Your living room is a place built for leisure time, from bonding with family to entertaining friends to relaxing and recharging on your own. While design decisions such as layout will be largely determined by the size and style of the room, the decor should be built around your lifestyle, tailored to the needs of those who use it most while remaining flexible enough to accommodate guests or growing families.
Check out these living rooms that vary in style, size, and personality, for some ideas on how to elevate your living room decor—from furniture to lighting to textiles to accessories to window treatments, wallpaper, paint and more—to create a living room that's livable, inviting, and looks as good as it feels.
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Accent with Bright Yellow
In this bright, neutral SoHo loft in New York City from interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, curvy furniture helps to balance the boxy, industrial proportions of the living room area, and a pair of bright yellow armchairs injects some mood-boosting color that energizes and warms the space.Continue to 2 of 50 below.
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Use Weathered Materials
This Cape Cod fisherman's cabin from Alfredo Paredes Studio has an indoor outdoor feel and rustic finishes and decor—like a pair of cozy weathered leather French club chairs—that look right at home. Choosing vintage pieces with a well worn patina will help make your home feel lived in and authentic, whether or not it comes with a salty oceanfront view.Continue to 3 of 50 below.
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Add Color with a Rainbow Rug
If you love color but have difficulty choosing a color palette for the living room, why not install a giant rainbow area rug and cover all your bases. In this white- and brick-walled New York City apartment from interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, the rainbow rug anchors the seating area with its saturated red sofa and pair of blue armchairs, while a large red wall cabinet and a multicolored piece of framed art over the fireplace pulls some of the color throughout the rest of the room.Continue to 5 of 50 below.
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In this Atlanta living room from interior designer Jessica Davis of Atelier Davis, the floor-to-ceiling windows are juxtaposed with a jumble of artwork on the warm wood paneled walls, and the room is generously layered with texture, from the Beni Ourain rug to the chunky knit blanket, patterned throw pillows, and coffee table styled with books and decor objects.Continue to 6 of 50 below.
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Paint It All Black
In this sophisticated French living room from Caroline Andréoni Interior Design, matte black paint on the walls and ceiling creates an enveloping feel day or night that invites relaxation. Light oak flooring, a pale area rug, and a large, deep sectional sofa in a soft pale shade of gray create a cozy conversation area. If black sounds too intimidating, spend some time with a bunch of paint swatches in shades of what the French call "faux black," meaning shades of gray, blue, green, brown, and other neutrals that are so deep they almost look black while retaining a livable and sometimes more flattering softness, depending on the room and its orientation and natural light.Continue to 7 of 50 below.
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Supersize Your Greenery
This living room from Michelle Gerson Interiors has clean lines and a black-and-white palette, giving choice decorative accents like a recycled airplane wall hanging and an oversized fiddle leaf fig tree a chance to shine. While a jumble of plants always cheers up a room, a single oversized plant, tree, green wall, or other type of greenery can create added drama that works well in a minimalist or more sophisticated room.Continue to 8 of 50 below.
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Mix Pink and Yellow
When it comes to pink, remember to think beyond blush tones and embrace the many shades of this crowd-pleasing and versatile color. In this serene living room from Fantastic Frank, warm pink walls, a plush rose-colored sofa, mustard accents, oversized lighting, and warm woods create a soothing and inviting ambiance with just a few well chosen elements.Continue to 9 of 50 below.
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Place a Decorative Screen Behind the Sofa
Windows placed high on a wall can help flood a room with natural light, but they can also create an awkward feel when located above a seating area. To cheat the gap between the top of the sofa and to make this living room seating area feel more cozy, Marie Flanigan Interiors placed a multi-paneled decorative screen (otherwise known as a room divider) behind the sofa that creates a backdrop for the seating area and distracts the eye from the tall windows.Continue to 10 of 50 below.
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Install a Wood Accent Wall
The hero of this light-flooded living room from Atelier Davis is a striking medium-toned wood accent wall that adds closed storage, display space, and warmth to the room and complements furniture and decor elements in bright shades of blue and coral.Continue to 11 of 50 below.
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Try Some Mirrored Furniture
This Echo Park cabin from Leanne Ford Interiors mixes rustic, organic, textural, and vintage pieces, like a large mirrored cube coffee table that adds sparkle, reflects light, and makes the room feel larger and more vibrant.Continue to 12 of 50 below.
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Choose a Monumental Coffee Table
To ground the large sectional sofa in this neutral toned living room with high ceilings and exposed beams, Michelle Gerson Interiors chose a monumental coffee table with generous proportions and enough visual weight to anchor the space and make it feel cozy for watching movies and hanging out.Continue to 14 of 50 below.
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Create Double Seating Zones
In a large space, creating distinct zones multiplies the functionality of the room. In this living room from Marie Flanigan Interiors, a conversation area with comfortably overstuffed linen slipcovered armchairs is centered around a transparent table. On the other side, a larger seating area has a large sofa with its back to conversation area that is visually separated by a console table with table lamps on each end that helps balance light throughout the room. In addition to layout, you can help visually separate different zones with area rugs, room dividers, or plants.Continue to 15 of 50 below.
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Add Dimension with Carved Wood
Finding ways to decorate around the TV so that it looks integrated into the decor rather than sticking out like an eyesore is always a challenge. In this New York City living room from interior designer Alvin Wayne, a long carved wood console adds storage and structures the wall housing the flat screen TV, which is finished in a rough and textural concrete-effect gray that adds dimension to the room and gives the eye something other than the TV to focus on when it's not in use.Continue to 16 of 50 below.
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Hang an Oversized Pendant Light
In this 1920's California hunting cabin in the canyons of Los Angeles from Leanne Ford Interiors, an oversized round paper lantern hangs in the middle of the room, highlighting the ceiling beams and helping to make the space feel cozier and more intimate.Continue to 17 of 50 below.
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Brighten Your Walls
Adding bright multicolored pops of color in a neutral room is an easy way to change the decor and add personality with a few well chosen strokes, like this living room from Leanne Ford Interiors with its pair of eye-catching prints mounted on simple white frames.
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Use Coastal Colors
In this beach front living room in Nantucket, Massachusetts from Allison Babcock Design, the all-white interior is punctuated with shades of blue and natural materials like wood and rattan to give it a clean, coastal vibe.Continue to 19 of 50 below.
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Hang Double Chandeliers
If you've got a room with soaring vaulted ceilings that results in a giant volume of airspace overhead, hanging a decorative pendant light is an obvious choice to help bridge the space between the roof and the floor. But if the room is especially large, one light fixture might not be enough. In this spacious California living room from Marie Flanigan Interiors, a pair of decorative black metal chandeliers adds visual interest, helps balance the light in the room after dark, and draws the eye up to admire the exposed ceiling beams.Continue to 20 of 50 below.
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Split Your Sectional
In this living room from Andrea May Interiors, a small table between two sections of a modular sofa helps to elongate it so that it fits the wall, while providing space for books and a small light that wouldn't fit on either side of the wall.Continue to 21 of 50 below.
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Use Rounded Furniture
In this living room from Atelier Davis, red wall paint adds life to a long, rectangular shape of the space, and a large sectional sofa with rounded corners softens the sharp linear lines of the room.Continue to 23 of 50 below.
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Choose a Sculptural Coffee Table
A focus on varying shapes adds interest to this gray-and-white living room from Michelle Gerson Interiors, and a sculptural coffee table anchors the space with soft curves that aids circulation without bashed shins or stubbed toes.Continue to 24 of 50 below.
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Use a Plinth to Display Plants
In this Maine living room from Tyler Karu, a vintage plinth classically used to display sculptures shows off a large plant instead. It's a twist on the usual plant stand and a fun way to add height that makes your living room layout more interesting while helping make sure that your plant gets the requisite amount of light.Continue to 25 of 50 below.
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Build In Seating
In this living room from Atelier Davis, a built-in banquette outfitted with throw pillows creates an additional seating area by the window.Continue to 26 of 50 below.
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Blacken the Fireplace
In this spacious and light-flooded living room from Laquita Tate Interior Styling and Designs, painting the tall brick fireplace in a shade of matte charcoal black anchors the room and complements shades of green.Continue to 27 of 50 below.
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Choose a Statement Pendant Lamp
A simple way to bring life to a minimalist living room is to focus on a statement piece. In this living room from Leanne Ford Interiors, an extra tall rattan pendant light is hung above the coffee table between opposite sofas, adding a sculptural element and soft ambient lighting.Continue to 28 of 50 below.
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Wash the Walls in Acid Yellow
This cozy British living room from Studio Peake takes a stand against the gray skies of London with acid yellow wall paint that bring the sun and the good vibes, energizing the classic architecture of the room. Yellow is a versatile shade that plays well with other colors, and makes a great foil for pops of green and red scattered throughout this spirited room.Continue to 30 of 50 below.
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Overlap the Art
To help fill the wall space behind a long sectional sofa, Leanne Ford Interiors layered two large-scale pieces of simple, unframed abstract black-and-white art that is in keeping with the neutral tones of the room. This informal approach to hanging art on the wall creates a casually chic vibe that's easier to compose and hang than a gallery wall.Continue to 31 of 50 below.
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Wallpaper the Built-Ins
In this Parisian living room from Caroline Andréoni Interior Design, built-in bookshelves flanking the period fireplace are wallpapered in a dark pattern that adds subtle interest and dimension.Continue to 32 of 50 below.
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Stack the Art
Take the stress out of hanging your artwork and stack it casually on the floor against the baseboards instead, like this cool and colorful Barcelona, Spain apartment from Fantastic Frank. Be sure to vary shapes and heights, and if you prefer, use this same technique to stack vintage mirrors of varying sizes and shapes and frame styles instead.Continue to 34 of 50 below.
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Tile the Fireplace
This London living room from Studio Peake is a joyful mix of cool and warm tones, decor objects, and patterns, but black-and-white zigzag tiling on the classic fireplace surround adds a graphic modern touch.Continue to 35 of 50 below.
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Display Your Art Collection
Interior designer Tyler Karu treated this white-walled living room like an art gallery to display a collection of colorful art, adding plenty of pattern and cozy textiles and furnishings to the seating area.Continue to 36 of 50 below.
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Skip the Curtains
Curtains, drapes, and window shades can come in handy for privacy, light, and temperature controls. But if your windows are located out of sight from nosy neighbors, and especially if they are energy efficient and located in a non-south-facing room, you might decide to leave them naked instead. In this light and airy midcentury modern living room from Cathie Hong Interiors, a wall of windows creates an indoor outdoor feel and a private backyard removes the need for curtains. If light control is an issue, you can install custom automated window shades that won't interfere with the aesthetics of the architecture.Continue to 38 of 50 below.
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Hang a Painting from the Bookcase
There's no reason you have to hang a painting over the sofa or the fireplace. Displaying art in unconventional ways can help you pay more attention to it and create more of a dialogue between a piece of art and its surroundings. In this living room from Leanne Ford Interiors, a large unframed portrait is hung casually from a wall of bookshelves perpendicular to the fireplace, adding surprise and encouraging passersby to engage with the painting.Continue to 39 of 50 below.
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Repurpose a Vintage Trunk
In this Spanish Colonial style living room from interior designer Tyler Karu, a repurposed vintage trunk doubles as a coffee table, complementing the earthy brown tones of the room.Continue to 40 of 50 below.
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Highlight a Design Classic
In this Mountain View, California living room in a 1956 John Calder Mackay home from Cathie Hong Interiors, a reproduction Grasshopper lamp from legendary midcentury designer Greta Grossman adds a period-appropriate and sculptural decor accent that looks just as modern as it did when it was first designed in 1947.Continue to 41 of 50 below.
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Define Space with a Pendant Light
In this open plan Swedish living room from Fantastic Frank, a simple triangular-shaped pendant light is hung low over the coffee table, helping to define the seating area, and providing ambient light that makes the space feel more intimate after dark.Continue to 43 of 50 below.
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Add a Book Tower
This San Francisco living room from Cathie Hong Interiors features a stylish book tower nestled in a bank of windows next to a comfortable reading chair, allowing reading material to be right at hand without compromising the minimalist feel of the airy room.Continue to 44 of 50 below.
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Play with Ombre
The star feature of this living room from Tina Ramchandani Creative is the blue gradient paint treatment on the walls and ceiling that creates a calming atmosphere and is more memorable than flat painted walls.Continue to 45 of 50 below.
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Skip the Coffee Table
While the coffee table is generally regarded as a must-have piece of decor in a living room, rules were meant to be broken. This spacious Ibiza living room from Fantastic Frank skips the coffee table, anchoring the room and its wrap-around seating area with a large colorful rug instead that leaves an open space for sleepovers, games of Twister, group yoga sessions, or hanging out on a rainy afternoon.
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Add a Preserved Moss Wall Hanging
If you lack a green thumb or travel too much to feel confident decorating your living room with house plants, a preserved moss wall hanging is a natural option that functions like a work of art, no maintenance required. In this living room from Louis Duncan-He Designs, a round preserved moss wall hanging is framed by the painted wood paneling, adding a stylized touch of nature that fits with the polished room.Continue to 47 of 50 below.
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Install a Stealth Bar Cabinet
In this living room from JLA Designs, a stealth bar cabinet hides its contents when closed, but reveals a gleaming showcase for choice bottles and glassware with a mirrored back that ensures that it looks stylish and organized when left open.Continue to 48 of 50 below.
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Include a Conversation Piece
When you're styling your living room, one school of thought goes that even in the most well designed spaces, there should always be one surprising element that challenges conventional notions of good taste, makes you chuckle, or just feels a little off kilter. In this living room from Leanne Ford Interiors, a giant disco ball is placed among stacks of books on a console table in the window and behind the sofa, reflecting light, creating magical shadows, and providing the room with a natural conversation starter that will break the ice when guest drop by.Continue to 49 of 50 below.
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Hang an Antique Chandelier
This Swedish country living room from Fantastic Frank has flowy curtains, a loosely slipcovered sofa, a Scandi-style rocking chair, a large vintage area rug, and an antique chandelier hanging in the center of the room that adds a note of delicacy and old world charm.Continue to 50 of 50 below.
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Highlight Your Vinyl Collection
Your living room decor should be dictated by how you like to spend time and entertain. In this living room from Louis Duncan-He Designs, matte black accents walls on either side of the classic fireplace are lined with floating shelves that serve as a showcase for a treasured vinyl collection and stereo setup for evenings by the fire listening to music.