Living Room Decorating Ideas – What would your dream living room look like? Do you enjoy the simplicity of pared back Scandi style? The cosiness of the Danish Hygge? Or perhaps you prefer an eclectic mix of colour, texture and pattern? Whatever your preference, the design and style of your living room form an important core to any home.
A versatile space that sees families come together after a long day, friends reminisce after months apart and individuals snuggle up with a book, the living room must be adaptable for any occasion. Through incorporating key elements and decor styles, you can create a living space that suits your unique lifestyle, whether you enjoy relaxing or entertaining guests.
Mix and match patterns, embrace bold colors, layer rugs, and so much more! Try these tips to create a pretty space to enjoy conversations with friends and family.
No matter if you call it a living room, , den, or even a keeping room–you’ve got that one room in your home, aside from the , that’s intended for both family and company. And, we bet, you want it to look both pulled together and comfortable. We are here to tell you it’s possible to create a well-decorated living room that will impress company and will be enjoyed by your family.
Here are our best easy decorating ideas ranging in all different styles for those that love a more or a cozy den or a relaxed family room. What ever your style–we’ve got the decorating tips and ideas for your beautiful living room, beautiful family room, or your beautiful den. One thing is for sure, you’ll be inspired by all of these chic decorating ideas.
1. New York City Living Room Decorating Ideas
In the West Village pied-à-terre of Los Angeles-based designers Waldo Fernandezand Tommy Clements, the daybed is by Rick Owens, the armchairs by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann are upholstered in an alpaca by Perrine Rousseau and the side chairs are by Jean Prouvé.
2. Turquoise Touches
If you’re too nervous to stray far from a neutral, choose just one shade you love (and keep the walls a calming beige, as seen in this living room) to dip a toe into the pool of color possibilities.
3. Keep It Simple
This living room is simple, clean-lined, and inviting, with a little bit of glamour and a lot of comfort. To highlight the architectural details, the moldings are painted in high-gloss white.
4. Sophie Tatton, Interior Blogger
I’m a huge fan of seeing lots of colour and personality in the home, and this space certainly has that. The room uses wonderful bright, bold colours which have been added via accent accessories. You’ll notice the walls and furniture have been kept to muted tones so that in the future, the colour scheme can easily be replaced using different accent pieces. Lighting is one of the most important features in a living room as the space is used for a variety of tasks. This space has several different sources of lighting which will work to create a wonderful ambience on dark nights.
5. Texas Living Room
When San Francisco residents Sam Hamilton and Jen Chaiken decided to buy a second home in Marfa, Texas, after holding their destination wedding nearby, they knew they wanted a layered aesthetic.
In the living room, a Poul Henningsenlight fixture and a Navajo rug in the family room; a cabinet by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson holds an Ansel Adams photograph, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White.
6. Keep It Simple
Try a less-is-more attitude by sticking to clean lines and a neutral color palette. An area rug and throw pillows keeps the space warm and inviting.
7. Paint Your Bookshelves
Add vibrant color without it overpowering your room by painting bookshelves. It’ll accent the room, but not be the focus ofthe room.
8. Dominic Coleman, Interior Designer
I love the simplicity of this elegant penthouse apartment in central London I worked on. It focuses on symmetry, a simple colour palette and texture. Long lateral spaces are a challenge to design, ensuring they avoid becoming corridors. This was avoided by a large CVO ribbon fireplace wrapped in colour-enhanced irregular cut marble as a sculptural element to break the room, separating the media room. Hidden curtains and automated louvres were used to allow light shading to the spaces.
9. Long Island Summer Lounge
Asked to update a beach house on Long Island that had become a mishmash after four decades of additions and renovations, David Mann decided to honor the past with its redesign. The den’s modular sofa is by Usona, and the ottoman is covered in a Kyle Bunting hair-on-hide leather; the photograph is by Darren Almond, the floor lamp is vintage, the rug is alpaca, and the walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Super White.
10. Gorgeous Gallery
Achieve the drama of a major art piece inexpensively by displaying a tight grid of frames.
11. Fake Your Paneling
Here’s how you get paneling when your house has none. Red leather nailhead trimming creates the look of wall paneling in this living room.
12. New ZEALAND Summer House
In a remote New Zealand surf town, architects Lance and Nicola Herbst ingeniously tuck a spacious weekend retreat amid a lush grove of exotic trees. In the living area of the house, designed in its entirety by the couple, the sofa is a custom design, and the fireplace by Masport Heating is set in a custom-made steel cabinet; the pendant light is by Secto Design and the walls are sheathed in black-stained western red cedar.
13. Cozy Cottage
Exposed brick and a thrifted coffee table work together to create a country vibe in this rustic room. Consider your living space as a place for your collections, too, like this homeowner’s vintage fans.
14. Choose A Fun Couch
An L-shaped couch not only looks cool, but it makes a corner living area way more functional. To make it stand out even more, choose a bright color.
15. Serena Ibiza Sitting Room
This Ibiza living room features local-limestone floors covered in custom Spanish esparto rugs from Antonia Molina. Walls covered in a sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beam ceiling set a rustic tone in the living room. Custom sofas by Atelier Tapissier Seigneur and curtains in a quilted Braquenié fabric; the Oeil cocktail table by Pierre Chapo is vintage, the lacquered-coral sculpture is by Maurizio Epifani, and the painting over the mantel is by Alex Katz.
16. Global Home
A Dallas home feels bohemian and well-traveled thanks to wood floors and gray walls. The neutral base helps a bold kilim-covered sofa and mix-and-match throw pillows shine.
17. Go Bold With Your Lighting
If you’ve got tall ceilings, you need a statement chandelier. This modern stunner picks up the gold accents in the room.
18. Artistic Living Room
In the living room of Kris Ghesquière and Eva Claessens’s house in southeastern Uruguay, which they built on the remains of an 1810 roadside general store, the chair was constructed by a local carpenter based on a picture in a magazine, the vintage table in front of the sofa was found at an auction in France and the rug is from Iran; the yellow lamb sculptures are by William Sweetlove, and the paintings and feather sculpture are by Claessens.
Yep, white furniture can work in a house with kids. Just choose durable fabrics (a leather couch) and surfaces (the plastic rocker, the lacquer table) that wipe clean easily.
20. Layer Your Rugs
This floor is covered in 10 different vintage Moroccan rugs for an inviting feel. To recreate the look, make sure you choose all comfy, durable fabrics.
21. Comfy Seating
Your style may be posh, your furniture can still be cozy. Plush sofas and armchairs rule the roost in Ellen Pompeo’s L.A. home. “It’s fancy in a cool way, not in an ‘I can’t sit there’ way,” she says.
22. Pattern, Pattern, Pattern
The ultimate bohemian formula: bold wallpaper, patterned pillows, a sheepskin rug, and greenery. Now go and live your best boho life.
23. A Pattern-Filled HOLLYWOOD Living Room
Actress Minnie Driver’s inviting Hollywood living room features a mix of vintage fabrics and patterns. Window treatments in complementary colors add balance to the light-filled space.
24. Jungalow Style
It’s what happens when you create a jungle inside a bungalow. No, we’re not just trying to make fetch happen here.
25. Streamlined Shelves
Refresh your storage by taking the jackets off old books (load up at yard sales) to expose the stitching or covering your collection with coordinating papers.
26. Liven Up Your Wall Decor
You can do better than hanging up a few pictures. Paint a bold pattern on your walls, or opt for using stick-on flowers, stars, or a geometric decal.
27. Add Some Greenery
Liven up a neutral space with potted plants and greenery. It’ll feel like an actual oasis in your living room.
28. Take It Tropical
This jewel-toned color makes a room feel like a Caribbean oasis. Add potted plants and we’re completely swooning.
29. Understated Glam
Our Whole Home Project had some pretty covetable interiors—this living room included. It’s totally lived-in and relaxed, but with a touch of glam.