Beautiful living room ideas to create a relaxing retreat

timber clad living room
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What you want to achieve in your living room will be unique to you and your household and so it is really important to start the process of designing a new space by thinking about exactly who will be using this room, what you need from it and your lifestyle.

"The living room is one of the most used spaces in the home, so it’s important to create a design scheme that works for the whole family," explains Sally Denyer, digital marketing manager at Shutterly Fabulous.

Debbie Leigh
Debbie Leigh

Debbie is an expert in creating beautifully coordinated fabric collections that can be easily combined to create harmonious interior schemes. With more than 30 years of experience, she takes every design from conception right through to the finished textile - inspired by the latest trends and techniques from every continent.

Sally and Sara Wilkie
Sara and Sally Wilkie

Sisters-in-law Sarah and Sally Wilkie are founders of vintage furniture and interiors shop, Home Barn, which they created together in 2010 as an outlet for their combined creative talents. Both had an eye for vintage and antiques and to do something rewarding and inspiring whilst enjoying life with their families. By turning their passion for vintage into a business, Home Barn was born!

Jon Butterworth
Jon Butterworth

Having worked at Arada Stoves since 2010, Director Jon Butterworth purchased the company in 2019. The Devon-based manufacturer specialises in wood burning, multi fuel and gas stoves for the UK market. With roots dating back to 1966, each Arada stove is designed, engineered and built in Britain by local craftsmen using raw steel which is crafted with precision. The brand’s focus is on the production and supply of the most desirable, efficient and lowest emission heating appliances to complement any home. 

Headshot of Sam Tamlyn Managing Director at TCMM Shutter Group
Sam Tamlyn

Sam is the managing director of TCMM Shutter Group: a collection of industry leading window shutter brands including Shutterly Fabulous, California Shutters, DIY Shutters, The Shutter Store, and Carter & Clark. TCMM are the exclusive supplier of window shutters for B&Q and they offer bespoke and high quality plantation shutters to customers throughout the world. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.