The living room is often considered the heart of a home. It's a place where families and friends gather to relax, unwind, and spend quality time together.
With the right design and decor, your living room can be transformed into a comfortable, stylish and functional space that reflects your personality and lifestyle. But it can be hard to know where to start.
In this article, we have compiled over 20 living room design ideas from professional interior designers to inspire you to create a space that you'll love to spend time in. From bold colors and patterns to minimalist designs and natural textures, there is something for everyone here.
1. Blue accents
Go for a timeless blend of blue and white accents. In this living room, Davis Interiors paired blue accents on the curtains and cushions along with blue accents on the shelving.
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2. Minimalist, airy walls
“This chic family home was not especially large but the open concept on the first floor feels airy and spacious,” says Pamela O'Brien, interior designer and founder of Pamela Hope Designs. In this open plan living space, Pamela Hope Designs kept the wall colors and flooring consistent to help the flow of the room.
3. Use an area rug to frame the seating area
4. Subtle textures
The goal of this room was to "keep everything light and fresh,” says Lauren Czarniecki, Principal Designer/Owner at Czar Interiors. To achieve this, the team used subtle textures and tones to bring warmth to the white interior
5. Embrace natural light
6. Add some greenery
Large indoor plants are a great way to fill any underused nook or corner. In this living room, designed by Marshall Erb, the large leaves of the plant are a wonderful contrast to the white walls and soft furnishings.
7. Create a wood paneled media wall
Wood paneling is an affordable way to create a stunning feature wall or media wall like Sansa Interiors did with the above space. This wall works wonderfully as a focal point for the space and gives both the TV and fireplace a beautiful surrounding.
8. Go green
This living room is in a holiday retreat on Vashon Island (located a 20-minute ferry ride from Seattle). The designer, Rachel Waldron, chose the dark green paint as a way to bring in some of the hues of the surrounding Pacific Northwest forest.
9. Add a statement coffee table
A coffee table can make or break a living room design. Where possible, try to choose a coffee table that's made from materials that work well with the rest of your space — for example, a marble coffee table would clash with a rustic, farmhouse room.
10. Home office
In the world of work-from-home, flexibility is key. This living room has a built-in, fold-out table that can function as a desk. If you need a multi-functional living space, try to think about how you can build in features like this.
11. Statement lighting
Statement light fixtures can bring additional texture, color and style to a space. In this living room, Megan Pisano used the light fixture to center the room and also bring awareness to the unique ceiling.
12. Place sofas to encourage conversation
If you love to have big family gatherings or regular get together with friends, think about how you can place your sofas to encourage flowing conversation. This space, designed by Anna Franklin of Stone House Collective, features matching sofas across from a coffee table with symetrical lighting.
13. Built-in bookshelves
Very few homes have space for a dedicated library room, but for book lovers, built-in shelving is the next best thing. In this space, designed by Inspired Interiors, the book shelves act as a feature wall and the multi-colored book covers complement the other pops of color throughout the room.
14. Oversized artwork
Artwork can make a great focal point for your living space, especially if you have an abundance of wall space. Inspired Interiors added two similar pieces of artwork either side of the fireplace in this space.
15. Window seating nook
Want to create some additional seating in your living room? A window nook like the one above designed by Megan Pisano Deign offers a great spot to get stuck into a good book or sit and watch the world go by.
16. Bring the outdoors in
This beautiful living room features natural, hardwood floors and stunning views of the greenery outside. "All of the finishes have a natural feel and quality, and support enjoying a fire in the fireplace, or looking at a great view, without being distracted by a fussy interior," explains Deanne Bridenstine Bridenstine of Pure Design Interiors.
17. Layer window dressings
Not all window treatments serve the same purpose — some are best for controlling light, others add privacy, or simply bring visual appeal. When it comes to choosing the right window treatments, it does have to be an either/or decision. Layering multiple options will add layers of interest and functionality to your living room.
18. Velvet curtains
On the topic of curtains, sometimes you might like to make a statement and opt for some luxurious velvet curtains like Innovatus Design did in the above space.
19. Include subtle patterns
When you think of patterns, it's easy to think of bold, statement-making designs. But subtle patterns can also complete a room. In the above space, designed by Davis Interiors, the curtains offer a perfect accent to the rest of the room.
20. Neutral hues
21. Add conversation starting decor
Sometimes the small touches make all the difference. This living room, designed by Becc Burgmann, features a plenty of small touches to add visual interest and spark conversation with guests — from coffee table books to unique lamps, vases and sculptures.
22. Bold accent chairs
Don't be afraid to go bold. In this space the team at Inspired Interiors finished the room with two stunning rouge accent chairs.
23. Open up the bar
In this living room by Erika Lee, the two chairs either side of the bar cabinet creates a lovely symmetry and offers the perfect place to sit back and spend hours catching up with an old friend.
24. Exposed wood
It's not just the stunning views that make this room stand out. The white walls are complemented by the wooden beams and hardwood floor.
25. Sheer curtains
If you want to make the most of natural light, opt for some ceiling-to-floor sheer curtains like this space designed by Anna Popov.
26. Float your sofa
If you have a large or open plan living room, try floating your sofa in the middle of the room. This approach can aid the flow of the room and help to create separate areas within the space.
27. Add a brick accent wall
In this living room, designed by Megan Pisano, the brick feature wall is a functional focal point housing both a small fireplace and the TV.
28. Go for a bold area rug
29. Built-in sideboards
The living space of this combined living/dining area features custom built-in sideboards that offer additional storage space.
30. Add a bold accent wall
"My client had a beautiful piece of artwork that she wanted to showcase in her living room. Since the artwork was adorned with a metallic frame, I decided to use a blue accent wall with architectural detail to really make a statement when you walk into the space," explains Nikki Klugh.
31. Embrace a mid-century vibe
"Mid-Century Modern design is often characterized by whimsy: boomerang legs, playful clocks, and sputnik chandeliers. Here, we specifically turned to navy blue for its ability to infuse an air of formal elegance and groundedness into this otherwise breezy Modernist loft," says designer Daniel Ian Smith of Village West Design.
32. Paint the celing
"In this sitting room, blue was the primary color used to ground the space or perhaps elevate it since it is used on the ceiling. "The depth and richness in the hue offers a warmth and coziness while still seeming elegant and sophisticated," adds designer KD Reid.
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