a living room: No matter what your style, comfort is the most important factor when decorating a living space. Here's how to style a living room for maximum comfortability.


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No matter what your style, comfort is the most important factor when decorating a living space. Here’s how to style a living room for maximum comfortability.

If the kitchen is the heart of your home, the living room is surely the soul. It’s where we retreat, relax and recharge, and it’s where many of us have been working remotely, too. While every member of the real living team has their own distinct style, when it comes to decorating a living space we all agree that comfort is key and choosing the right seating is essential.

Here, editor Elle Lovelock and stylists Lisa Burden and Natalie Johnson reveal the living room looks that make them feel most at home.

1. natural elegance

If casual elegance is what you’re after, the key is to use natural, neutral and calming hues on the floor, walls and furnishings of your living space, paired with large foliage arrangements and indoor greenery on timber coffee tables or sideboards.



a living room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table: Duchess chair, $1999, and Duchess ottoman, $699, both in Rathlin Onyx fabric, Plush. Elm coffee table, as before. Water Tiger 'Levante' basket urn and pedestal, as before. ON TABLE Aegean jug and Aegean footed bowl, as before. Organic carafe, as before. Modern glass cup in Clear, $11 for medium, Organic carafes, $55 each for small, Moroccan wine glass, $29, Modern glass cup in Clear, $12 for large, Organic cream and milk jug, $39, Moroccan traditional glass cup in Clear, $9 for medium, Bouteille Cigogne carafe, $75, and Moroccan traditional glass cup in Blue, $5.90 for small, all Saarde. ON CHAIR Nostalgia floral cushion in Mustard, $59.99, Adairs. ON WALL Still Life artwork by Jean Joveneau, $1650, The Vault Sydney. Still Life: Blue 1 framed artwork by Catherine Hickson, $700, and Plate of Pears framed artwork by Catherine Hickson, $950, Art2Muse. Wall paint in Blackheath, Porter's Paints. ON FLOOR Deve Turkish rug (1.45m x 2.15m), $3290, Saarde.


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Duchess chair, $1999, and Duchess ottoman, $699, both in Rathlin Onyx fabric, Plush. Elm coffee table, as before. Water Tiger ‘Levante’ basket urn and pedestal, as before. ON TABLE Aegean jug and Aegean footed bowl, as before. Organic carafe, as before. Modern glass cup in Clear, $11 for medium, Organic carafes, $55 each for small, Moroccan wine glass, $29, Modern glass cup in Clear, $12 for large, Organic cream and milk jug, $39, Moroccan traditional glass cup in Clear, $9 for medium, Bouteille Cigogne carafe, $75, and Moroccan traditional glass cup in Blue, $5.90 for small, all Saarde. ON CHAIR Nostalgia floral cushion in Mustard, $59.99, Adairs. ON WALL Still Life artwork by Jean Joveneau, $1650, The Vault Sydney. Still Life: Blue 1 framed artwork by Catherine Hickson, $700, and Plate of Pears framed artwork by Catherine Hickson, $950, Art2Muse. Wall paint in Blackheath, Porter’s Paints. ON FLOOR Deve Turkish rug (1.45m x 2.15m), $3290, Saarde.



a vase of flowers sitting on top of a wooden table: Elm coffee table, $1200, Water Tiger. Water Tiger 'Levante' basket urn and pedestal, $1195, Mercer & Lewis. ON TABLE Aegean jug, $99.95, and Aegean footed bowl, $54.95, Provincial Home Living. Organic carafe, $64 for large, Saarde.


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Elm coffee table, $1200, Water Tiger. Water Tiger ‘Levante’ basket urn and pedestal, $1195, Mercer & Lewis. ON TABLE Aegean jug, $99.95, and Aegean footed bowl, $54.95, Provincial Home Living. Organic carafe, $64 for large, Saarde.

2. modern heart

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A comfortable living space doesn’t have to be chaotic. Keep it minimal for a modern edge, with only select furniture and decor that catches your eye. You can give a neutral sofa a seasonal style makeover with cushion covers in summery patterns and hues. As autumn approaches, simply swap these covers for warmer designs.



a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: Santa Monica 3-seater sofa in Drift Natural fabric, $3999, Plush. Verona etch marble coffee table, $1095, GlobeWest. Ned stool, $469, McMullin & Co. Verona palazzo console, $2250, GlobeWest. ON SOFA Jardin stripe cushion cover in Camel/Ecru/Apricot, $125, Jardin Euro stripe cushion cover in Besara/Ecru, $135, and Bonnie and Neil 'Checkers' cushion cover in Blossom, $140, all Clo Studios. Jimbo bolster cushion in Glacier, $220, Jardan. ON WALL Cooee framed artwork, $340, Genevieve Bridger. Wall paint in Limoncello, $130 for 4L, Porter's Paints. ON FLOOR Cairo rug in Sleet (1.7m x 2.4m), $1250, Armadillo. Heirloom stripe cushion in Rosewater, $79.95, Aura Home. ON STOOL Percy candleholder in Black, as before. Concrete Staircase paperweight, $75, Studiokyss. Australian Food book by Bill Granger, $49.99, Jardan. ON CONSOLE Tula vases, $149 for small and $389 for large, Papaya. Schneid Studio 'Aura No.2' vase in Mustard, $220, Clo Studios. Moroccan clay tumbler, as before.


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Santa Monica 3-seater sofa in Drift Natural fabric, $3999, Plush. Verona etch marble coffee table, $1095, GlobeWest. Ned stool, $469, McMullin & Co. Verona palazzo console, $2250, GlobeWest. ON SOFA Jardin stripe cushion cover in Camel/Ecru/Apricot, $125, Jardin Euro stripe cushion cover in Besara/Ecru, $135, and Bonnie and Neil ‘Checkers’ cushion cover in Blossom, $140, all Clo Studios. Jimbo bolster cushion in Glacier, $220, Jardan. ON WALL Cooee framed artwork, $340, Genevieve Bridger. Wall paint in Limoncello, $130 for 4L, Porter’s Paints. ON FLOOR Cairo rug in Sleet (1.7m x 2.4m), $1250, Armadillo. Heirloom stripe cushion in Rosewater, $79.95, Aura Home. ON STOOL Percy candleholder in Black, as before. Concrete Staircase paperweight, $75, Studiokyss. Australian Food book by Bill Granger, $49.99, Jardan. ON CONSOLE Tula vases, $149 for small and $389 for large, Papaya. Schneid Studio ‘Aura No.2’ vase in Mustard, $220, Clo Studios. Moroccan clay tumbler, as before.



a plate of food on a table: Percy candleholder in Black, $129 for set of 2, McMullin & Co. Mother of Pearl plate, $29.95, and Mother of Pearl caviar spoon, $13.50, Simon Johnson. Moroccan clay tumbler, $130 for set of 8, At Home With Georgia Ezra. Delicious Places book by Gestalten, $89.50, Jardan.


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Percy candleholder in Black, $129 for set of 2, McMullin & Co. Mother of Pearl plate, $29.95, and Mother of Pearl caviar spoon, $13.50, Simon Johnson. Moroccan clay tumbler, $130 for set of 8, At Home With Georgia Ezra. Delicious Places book by Gestalten, $89.50, Jardan.

3. contemporary curves

There’s no doubt chubby furniture is having a moment and luckily, curvy and volumptuous sofas, armchairs and cushions find the perfect balance between comfort and style. Not only will this furniture trend imbue a sense of playfulness to your living space, but you’ll also be extremely comfortably nestled in the soft lines of chubby armchairs, cushions and ottomans – bonus points if they’re in bouclé or velvet.



a bedroom with a large window: Snuggle Petite chair in Astral Ash fabric, $1899, Plush. Pepper side table in 2pac Pond, $1232, Jardan. Kelly Wearstler 'Senso' table lamp in Ivory with linen shade, $1845, and Vintage green agate grapes, $225, Becker Minty. ON CHAIR Vintage linen fringe throw in Clay, $149, Aura Home. Sands rectangle cushion, $141, L&M Home. Bowie round cushion in Rosewood, $200, Jardan. Atelier sphere cushion, $155 for small, Coco Republic. ON WALL Dancing With The Mystics artwork by Diana Miller, $6500 unframed, Curatorial+Co. ON FLOOR Agra rug in Duchess (2.4m x 3m), $4500, Armadillo. Atelier sphere cushion, $255 for large, Coco Republic. Back to Back ceramic vessels by Katarina Wells, $1800, Curatorial+Co.


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Snuggle Petite chair in Astral Ash fabric, $1899, Plush. Pepper side table in 2pac Pond, $1232, Jardan. Kelly Wearstler ‘Senso’ table lamp in Ivory with linen shade, $1845, and Vintage green agate grapes, $225, Becker Minty. ON CHAIR Vintage linen fringe throw in Clay, $149, Aura Home. Sands rectangle cushion, $141, L&M Home. Bowie round cushion in Rosewood, $200, Jardan. Atelier sphere cushion, $155 for small, Coco Republic. ON WALL Dancing With The Mystics artwork by Diana Miller, $6500 unframed, Curatorial+Co. ON FLOOR Agra rug in Duchess (2.4m x 3m), $4500, Armadillo. Atelier sphere cushion, $255 for large, Coco Republic. Back to Back ceramic vessels by Katarina Wells, $1800, Curatorial+Co.



a vase of flowers on a table: Clementine bowl in White, $69 for small, McMullin & Co. Wave vase, $49, Black Blaze.


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Clementine bowl in White, $69 for small, McMullin & Co. Wave vase, $49, Black Blaze.