The living room is arguably the most important room in the house. For most families, its where they spend the most time. It also acts as the main “gathering space” for the family and apart from the kitchen its the one room where everybody comes together.
Its one of the most public spaces in your home and its often the space that your family, friends and guests will see first. For many people the living room is a room to show off, but at the same time it needs to reflect your family’s lifestyle.
There are many approaches to a living room but for the majority of people its just a casual space where the family can “live”. Its often the space where the family eats dinner, watch TV, do homework, play games ec. Its where we live most of our lives.
For those who are more serious about treating their living room as a “show piece”, this collection will not only inspire you but hopefully give you some design and decorating ideas to help shape your living room. Many of them will be above the average person’s budget but the taking away some of the basic ideas can help anyone on any budget achieve great results.
There’s a big mix of styles and decorating tastes covered so you will most certainly find your favorites in here. Styles vary a lot and different decorating styles will appeal to different tastes. Try and look past style and see how you can take some of the design ideas and apply it in your own home.
The color schemes, the layouts, the furniture style – all these are basic design and decorating principles that are universal. You don’t need to replicate the designs exactly to achieve the same effect. Let your budget guide you but never limit your imagination!
Here’s our BIG Gallery of Living Room Design Ideas:
A classical living room that uses a lot of off-white colors that’s very soft. The subtle use of wallpaper and the large central rug helps to add some texture to the room. Using light colored furniture helps to brighten up the room.
Using a monochrome color scheme can work incredibly well. The dark accents on the furniture matches those on the picture frames and even the window frames. The chandelier and the recessed lighting in the ceiling adds a soft glow to the room that makes it feel very warm. Subtle hints of color in the decoration adds a spark of life.
A different angle that shows the clever use of wallpaper. A very classic pattern with an off-white hue that helps to break up the overwhelming white elements. Also, note the dark wood paneling on the wall and how it contrasts with the white feature panel (on the right).
Using accent furniture works very well in an all-white room. The warmth of the wood floor plays off beautifully against the white sofas. The two feature pieces of furniture creates something interesting in the room and the fabric from the sofas is picked up the the large cushions on the white sofas.
A minimalist design with a faux stone wall that forms the main feature wall of this space. All the furniture has minimal detailing and very simplistic in its styling. The overall height and ample natural light makes this space very successful.
A very rustic style of decoration with a lot of oriental elements. The large open space allows for the use of dark, earthy colors that all compliment each other. The choice of furniture is very interesting. Note that almost all the coaches and chairs are different but the colors and styling helps it to blend very well together.
A very contemporary living room design that makes the most of the feature fire place. The beautiful white coach combines incredibly well with the stone floor that’s also mimicked in the fire place. By twisting the coach it creates a very interesting space and the shape of the coffee table is a really nice touch to help bind it all together.
The high open space with exposed rafters calls for an interior design like this. The furniture all gets its cue from the exposed rafters which is quite heavy and rustic. All the wood elements in the furniture matches with the rafters and the fabrics are quite neutral but still has an earthy color tone.
A very contemporary living room design with the white leather sofa and glass coffee table. Accent colors on the ceiling and the stone clad feature wall adds a sense of warmth and interest in the room and also separates it from the adjoining dining room.
A very contemporary design with a twist. The subtle color scheme and leather coffee table with mirror top is definitely a very contemporary design. The pin-striped fabric on the couches reminds a lot of country style furniture.
A very homely design that uses a lot of subtle elements of color and texture. The textured wall with the fire place helps to break up the large wall surfaces while the dark wood accents help to provide some contrast. Even though the color scheme is very limited there’s enough to make it feel work and cozy.
This contemporary living room uses the natural light very well. The colors are quite neutral and the warm gray from the sofas is picked up in subtle hues with the curtains. The neutral dark floor allows for a lot of whites while some of the dark wood furniture picks up on the floor. Note the TV and how its mounted within a frame which is a really nice idea.
One of the most striking features of this space is the floor and how the floor boards vary in color and run diagonally with the room. Because this space flows seamlessly between the kitchen, living room and dining area, its important to define the living space. The use of the rug and L-shaped sofa arrangement along with the coffee tables does this very well.
A very contemporary building and the interior design reflects that. While the space is very white, the slight color in the sofas makes all the difference to help warm up the space. The over-sized floor lamp is a really nice designer touch and helps to bring down the scale of the double volume space.
A very classical design that oozes style. The rug and coffee table combine really well to create a sense of luxury and provides a great contrast to the dark wood floors that run in the rest of the space. The color scheme is very well thought through and you can see how the different colors gets picked up by different elements.
Spaces with unique ceilings can sometimes be a bit difficult but in this case its used as a real feature. By using an accent color on the ceiling recesses it emphasizes the grid layout which is also extended down the walls to break up the off-white wall color. It creates a sense of elegance and the black floor is perfect is it grounds while a few internal plants create that splash of life and greenery.
Rooms where there’s no real division between the living and dining area needs to be treated a bit differently. What’s very smart about this living room design is that the dining area uses a pattern on the floor while the living area uses the rug to define its space. The use of the white sofas and the single leather chair helps to create a living space that’s separate and distinct from the dining area while still maintaining a sense of unity in the overall design.
A very “busy” design that combines a lot of elements into a relatively small space. If this is something you like, then you need to be cautious not to err on the side of clutter. Using different shades of brown in the furniture all seems to work together but going for a rich wall color like that could fail in most cases. The wooden trim around the walls helps to save this design and creates a sense of unity throughout.
You don’t need a large living room to have a sense of luxury. This space is quite small with a very limited color pallet that make it feel more spacious. The fire place acts as the main focus and the white sofas and dark wood elements helps to tie it into the dark wood floor.
Using warm earth colors should be used sparingly as it can over-power any room. This living room makes the most of the angled fire place and the warm gray colors works really well with the bright white walls and the earth tones of the drapes, pillows and ornaments.
A double height space that makes great use of the artwork to help bring the scale down. The full height drapes is a nice touch and the way the fabric is split into different colors is a very successful element. Also note how the bamboo in the artwork is reflected in the coffee table and how the warm wall color is picked up in the stone tiles.
Using stone cladding in a small space can be a bold choice since it can easily dominate. In this case the rather pale sandstone feature wall works very well with the fire place and the warm color scheme blends really nicely with the dark wood that’s used sporadically throughout the space
A very classical design with high ceilings and central fire place. The TV is very well concealed in the frame above the fire place and overall it blends in really well. The furniture and the rug is a bit dated but the layout of the room works very well.
Having a skylight this size is pure indulgence and allows for a very bright and airy feel in the room. Having too much light can also be a problem which is why the curtains makes such a big difference in diffusing the light. The mix of white sofas is interesting and works very well because of the overall color scheme.
A very contemporary open plan living room/kitchen. The balance in the space is great with the elevated kitchen floor reflected in the circular rug in the living room. The bright red elements provides a nice contrast the the black and white tone elsewhere in the room.
A very eclectic design that’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. The mix of different (bold) patterns and materials might seem to be alien but its the clever use of the overall color scheme that ties it together and makes it a great living room design.
The paneling on the feature wall is not very domestic but it works quite well in this design. The large central mirror and frames mirror surrounds creates a big focus in the room and the very plain furniture along with some subtle oriental decorations makes the space very warm and inviting.
A very symmetrical design that uses a lot of dark colors. The height of the space allows for the color pallet to work and the large mirror and reflective coffee table helps to reflect some light with a color pallet that otherwise just soaks up all the light in the space.
A very classical interior design with the velvet sofa, ornate chandelier and extravagant wallpaper all creating a sense of luxury. The color scheme is still very contemporary and striped wallpaper is bold but works really well.
A modern living room with a lot of classical elements in the treatment of the fire place, the ceiling and the windows. Having the shared fire place with the dining room is a really smart idea and helps the spaces to flow together much better.
A very contemporary living room design that uses recessed lighting to create the floating effect for the main partition wall. Having the glass fire place and TV built flush into the wall is a very contemporary feature and the crisp white minimalist furniture rounds of this very stylish living room space.
A perfect example of a contemporary living space. The all-white color pallet with beautiful white furniture is very much a manifesto of minimalist design. For many it may feel a bit sterile but the presence of planting and the way the space opens up outside does make it feel quite warm and inviting.
In most cases you’d want to steer away from using brown on a wall but this does seem to work. The wall color would not have worked as well without the white skirtings and surrounds that gives it quite a contemporary edge. The furniture is quite subtle but the rug itself is not a great attribute to this living room.
Spaces with very high ceilings can easily feel out of proportion. The subtle use of the warm gray colors makes this living room very cozy but it still maintains a sense of elegance with the large chandelier and mirror above the central fire place. Its not hard at all to see yourself getting cozy in this space on a cold day with the fire place going!
If you look at the various pieces of furniture you will see that its quite a mix of styles that seemingly don’t really fit together. However, the space does work well and the balance around the central fire place and the subtle wall color does add an extra dimension.
A living room that has a connection with an outside space is always great and having some large sliding doors helps a lot! The light sandstone fire place blends really well with the choice in wall color and the heavy grain in the wood floor works well with the accent furniture that’s quite dark. The glass coffee table does look a little bit out of place though.
The privilege of large open spaces! The shared fireplace is a great central feature of the room. In a space where the architecture itself dominates you don’t want to make too much noise with the interior design. Everything is quite subtle and the dominant aspect of the design is the space itself.
The dividing wall allows the space to still flow around it with the shared fire place and continuous floor finish allowing the open plan feel but still having a separate living and dining space. The oriental decorations helps to tone down the stark modern space and the recessed lights and joinery on the diving wall is really modern.
A very modern space with contrasting furniture. Its not to everybody’s taste and most feel that the furniture and interior design should match the architecture. The more classical furniture pieces are still subtle enough and the overall color scheme is soft enough to make it feel very inviting as a living room.
A very elegant design with a lot of decorative elements that makes the space feel alive. The subtle green color on the walls combines really well with the mix of furniture and the dark wood theme is also reflected in the floor. This look is very elegant and can be achieved without spending a fortune.
The bright and spacious design makes the most of the natural light and the white furniture creates a very modern look. Pay attention to the symmetry in the design and how the two chairs by the fireplace helps to combine the overall design elements.
The heavy and rustic stone fireplace dominates the space and the subtle cream colors makes for a very cozy living room. The sofas are quite bold in design but the colors match perfectly with the rest of the space.
Reed furniture is certainly not everybody’s taste but it does have a certain elegance. What makes this living room work well is the fact that it almost feels like an outdoor space and the rustic floor tiles and furniture helps to create that feel.
A more classic design, the difference in floor finish helps to define the living room and dining area as separate spaces. Pay attention to the sofa and how the cushions match the drapes – a smart way to pick up the different materials and help the design to gel together.
A wonderful piece of architecture with the exposed rafters and central stone fire place dominating the living room. The rugs and soft furnishings helps to off-set the cold stone elements while the wooden furnishings reflects the use of the wood in the exposed ceilings.
Exposed trusses are usually found in more rustic style designs but by painting the walls and ceiling in the same color, the white trusses offers a really great contrast and accentuates it in the design. The white is also picked up in the couches which is very modern while the rug and fireplace is quite classic. There’s a lot of eclectic elements but the treatment of the walls and ceiling binds the whole space together.
What’s particularly successful in this living room space is the subtle use of color. An all-white and very modern space where the exposed rafters become a real feature. The living room itself features 2 sofas – exactly the same in design but with a slight variation in color.
Glass fire places are very much in fashion and this one blends in beautifully with the wall unit. Along with the floors there are a lot of reflective surfaces and the colorful rug that has a hint of an oriental design acts as an interesting foil to the rest of the contemporary elements.
Using some more antique furniture in a modern space can work. The dark brown furniture works really well with the color of the sofas and the arrangement around the fire place is really good for this space.
A classic red leather sofa combined with the stone fire place is very 70’s. The symmetry in the design helps to accentuate the fire place but the curtains is probably a big let down in the overall design.
A very elegant space where the grand piano become the center piece. Everything in the space is quite contemporary and the use of up lights against the walls gives a really nice wash of light. The rug is probably not the best design choice but does help to pick up some of the red accents.
This country style home has a number of eclectic design elements and many of the furnishings are quite eclectic. Note how the drapes, rug and pillows all pick up the same design elements and even how the use of color flows through from the kitchen into the living room.
Using a mix of different furniture designs can be risky. It does not always blend well together but in this case the living room stands on its own and the arrangement around the beautiful fireplace sets it apart from the dining area that has a very different stylistic treatment. Using wall lights is also a great way to bring some warmth into the living room.
Quite an eclectic design but very warm and elegant. The wood floor inset helps to define the living room space along with the ceiling detail above the space. The cos-skin rug ads to the rustic feel that echoed in some of the ornaments in the space.
The white sofas with an alternative cushion fabric is quite quirky but still very subtle in this modern living room. The chandelier adds an element of luxury and the clever use of the drapes to divide the room from the dining area makes it work really well.
Very large living rooms can feel a bit “empty” and in this case the ornate ceiling serves really be the wow factor with the delicate chandelier. The curved coach helps to fill the space while the fire place still acts as the main focus.
A beautiful example of how a small living room can feel very homely and still be very modern. The monochrome color scheme and ultra modern coach makes it look very contemporary with only a few splashes of color. The warm carpet and picture frames adds a sense of coziness (the cat definitely helps as well)
A very minimalist living room where none of the furniture is competing to dominate any other design element. The shag rug adds some nice texture to the otherwise hard surfaces and the reflective ceiling is quite quirky works really well against the soft light from the large floor to ceiling windows.
A great example of balancing modern design with a really livable space. The wall unit design with the TV and floating shelf is very contemporary and gives a very clean modern look. The subtle recessed lighting and stainless steel roof fan are all very contemporary elements.
A very classical design that’s very elegant. The use of whites and cream colors gives the design a certain elegance and the slightly quirky leather sofa adds a bit of intrigue and breaks from the stickily classic elements elsewhere.
A contemporary showpiece with the floating fire place in front of the glass wall a must in any state of the art design. The space is very simple and by using a few select designer chairs it creates some interest while maximizing the views to the outside helping to invite the outdoors inside.
Quite a small space that’s problematic from a design point of view because of the height. Having the fill height drapes and the high level shelves above the TV makes it work really well and the shag carpet adds some much needed texture to the room.
A very simple contemporary design that is within the reach of most people. The dark floor boards combines really well with the pale furniture and the splash of purple works really well. A few accent pieces like the floor lamp and the standalone designer chair helps to make the living room very interesting.
This is definitely not your average living room and is quirky in every sense. The sunken seating area is reminiscent of the 70’s and so is the gold plated rails and furniture pieces. Having the sitting area sunken like that makes for a very interesting space that feels very open and the addition of the plants helps to make the space feel more vibrant.
Having a view like that can’t hurt the interior design one bit. This is a truly amazing living room and the 2 designer chairs combined with some of the decorations makes it look incredibly inviting and very expensive.
Open plan designs are almost the norm these days and for many designing a living room in an open plan setup is challenging. There is so much more to consider simply because the kitchen and often the dining area all has to work with the living room. In this case a simple white pallet that works with 1 wood color ties everything together. Subtle elements like the cushions and the rug gives the living room character and creates interest.
Using a black feature wall is quite a risky design element for a living room but its highly successful in this design. The high ceiling makes it possible and not taking it up the full height makes it work while the abstract painting sets off beautifully against the black wall. The way the natural wood is repeated in the windows, the fireplace, the chairs and even the vases ties the design together and the eclectic mix of modern elements with the more classical fireplace, window frames and chandelier creates an interesting design composition.
This one big feature wall is truly striking with a very interesting choice of color it plays off beautifully with the use of the wooden panel which is also reflected in the cabinet and wall shelves. The use of wall paintings placed on the floor is a very contemporary design element while the abstract rug gives a lot of color and adds that quirky element along with the sofa. By not having a big central coffee table it opens up the space which makes it feel both spacious and minimalist.