5 Stunning Living Rooms From Around the World
Written by Harvey Poole – Guest Writer
The living room is often the biggest and most inviting part of the home, as it is where family and friends gather. It’s also the place where your guests will form their first impression of you and your household. If you are re-designing your living room, or making some modifications in the near future, and are looking for inspiration, look no further. Here are 5 breathtaking living rooms from across the world that you can get ideas from.
The Clock Tower at 1 Main Street in Dumbo, New York
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It was listed in 2010 for $25 million and was eventually sold for $15 million, which makes it one of Brooklyn’s most expensive condos. What makes the living room of this apartment so unique is the multiple 14-foot clocks that double as windows and the incredibly high ceilings. The living room is simple and designed to be the center of the open plan apartment in order to maximize the natural light. As far as views go, nothing can beat a 360-degree view of the New York skyline. While we can’t give you the views, you can recreate the amount of natural light coming in by opting to have big windows and an open plan layout.
Farmhouse in Wiltshire, England
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The traditional English living room is something that is often replicated across the globe, and it is easy to see why. With its rustic and refined style, and a fireplace as the main feature, it is the perfect place to relax all year round. British antique dealer Ken Bolan and American TV executive Caryn Mandabach went back to basics to create the perfect living room for their Wiltshire home deep in the countryside. The couple told House and Garden how they updated the main fireplace by investing in 15th fire century firedogs and an 18th-century fire back.
Here on Antonia Lowe Interiors we are big fans of statement fireplaces as they are “an excellent way of bringing your eyes to a central focal point”. While most people won’t have a traditional old English fireplace to modify in their home, the same effect can be easily recreated. Screwfix’s selection of electric fireplaces shows how many modern appliances replicate traditional coal burning designs to help give rooms a more rustic feel. In order to make the fireplace feel more old-fashioned and eye catching, surround it with stone or wood, instead of marble or metal, as these will pay homage to the style of old English homes.
Venetian home of designer Alvise Orsini, London, UK
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Although situated in London, the interior design of this living room is very much European, and elegant is the only word to describe it. Alvise Orsini filled his living room with a “fine collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English and Continental antiques”. He likes to show how his travels have influenced his life by purchasing furniture from different places in Europe. This gives the room an added international texture.
Replicate this in your own living room by investing in Victorian furniture and antiques. Fill your living room with early nineteenth-century English mahogany chairs and tables as well as cut-glass chandeliers and ornate silver displays. And just because your furniture harks back to the past doesn’t mean your home must as well. Alvise Orsini makes sure that his home is up-to-date with the latest 21st century living standards.
Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic
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Miami-based recording artist Marc Anthony and his wife, model Shannon de Lima Muñiz, wanted a dream getaway so they started renovating Casa de Campo. The main house is 10,000 square feet and the property has a variety of pavilions, guest bungalows, cabanas, swimming pools, and outdoor entertainment and lounging areas.
What’s striking about their Dominican Republic property is the spacious and airy living rooms that have beautiful wooden furniture and lush green accents. Plants pots and summer flowers adorn the living rooms, not to mention light curtains that let the summer breeze in. If you want to make a huge change to your own living room, take inspiration from Dominican Republic designer Genevieve Faure, who likes to create an open air vibe by installing large plants and wall panels inspired by 18th century botanical watercolors. You can also change your home’s color palette to blues, greens, yellows, and gold to make it look brighter.
Casa Anderson in Trancoso, Brazil
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CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s beautiful vacation home is situated in Bahia, Brazil. He commissioned fashion designer turned hotelier Wilbert Das to design his vacation home. The property’s living room has a vintage Bahian cocktail table and pequi-wood stools, but what makes it even more beautiful are the pieces from Das’s Uxua Casa home collection, including the indigo-dyed throw pillows, woven-reed rug, and a sectional sofa. Like Marc Jacobs and Shannon de Lima Muñiz’s tropical getaway the living room is designed to be open plan and airy. For your own home, you can invest in wooden stools and tables as well as vintage vases, rugs, chairs, mirrors, and accents, to create the same rural and rustic atmosphere.