When you think of formal living rooms, do you think of the Victorian rooms of old, with the extravagant curtains, gigantic furniture, and ostentatious wall colors? While that is a valid design style that is still practiced today, formal living rooms can go so far beyond that vision. From modern to traditional, from classic to eclectic, there are so many fun ways to create a formal living room that fits your design style and needs. Keep reading for our design tips and tricks for creating your perfect formal living room!
Formal doesn't have to mean "stuffy." This room is a perfect blend of modern and traditional. To combine those styles in your living room, lean into elements of traditional style--the curved swirls in the mirror, side table and chair legs. Then, consider adding modern formal living room furniture pieces like the sofa with its straight, clean cut lines, and the side table with its bold, contemporary shape. However, like this picture, make sure that you do have unifying factors, like the sofa & chair fabric, and the use of metal in the side table and the mirror.
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This traditional formal living room once again works with a natural color pallette, but it's true class is brought in through the build ins. The shelves to the left hand side are clearly unified in their collection and even though they're full, they don't feel cluttered. If you have built in shelves in your living room, fill them with a collection of items that is uniform in size, color, and arrangement so that it feels neat and tidy. Keeping a neat set like that allows not only the collection to shine, but it will also bring out any neat architectural details of your shelf and any nearby features in the room.
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You can create a very elevated room even with an eclectic style, as long as you choose items that work well with one another. In this case, the room is filled with items that appeared to have been collected over time, since nothing is part of a matching set. However, when you assemble your collection, make sure they do have some common elements. The side table, coffee table, and fireplace heare all have a white, marbled look to them, and the furniture and decor has natural browns and golds that make them feel unified. And like this living room, you can have your art on display in a unique way by setting them on the floor. This is simple, unique way to display classy portraits and art is a way to stand out in a world where art is typically hung on the walls.
Boho decor is ideal for larger spaces. To get the look, don't hesitate to pile on the colors and patterns. This room pulls from rich autumnal shades of gold, green, pumpkin, and chocolate. In Boho decor, more is more. They key to success in a large living room is using large-scale furniture like this oversized sofa and bold prints such as the alternating stripes in the rug and throw pillows. Add natural features like the rattan peacock chair and kiln-fired pottery massed with lots of tropical plants. Any door can become a design element when you paint it in bright colors against white walls.
Focal points are visual points of interest that stand out as something special. In formal sitting rooms, your fireplace can easily act as that focal point and define the tone of the entire room. Along with that, your focal point can guide you through designing the rest of the room with similarly styled accents and furniture. It can even help you choose what colors to incorporate in your room's furniture, rugs, and wall art.
When adding decorations and accents to your formal living room, you may be wondering how to pair different accents together and create a focused design. This formal living room creates a classy scheme by limiting the accent Colors. Dark black hues are prominent in the mirrors, fireplace, and piano, but rich wood tones also make appearances in the furniture. Finally, blue adds levity through the sofa and nearby accents. Let this room serve as inspiration of how to decorate a very focused and classic formal living room.
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Mid century modern style highlights different shades of wood and artistic details as the key points of interest in their designs. This room's architecture has a huge part in defining that aesthetic, but the room would be nothing without the complementary decor in the build-in shelf, the luxurious brown seats, and the other intentional accents. Architecture is a great guide for designing a formal living room, but never underestimate the power of other decorations and furniture.
Medium and large area rugs are commonly used to establish your living room's main seating area and create a comfortable conversation space. Centering the rug within that main area and having it line up intentionally with a sectional or seats can create a very balanced space. Plus, since living room area rugs are so diverse in their shapes, sizes, and designs, you can choose a highly modern abstract rug like this or a more classic oriental rug. The possibilities are truly endless.
The subtle details of your room's furniture, decor, and accents go a long way in creating a cohesive space. In this transitional living room, similar textures appear in various areas of the room. The soothing strips of the grey chairs carries over to the textured wood in the build-ins. Similarly, the pillows have a design that connects to the rug's dimensional pattern. No matter what size or style your formal living room falls into, look for subtle details and similarities that can recur throughout the room.
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Since fireplaces are often the focal point of formal living rooms, you can further emphasize that area with bold mantle decor. This transitional modern living room highlights larger pieces of decor on the mantle, which is a great idea to balance the room's arched ceiling. Artwork, sculptures, books, and bowls are just a few of the decorations shown here. You can use similar decor to decorate your mantle, a side table, or a coffee table.
Modern and contemporary homes often use low profile seats that are closer to the floor. When you do that in a formal living room, you are better able to highlight tall elements in the room. While this room takes advantage of the window wall and tall built ins, you could complement this low profile furniture with tall plants, large fireplaces, and gorgeous low-hanging lights.
Stripes are commonly seen and used in a variety of interior design styles.. Using stripes in your formal living room is a great way to include a timeless pattern that still fits your particular scheme. Striped rugs range from contemporary tapestries like this to country farmhouse and fit into many styles that fall between these two extremes.
Large area rugs are well suited to fill the majority of a living room and create a very comfortable space. When choosing a layout for your large living room rug, consider if it should be centered with the main seating area, the room itself, or something entirely different. That decision with layout will help you choose the proper rug size for your elegant living space.
As you can see, there are so many different ways to design your formal space. Changing up your walls, your furniture, and your accents are all great starting points to creating the formal living room of your dreams. At the end of the day though, remember that this room is for YOU. Use colors, furniture, and accents that you enjoy, and your joy will transfer to anyone who comes to visit. Fit it into a design style that suits you and your personality without compromising the tone of the room. The sky's the limit with design, so enjoy the process and the results, and your guests will as well.
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