Avoid future boredom with calm colors using texture and pattern. In a dreamy beach house, muted prints in the same palette keep a neutral room from looking bland.
An open-concept layout is the key to a lighter, airier space. Choose a white color palette to up the vibe more.
Who says everything has to be matchy-matchy? Contrast your couch and chairs to make things a bit more interesting.
Let the vibes flow from room-to-room with another clever paint tip. “I often paint a home one color throughout,” says Susana Simonpietri, interior designer and cofounder of Chango & Co. “Or, I’ll try the softest hue in the room that gets the most natural light, then work through the rest of the home with deepening shades of blue and gray.”
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View in galleryLarge rooms tend to look beautiful with an industrial-style décor
The key to subtle color lays at your feet. A patterned carpet plays up the neutral furniture in a New Jersey home, while a similarly-hued pillow adds another punch to the armchair.
Mix metallic accents (we see you, adorable end table) with traditional wood pieces for added depth to your living room decor.
Blue and white is classic, but you can warm up your space a bit by choosing gray instead. This room is proof it’s not totally dull.
This jewel-toned color makes a room feel like a Caribbean oasis. Add potted plants and we’re completely swooning.
The bookshelves in this living room allow all kinds of opportunity for displaying different items, and also for storage. Adding a ladder for high shelves adds another decorative touch.
View in galleryFor a clean and minimalist décor, opt for built-in features and furniture
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The horizontal wood-paneled white walls help balance out the bold pinks, oranges, and blues in this room.
View in galleryWhite walls and flooring will make the room seem even bigger and brighter
Save square footage without sacrificing seating by using dining chairs in the living room. A rattan-and-cane perch takes up less real estate than a traditional recliner.
Blend neutral gray walls with sleek, modern furniture and lighting. It’ll look chic rather than dated.
Don’t let your primetime viewing habits impede your style. “Go for a slim TV (mine is a Samsung), and use a thin mount that lets it sit flat against the wall,” says lifestyle blogger Carley Knobloch. “Then have the wires threaded through the wall so it looks uncluttered.”
View in galleryIn the case of a long but narrow open floor plan you can delimitate different areas
Don’t forget to punctuate color with natural texture. Sarah Richardson used wicker baskets, a wood-frame mirror, and an antique pine dresser to warm up this rustic cabin.
Sounds like the dullest color ever, looks incredible. Wood paneling helps break up the dark wall.
Need space, stat? Swap boring shelving for more decorative options, then load up on fabric boxes or baskets to hide an overflow of knick knacks.
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.
View in galleryDouble-height ceilings make any space feel larger and floor=to-ceiling windows tend to do the same
Liven up a neutral space with potted plants and greenery. It’ll feel like an actual oasis in your living room.
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View in galleryBold colors and contrasts are always welcomed in living room decors
It’s not as much about where you put your furniture as it is about the types of pieces you choose. “In each room I design, I try to include at least one round piece, such as a coffee table, that people can walk around without bumping their knees,” says interior designer Katie Rosenfeld. “I also add a few armchairs and a versatile piece like a garden stool that can be used as a stool to sit on or as a table for a drink.”
Look to the opposite end of the color spectrum to tie everything together. A moody blue grounds a windowed living room by Sarah Richardson without overwhelming it.
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.
The rich-blue velvet couch pops nicely against the pale, misty gray paneled walls in this Chicago apartment.
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Update an old-school brick fireplace (or wood paneling) with a coat of cream paint like this sunny home. Take that, ’70s-era decor.
View in galleryUse pattern and color to create a dynamic décor and to maintain cohesion
Makeover a room by rethinking the pieces you already have. Use up leftover wall paint on the frame of an old chair or refresh curtains and pillows by sewing fancy trim along the edge.
The homey and welcoming vibes come through thanks to elevated-folksy Thibaut curtain pattern and 8-foot-long Lee Industries sofas. This room pumps up your pleasure at every turn.
I’ve never understood how whenever you see a picture of a totally aspirational living room, it’s completely devoid of a television. Like, doesn’t that totally defeat the purpose of a living room or something?! But now you too can fake out everyone on Instagram, thanks to a bifold-panel painting that hides your television behind gorg art.
But with size comes responsibility. A living room is not that easy to decorate as you might think. You have lots of space at your disposal and you have to think big and to choose furniture that matches the size of the room. If the sofa is too small then it will look weird. The same goes for the rest of the furniture as well.We have prepared some examples with living rooms that are particularly large and that also have beautiful interiors and we hope they can shed some light on this subject.
Give beige a break. Dramatic hues can drench a large living room, like this inky wallpaper. The deep blue provides a surprisingly neutral backdrop.
Fill any underused nook or corner with a big, ol’ houseplant and it can instantly become the personality-packed focal point of the room. Tuck the pot in a cute basket for an extra punch.
HGTV host Emily Henderson uses a “hero color” throughout every room to pull it all together. In her Los Angeles home, blue with gray and olive accents creates a casual, layered look.
For a laid-back look on your mantel, rest a sturdy style against the wall – no hammering required.
Measuring just 250 square feet, a tiny guesthouse copies a staple of Scandinavian style. Bright white shiplap creates the illusion of added space.
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Setting up a booze station on your bar cart is a no brainer — but using it as an end table (especially when space is limited) to display blooms, art and coffee table books is just genius.
View in galleryOversized artwork looks wonderful in large rooms and it also makes beautiful focal points
Make the living room feel airer (and infinitely bigger) by replacing a bulky sectional with pretty seating. Besides, what feels more luxe than velvet?
They might be overdone, but we still love them. Add a couple of poufs to accent your space.
Blue, in this case. Hint: it makes it easier to decorate, since you know exactly what shade you’re searching for.
The couch in this living room is a prime example of perfectly mismatched patterns. The couch maintains a color scheme, and the blue rug beneath it ties the whole look together.
Steal a space-faking secret from this tiny Brooklyn apartment. Choose a few full-size furniture pieces instead of cramming in lots of smaller ones. The living room will feel larger, and you’ll have a sofa you actually like to sit on.
For an unexpected fireplace display, swap logs for stacked books or magazines. Firewood, who?
Want to go a little glam without looking too showy? Add in minimal brass accents, like a side table and sconces.
Whether it’s a complete overhaul or a quick refresh, spice up the family’s favorite room with these pro tips.
Arguably, the most comfortable rug ever. This black and white pattern makes it feel fresh and modern.
View in galleryArea rugs are great visual boundary-creators in the case of large spaces
View in galleryExposed beams and wooden floors make a room feel warm and inviting
You spend a lot of time in your living room, so it not only needs to look great, but it needs to be functional and comfortable. Blending all three things can be tricky, but we’ve got plenty of ideas to inspire you. Need ideas for other areas too? Our bedroom and bathroom galleries will get you ready for a full house reno!
Short pieces, like this tufted couch, keep an open floor plan cozy. Use area rugs to define individual “rooms” within the space.
Start with an all-white canvas and swap in seasonal accents all year-round. This summery living room uses cool blues, jute accessories, and nautical accents for a beachy vibe.
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.
This hot pink fireplace was inspired by the homeowners’ grandmother’s favorite shade of lipstick. Have fun with little details like that!
Still, just because you have a lot of free space doesn’t mean you have to fill it all with furniture. You have to make sure you maintain the openness of the space and that the décor is airy. A large living room needs to have large windows but it also has to have just the right amount of furniture. This will make it feel comfortable without making it seem smaller in any sense.
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.
Chairs that look good but are totally uncomfortable? Not worth the cute factor. Opt for insanely comfy seating, like a papasan chair, and you’ll want to lounge in your living room forever.
The calming colors in the living room of this North Carolina home are balanced with fun geometric shapes in the prints above the couch, and on the rug below.
An open floor plan like in this Connecticut cottage creates one large space for entertaining. Two columns (garage-sale finds from years ago) stand at the corners of the kitchen, anchoring the room.
All white might seem boring, but a crisp, matte white is totally timeless, and will make your space feel a million times larger. Accent with colored pillows to add contrast.
View in galleryA large living room with large windows doesn’t really need much artificial lighting
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.
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.
Change up tired decor with this quick DIY. Add old wood planks to a coffee table as a bonus shelf. And skip painting — the weathered finish has more character.
If you’ve got a marble top coffee table, take it off and place it on the floor. Prop it up with some books for a bohemian update.
It adds nice depth to the room, and also makes entertaining guests super easy.
The quickest way to let light in starts at the source. Replace heavy fabric curtains with gauzy ones, making sure the panels go all the way to the floor. To accentuate a tall ceiling, mount the drapes about a foot above windows and doors.
The extra wide panels above this fireplace are a fresh, modern take on shiplap. To make it even more unique, only do a section of your wall.
This Connecticut farmhouse nails country style. Underused neutrals rust and charcoal echo throughout with woodsy elements like oak, cedar, stone, and leather.
View in galleryTake advantage of the natural light and the views but maintain privacy as well
View in galleryUse the same colors and textures throughout the room to maintain a cohesive décor
The living room is usually the largest room in the house. It has to be because this is where you receive guests, where you entertain them and where the whole family gathers to spend time together and to interact. But even so, some living rooms are spectacularly large.
If your room has a more minimalist vibe, try an oversized, paper pendant. But take note: If your furniture is large and clunky, or you have a lot of busy decor, it could overwhelm it.
Bring the garden inside with plant-inspired wallpaper, like the one in this living room that emulates greenery on a trellis. The result? A charming and cheery vibe.
View in galleryBy maintaining a simple décor and a restraint color palette you create a soothing atmosphere
Blue and white is the peanut butter and jelly of color combos. But that doesn’t mean it has to skew French country.