The living room is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s your place for cozy movie nights, entertaining guests, playing games, and hosting events. In many small houses, the living room also serves as a home office, dining room, playroom, and more. Unsurprisingly, it’s also among the most intimidating rooms to decorate. Don’t worry, though! We’re here to share our favorite living room decor ideas to help you get started. Keep reading to get inspired.
With a palette comprised solely of neutral tones, this living room seating arrangement appears cohesive and welcoming. The warm browns from the wood and wicker throughout the space give this space an inviting, farmhouse appeal without deviating from the aesthetic. Neutrals are an excellent way to add life and warmth to a bright space without confusing the styling. Here, the rug adds a vintage medallion pattern in ivory and charcoal, creating visual interest while anchoring the seating arrangement.
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It’s hard to beat a relaxing coastal living room, even if you live in a landlocked area. This space uses a beachy color palette of sandy earth tones paired with blue accents and tropical greenery to set the stage. The textured, sand-toned rug anchors the look, while the understated accent pillows and throw blanket make it more inviting. Finally, the beaded bamboo door curtain gives the space a playful appeal while creating an artful transition between rooms.
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With a collection of records beneath a record player and an acoustic guitar by the window, this living room doubles as a musical escape. By designating space for the things you love, like playing and listening to music, you encourage yourself to practice your hobbies. And as an added benefit, it gives your living area more character and personality, which will make it more memorable to your guests.
It’s hard not to want to curl up in this plush chair, click on the lamp, and spend the night you’re your favorite book. The modern fireplace and spacious accent table center this arrangement even though it’s part of a larger open space. Pairing a comfy reading chair with an eye-catching lamp is one of the easiest ways to convey comfort in the living room, especially if you add a well-placed throw blanket. Note how the living area here uses a blue throw to differentiate the pace’s color palette from the other visible areas.
Modern rustic styling with a hint of farmhouse decor is a good, no-fuss look for any living room. We love the textured natural fiber area rug, just large enough to tie the seating area together. And don’t forget the reclaimed chest that’s serving as an end table while adding a gentle splash of color. Try using durable, natural fibers and one or two pieces of vintage furniture in your living room for a similar no-fuss appeal.
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Whether it's fall, summer, winter, or spring, you can change out your room's decor to fit the current season. This room obviously displays a Christmas tree by the window, but the fireplace mantle is another area to display garlands and Christmas decor. Depending on how bold you want your seasonal accents to be, you can limit them to one or two places or accent bookshelves, side tables, and coffee tables with seasonal decorations.
Although the plaid and and patterned rug are at the forefront of this room's design, there is a secondary motif hidden in the details. Planlife is a recurring theme as it is shown in the wall art, the floor plants, and flowers on the pillows. Even if these details aren't as obvious as the patterned furniture, they make a big, subtle difference in creating a cohesive room.
Metallic accents can be used subtly or boldly in living room decor. For example, this transitional room has metal detailing in the sofas, the coffee table, the picture frames, and the mirror. In traditional styles, these metals will often be the same or at least highlight similar metallic tones. However, if your aesthetic is more eclectic, you can mix and match various metals to create a more youthful style in your living room.
Sometimes, the home's architecture speaks for itself in terms of style and artistry. When this is the case, carefully choose where and how to add art to the room. A work of art could be placed on this room's fireplace, but doing so would take away from the beauty of the fireplace and the nearby architecture. When it comes to interior design, what is included in a room is as important as what is not included.
Oftentimes, large artwork is used to fill a blank space on the wall. Another option for filling those spaces is to use many different pictures and picture frames to create a collage. The collage can be scattered with different frame sizes, finishes, and images, or you can take a more focused approach like this room. Not only are the pictures perfectly in line with one another, but they all display similar plants in coordinating colors.
Rugs are truly invaluable accents for living rooms. Not only can they use patterns, imagery, and motifs that convey the same style as the rest of the room, but their color palette can represent all the room's colors in one concise accent. Because of how much rugs impact the room's overall design, it is important to carefully choose a rug that conveys your ideal aesthetic and colors.
Mid century modern style is widely popular thanks to its use of artistic chairs and sofas. Orange, brown, mustard yellow, red, and blue are some of the most popular colors used in this vibrant style. When you are looking to create a mid century modern living room, look at your furniture, rug, and nearby decor for opportunities to convey your style.
When styling small living rooms, each piece of furniture must be chosen and placed intentionally. This room shows how setting four chairs completely on top of the rug is a great way of establishing that specific space as the living room. Small living room rugs like this can be used to ground your entire seating area or to accent a smaller portion of the living room.
Tribal styles are often paired with very organic lighting fixtures with natural materials or clean metallic finishes. By defying expectation with a grand candelabra and crystal chandelier, you instantly elevate your room's style and present your unique spin on a well known style. There are other areas where you can add unexpected style as well, such as wall art, furniture, pillows, and rugs.
Bold colors are making a comeback in different interior design styles and breaking the mold of traditional, farmhouse, and modern aesthetics. If you love bright, bold colors, design your room to reflect your personal style. Take inspiration from this room and choose sofas, chairs, artwork, and accents that all showcase your favorite vibrant colors to create your perfect living room.
We hope our living room decor ideas have inspired you to show your space some love. With so many living room ideas for styles, colors, furniture types, and home decor to choose from, there’s something for everyone. And if you need more living room decor ideas, we invite you to browse our selection of living room decor for more inspiration.
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