Decorating ideas for your living room

From brights to neutrals, stripes to florals, try these fresh new ideas for an up-to-date look in your living room

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Ferdinand curtain in Sunset, from £47.99.

Luxurious materials

If you want to create timeless glamour, then this is the trend for you. The palest of greys, creams and natural wood with a flamboyant sofa, touches of gold, copper and chrome are how to make it happen, working just as well with a neutral carpet as it does with stone or light wood flooring.

Scarpa left-hand corner chaise sofa in grey/silver crushed velvet-style fabric, £1,499; Cascina lamp table with storage drawer, £239.99; Cascina lamp table, £145, Venetian table lamp, £59; Palladio circular rug, £199; Carmen printed accent cushion, £18; Baroque n Roll mantel clock, £35, all Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen at Littlewoods

Monochrome and orange

For a fresh contemporary look, try black and white mixed with light grey walls and pops of bright orange. Keep the scheme modern with geometric patterns and add panelling-effect walls to tie-in well with the linear designs. Simple accessories and natural flooring complete the look.

Eichholtz Atlanta sofa in Panama Black, £2,019; Eichholtz Columbia chair in Black, £808; Designers Guild Archimia graphite cushion, £46; Eichholtz Gregory chair in White, £925; Eichholtz Abstract knitted throw, £134.50; Eichholtz carpet in Trianon Black, £1,020; Eichholtz Monogram coffee table, £2,550; Eichholtz Hartley orange pillow, £112; Eichholtz Blakes Black & White pillow with hand embroidered wool front, £112; Andrew Martin Balfour black table lamp, £295; all from Houseology

Grey with green

Pale lime with soft charcoal grey creates a calming space. If this room had plain cream or white walls the look would be colder, but the lime adds warmth and will reflect sunlight, too.

Walls: Fennel flat emulsion, £39 for 2.5 litres; Skirting board: Warm White flat emulsion, £39 for 2.5 litres; Sofa upholstered in Munro 331389 fabric, £79 per m, piped in Corbett 331414 fabric, £65 per m; Footstool upholstered in Munro 331398 fabric, £65 per m, piped in Corbett 331412 fabric, £65 per m, all Zoffany