8 things living rooms in Californian homes always have

The California aesthetic is known for a relaxed, casual, and inviting atmosphere. Heavily influenced by its West Coast location, it reflects a laid-back lifestyle and speaks to practices of holistic interiors. ‘It combines elements of coastal, Mediterranean, and mid-century modern design to create a space that feels bright, airy, and comfortable,’ says Victoria Holly, principal and founder of Los Angeles-based Victoria Holly Interiors. 

If you’re not familiar with the California-style interior, let us transport you to the Golden State with these breezy, beachy, effortlessly glamorous interiors to inspire your own living room design. We’ve spoken to the designers based in this part of the world to find out the key pillars of the look.

1. A Mediterranean palette

A living room with terracotta and red tones

(Image credit: Natelee Cocks Photography. Design: Natasha Sturko Interiors)

Key to understanding any interior design style first and foremost comes down to getting an idea of the color palette. For the Californian look, it’s all about a living room with a warm color scheme featuring Mediterranean colors. Think rich browns, light pinks, terracotta, pops of mustard yellow, ochre and gold.

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