Five Living Room Ideas: Dream a little Dream with Me


I’ve mentioned in the past how I can spend many hours going through my stack of interior design books and magazines just dreaming about the perfect room.  Be it the dining room, living room, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms or any part of the house.  I find it really therapeutic to look at lovely photos of beautiful rooms and finding inspiration in each and every one of them.  Yes, this is also on my list of small joys that make me really happy.

Come and indulge and dream a little dream with me:

I like white.  Yes, I know some of you may find this boring, too clinical and lacking of warmth.  But I love it. I like the clean and sleek look of everything white.  Of course the reality is, especially when you have a small child, a dog and a cat, chances are your white walls will be streaked with paint, crayon stains, play doh, paw prints, and even the remnants of your child’s dinner.  If you’re a parent of a small child, you’ll know what I mean.

But since we’re in the land of make believe, where parents with young kids and pets can actually have lovely white walls and furniture without the harsh reality of dirt and stains, let us indulge more in that fantasy.

Scandinavian style living room by 4ma projekt

I love the open-space of this living room with the white floors, white coffee table and white dining table and also the lovely black and white prints on the wall.

Before having little T, we actually bought a white fabric couch from Ikea but one that you could change the covers.  And we also bought a light brown slipcover to interchange with the white ones.   I like to use the white covers in the summer when it’s easy to wash and dry in the sun.  It isn’t actually that difficult to have white furniture/soft furnishings even if you have children and pets.  You just have to be prepared for stains and the reality of having to keep washing them.

Bloominville Storage Unit : Scandinavian style living room by House Envy

I adore the way they used these inspiring typography frames as a feature wall.  I also liked the  dash of black and grey soft furnishings strewn here and there.

Für Leseratten : Scandinavian style living room by Elfa Deutschland GmbH

These book shelves are to die for. I’m in love with the way it frames the door and opens in to the dining room.  If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you will know that we have hundreds of books, but they are all packed now ready to be moved to the new house.

One of the reasons why I love white walls, floors and furniture is that you can go wild with colours on accessories, like a bright coloured couch, or pendant light.  You can splash colours all around you without worrying that your room will look too dark.  The white walls and floors will always make your room fresh and bright.

Sala Comum—zona de estar : Mediterranean style living room by maria inês home style

Or if white is just to blasé for your taste, perhaps adding a coloured featured wall like they did in the above photo will do for you.

Living Spaces : Scandinavian style living room by ERC

If you prefer more colour, this soothing shades of pastel might also be your thing.  I love the light pink feature wall and baby blue wall and couch too.

What about you?  Which of these ideas appeal to you? Or do you prefer brightly coloured painted walls or patterned wallpaper?  Do share.

*In collaboration with Homify, however, all words and opinions are by yours truly.


  1. I’m not a fan of too much white. Doesn’t it make things look a bit sterile and clinical? I don’t know as I’ve never had a white room but that’s what I imagine. The one colour I detest with a passion is magnolia. We rent privately and every bloody wall is magnolia. We can’t redecorate though as you never know when the landlord will decide to sell up. I really hate the colour though.

    • Can’t you paint and then just promise to re-paint back to magnolia if you decide to leave?

    • Same here. My living room never stays tidy no matter how much I try 😉

  2. I love the idea of the bookshelves and I obsessed with all white but as you say its not the best idea for a living room with kids lol x

    • Aren’t they just divine? As for the whites, sigh. I have a white coffee table covered in stains. I don’t really mind, part of being a parent 😉 x

  3. I am a colour lover, but the best piece of advice I ever had was that if you love colour you should paint your walls white. Like you said, then you can accessorise with colour, and switch things up as often as you like. That said, I’m a sucker for a really bold wallpaper!

    • I love your wallpaper in your study! 🙂 As for the white walls, yes, that’s one of the reasons why I love them. When I’m missing colours, I just change my soft furnishings and viola – a dash of colour all over 😉

    • I’m exactly like you! That’s one of the reasons why I love white walls, you can go mad with colours when your mood calls for it 😉

    • Same here. As I type this, I can see our coffee table covered in toys!

  4. I love white walls and starting with quite minimalist furniture, then I can add big splashes of colour to brighten it up. At the moment, we can’t paint the walls in our house (unless we want to repaint when we move), so big canvases and colourful cushions are my solutions.
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  5. Such pretty pictures! I like white too but as we rent it’s always quite difficult. Though the bookcase wall is a dream. I’m after white dinner service for the main reason I think food looks better served on white. Guess it’s the sand theory behind white walls. It makes everything look good!

  6. I like white and having bright accessories around the room, but I also like feature walls with accessories that tie into the room or at least complementing it 🙂 I love interior design! It’s just a shame I don’t get to see the beauty of it anymore Xxx

  7. My dear old gran had bookcases that framed the door like that. A whole wall of books. Beautiful.

    I think I prefer a little more warmth in the colours myself, although the pictures above are nonetheless rather nice 🙂
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  8. Fi Ni Neachtain

    I really love white furniture and open spaces but I think a hint of pastel on the walls and through the soft furnishings would be lovely.

    • I’ve thought of corner sofas too, but we don’t really have much space, not even in the new house we’re moving into 🙁

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