6 creative design ideas for formal living rooms

Design a formal living room as part of a self-build to separate family time from more formal occasions.

By Becca Green | 15 May 2020

Separate living spaces can perform different duties in a grand design. Take a look at these creative design ideas for inspiration.

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A separate living room can provide an entertaining space, even if not used on an everyday basis. Here are a few design ideas to inspire a formal living room in a self-build or renovation.

Curves

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Curved designs are synonymous with luxury, as they’re often more complex to construct. Differentiating a formal living room from a regular lounge space can be done by making subtle design changes, such as choosing curved designs for one space and more geometrical designs for another to define spaces.

Transparency

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A formal living space can be appealing for families who like entertaining but want to keep their living areas separate. However, if you still favour an open-plan feel, using transparent surfaces in a self-build design is a useful feature to create a broken-plan effect. Consider a glass staircase and floor-to-ceiling windows for an open and welcoming feel.

Formal wall coverings

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Subtle design features can transform the feel of a living space. Wall panelling and decorative coving is a way of elevating a general living area into a space that feels luxurious and has a sense of formality. Amplify this with statement accessories such as a chandelier and bold artwork.