Charles Leclerc's living room creates a sense of 'cozy elegance' designers love

Big impact minimalism comes first in Charles Leclerc's living room. This is why design experts love it

Charles Leclerc's living room is cozy and elegant. Here is a picture of the driver in a red and black shirt and hat next to a plant
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Charles Leclerc's living room has proven the Formula 1 driver has as much style in his space as he does on the track. He posted a picture on Instagram of him gaming with a friend, and we immediately fell for the snug space.

There's a lot to love in the space, from the soft furnishings to elegant finishes. But the best part is it's all easy to replicate. We've chatted to design experts to find out why he's placing first on the home decor, and picked out buys to copy his style.

If you're looking for small living room ideas, going classic like Charles Leclerc is a smart idea, as you'll end up with timeless pieces you can bring with you to any home. Here's why we're obsessed.

Charles Leclerc's living room

Looking for ways to make a small living room cozy? The F1 star's room has plenty to take inspiration from.

Why we love Charles Leclerc's living room

The first thing we noticed was the striking monochrome palette — the complete opposite of Charles' vibrant Ferrari car and gear.

“The uniform hue provides a refined visual calmness, while the variation in texture creates interest,” says Guillaume Drew, design expert and founder of Or & Zon.

Guillaume Drew in a black jumper with a black and white filter
Guillaume Drew

Guillaume Drew is the founder of Or & Zon, a home decor store blending sustainable luxury with global artisanal treasures to enhance everyday living.

One key way Charles has done this is through his armchairs and couch. “These create a sense of cozy elegance, as gray is a versatile and neutral color for calming and sophisticated homes,” explains Riley Annen, interior designer and founder of Companies That Buy Houses.

Riley Annen, a white woman with brown hair and green eyes smiling
Riley Annen

Riley Annen is an interior designer, real estate agent, and founder of Companies That Buy Houses. She has more than 10 years experience finding houses with great potential and making them look gorgeous.

She says this makes it an excellent choice for a space meant for relaxation and socializing — something Charles definitely will need after busy race weekends.

This is complemented by the bold black-and-white wall art. “This is a focal point around which the rest of the design seems to flow,” Guillaume adds. He explains its simplicity contrasts perfectly with the plush soft furnishings, creating an inviting yet chic space for Charles and his friends to chill out in.

Guillaume explains the decision to stick predominantly with monochromatic tones is a popular tactic in quiet luxury interior design, as it provides a clean and timeless canvas on which personal touches can shine. 

Who knows, maybe Charles has done this so he can later add his trophies and F1 memorabilia? Charles has also brought in greenery, which is always a must when decorating any sized home. 

“The incorporation of a tall indoor plant in the background not only adds a touch of nature but also introduces a refreshing element to the interior,” Riley says. Plants can enhance air quality if they’re air-purifying plants

The tropical-style plant may even remind Charles of his wins in sunny countries such as Australia.

Get the look with these buys inspired by Charles Leclerc's living room

If you're feeling driven to redesign your living room like Charles' home, here are three buys to help inspire you.

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Are you speeding off to organize your small living room? Charles’ home has a key takeaway to keep in mind. “Blending functionality with aesthetics just like Charles has will ensure each element contributes to the overall harmony of the room,” Riley finishes by saying. 

Whether you’re an F1 driver or not, it’s most important to have a space you’re comfortable in. If you want a design that's modern but has a little more color, try Emily Ratajkowski's harmonious and inviting living room.

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.