As a general trend, our consummation of television is steadily increasing: each person in the UK watches an average of four hours television each day – a statistic which has skyrocketed in recent decades. With this increase, the living room has become an increasingly important feature in each household, and has justified its name. It’s the heart of every home; a place where families congregate to interact, relax, and entertain. Since we spend so much time there it’s important, if not vital, that we make best use of the space. Invigorating the living room can have a profound effect on our mood, our level of communication, and even on our happiness. We’ve handpicked some examples of dream living rooms from Callender Howorth’s portfolio. The leading London-based interior design agency has brought each house to life through fantastic design.
Mayfair Mews House
A discreet gem of a dwelling, the Mayfair Mews House is hidden on a quiet street in central London. Its living room is a charming, open space that’s designed with entertaining in mind. Large glass windows flood the interior with light and the sophisticated, simple and clean-cut furniture gives a stylish and elegant finish to the room. Colourful artwork provides interesting talking points for evenings spent with company, while a combination of luxurious fixtures help to create an incredibly relaxing and intriguing atmosphere.
The creative objective for this spacious city penthouse, set in an old exchange building in Shoreditch, was to make a living room that felt like a New York loft. This was achieved by exposing the property’s brickwork to create a feature wall. The warm terracotta and red tones of the bricks contrast with the light palette of grey and white that’s used for the furnishings. The sofa and chairs are soft and comfortable to juxtapose with the harsher industrial elements, such as the lamps and tables. All of this combines to bring a slice of the big apple to central London. Whether you consider it a form of escapism or a domestic dream, it’s undeniable that the designers at Callender Howorth have fashioned a desirable, timeless space that will enrich the lives of the lucky owners.
“Living rooms are to be lived in! So have some fun and make it special.” Mark Howorth, director of Callender Howorth
This gorgeous Swiss chalet, set amid the stunning landscape of Villars in Switzerland, came from the genius mind of renowned architect Sir Norman Foster. The clients wanted to stay true to Fosters’ vision but also fill the house with the latest technology, as they work within the electronics industry. Callender Howorth responded with a design that kept the space open in order to make the most of the spectacular surrounding views. The furniture is functional and elegant with warm, calming tones of brown and cream – perfect for relaxing, lounging and recovering after a day on the slopes. The fireplace provides the centrepiece for the living area, while a modern and tasteful light feature above the dining area brings a beautiful point of interest to the other side of the room, without being overpowering.
Regents Park House
One of the more unusual projects in the company’s portfolio, this Regents Park House is an ultra contemporary space that is concealed behind a traditional mews house exterior. The focal point of this unique space is the swimming pool that stretches across the entire length of the living room. Callender Howorth complimented the living room’s minimalist design with modern furniture that is crafted from a range of natural materials, such as wood and cotton. Potted plants, flowers, and colourful lighting help to bring the room to life and create a space unlike anything you’re likely to have seen before.