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Paint, Color and Lighting Tips for Rooms Based on Location of Room and Natural Light

Even a rusty brick red can look great in the right design. When paired with light furniture and a rich light honey oak floor and tables, the red is warm and inviting.

59. If you have darker furniture, light window treatments are recommended.

39. Light in east facing rooms can change throughout the day. Darker tone furniture helps to make the walls appear lighter.

2. Basic elements in living rooms include a sofa and a coffee table. The rest depend on function and desired tone.

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Modern – Shape and form are the most important aspects of modern living rooms. Ridged squares and geometric shapes are common, along with smooth, clean lines. Furniture should be unembellished and  simple. Wood and plastic are common, although wooden pieces are often painted to cover the wood grain. Stainless steel is also heavily favored, as is glass.

42. Lighter tones can also be used in north-facing rooms with some restrictions. Stick to creamy neutrals and yellow-based colors that allow natural and electrical lights to reflect.

With these things in mind, you can come up with a plan that will work for you.

See our gallery featuring living room color ideas for more ideas and designs.

16. The lights you use will again depend on the tone you are trying to achieve. They can be hidden and functional or they can become decorative statement pieces and focal points of the living room. They also add warmth to a living room, depending on the color you choose and the color/texture of the ceiling.

90. Make a room simple but classy by sticking to a warm or cool color palette for furniture, walls and lighting.

17. Do not exaggerate the lighting if it is a family room. If you decide to rearrange the room in the future, statement pieces may no longer be fully functional. The idea behind contemporary living rooms is to keep it simple.

If your living room happens to be sharing space with a dining room or kitchen, consider installing a stone tile. Stone is easy to keep clean and is not damaged by any accidental water leakage in a kitchen, or spills in the dining room. Installing tile throughout an open space is a great way to create continuity.

If you like the look of an ottoman but also need a traditional coffee table, this is a great way to have the best of both worlds. Each of the four ottomans can be pulled out for extra seating and then put back under the coffee table so that they’re stored out of the way. Shop the Look.

Craftsman – Otherwise known as ‘arts and crafts’, craftsman style living rooms focus on furniture with simple, natural beauty. You’ll see a lot of wood in a craftsman living room; and never painted. Oak is the most iconic wood used in this style.

88. Earth tones work well together. Mix browns, coffee, beige and white for a chic living room.

95. When using all-white furniture, add a patterned area rug or bright drapes.

11. Book-cases can store your picture frames, books and other knickknacks.

[10] Minimalist Living and Dining Room Combo Pictures, eblandar.com

49. Create a natural look by leaving brickwork, ceiling beams and other original features exposed. You can whitewash brickwork and varnish or stain the beams. Mix with large, comfortable sofas and cushions for a cozy yet contemporary family room.

100. If you want to be able to change the accents with the seasons, keep the basic room neutral. Add pops of seasonal color through cushions, throws and paintings.

52. Use patterned drapes instead of rugs to achieve a similar effect.

18. If you have plenty of natural light entering the room in the daytime, focus on simple, recessed lights near the windows for the night and light up the darker areas of the room with more visible lighting.

22. Suspend a series of mini pendant lights or decorative bulbs to add interest to a textured ceiling. [4]

Your ceiling design is really only limited by the scope of your imagination. This modern living room has an incredible glossy ceiling design with colors abound. In the center is a low profile but glittery chandelier.

In front of a fireplace, these matching red armchairs with a subtle swirl pattern provide a satisfying pop of color in contrast to the white mantle. They’re wide enough to curl up comfortably with a book next to the fire.

 This is a great example of layered lighting. Sunlight pours through the enormous windows, lighting the room during the day, while a large chandelier brightens the space as the sun begins to fade. Lamps and candles can be used for softer mood lighting as the night wears on. Source: Zillow Digs™

Don’t miss our extensive guide showcasing 60 fantastic living room ceiling ideas!

While at first glance it may seem designing a kitchen or bathroom is much more difficult than creating a beautiful and functional living room due to the technical requirements, that isn’t necessarily the case.

Be sure to check out our guide to 26 interesting living room decor ideas!

[3] Basin Ledge Residence Contemporary Living Room Austin, Houzz

56. If a living room is too crowded, skip the drapes and choose tall, ceiling high shades or blinds for a clean look. [8]

66. Clear glass or Lucite coffee tables with clean hardware can work best in a small living room.  Low platform-style coffee tables also create the illusion of a larger space.

65. Clear furniture such as glass end tables, consoles and chairs add spaciousness.

64. Use sophisticated modular furniture to keep furniture compact yet comfortable.

If you prefer the traditional look of a wood burning fireplace, a raised hearth is necessary. The scent and crackling is well worth it though. See more of this home here. Designed by Ellen Grasso & Sons.

7. If you own a grand piano, it can fit in well here as a talking point and for musical guests.

Be sure to check out our complete list of 24 stunning living room wall ideas.

For living rooms with an odd shape, you may need to add chairs in place of loveseats or sofas. Whether it’s a recliner or a gliding rocker, a chair is always a great pick for living room seating. Check out some incredibly comfy options!

Decorating your walls tastefully can help define your style in any room, but this goes double for living rooms.

A single skylight can mean the difference between a light and dark room. The skylight is rimmed by recessed lighting for dark days.

63. Pastel colors for windowless rooms or those with few windows also work well.

For a more modern, minimalist look, upper wall cabinets and floating shelves can easily corral books and magazines and keep them from cluttering up lower shelving and table tops.

This elegant living room may not have a skylight, but additional rope lighting was placed inside the tray ceiling to add a gentle illumination to the room.

For a set of new furniture, drapery, and accessories, budget between $10,000 and $20,000. (Source: Realtor Mag)

Mediterranean – Mediterranean style living rooms consist of a few different styles; southwestern, moroccan, tuscan, Spanish, and Italian villa. Warm, earthy, and rich textures are common, with wrought iron, patterned tile work, arched windows, and rustic wooden beams.

79. A room that combines living and dining rooms in the same open space can work well with or without sectionals. [9]

33. Warm buffs, creams, olive and beige stains on walls, when combined with warm lights, make a living room cozy and comfortable. Mood lighting can add greater atmosphere to such living rooms.

77. Small area rugs that match the floor and are surrounded with furniture can trick the eye into believing there is a lot of floor space.

A light hardwood is great for creating an open, spacious feeling room, and it’s easy to match with almost any furniture. However, if you’re looking to create a traditional style room, light wood might not be for you.

For an extensive look, see our complete list of living room lighting ideas.

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Your budget List of possible changes/additions to research Purpose of the room

31. White, cream and other neutral colors are great for living rooms as they allow you to work with furniture and accents.

3. Formal entertaining areas can gain a touch of elegance from a sophisticated, eye-catching fireplace mantel. This can be your focal point for a formal living room used for entertaining and hosting.

We have an entire gallery dedicated to showcasing 22 marvelous living room furniture ideas.

82. Use glass panels as partition to separate the two areas, and mood lighting for a contemporary, luxurious ambiance.

Shabby Chic – Shabby chic is far from looking messy; it’s a feminine design style that embraces the romantics of vintage pieces. The difference here is that the timeworn, distressed furniture keeps it from looking like a genuine period design.

Sometimes bare walls look great, and in this case, the shiplap ceilings and walls really make this attic living room look unique. Source: Zillow Digs™

81. You can also use lighting and accent walls to visually separate the dining and living room area for a small narrow room. [11]

19. Recessed lights are functional and work well in simple living rooms. Depending on the color and texture of the walls, they can lend warmth or coolness to the room.

61. Make a small living room appear larger by placing a large mirror in place of wall art. It can have a simple frame or be frameless.

55. Cellular cordless shades are best for family rooms with kids, as they are safer than corded ones.

A spectacular gallery containing 100’s of formal living room interior design ideas with incredible living room furniture such as sectional sofas, armchairs and more.

Furniture is important, but before you even get into buying your furniture, you’ll need to make sure your room has an attractive, well designed skeleton. The right flooring, ceiling architecture, lighting, and focal points can really make or break your living room renovation.

A slight arched vault in this living room is coupled with skylights and a few exposed beams to give height and natural light to this otherwise slightly dark living room.

While a plain ceiling isn’t exactly a bad thing, adding detail to a ceiling or bumping it up to create a dome, tray, or even cathedral ceilings is a great way to add value to your home. Potential buyers will love the attention to detail.

Perhaps you’re looking for something more modern. This colorful, sleek chair is just the thing for modern homes, featuring black and white leather, a unique silhouette, and plenty of color. Learn more here.

See more of this home here. Designed by Nordby Design Studio.

46. Soft pinks can also work to add warmth through the afternoon. Remember that the colors will change dramatically throughout the day in west-facing rooms.

71. Push back the furniture against the wall and leave the center of the room as open as possible. Balance the look with a large accented lighting in the center of the ceiling and round-edged rugs to offset the appearance.

51. Unusual, patterned floor tiles in clean, contemporary designs can work as great alternatives to rugs for simple rooms.

This slim gas-burning fireplace sits neatly below the television in a stone encasement. This is a great option for those who love the sound and look of a fireplace, but don’t want to deal with the mess of an open hearth. See more of this home here. Designed by Angelica Henry Design.

This is a great example of low pile carpet, which doesn’t attract as much dust and hair, but still keeps the warmth. This deep charcoal color is the perfect accompaniment to the light beige walls, white dining table, and pale orange sofa.

Check out the wide world of living room storage options in our extensive post.

The ambient flames of a fireplace are something that many people enjoy, and why not? The warmth emanating from a fireplace is the best place to snuggle with a loved one.

Ottomans are best for putting your feet up after a long day at work, but they are also invaluable storage products, with many having space inside for blankets, pillows, or other sundries you don’t always want laying around. They can also double as coffee tables.

74. Use recessed and built-in shelves and cupboards to display ornaments, books and photographs.

60. If you have interesting window treatments, such as carved oriental screens, remember that they will draw the eye. So be sure to keep the rest of the window area and furniture neutrally decorated.

There are tons of different ways to set your living room up with end tables, coffee tables, and even console tables!

29. Illuminate posters and photographs with low-voltage lamps mounted on the frames or just above it on the wall to send a beam of light across the surface.

83. Add a spot of color and contemporary chic to an all black and white room with pieces of bright red furniture.

45. Use gray neutrals that are light in rooms that face west.

75. During the day, draw the curtains or shades open to extend the space by extending the view.

Don’t discount the impacts that little things like a fresh coat of paint can have on a room. White, for example, is the most popular choice for a wall color in over one-third of living rooms. It brings a sense of spaciousness and sophistication that would certainly be right at home with a formal living quarters. You can easily update the room’s look with less than $400.

50. You can use accent rugs in all sizes to add interest to the floor. But you can go one step further by placing a bold, patterned wall to wall carpet of a complementary color.

26. Multi-light pendants add interest to corners above plants or statement side tables.

Ensuring your living room isn’t too dark is a huge step towards great design. Light can come from large windows, skylights, lamps, chandeliers, or recessed lighting. You’ll just want to make sure your lighting sources are layered, so you’re not relying on one source all the time.

For more incredible small living room designs, be sure and click here to view our outstanding gallery!

73. Offset a small room with more vertical lines, such as with a floor lamp.

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28. When placing large floor lamps in corners, remember that it can create large shadows as well. Work in other lights accordingly.

A soft, yet vibrant blue is used on two of the walls in this lengthy family room. While a bright color like this might get oppressive in a very large room with a lot of open wall space, this room features a lot of built-ins that help break up the color.

This living room is filled with seating, so a wealth of storage was built into the walls on either side of the elegant screened fireplace. Source: Zillow Digs™

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14. Decide type of storage based on the tone you want to achieve. Cabinets and built-in shelves for books and decorative items work in all living rooms, no matter how formal. Mahogany is more formal. Lighter colored wood furniture adds a more informal feel.

30. To achieve a romantic ambiance, use wall lights with candles or LED bulbs.

85. Gray and red make great combinations and add class. Limit the reds to wall panels, rugs and cushions or lampshades.

58. Combine shades and drapes for greater flexibility in how much light is let in throughout the day.

12. Built-in media consoles and TV centers take up less space and can house your movies, music, games, electronics and TV.  See living rooms with a TV here.

54. Use cellular blinds or shades for a clean, contemporary look in place of drapes in minimal living rooms. [7]

37. Bright white lighting on woodwork and walls can add crispness to south-facing rooms.

20. Use recessed and concealed lighting in key areas, over accent wall paintings, against indoor stairs and lend character to a room like in the example in the reference below. [3]

In recent years, living room design has moved toward a more casual and comfortable style and away from the stuffy “drawing room” designs of past centuries.  In fact, in many homes (big and small), the living room serves as both the entertaining space for guests as well as the family room.

9. Choose sofas that are modern and comfortable. You can find some examples at the source linked at the end of the article. [1]

47. Wall art can be a great focal point in a living room. Choose a huge canvas mounted on an invisible frame and hang it on a wall. Surround it with modern furniture and ornaments, taking care not to overcrowd.

96. Introduce different textures in an all-white room with a crocheted sofa throw, a nubby rug, rough linen etc.

89. Keep details like cushions in mind when choosing lampshades in an otherwise neutral room.

Animal hides are another way to decorate the walls, but they should be used sparingly, as to not overwhelm the room.

Another interesting design element to note is room size.  Living rooms can be incredibly beautiful in both big and small spaces.

In a traditional, elegant living room, a warm butter yellow on the walls contrasts with the white wainscoting, crown moulding, and furniture. White can seem uninviting sometimes, but a warm color on the walls is a great way to keep the space light and bright. It also draws out the warm undertones of the wooden furniture.

Coffered ceilings are a great way to add an elegant architectural detail to any room, but look particularly impressive in living rooms and dining rooms.

You’ll want to take a look at our extensive guide to living room shelving ideas.

A warm beige on the bottom section of the walls is accented by darker stripes of purple that draw color from the pale lavender chairs on one side of the room. In rooms with tall ceilings, adding treatments to the upper portion of the wall can make a room feel more cozy.

 If traditional is your style, a tapestry might look great in your living room. Just be sure you can explain it if it has any significance! Source: Zillow Digs™

Your budget will undoubtedly be your biggest consideration. To avoid any nasty surprises, you should look into everything involved with a change. For example, the average cost for a building permit is $1,237, enough to throw a wrench into your plans. And remember, most additions fall into a range of prices so that you can stick within your limits.

Rustic – Rustic designs vary quite a bit. They’re eclectic and emphasize natural materials. Furniture and accents in rustic living rooms are homespun, timeworn, handcrafted, distressed, and natural. Architectural features include wooden beams and columns, as well as a large stone fireplace.

40. Blue or green-based whites can be used in east-facing rooms.

There are dozens of different styles out there, but we’ll lay out the basics of some immensely popular styles.

93. Make your small, few-windowed living room appear larger and brighter by using all-cream furniture and wall color. Use a similar shade on wall-mounted cabinets. Use concealed lighting in key areas, and add some interest with patterned or textured walls.

101. Cool metals can make great accents to add to a room’s sophistication – in mirror frames, coffee table and furniture legs and silvered andirons in the fireplace.

78. Window seats can help to create additional seating arrangements and leave space for storing a radiator or cabinet underneath.

Of course, if you’re willing to do a lot of renovation work yourself, or make concessions in price in the right places, you can get your cost down quite a bit.

97. Condo living rooms look great with minimal, contemporary furniture and some spots of color.

Whether it’s a coffee table or end tables, a table or two will help round out your seating areas. Place lamps on them for additional lighting or use them to set down drinks while watching your favorite tv show or a movie.

32. Remember that white walls combined with cool temperature lighting can create a cool ambiance. This is typical for minimalist rooms and for rooms that want to appear larger.

98. Old furniture can be updated for a contemporary living room. Keep the upholstery in solid, supersaturated colors and match with some modern pieces like a glass coffee table and simple, cream or white neutral walls and drapes.

You also have some excellent options at the $1,000 to $2,000 range. The average cost of remodeling an existing room is under $5,000. Again, simple things can make a big difference. You can install built-in shelves for about $2,000. Or how about a change in the flooring? Hardwood is the favorite type in over 70 percent of living rooms.

Asian – Asian design takes cues from Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and many other Eastern cultures, and can vary widely. Look for lacquered boxes, tatami mats, futons, or shoji screens for a Japanese aesthetic, or choose red lacquer and paper lanterns to lean more towards Chinese style.

In fact, a large cavernous space doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a nicer room.  Our gallery below features many smaller living rooms that are beautiful, functional and no less inviting than the larger rooms.

38. East facing rooms can be bluish, so a blue or green color palette should be used. Keep the colors pale and watch them come alive in morning sunlight.

If you’re less interested in having a place to set your magazines and more interested in having a place to set your feet, a coffee-table ottoman might be a better option. Just be sure to pair it with a couple of functional end tables. See more of this home here. Designed by Rinaldi Interiors.

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99. For a family room, use an extra large coffee table that can double as a game table.

34. Family rooms with themes can make a more flexible use of color. A beach theme, for instance, can combine sea blue with neutral shades and complementary accents to create the experience of a beach-side holiday. [5]

76. Keep the coffee table the center of your room and arrange the furniture around it as close as possible to avoid bumping into them.

41. North facing rooms can be difficult to create space and light in. Dark, strong colors that work best with nature should be used in these rooms. Shades of chocolate and purples create intimacy and drama.

Cottage – Cottage style living rooms are comfy, casual, and lived-in. The fabrics are forgiving, and small treasures and mismatched furniture are welcome. Cottage style living rooms are welcoming and full of heart.

80. When using sectionals, place a large area rug in the living area with the furniture around it. You do not need to separate the dining section with a partition in that case. Keep the rug bold and the dining room furniture complementary to the living room furniture. [10]

[11] Interior: Elegant Modern Living and Dining Room Design, paseoner.com

1. The first thing to consider is the focal point of the room. You can have a single focal point or even two: the fireplace, the entertainment center/bar or both.

When choosing an ottoman, if you decide to go with fabric, choose a fabric that can be echoed in a chair or in accent pillows to help tie the seating arrangement together. Shop the Look.

25. Use directional spotlights for throwing focus on accent pieces in the room, such as an interesting painting or a textured wall.

Browse all of the hundreds of formal living room designs below or filter your search with the many search filters to the right.  We add new living room photos all the time so be sure to come back.

27. Arco lamps and similar minimalist, modern lamps work well to complement simple furniture in a semi-formal room.

Traditional – Traditional designs reflect the classic, elegant European decor, with deep wood tones, unique architecture details, and elegant furnishings. Wing-backed chairs, claw-footed tables, and curved furniture are hallmarks. You will often see antique pieces in traditional living rooms.

24. Chandeliers should be placed in a way so as not to create too much shadow.

44. West facing rooms look great with white walls and give an airy ambiance.

5. Mahogany works well in coffee tables and bookshelves for formal rooms.

94. A simple trick to add color to an otherwise all-gray living room is to add a large, brightly colored pendant light at the center.

13. A table or desk is also useful for family nights together when homework help is needed. It can also work as a craft station.

A living room can serve several functions in a home including a formal space especially if you have a separate room. Many have the luxury of two places, the more classic style and the casual family living quarters. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 52 percent of new homes have a dedicated living room.

Storage can be found in a multitude of places, including in small drawers located in your coffee table and end tables. Fight the clutter! Shop the look.

You’ll also want to pick the right furniture for how you’ll use your living room space. A sectional isn’t always appropriate for a small living room that you won’t be spending a lot of time in. If you’ll need storage space, bookcases and end tables with storage are a great option.

This elegant living room has exterior windows that face a covered porch, limiting the amount of natural light that the room gets. Lamps and a trio of chandeliers fill in the gaps. Source: Zillow Digs™

You often see these spaces in the front of the house as the room you’ll see from the outside. That makes it an obvious choice for a formal style to showcase your home to passersby. Check out our gallery of living rooms to see what possibilities you can explore.

A sleek brown leather sofa with accent pillows. When paired with dark wooden tables, a lighter brown rug and light, neutral walls, the rich chocolate color stands out in an elegant way. Learn more here.

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43. Avoid gray or green based colors on walls in living rooms that face north.

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[1] 40 Absolutely Amazing Living Room Design Ideas, One Kind Design

36. Rooms that are south facing and let in plenty of natural light can be painted with both cool and warm colors, since all colors look great. Use pale tones and a limited color palette to create an airy and light space. Pale blues can create an airy ambiance while red-based light neutrals lend warmth and sophistication.

In an open-concept space, a dual-sided fireplace is the perfect addition, so you can get the atmosphere in both a living room area and in the dining room.

Nevertheless, the move toward a more casual living space hasn’t diminished the aesthetic appeal.  In fact, I much prefer an inviting and comfortable living room over a stuffy and formal space loaded down in ornate design and uncomfortable furniture.

57. Use bold drapes only when you lack other points of interest. Otherwise, stick to neutral shades.

Carpet, stone, wood, or laminate, picking the right flooring for your home is important. The battle lines between carpet and wood are pretty well defined, so you probably already know exactly what you want. The next trick is to figure out what color you want.

35. White walls are best in reflecting light and they complement furniture of any color. But depending on the direction your living room faces, the paint or colors you use can appear different. Plan wall paints and furniture colors depending on whether your room is south, north, east or west facing.

Storage always seems to be at a premium in any house, whether it is large or small. Store your books or accent pieces in a lovely bit of shelving, whether that ends up being built-ins on either side of the fireplace or floating shelves.

72. Use sectionals to make a small room appear larger. Neutral wall colors that blend with the furniture can make the room look more spacious than it is.

This earthy green color is a great example of using color in a living room. A darker color will work great in a room that gets a lot of natural light, but should be avoided in small, dark living rooms.

You won’t want to miss our complete guide to 41 living rooms with fireplaces of all types and styles.

21. Hidden lights in the corners of rooms, on shelves and sideboards can lend spaciousness to a room.

Family photos in a neat collage are a great way to make your living room feel welcoming and homey, but there are other ways to make an impression. Wallpaper is used in this living room to define the dining room from the living room.

23. Place contemporary, modern chandeliers centered above the sofa sectional for adding a point of interest in an otherwise simple living room. Clean crystal chandeliers or multi-light chandeliers on wooden frames work well in large, formal living rooms.

53. If you want to mix patterns such as floral and stripes, be sure to adhere to a similar color palette.

When picking a color for your living room, don’t be afraid to go bold. While it’s probably not wise to paint your entire living room a neon green, you don’t have to stick with neutrals either.

Finding the right balance is key. When done right, color, bold or subtle, can look utterly gorgeous and appeal to just about anyone. So don’t be afraid of color because you think you’ll be trying to sell your house soon.

86. Red can be used as a primary color for furniture in a large room with otherwise neutral shades and lighting that focuses on the walls rather than on the furniture.

91. Gray and black in furniture, carpets and rugs and accent walls add a touch of class.  Another idea is incorporating zebra prints into your living room decor.

Like to put your feet up? An ottoman might be great for you.

Country – like Mediterranean, country is a varied style, consisting of French country, English country, and American country. A country style home is humble and homey, with an emphasis on handmade furnishings and textiles. Soft, cheerful colors, mixed with plenty of white, will get you well on your way to a country living room. Tableware and pottery are popular accent items.

Two story luxury living room with beige walls, chandelier and earth tones throughout.Listed by: The Joffe Group Source: Zillow DigsTM One of the living spaces offer comfortable seats lighted by a chandelier.

Trulia Aside from comfortable seats and stylish decors, this living room lead to outdoor space.Trulia Another look of the formal living room showcasing its classic piano and hardwood flooring.Trulia The living room boasts comfortable sofa and recliner on top of a rug and is lighted by recessed and pendant lights.

There’s also a French doorway leading to outdoor space.Trulia One of the living rooms offer stylish lighting and seats along with a stylish rug and a fireplace.Trulia The formal living room boasts a grand baby piano with stylish sofa set and fireplace.

The ceiling features an elegant coffered style while glass doors lead to outdoor space.Trulia The living space features an elegant sofa set lighted by a chandelier and a fireplace keeping the temperature warm.

There’s also a way into the balcony patio. Another view of the contemporary living room boasting the modish sofa set and center table along with the rug.Trulia The contemporary living room boasts a stylish yet comfortable sofa set with a modish center table and a rug.

Trulia This living space has an access to a balcony overlooking the beautiful Florida setting. The room is also equipped by stylish furnitures.Trulia Another living space offering a comfortable seat with a fireplace and a stylish rug.

Trulia The formal living space offers a nice set of seating on top of an elegant rug along with a fireplace and access to outdoor amenities.Trulia The home’s wide living space offers a billards pool for entertainment, sofa set for relaxing and dining table for dinner.

Trulia Outside view of the living space connected to outdoor features.Trulia Another living room in Taylor Swift’s dwelling place featuring a skylight ceiling and hardwood floors with a round dining set.

Trulia Contemporary living space with tiles flooring and elegant set of living room furnitures. Photo Credit: Dan ForerSAOTA Night time view of the contemporary living room boasting stylish lighting perfectly fits with the living room furnitures.

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62. Use shades of white wall paint (keeping in mind the location of your room) to increase reflection of natural light.

15. Make the most of window seats. Convert them into a reading station or an area to take a short nap. [2]

8. If you have a single room for lounging with family and guests, it can still be sophisticated, but it should be more like a TV room with a sofa sectional, a gaming spot and media console. Remember that if you have small kids, they are more likely to use it as a playroom, so keep the needs of everyone in your family in mind.

Invest in color, but do it smartly. Accent pillows, rugs, and other items are a great way to add splashes of color without turning off potential buyers.

67. Woven furniture and coffee tables also make a room appear more airy.

The reason designing a living room can be challenging is the many elements that must be considered – from floor to ceiling … and then furniture selection.  It’s not an easy task to turn an empty space into a spectacular living, but it’s done all the time and our gallery is evidence of it (even if you don’t like some of the designs – we’re confident you’ll find some that would be perfect for you).

48. If you do not have a fireplace, you can create a point of interest with a large piece of unique art such as a modern sculpted or faux taxidermy ornament. [6]

Or, combine options for a truly unique ceiling. Here, we see cathedral ceilings mixed with coffered details at the very top. A balcony overlooks the living room below. See more of this home here. Designed by Rebecca Mitchell Interiors. Photography by Drew Hadley.

If storage is at a premium in your living room, invest in a coffee table and end tables with storage. This large coffee table is actually two narrower tables placed together. Lower shelves ensure that any blankets or books may be stored out of sight.

As we’ve mentioned before, storage is necessary in any room, but you have some great, creative options for living rooms.

87. You can mix patterns with colors, but stick to minimalist color palettes. Let the patterns be in neutral shades if mixed with bright colored furniture.

10. Family rooms that double as entertaining areas for guests should have plenty of shelves, bookcases, drawers and cabinets.

If painting the walls a bold color isn’t for you, but you still want a splash of color, try choosing a sofa in a bold accent color, like this button tufted sofa with curved arms in a rich royal purple. Learn more here.

Attractive small cabinets are a great place to store DVD players and sound systems. They keep cords hidden and aren’t bulky like typical entertainment centers. Learn more here.

You may think that formal living room design ideas mean an expensive price tag. While that may be true sometimes, you can also find options to fit any budget. The right piece or change, even if it is a small one, can totally change the mood of a room. The essential thing is to do your homework with several considerations in mind including:

Our gallery, while it includes living rooms on the formal side, you’ll notice that while these rooms are more often than not from luxury homes, they’re designed to be used regularly, are inviting and comfortable… many featuring plush sofas, sectionals and comfortable armchairs.

Every living room needs a sofa! They come in all kinds of styles and materials, so it’s easy to find the perfect match for your design vision. Check out some of the best living room sofas!

4. Formal furniture work best, like chesterfield sofas, wing-back armchairs.

 The combination of lamps, daylight windows, and recessed lighting are enough to ensure that this tall room is well lit all day and night long. Source: Zillow Digs™

92. Use modular furniture for minimalist living rooms and play them up with contemporary accents.

Please see our gallery featuring 22 stunning living room flooring ideas.

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