16 Well-Accessorized Living Rooms

Details are everything in these spaces, where the interior designers knew that a bold area rug, sumptuous upholstery or striking artwork would take a living room to the next level.

For a 19th-century townhouse in London, Achille Salvagni tailored-made a sophisticated space using luxe materials like Loro Piana velvet on the sofas, Zoffany wall coverings and a Gris Pulpis marble mantle. Salvagni put his stamp on the room with his own Spider chandelier, Hercules floor lamps and a pair of custom cabinets that flank the fireplace.

Photo by Paolo Petrignani


Fox-Nahem Associates designed this grand yet inviting living room in a Stanford White townhouse in Manhattan. An Ed Ruscha painting hangs over a custom sofa by Fox-Nahem. A pair of armless tufted chairs by Billy Haines and an 18th-century rock-crystal chandelier punctuate the space.

Photo by Laura Resen


A rope-framed mirror by Christian Astuguevieille sets an eclectic tone in this living room by Hubert Zandberg, which also includes Pieter Hugo’s Hyena People photo and an eight-arm Munich chandelier by Richard Taylor Designs. Zandberg updated the existing coffee table by spraying it with a coral lacquer inspired by a Chinese bowl in his collection.

Photo by Simon Upton


The serene, neutral palette in this Helen Green–designed living room is punctuated by a pair of occasional chairs in Kravet’s linen Citysquare fabric. Turquoise ceramic vases from Talisman add a punch of color to the built-in bookshelves.

Photo by Helen Green Design


This country-chic East Hampton, New York, space by Groves & Co. features strong pieces in neutral tones, like a Roman Thomas sofa upholstered in Ralph Lauren linen and an Italian 19th-century daybed from Greenwich Living Antiques & Design Center.

Photo by Jeff McNamara


Huniford Design Studio decorated this Marin County home in a Northern California rustic style, a look they achieved with pieces like a sofa of their own design upholstered in a Castel textile and Roman shades made from antique Japanese shades lined with an Arabel fabric.

Photo by Max Kim Bee


A bold painting by Ira Yaeger hangs over the sumptuous corduroy-upholstered sofa in this living room by Sara Gilbane Interiors. The custom ostrich ottoman and mohair x-benches, designed by Gilbane, add warmth and exoticism to the space.

Photo by Zach Desart


The serene living room of Giannetti Home founders, Brooke and Steve Giannetti, has a nature-inspired vibe, and it includes details like vintage barn beams on the ceiling. The antique Swedish settee and stools are from Giannetti Home, the antique leather chairs are from Lucca & Co. and the cement-column side table is from Tone on Tone.

Photo by Lisa Romerein


An acid yellow wool rug sets a flamboyant tone in this space, though it’s tempered by the black ceiling. Fawn Galli gave it a handsome, comfortable feel by adding dark leather furniture, including a George Smith sofa, a Hans Wegner lounge chair and a Jean-Michel Frank club chair upholstered in olive green Dualoy leather from Pucci.

Photo by Costas Picadas


Linen-upholstered furniture in solid, beachy colors imbues this Katie Ridder–designed Nantucket living room with an appropriately coastal feel. Ridder wanted to give the sofa a modern look, and she added tonal hand embroidery to two of the pillows to give them texture and depth. A striped needlepoint carpet by Vermillion Rugs unifies the room.

Photo by Eric Piasecki


For the home of a prominent modern art collector, Kim Alexandriuk created a luxurious yet understated living room with a mix of mid-century pieces and antiques, like this early 1900s Ziegler Mahal rug from Doris Leslie Blau. A pair of 1960 French ceramic clowns from Downtown sit atop the cocktail table, which has a Jean Royère base and Jerusalem stone top.

Photo by Miguel Flores Vinna


Martyn Lawrence Bullard created a richly layered living room in this Los Angeles Italianate villa, which features a custom Maharajah coffee table of his own design, topped with a bone-inlay tray from David Hicks. The vintage Moroccan wool rug is from Mansour, and the fabric for the draperies and lounge chair are from Bullard’s lines for Schumacher.

Photo by Tim Street-Porter


This refined Beverly Hills living room by Barbara Barry features several elements designed by her, including an oval x-back chair and a Quarry accent table from her collection for Baker, a Cabochon cocktail table from Barbara Barry Realized By Henredon and the “La Vie En Rose” rug from her line for Kravet.

Photo by David Meredith


Wallpaper blocks by Cannon and Bullock add dimension to this layered Boston living room by Frank Roop, which includes a sofa upholstered in Donghia velvet and a pair of armchairs in Holly Hunt linen. All the furnishings are either vintage or Roop’s design.

Photo by Eric Roth


Clean lines and a simple color palette put the focus on the vibrant collection of books in Michael Kors’s Greenwich Village penthouse. Glen Gissler created a Florence Knoll moment by furnishing the space with her glass-topped tables, a black marble lamp and a grey flannel-upholstered sofa.

Photo by Gross & Daley


This light and airy London living room by Marion Lichtig gets some heft from a Sophie Hicks coffee table and a pair of custom sofas covered in Pierre Frey velvet.


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