Ah, the den—the perfect spot to zone out, get some piece and quiet, and curl up with a good book while enjoying some time spent solo. Because comfort is the name of the game when it comes to dens, you'll want to ensure that you're decorating accordingly. But that doesn't mean you need to stick to one particular aesthetic—if you love leather seating, that's definitely a go, but if you're drawn to colorful pieces, those are more than welcome in this type of space, too. We've rounded up 23 of our favorite dens that give us major relaxation vibes.
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By the Fire
Melissa Michaels's den is full of cozy elements: a crackling fire, layered blankets, and plush seating. A daybed makes for an excellent piece of furniture if you have the space—it's depth is conducive to lounging (and napping!) aplenty, and it's less precious than a sofa, making it an ideal piece on which to put your feet up.Continue to 2 of 23 below.
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Just because this den features traditional wood paneled walls doesn't mean it needs to be outfitted with antiques. Modern pieces shine in this space by Caroline Brackett, who skillfully mixed in a number of patterns to give the room personality and spunk.Continue to 3 of 23 below.
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Rebecca Rowland designed this cozy spot for her clients, equipped with a funky light fixture, beautiful abstract art, and of course, tons of throw pillow. Don't hesitate to incorporate more contemporary pieces into a den; the sculpture light fixture here, while very modern, adds so much visual interest to the room.Continue to 4 of 23 below.
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Not sure how to display books in your den? Why not simply place them in a tall stack to create a library-like, lived in feel? Dear Lillie Studio did just that in this black and white space, which also features an ottoman as a coffee table (perfect for propping your feet up).Continue to 5 of 23 below.
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A sectional is an excellent piece of furniture for a den because it basically encourages laying back and relaxing! This room by Cathie Hong Interiors is simple and serene—fun artwork, a few decorative accents, and a green friend are all you need to create a restful getaway.Continue to 6 of 23 below.
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By no means do you need to spend a ton in order to create a stunning den. Daniel Kanter purchased his beautiful vintage rug at an auction for just $45, and it brings so much warmth and character to his space.Continue to 7 of 23 below.
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This den by Jean Liu takes us back to libraries of yesteryear. It looks like the perfect spot to get lost in a delicious read (or two) and neglect all other responsibilities.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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All in the Family
Not sure how to outfit the walls of your den? Opt for family photos to add personality and charm to your space, as Anna McMenamin did in this room for her clients. Draping a throw blanket over the back of the sofa as she did encourages comfort and dozing—loungers won't have to reach too far to get comfortable.Continue to 11 of 23 below.
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Get sculptural! Designer Liz Caan utilized a number of pieces with personality in this traditional style den. Despite being subdued in color, these artful touches add plenty of intrigue to the space.Continue to 12 of 23 below.
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While lounging is always ideal, sometimes you may wish to get a bit of work done in peace, which is where a petite desk comes in handy. In this space by Perlmutter & Freiwald, it's easy to enjoy the best of both worlds. While an executive style desk can easily dominate a space, a dainty table is just as useful without dictating the room's flow.Continue to 14 of 23 below.
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Light and Bright
Celebrate your sun drenched space by going for white walls like Jen O'Brien did. Adding light colored furniture will keep the room looking bright and airy; you can always introduce other hues in the form of accessories.Continue to 15 of 23 below.
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Keep toys, games, blankets, and the like tucked away by choosing a fun ottoman that offers plenty of storage, like Karen Davis did. While dens should feel casual and welcoming, they should still be clutter free.Continue to 16 of 23 below.
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Use your den to display your favorite artwork and collections. This space by Jeff Andrews is full of life and will appease any maximalist. The shared coloring of the treasures—golds, yellows, browns—keep them from looking chaotic.Continue to 18 of 23 below.
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Have a unique wall shape? Take advantage of it by selecting a fun paint color or paper to liven things up even more. This black and white den by K Interiors proves that the classic color combo is longstanding for a reason.Continue to 19 of 23 below.
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Way Up High
If you want to take your den to the next level, do something fun with the ceiling! Whether you add a pop of paint or opt for wallpaper, the results are sure to wow. In this space, The Residency Bureau chose a playful print that adds so much intrigue to the space.Continue to 20 of 23 below.
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If you love a particular color, go ahead and utilize it in many different shades, as designer Liz Caan with green in this room. And to give a room some extra pizzazz, paint the ceiling—Caan opted for a yellow that brightens up the space even more.Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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A leather sofa is a den staple; the more storied the piece, the better. To add some color to the space, Studio Munroe went bold with the wall color in this room.Continue to 23 of 23 below.
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Moody and Mod
Black walls add plenty of moodiness to this den by Caroline Brackett. To keep the space from feeling too intense, she integrated peppier hues in the form of furniture, artwork, and throw pillows. Cheerful floor cushions double as a useful footrest when stacked together.