Even in a pocket-sized apartment, it's possible create a gorgeous and inviting living room. Check out 20 homes that get it right.
In the sitting area of a Parisian apartment's library, the sofa is upholstered in a cotton damask, the armchair is covered in a silk velvet and the slipper chair is based on a ; the desk is Louis XV, the chandelier is Louis XIV and the 19th-century rug is Persian.
In the living room of fashion designer Erin Beatty and filmmaker Lex Sidon’s West Village duplex, which was designed by and Michael Woodcock of , the leather sofa is by , the love seat is by , and the chairs are from ; the marble cocktail table is a custom design, the stool by is from , the floor lamp is by , the rug is by , and the paintings are by , left, and .
At the top of the tower of a Florence manor, with 360-degree views of the Apennine Mountains, a living room contains a vintage sofa and custom daybeds covered in fabrics by . The motorized shades are bamboo, and the cocktail and side tables are designs.
In a San Francisco loft, the sofa inspired by has cushions covered in a , the steel cocktail and side tables are custom designs, the vintage floor lamp is , the paintings, from left, are by and .
In designer Paul Mathieu's Udaipur townhouse, the sitting room's settee and side table are both by the designer; the shutters are rosewood.
In this West Village loft, the den's custom sofa is based on a 1960s design and covered in a ; the 1970 French cocktail table is by , the nesting tables are based on a design, and the artwork is by Marilyn Minter.
In the smaller living area of a São Paulo home, the sofa was found at a local auction, the Jean Prouvé chair is by Vitra, the hexagonal table and Berber rug are Moroccan, and the walls are painted in a custom color.
In the living room of Michael Carey's home in Claverack, New York, a George Smith sofa and a corner chair purchased in London are upholstered in an Osborne & Little linen, the Georgian leather library chair and English mahogany coaching table are from Lee Stanton Antiques, the Craftsman armoire is a family heirloom, and the light fixture is by Restoration Hardware. The kilim is from West Elm, and the French faux-bois table and vintage subway signs were found in nearby Hudson.
In a vacation home on Martha's Vineyard, the family room's sectional sofa by Restoration Hardware is upholstered in a Perennials fabric, the leather oval chair is by Garza Marfa, the Harry Bertoia chairs are by Knoll, and the cocktail table by Pinch is from the Future Perfect; the lamp is by Artemide, the rug is an antique Beni Ourain, the carved giraffe is by New Mexican folk artist Felipe Benito Archuleta, and the framed sea urchin artwork is from Natural Curiosities
In the living room of Jeffrey Kalinsky's West Village townhouse, which was designed by DD Allen of Pierce Allen, the leather sofas are by Annabelle Selldorf, and the 1959 Helge Vestergaard Jensen chairs from Wyeth are upholstered in a Missoni fabric; the cabinetry is custom, the circa-1970 floor lamp is by Stilnovo, and the rug is cashmere.
In an eclectic NYC home, the 1940s club chair is covered in a chintz from the same decade, the sofa is by Maison Jansen, and the wallpaper is by Doug & Gene Meyer; the circular rug is by Niba Collections, the carpet is by Holland & Sherry, the cocktail tables are by Fredrikson Stallard, and the central artwork is an Indian sign painting.
The sofa in the den of this New York apartment is from DDC, the Hans Wegner lounge chair is from Wyeth, and the vintage cocktail table is by Milo Baughman; the painting is by Park Ito and the rug is an early-20th-century Turkish kilim.
In the library of a Connecticut cottage, the sofa by Restoration Hardware is covered in a Perennials fabric, the vintage club chairs, upholstered in a Great Plains linen, are from Duane, the cocktail table is Chinese, the circa-1960 chair is by Milo Baughman, and the stool came from the former Manhattan nightclub Moomba; the 18th-century English portrait is a family heirloom, the zebra skin is antique, the blinds are by Hunter Douglas, and the walls are painted in Dragon's Breath by Benjamin Moore.
In the West Village pied-à-terre of Los Angeles–based designers Waldo Fernandez and Tommy Clements, the daybed is by Rick Owens, armchairs by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann are upholstered in an alpaca by Perrine Rousseau, and the side chairs are by Jean Prouvé; the Venetian mirror once belonged to Helena Rubinstein, the 1950s light fixture is by Alberto Giacometti, the sculpture is Cambodian, and the dhurrie and striped kilim are from Lawrence of La Brea.
In a colorful Houston home, the library walls are painted in Fine Paints of Europe's #WC-48, and the club chairs are covered in a Brunschwig & Fils print.
The library of a modern Pacific Palisades home, the custom sectional is upholstered in a Pindler fabric, the ottomans are covered in a Dualoy leather, and the shades are of a Rogers & Goffigon fabric.
A gouache by McIntosh and a custom-made banquette outfit the sitting area of this Moroccan riad; the cushions's cotton-canvas fabric was found in a souk, as was the painted side table; the pendant and sconces are by maisonLAB, the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Lamp Room Gray, and black-painted cement tiles line the floor.
In a California family home, the living room's custom-made daybed by Charles H. Beckley has a cushion covered in a Twill Textiles stripe, the 19th-century armchair, in a Holland & Sherry tweed, is from Alexander von Westenholz, and the floor is painted in Farrow & Ball's Pavilion Gray.
The custom-made daybed and Art Deco armchair in the sitting room of this Park Avenue apartment are covered in a Pierre Frey fabric, the 1960s Italian chandelier is from John Salibello, and the carpet is by Stark; the photograph is by Tim Davis, and the print is by Damien Hirst.
In a San Francisco townhouse, the family room's 18th-century armoire and midcentury wing chairs are Italian, the sofa is covered in a Great Plains linen, and the side table is Moroccan; the walls and ceiling are paneled in English oak, and the rug is from Stark.