Designer Neutral Living Room Inspiration
This time of year is an interesting one. Its conditions say winter but its spirit is full-on yearning for spring. Blossoms are blooming, wish lists are full of new season clothes and later sunsets are the welcomed antidote to what feels like an eternity of early nightfall. It’s hard to put a finger on it but we can’t help but look forward with hopeful anticipation for the season ahead starting with neutral living rooms. We welcome March with these spring-ready spaces.
Only a talent like Bennett Leifer‘s could make neutrals feel both timeless and bang-on-trend. In his 50 United Nations Plaza model apartment, the designer crafts a well-composed symphony of neutral shades in a carefully thought-out living-cum-dining arrangement. The designer approached the urban design with refreshing white walls and contemporary upholstery shapes by Poliform, accented by barely-there lighting (including Apparatus’ Highwire creation) and clean-lined tables. A kaleidoscopic digital print artwork by Natural Curiosities hangs above the sofa to emphasise, by contrast, neutrality of the space. The room’s harmonious furniture arrangement reaffirms the serenity of its palette – one of neutral’s most redeeming qualities.
“I designed this apartment with the lifestyle of the client in mind, keeping the environment a neutral and flexible palette. The concept was to create a space that is understated and chic on its own accord, while allowing important events and colourful memories to punctuate the space with new life and sensations each time. A well-done neutral room is one you can feel sophisticated in by yourself on a casual Sunday morning, but lends itself well to any variety of flowers, guests’ fashions and time of day.”
(Photo credit: Marco Ricca)
Image Credit: Birgit Klein
LA, New York and London designer Birgit Klein offers modernity to tradition with this contemporary seating situation. A U-shaped sofa, full-size rug and barely-there drapes in a unified beige-grey hue (a chic modern technique) accent the space’s fine neoclassical bones. Wooden flooring and paned doors and fan lights are modernised in black, contrasting against the room’s stone accent wall. Minimalist accessorising completes the look.
Image Credit: Gilles & Boissier
Three key points about this airy living room (above): it was designed by French duo Gilles & Boissier; it was the home of late Joseph founder Joseph Ettedgui; and, this year, it’s ten years old. Yes, you read that correctly. Ten years. Talk about anti-aging. In true Gilles & Boissier style, it’s as on-trend now as it was a decade ago thanks to sandy upholstery, a careful use of accessories and monochrome artwork. The poster child for timeless design to say the least.
Keep an eye out for the home in the upcoming article What Makes A Timeless Interior with commentary from Dorothée Boissier.
Image Credit: DBOX for CIM Group and Macklowe Properties
Usually neighbours are a bane but, when your neighbours are the clouds, you can feel confident in embracing them. Kelly Behun’s living room design – found in the highest completed penthouse in New York City in the storied 432 Park Avenue development – reflects a celestial approach. Renowned for her no-colour-allowed interiors (although, she has been known to paint an entire room in electric blue gloss with a gold-leafed ceiling), the designer capitalises on the space’s near-luminous light with an oversized modern sofa in a chic milky white, sheer drapes and an Art Deco accent wall with stepped fireplace and elegant wall sconces. Heaven just got a zip code.
Image Credit: Natalia Miyar
Thanks to their ability to pair perfectly with any and all colours, the power of neutrals is unlike any other. Their inherent ease make neutral bases the smartest solution for spaces which need to be liveable whilst their versatility render them a suitable canvas for pops of colour. In her newest London project, Natalia Miyar dresses up a neutral space with gestural artwork, edgy accessories and key soft furnishings in acid yellow, blush pinks and petrol blue. The space feels daring without risking changeability.
Image Credit: Landmass London
A classic yet contemporary neutral space, this Landmass London living room pairs a controlled neutral palette with a minimalist mirrored coffee table, Arteriors’ brass Zanadoo pendant and Tom Dixon accessories. A milky tuxedo sofa with channel tufting covers the timeless and on-trend style criteria. A sharp matte black fireplace draws focus to the room’s contemporary sensibility.
Breezy In The City
A living room which speaks of sunnier climes than its Lincoln Park, Chicago locale, Wendy Labrum’s breezy design schools in matters of casual elegance. The ease of its bone-hued loose sofa covers complements their chic silhouettes, its folky armchairs are updated with neutral seat pads and its formal positioning arranged around the fireplace is grounded by a maze sisal rug and natural accents. Channel its laid-back vibe with our Rustic Chic edit.