modern twist. Watson’s senior designer, Wendy Monette, mixed colours, patterns, and styles that lend a clean, graphic edge to the room, like the sofa’s superscaled houndstooth and the rug’s green and navy stripes.
In a Florida home another Marshall Watson design, a 1980s Lucite-and-glass table provides a jewellike accent to the muted tones of the living room. Asilah chandelier, Jerry Pair.
A Pop of Colour
Designed by Christopher Maya, this living room features a mantel painted in glossy Black Panther by Benjamin Moore. It creates high drama amid the play of colour. Flanking the fireplace are antique French chairs covered in Nicholas Herbert’s Rombau. Red armchairs are upholstered in Clarence House Belgian Linen.
Happy Colour Combination
Lavender, chartreuse, and aqua make a happy colour combination in this living room. “They are bold colours,” says designer Pat Healing, “so I used them only as punctuation.” Bird’s Nest Cocktail Table by HB Home; Campion chandelier, Urban Electric.