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100 Beautiful Living Rooms to Nurture Your Home’s Tranquility

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100 Beautiful Living Rooms to Nurture Your Home’s Tranquility

Starting with a beautiful living room as you decorate your home, it’s important to take into account what each room will provide for you and your family.

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Kitchens are gathering spaces for creativity and nourishment. Bedrooms are calming spaces to find rest and rejuvenation. Bathrooms are preparation spaces for cleanliness and self-care. But what about living rooms?

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Living rooms are the spaces in our homes where we relax and have fun. Whether it’s just with your family or the friends you host, your living room becomes the space to watch a movie, play a game or even just talk about the last book you read.

So when styling your living room, you want to be sure that it incorporates the elements that help you let your hair down.

Create a Peaceful and Calming Living Room Where You Can Relax with Your Family

We’re all looking for ways to add more peace into our lives, and below we’ll share with you a selection of design ideas you can incorporate into a living room of any size or shape.

But first, we want to offer you some of our top living room décor tips to transform your space into something that resembles one of these beautiful living rooms.

Add Plants or Flowers

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Flowers and plants are soothing thanks to their scent and their visual appearance. Even just a vase of flowers on a living room table can really transform a space. Especially during the winter months where we can’t spend as much time outdoors, bringing a little bit of nature indoors will add a relaxing touch to your home.

Paint Color Options

The color you choose to decorate your living room with can completely adjust the mood of the space. As you’ll see below, many of these beautiful living rooms use neutral colors such as white and beige on their walls. Alternatively, other relaxing colors for your living room décor include blue, green, and gray. Avoid very bright colors or wild patterns, as they can add too much energy to a room.


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Natural sunlight works wonders to boost your mood, so try to avoid blocking your room’s natural light when you are redecorating. During the daytime, keep your shades pulled up and your curtains open to allow more sunlight into your home.


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Clutter and mess add unnecessary stress to any room in your home. It’s incredibly distracting when you are trying to relax and makes a room feel much more chaotic. Tidy away unnecessary clutter in hidden cabinets and minimize the number of trinkets you have out on display at one time.

How To Choose The Living Room Colors

The color palette of a room influences the way the room looks and feels. Each color or nuance has a unique effect on the space around it and there’s a lot of aspects to take into consideration when choosing the color scheme of a space like the living room.

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Choosing beautiful living room paint colors

One of the most effective ways of adding color to a living room is through the walls. There’s a few things to keep in mind when creating a color scheme in this case. One method that you can use is to pick a 4-color palette based around an existing object which you enjoy looking at.

This method is nice because it’s based on experience and personal taste and it allows you to come up with a custom palette. Let’s say there’s a shirt that you really like or a pillow or a painting and so on. Pick three colors from its design and go to the paint store.

Select three sample strips with these three colors you’ve chosen and this will give you more color options to pick from so you can add some nuance to your palette. Select one of these to be your wall color and another two to use around the room.

The fourth color that you choose is going to become your accent. You can use it on little details and decorations to add contrast to the living room and to highlight certain details and features.

Using color psychology

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While you should choose your home’s color palette based on your own personal preferences, you might also want to take into account what color psychology experts say about some of the nuances.

For example, colors like blue and green have a calming effect on most people because we associate them with nature and the clear blue sky. Yellow is a sunny and cheerful color which makes room feel inviting and orange is warm and welcoming.

It’s suggested to paint social areas like the living room in warm colors such as yellow, coral, cranberry or certain tones of orange to make them feel more inviting, exciting and cozy.

Top 5 Colors For The Living Room

A good place to start when coming up with a color palette for your beautiful living room is to have a look at what the popular choices are in this sense.

Beige (and other neutrals)

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Beige is one of the most popular colors for living rooms and social areas in general. It’s neutral and it’s a great main color because it creates a nice and simple canvas for the rest of the furniture and decorations to stand out against. Beige and other neutrals like taupe or ivory are perfect for minimalist living rooms.


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Gray is also neutral but it stands out from all the warmer neutrals because it has a more modern vibe. It looks simple and sophisticated and it’s often used in modern and contemporary living rooms. Use it as a backdrop color on the walls in combination with bright and bold accents like yellow, orange, blue, green and so on.


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If you’re familiar with color psychology you probably already know that blue has a calming and relaxed effect on the space around it. It’s commonly used in areas like the bedroom or the bathroom but it’s also a very popular color choice if you want to create a beautiful living room that feels serene and tranquil.


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This is the color of nature, a color that evokes freshness and harmony. It fills the living room with energy and it gives it a fresh and vibrant look without being too bright or becoming overpowering. It’s a wonderful living room color choice if you want the space to look inviting and homely but you’re not a fan of neutrals.


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Believe it or not, black is a great color for a living room. It’s not one of the most popular choices but that’s partially what makes it great in the first place. Being one of the more underused colors, black adds a surprise factor to the décor and makes it almost dramatic in a way.

At the same time, black is a noncolor and any other nuance stands out in combination with it making it easy to add highlights and accents to the room’s décor.

The Most Popular Living Room Styles

The colors, details, and decorations you put in a living room have to be considered in the context of the big picture and the style of the room. Picking one particular style doesn’t always come easy so here’s five of the popular ones to make this decision easier.


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Quite often we see the modern and contemporary styles used interchangeably as if they’re one and the same thing. They are in fact two different styles. The modern style appeared in the 19th century and has some well-defined characteristics whereas contemporary is an ever-changing style that borrows elements from others.

A modern living room design is simple, uncluttered but not as minimalist as a contemporary one would be. It still has some details but they’re refined and sensible. For the color, palette white is often used as a base combined with neutrals, natural wood tones and dark and bold accent colors.

Mid-century modern

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This is a style that takes a lot of inspiration from nature. It makes use of natural materials, predominantly wood, metal, lots of textures, graphic wall art and decorations and it has a generally warm and cozy vibe.

A particularly elegant detail specific to a mid-century modern living room is the natural wood furniture with wooden trims which adds a bit of depth and character to an otherwise simple décor.


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The industrial style is unlike anything else. Most other styles seek to conceal the structural elements and basic building materials that go into a home’s design but not this one. Here the raw materials are put front and center.

An industrial living room has exposed pipes, ducts and wires, raw concrete walls and ceilings, and metal surfaces. To balance out these elements, add some wood and vintage furniture and accessories to give the space a warm and comfortable feel.


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This style puts a lot of emphasis on simplicity, eco-friendly materials and finishes, natural light, and nature-inspired details. A few more specific things you can include in a Scandinavian living room design could be a small corner fireplace, white wood floors, a few potted plants, and burlap window treatments.

Shabby chic

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If you find most other styles to be too formal and too focused on everything looking super clean and perfect, perhaps a shabby chic décor would suit you better. This is a style that’s meant to give a lived-in look and to feel comfortable and breezy.

In a shabby chic living room, you can include old furniture pieces with distressed finishes and you can mix and match different pieces. Also, include a few vintage details, maybe some family heirlooms, and stick with colors that look dusty and faded like some greens, rusty tones, off whites and so on.

100 Beautiful and Tranquil Living Rooms You Won’t Want to Leave

Scroll through these 100 beautiful living rooms that will inspire you to nurture your home’s tranquility.

1. Unite Everyone with Your Seating Choices

Beautiful living room by Caroline Legrand Design featuring white sofa and marble wallsView in gallery

When you are the hosting guru among your friends, seating is one of the primary elements in your living room. Caroline Legrand Design uses a circle rug and sectional to bring everyone together, whether it’s your book club or your cocktail buddies.

2. Create a Playful Atmosphere with Patterns

Maine beach beautiful cottage living room by Leslie RyleeView in gallery

Leslie Rylee is a master of pattern mixing. This living room displays four different patterns, not counting the walls’ architectural interest. It’s a great example of how you can really infuse your space with playfulness.

3. Add Texture to Make Your Living Room Décor More Interesting

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Is your most relaxing space void of color? If that’s what really lets you relax, embrace it in your living room. Use black, white, and brown in your color scheme and focus more on texture to make things interesting.

4. A Living Room Overlooking a Lake or the Ocean

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Designing a living room that looks out on a lake or ocean can be tricky. You want it to have that waterside feeling but without the cliche shells and rowboats covering every surface. Take a page out of Southern Studio Interior Design’s book and make your living room’s canvas as neutral as possible. Then any blue accents will immediately lend that seaside look.

5. Add Bookshelves to Your Living Room

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How do you create a modern living room that’s cozy at the same time. You’ll find the answer in the books. Bookshelves lend that feeling of home and comfort to a space, even if the rest of your living room is straight edges and black accents.

6. Mix and Match Several Shades of the Same Color

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Charla Ray Interior Design knows that you can mix several shades of the same color and they will match. Suddenly your opportunities for fun colored sofas are endless.

7. Add Texture When Decorating with Neutral Colors

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When you’re working with neutral colors, it’s essential that you think about your textures to give your living room a rounded look. Lisa Sherry Interiors added fur, jute, and weaves to their accents and the space definitely feels finished.

8. A Cozy Traditional Living Room

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Styling a traditional living room can be a challenge but This Old House knows exactly how. A patterned rug gives a great landing pad for your living room furniture and will help hide the hard wear and tear from kids and pets.

9. Add Creams and Linens to Create a Rustic Living Room

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A rustic home doesn’t have to be all heavy wood and buffalo check. With a myriad of creams and linens, the heavy wood accents you do choose will stand out better without weighing down your space. M Naeve shows off some rustic wood in that beautiful coffee table which makes the perfect focal point.

10. Create a Peaceful Gallery Wall

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Art in your living room doesn’t have to be bold to make a statement. Carrie Brigham Design uses three similar pieces to create flow and continuity for the eyes. It definitely comes off more peaceful than a gallery wall.

11. Make Your Fireplace a Focal Point of the Room

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Does your living room have a fireplace? Make it the focal point of your space like Studio Steidley did with this nice living room. It will make your living room seem even cozier than any number of throw pillows could bring.

12. Big Picture Windows for More Natural Light

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If we could choose big picture windows, wouldn’t we all give a resounding “yes”? If you have them, follow the example of this living room by M Naeve and keep all your living room decor creamy white to catch all those rays.

13. Separate Work and Play with Your Sofa

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Life gets busy and when your living room acts as several rooms put together, it can be tough to keep the tasks separated. Monique Gibson put a desk behind the sofa to give some separation between work and play in the same room.

14. Draw Attention to Wood Floors

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Old homes have such wonderful features. Grey Dove Design kept the style of this living room light and simple to really draw attention to the wood floors, heavy beams and brick fireplace in this historical space.

15. Use Simple Large Branch Clippi

ngs Instead of Plants or Flowers

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So many people recommend plants and flowers to finish out a room. But what if you have a brown thumb and will kill them all? Estudio María Santos uses simple large branch clippings to bring the greenery into the room without the hassle.

16. Display Your Photographs to Decorate Your Living Room Walls

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Don’t think that your living room must have expensive art to be beautiful. When you’re are a photographer, you can use your own prints to decorate your walls. Jeff Schlarb keeps it black and white to continue the look in this living room.

17. Fill Your Room With Vintage Pieces

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Sometimes the best most beautiful living room is full of vintage finds and hand me downs. Shoot Factory relies on the mismatched coziness to bring this living room together.

18. Add Brightly Colored Accents

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If the walls of your living room are a neutral color, don’t shy away from brightly colored accents. The myriad of lush fabrics in bright shades in this living room by Casa Botelho can’t help but invite you to stay awhile.

19. Put All the Focal Points on One Wall

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A living room with multiple focal points is hard to design. Desjeux Delaye fixed this problem by putting all the focal points on one wall. The fireplace, bookshelves and TV together keep everyone’s attention instead of not knowing where to look.

20. A Fun Living Room Your Kids Will Love Spending Time In

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A kid filled home is a funky home, or at least it should be. Funky in a good way. SJB designers found the best striped chair that really grabs your attention in this living room. Your kids will be fighting over a chair like that.

21. Bright Colors for a Kid-Friendly Home

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Bright colors are also a trademark of a kid friendly home. George Penniman Architects really embraced turquoise in this beautiful living room and you know that it is inspiring to kid play.

22. Start with a Blank Slate

Interior designer Nathalie Deboel Living RoomView in gallery

Nathalie Deboel knew that the key to bringing modern style to this cottage living room was a blank slate to begin with. Painting the walls and ceiling in the same shade really makes them blend into the background while the modern styling stands out.

23. Apply A Textured Wallpaper

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These days, who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? Gregory Shano covered this living room in a textured wallpaper that really brought this space to the next level. Can you imagine it in flat paint? It just wouldn’t be the same.

24. Use Bamboo Blinds for a Textured Accent

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Not all rooms require fabric drapes to look finished. Kate Lester Interiors uses bamboo blinds to provide a textured accent as well as the necessary privacy in this beautiful living room.

25. A Bold and Bright Couch

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Such a bright couch really takes up so much visual space, it’s almost essential to use see through accents for the rest of the room. Itta Estudio adds those bamboo accent chairs for the perfect supplement seating.

26. Navy Blue Accents in a White Living Room

Nashville based interior designer Andria Fromm Living RoomView in gallery

Deep colors are so fun to use in your home. Andria Fromm gave this white living room all kinds of navy blue accents. The white walls and light floors create the ideal background to support such dark seating.

27. A Welcoming Small Living Room

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Some say that small living rooms should have smaller furniture but Blackband Design shows us different. The overstuffed seating and heavy surfaces make this beautiful living room so welcoming.

28. Comfortable Pillows for Your Sofa

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Most sofas require you to add your own cushions, but a sofa like this one comes with everything you need. Plus all those pillows are going to be the same color, making it a calming scene in your living room.

29. Use a Deep Windowsill as a Side Table

Antwerp-based Natalie Haegeman Interiors living room with wood beamsView in gallery

Natalie Haegeman Interiors had an interesting living room layout to work with here but they made it work for them instead of fighting it. Using a deep windowsill as a side table and a beam as a focal point, it makes everyone’s job easier.

30. Add Bright Colors to a Traditional Living Room

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Many think that traditional design revolves around neutral colors but J.Latter Design shows is that that isn’t necessarily the case. When you keep to the rolled chair edges and classic coffee tables, you can use any bright colors you want.

31. Place a Tree in Your Living Room

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High ceilings and large windows are prime real estate for potted plants. Having a tree in your living room will make the whole space seem a little more like a greenhouse.

32. A Large Open Living Room<

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A large open living room can’t be styled like many other living rooms. While there is usually a central area with a sofa and coffee table, you need to think about how to create little nooks in the empty corners. Maybe a desk in one spot and a couple comfy chairs in another to fill out the space.

33. Fill an Empty Corner with a BookshelfMaison Bergdorf Living Room DesignView in gallery

There is no empty corner that a built in bookshelf won’t fill. If you’re struggling to get a grasp on that empty spot, set your hands to work and give yourself a corner to fill with all the books and tchotchkes your heart desires.

34. A Comfortable and Breathable Living Room

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Jessica Helgerson wins at creating a completely beautiful airy space to relax in. With leggy furniture and white walls, it’s a comfortable yet breathable space to hang out in at the end of the day.

35. Leave Shelves Empty for a More Peaceful Living Room

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Just because you have shelves doesn’t mean you need to fill them. Nook Architects used the credenza for the TV and left the rest bare to create a pleasant look with the negative space.

36. Switch Out Your Lighting to Upgrade Your Living Room

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Starting to feel like your furniture is blah? Rather than buying a whole new living room set, switch out your lighting for something more fun. Corrine Bensimon Maison uses bright basket shades to liven up an otherwise neutral living room.

37. Cover Up a Brick Wall with Statement Art Pieces

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It’s easy to find all the things you dislike about a rental living room. Workroom used large statement art pieces to cover up a brick wall and make this living room feel decidedly industrial, teaching us that it’s all about creativity.

38. A Modern Black Statement Wall

Stalking monochrome Multiplicity in MelbourneView in gallery

Multiplicity definitely isn’t afraid of black. That black statement wall makes this living room feel so modern, even though all the textures are comfortably woven.

39. Paint a Picture to Display in Your Living Room

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Let’s talk about that painting because if there was a good example of statement art, this would be the poster for it. While it can cost you a fortune, you can also put your own paint brushes to work and create your own masterpiece.

40. Add a Pouf to Your Living Room

Florida condo renovated by Amanda Webster DesignView in gallery

Every living room needs a pouf. Amanda Webster Design used an coffee table with space underneath to stash them when not in use. They make wonderful extra seating!

41. A Brick Wall and Unique Ceiling

Loft interior design room Franklin PlaceView in gallery

Hello, beautiful living room we all envy. When you have elements like a brick wall or a gorgeous ceiling, you really want to make those work for you. Because the more original character you can display, the less decorating you will have to do yourself.

42. Bright Floral Accent Chairs

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Every so often, you run across a piece of furniture that you just have to have. Jenny Madden Design added bright floral accent chairs to an otherwise traditional living room and it definitely paid off. They steal the show, sitting amidst all those neutral shades.

43. An Aqua and Coral Living Room

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While most designers seem to stay on one end of the color wheel, Celerie Kemble took a leap in this living room. Who would have thought that aqua and coral would look so perfect together, but they do.

44. Create a Library Feeling for Your Living Room

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When your living room is rather lacking in light, it can be difficult to get a good vision for it. But Tiffany Duggan solved the problem by giving this space a serious library feel with blum bookshelves and plaid chairs. It ends up feeling cozy instead of cavelike which is the goal for every living room.

45. Don’t Shy Away From Pink

Pale pink living room interior design Queen of colourView in gallery

Looking to create the perfect bachelorette pad to come home to? Take a tip from Géraldine Prieur and don’t shy away from pink. From the walls to the furniture, infuse your space with a good dose of blush and you’re living room will feel fit for a princess.

46. A Scandinavian-Inspired Living Room

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Electric Bowery did fantastic work infusing this modern space with Scandinavian comfort. Warm wood tones and a plush rug will do so much for space that would be rather colorless and cold without them.

47. Make Your Living Room a Mirror of Your Personal Space

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Since your living room will be the space that guests will see the most, don’t be afraid to make it a mirror of your personal style. Mix a modern painting with a vintage sofa if that’s what floats your boat. It will make your living room uniquely you.

48. A Modern Yet Rustic Living Room

Jenni Kayne Home by Los Angeles Living room with driftwood tableView in gallery

At first glance, this beautiful living room seems modern. But then you realize that Standard designers have added a Persian rug and rustic coffee table. Together they make the perfect balance that would fit in any home.

49. Retain Elements of an Older Home

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Brown Design Group really did this living room a favor when they kept the Spanish Revival accents. It’s a great example for how you don’t have to completely start over in an old home, even with your modern style.

50. Bright White Walls

Alexander M. Reid leather living room chairsView in gallery

Bright white walls have been on trend for a while and when you have a living room like this one, you should take advantage. All that natural light will keep your space feeling fresh and airy, no matter what season it is.

51. Install Shelves on the Wall

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Robert McKinley certainly had his work cut out for him with that asymmetrical fireplace hearth. But by installing shelves on the wall, it fills the space and makes it look intentional instead of wonky.

52. Add Color to Your Floor

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Don’t rely only on your wall art to give your living room the color you need. POCO Designs took their pink scheme and went wild with it, all the way to the floor. It certainly gets the imagination going.

53. A Living Room with Shiplap Walls

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Marie Flanigan might have been questioned when she covered the living room in shiplap, but in the end it all worked out. The simple white pattern gives a good canvas for all the texture going on in this space.

54. A Simple and Creative Living Room

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Striving for a modern living room is all about simplicity and creativity. Summer Thornton had the right idea by covering the windows with shades and curtains. There is softness there without the busyness of much texture or pattern.

55. Mix Styles in Your Living Room

California dreaming living room with lime sofaView in gallery

It can be so fun to experiment mixing styles in your home. Alison Damonte put a lime green sectional in this midcentury living room and it definitely worked to update the style without losing the charm.

56. Add a Patterned Rug on the Floor

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Elodie Sire hit the nail on the head when she used a patterned rug in this Tuscan living room. You would almost think it’s a beautiful tile until you sink your toes into the plush fibers.

57. Position Your Sofa Against Your Windows

Gray living room A summer cottage in DenmarkView in gallery

Does your living room have a stunning view? Design like Ardess and position your sofa against your windows. You’ll create a favorite spot for watching the weather pass by outside.

58. Quirky Living Room Decor

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For some people, the quirkier the space, the better. Rachel Meadows created a perfect den of Bohemian glory in this living room. Full of pattern and color, it looks like a fun place to hang out.

59. Stick to a Few Simple Colors

Fireplace Living Room Design Latest from Michael Del PieroView in gallery

There is something to be said for monochrome decor. Michael Del Pietro basically used three colors in this living room; gray, black and brown. Even the accents are all one shade, creating a simple looking shelf.

60. A Classic Scandinavian Living Room

Scandinavian living room Anders BergstedtView in gallery

Thank you Anders Bergstedt for this classic Scandinavian living room. Simple furniture allows for you to focus on the knits, furs and weaves of the room’s accent pillows and blankets. Just goes to show that you don’t need color to be perfectly cozy.

61. Plank Walls for Your Living Room

Man cave living room design Chalet Vieux Valet VerbierView in gallery

Who says that plank walls are out of style? This gorgeous chalet by Marianne Tiegen shows off probably the best plank wall in the design world. Such a rustic feature is balanced out by those black and white patterned chairs.

62. A Comfortable Living Room for Hosting Parties

Living room design The Socialite FamilyView in gallery

Comfort is key when you host a lot of parties. Samantha Hauvette chose plush seating with soft fabrics for this otherwise very French apartment and it created the best spot for hanging out with all your best pals.

63. A Pink Sofa in a Traditional Living Room

Studio Duggan's Edwardian townhouse in Queen's ParkView in gallery

Tiffany Duggan does it again with this gorgeous traditional living room. And a pink sofa? OF course because it balances out the other pink elements in the room.

64. Gallery Walls

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Gallery walls are fun to organize due to all the possibilities. If you’re afraid that a gallery wall will be too overwhelming in your living room, pay attention to your colors like this display by Studio Gild. When they’re all in a certain color pallet, it will feel full without being too busy.

65. Add Spaces for Your Cats to Explore

Brooklyn rowhouse for booklovers and catsView in gallery

Got pets? This living room by Barker Freeman incorporates ledges and hidey holes for the home’s cats into the style. While you might not be able to incorporate it into your architecture, you can still think about how you can DIY some spots in your living room especially for your furry friends.

66. Use Black Fur and Velvet

Sexy and edgy black and white living roomView in gallery

Black is so edgy and dangerous in the decorating world. But when you choose it for materials like fur and velvet, like in this beautiful living room by Ryan Korban, it becomes a little less dangerous and a little more luxurious.

67. Splash Out on Fancy Chairs

Eclectic with a touch of gothic living roomView in gallery

When you come across those certain chairs that are a little above budget but totally perfect, you buy them. cityhomeCOLLECTIVE definitely made the room with those acrylic seats filled with fur.

68. Stained Glass Windows

Stephane Chamard living room interior designView in gallery

Even with the classic architecture and that stained glass window, Stephane Chamard managed to make this room a modern wonder. It really challenges the rest of us to look past the space we have and see what it could be.

69. Paint the Walls Black

Painted wooden beams Maison HandView in gallery

Rather than covering up the ceiling and beams, Maison Hand makes them the centerpiece by painting the walls black. Somehow, against the dramatic backdrop, the imperfectness of the original structure becomes more interesting.

70. Add Fur to Your Space

Jackson Hole, Wyoming by Pearson Design Group Living roomView in gallery

Are you in love with fur? Pearson Design Group shows us how to really embrace it in your home without making your space look like a hunter’s lodge. That rug just screams comfort.

71. Embrace Imperfection in Your Living Room

Old walls living room and curved brown sofaView in gallery

Is your living room wildly imperfect? Join the club. But rather than covering it all up, embrace the imperfections like Michel Perry does in his rustic home. All those not-so-pretty parts become interesting and beautiful.

72. Soft and Warm Gray Walls

Feminine living room interior design Hilary Robertson's homeView in gallery

Hilary Robertson kills it with the soft warm gray walls in her living room. It sets the tone perfectly for all the touches of vintage and glamor throughout the space.

73. Focus on Secondary Lighting

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Even with all that natural light coming from the ceiling, this living room by James van der Velden demonstrates the importance of secondary lighting in our living areas. With sconces, table lamps and track lights, you can get a warm glow exactly where you want it, leaving off the harsh overhead lighting.

74. Shop for Souvenirs on Your Travels

Filippo Bamberghi Black leather CouchView in gallery

Do you travel? It’s quite fun to shop for souvenirs when you explore new places, especially if it’s something that you can display every day. Look for rugs and pillows that match your living room’s color scheme and if all else fails, something for the bookshelf.

75. A Giant Coffee Table for Hosting Friends and Family Members

Simple living room interior design with cowhide rug and casters coffee tableView in gallery

A giant coffee table might not seem like an essential piece in your living room, but if you have kids or host your friends, it’s necessary. You’ll be glad of the space when it comes time for game night.

76. Design Your Living Room Around a Neutral Color Pallet

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Some colors we might like but we aren’t sure if we want to decorate with them. Design your living room around a neutral color pallet to create your canvas and then add just a few pops of the questionable color. It’s a great way to decide if it’s going to stay without spending through your budget.

77. A Fun Conversation Piece

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We spy a duck in the corner of this living room. While we’re not sure why Shoot Factory would include one, it’s certainly a conversation piece and makes us wonder what other things could serve the same purpose in a living room.

78. Create a Unique Chandelier

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When it comes to lighting, there is always creativity to be had. Wrap your overhead chandelier in rope or foraged branches to create a completely new look in your living room without the expense.

79. A Large White Sofa

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While some might say a white sofa is a bad idea, it’s certainly the perfect background for any pillows you want. So grab that opportunity by both horns and collect all the spring patterns for your living room.

80. Black and White Patterns

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Need a big punchy makeover on a low color scheme? Black and white patterns are where it’s at. Who knows what exactly Greg Natale started with but in the end, the wallpaper plus that rug plus those pillows make a great combination.

81. Make Your Living Room Feel Like an Art Gallery

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It’s ever so easy to make your living room feel like an art gallery. Like Nest Architects displays, keep your space neutral and let your artwork do the talking.

82. Find A Small Corner for a Bookshelf

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What do you do when there isn’t a good place for a bookshelf? You make a place. Ensemble Architecture built bookshelves around the windows and ultimately created a personal library.

83. Mix and Match Pastel Shades

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Nikki Tibbles home is a beautiful mash of all the pastel shades you can think of. With black accents thrown in to make it feel more grown up, it really achieves a beautiful living room.

84. Add a Large Mirror to Brighten Up Your Space

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Is your living room desperate for a little more light? Use a large mirror to help brighten up those dark corners like the big mantle mirror in this apartment by Maison Hand.

85. A Simple Daybed Covered with Cushions

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Some living rooms are big enough to really benefit from dual sofas. But what if you don’t have the budget for that? Deborah French Designs built a simple daybed and filled it with cushions to provide extra seating on a dime.

86. Turn Your Books Around

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Sometimes a bookshelf wall can overwhelm your living room with all it’s colors and styles. But Studio RO+CA turned all the books backwards so the creamy pages add texture without the busyness.

87. A Minimalist Living Room

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When you want to style a really relaxing space, minimalism is key. Arent & Pyke achieve this even in a traditional sense with deep colors and a lack of wall art. The negative space feels cool and clean.

88. A Patterned Pink Rug

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Ahh pink. We just can’t seem to get over it, probably because it’s such a happy color. The pattern of the pink rug helps all the shades to really blend in the same space.

89. A Patterned Couch

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You might not choose a patterned couch from the get go but after seeing this living room by Arent & Pyke, you might just reconsider. It eliminates all need for throw pillows because it’s comfortable and bright enough itself.

90. Combine Modern and Farmhouse Living Room Decor

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Disc Interiors combined modern and farmhouse aspects in this beautiful living room and we couldn’t love it more. It gives you permission to put wrinkled linen against modern black fixtures any time you want.

91. A Masculine Leather Chair

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There’s nothing like a good masculine leather chair in a beautiful living room. This space by Lorenzo Castillo is the perfect example of how you can mix masculine and glamorous styles together in one room.

92. Show Off Your Collections

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As a collector, it’s important that you show off your collections in a living room that’s yours. Wendy Haworth provided ample surface space in this living room to display all kinds of tchotchkes.

93. A Statement Print for Your Wall

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When your living room doesn’t have a good focal point, you obviously have to make one. TomMarkHenry filled a wall with this statement print and it’s definitely an attention grabber.

94. Add a Tribal Rug

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If you think that just because your home has French or Spanish architecture, you have to decorate that way, let this beautiful space prove you wrong. Even with wrought iron accents or elaborate crown molding, you can still have a tribal rug.

95. Let The Architecture Speak For Itself

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A clean fireplace is a happy fireplace. Cortney Bishop chose to forgo a mantle or fireplace decor and let the architecture speak for itself. Doesn’t it make you want to clear your walls?

96. Add Curtains to Your Doorway

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Have you ever thought about putting curtains other places than windows? Let the line shine in and hang your curtains across a doorway instead. Or maybe create a curtain wall that hides your TV. So many possibilities.

97. Push Furniture Against Your Walls to Make the Room Look Bigger

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So many people push their furniture against the walls but if you have enough floor space, let your walls breathe. In fact, it will make your whole living room look bigger.

98. A Mustard Yellow Sofa

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When your sofa is velvet, you can get away with all kinds of colors. Studio CMP went with a mustard yellow and it turned out to be the sunniest spot in the whole living room.

99. Bright Red Bookshelves

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Black isn’t the only eye grabbing color. These red bookshelves by Desjeux Delaye beckon you to host cocktail parties and late night soirees galore.

100. A Plush Rug for a Cozy Living Room

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Salt + Bones really outdid themselves in this beautiful living room. The black and gray tones against white walls are completely modern in concept but lay it all on top of a plush rug and it really feels like home.


What size should the rug be in the living room?

The size of the rug in the living room should be chosen in relation to the sofa and the space around it. Generally, the rug needs to be a bit wider than the sofa on both sides and you should be able to leave at least 30’’ of walkway space between large furniture pieces.

How to decorate a living room?

Everyone has their own style when decorating a space but there are a few general things to keep in mind regardless. For example, when decorating a living room try to balance both light and dark areas, including more than one neutral, play with different textures, add some wood for warmth and don’t forget to be practical about it.

How to decorate a small living room?

There’s plenty of design tips and tricks that you can use when decorating a small living room if you want it to appear bigger and to feel inviting and comfortable.

For instance, you could give up the sofa in favor of armchairs that take up less space, make the ceiling seem higher by hanging long curtains and using vertical patterns, make use of open shelves, paint the walls white, lift the furniture off the floor, and away from the walls and of, course, use multi-purpose furniture as much as possible.

How to choose the curtains for a living room?

When choosing the curtains for your living room pay attention to things like the type of fabric, the level of opacity, the color which should be in sync with the rest of the room’s décor, the length which is based on personal preference and practicality and the width.

You also need to choose between solid colors and printed curtains. On one hand, a print allows you to coordinate the curtains to other elements in the room like the rug, pillows and so on but on the other hand, solid colors look more modern and simple.

How do arrange the plants in the living room?

As a general rule, you should always be considerate of the requirements each plant has when choosing its location. Some plants enjoy direct exposure to the sun, some prefer shade, some like higher humidity levels, and so on.

Also, think about the visual effect the plant will have on the space around it. A tall plant draws the eye upwards while a trailing plant sitting on a shelf directs the eye to the floor. Small plants look great when arranged in groups on shelves and mantels and large plants make great statement pieces.

How to decorate a corner in the living room?

Corners are always awkward and difficult to decorate but you shouldn’t let this bring you down because there are actually lots of cool and interesting ways in which you can make your living room corner areas look amazing.

A few examples include creating a gallery wall with framed pictures, hanging a chair, building corner shelves that are both practical and decorative, placing a sectional sofa, setting up a cozy reading nook, displaying some accent lighting or some plants.

How to place recessed lighting in the living room?

Recessed lights are installed into holes in the ceiling and they’re also known as pot lights. The installation is done in a few steps. First is the planning stage where you decide where you want the lights to go. Make a sketch of the layout of your living room and use it as a guide.

Calculate the spacing between the lights based on the heights of the ceiling. Divide the ceiling height in half and this is how much space you should leave between the lights. Also, decide whether you want the recessed lights to add ambiance to the room or to be used for task lighting. This helps you calculate the numbers of lights you’ll need as well as their intensity.

What can I put in the corner of the living room?

This question is related to a previous one where we talked about decorating corners. In a living, a few things that you can put in a corner include a tree or a large potted plant, a floor lamp, a decorative ladder, artwork, a round accent table, a chair or a bar cart.

Beautiful Living Room: Bottom Line

All of these ideas can be combined together to create beautiful living room decor for a peaceful environment. By mixing and matching your favorite elements from the ideas listed above, you’ll create a room that’s relaxing for your whole family to spend the evening in after work or school.

Try to minimize clutter and choose tasteful decorations to ensure you create a room that won’t feel too overwhelming or stressful for anyone who spends time in it.

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