Let these beautiful living room ideas inspire you to design the perfect space to unwind after a long day.
Kitchens are gathering spaces for creativity and nourishment. Bedrooms are calming spaces to find rest and rejuvenation. Bathrooms are preparation spaces for cleanliness and self-care. But what about living rooms?
Living rooms are the spaces where we wind down for the day, kick back with our favorite book, or catch up on TV. Living rooms are also a prime spot for hosting guests.
Because you spend so much time in your living room, it’s important to come up with a design plan that fits your lifestyle and aesthetics.
100 Beautiful and Tranquil Living Rooms You Won’t Want to Leave
Scroll through these 100 beautiful living rooms that will inspire you to nurture your home’s tranquility.
1. Unite Everyone with Your Seating Choices
When you’re the hosting guru among your friends, seating is one of the primary elements in your living room. Caroline Legrand Design uses a circle rug and sectional to bring everyone together, whether it’s for a book club or cocktails.
2. Create a Playful Atmosphere with Patterns
Leslie Rylee is a master of pattern mixing. This living room displays four different patterns, not counting the walls’ architectural interest. It’s a great example of how you can infuse your space with playfulness.
3. Add Texture to Make Your Living Room Décor More Interesting
Is your most relaxing space void of color? If that’s what really lets you relax, embrace it in your living room. Use black, white, and brown in your color scheme and focus on texture to make things interesting.
4. A Living Room Overlooking a Lake or the Ocean
Designing a living room that looks out on a lake or ocean can be tricky. You want it to have that waterside feeling but without the cliche shells and rowboats covering every surface. Take a page out of Southern Studio Interior Design’s book and make your living room’s canvas as neutral as possible. Then any blue accents will immediately lend that seaside look.
5. Add Bookshelves to Your Living Room
How do you create a modern living room that’s cozy? You’ll find the answer in the books. Bookshelves lend that feeling of home and comfort to a space, even if the rest of your living room is straight edges and black accents.
6. Mix and Match Several Shades of the Same Color
Charla Ray Interior Design knows that you can mix several shades of the same color and they will match. Suddenly your opportunities for fun colored sofas are endless.
7. Add Texture When Decorating with Neutral Colors
When you’re working with neutral colors, it’s essential that you think about your textures to give your living room a rounded look. Lisa Sherry Interiors added fur, jute, and weaves to their accents and the space definitely feels finished.
8. A Cozy Traditional Living Room
Styling a traditional living room can be a challenge but This Old House knows exactly how. A patterned rug gives a great landing pad for your living room furniture and will help hide the hard wear and tear from kids and pets.
9. Add Creams and Linens to Create a Rustic Living Room
A rustic home doesn’t have to be all heavy wood and buffalo check. With a myriad of creams and linens, the heavy wood accents you choose will stand out better without weighing down your space. M Naeve shows off some rustic wood in that beautiful coffee table which makes the perfect focal point.
10. Create a Peaceful Gallery Wall
Art in your living room doesn’t have to be bold to make a statement. Carrie Brigham Design uses three similar pieces to create flow and continuity for the eyes. It definitely comes off more peaceful than a gallery wall.
11. Make Your Fireplace a Focal Point of the Room
Does your living room have a fireplace? Make it the focal point of your space like Studio Steidley did with this nice living room. It will make your living room seem even cozier than any number of throw pillows could bring.
12. Big Picture Windows for More Natural Light
If we could choose big picture windows, wouldn’t we all give a resounding “yes”? If you have them, follow the example of this living room by M Naeve and keep all your living room decor creamy white to catch all those rays.
13. Separate Work and Play with Your Sofa
Life gets busy and when your living room acts as several rooms put together, it can be tough to keep the tasks separated. Monique Gibson put a desk behind the sofa to give some separation between work and play in the same room.
14. Draw Attention to Wood Floors
Old homes have such wonderful features. Grey Dove Design kept the style of this living room light and simple to draw attention to the wood floors, heavy beams, and brick fireplace in this historical space.
15. Use Simple Large Branch Clippings Instead of Plants or Flowers
So many people recommend plants and flowers to finish out a room. But what if you have a brown thumb and will kill them all? Estudio María Santos uses simple large branch clippings to bring the greenery into the room without the hassle.
16. Display Your Photographs to Decorate Your Living Room Walls
Don’t think that your living room must have expensive art to be beautiful. When you’re are a photographer, you can use your own prints to decorate your walls. Jeff Schlarb keeps it black and white to continue the look in this living room.
17. Fill Your Room With Vintage Pieces
18. Add Brightly Colored Accents
If the walls of your living room are a neutral color, don’t shy away from brightly colored accents. The myriad of lush fabrics in bright shades in this living room by Casa Botelho can’t help but invite you to stay awhile.
19. Put All the Focal Points on One Wall
A living room with multiple focal points is hard to design. Desjeux Delaye fixed this problem by putting all the focal points on one wall. The fireplace, bookshelves and TV together keep everyone’s attention instead of not knowing where to look.
20. A Fun Living Room Your Kids Will Love Spending Time In
A kid filled home is a funky home, or at least it should be. Funky in a good way. SJB designers found the best striped chair that really grabs your attention in this living room. Your kids will be fighting over a chair like that.
21. Bright Colors for a Kid-Friendly Home
22. Start with a Blank Slate
Nathalie Deboel knew that the key to bringing modern style to this cottage living room was a blank slate to begin with. Painting the walls and ceiling in the same shade really makes them blend into the background while the modern styling stands out.
23. Apply A Textured Wallpaper
These days, who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? Gregory Shano covered this living room in a textured wallpaper that brought this space to the next level. Can you imagine it in flat paint? It just wouldn’t be the same.
24. Use Bamboo Blinds for a Textured Accent
Not all rooms require fabric drapes to look finished. Kate Lester Interiors uses bamboo blinds to provide a textured accent as well as the necessary privacy in this beautiful living room.
25. A Bold and Bright Couch
Such a bright couch really takes up so much visual space, it’s almost essential to use see through accents for the rest of the room. Itta Estudio adds those bamboo accent chairs for the perfect supplement seating.
26. Navy Blue Accents in a White Living Room
Deep colors are so fun to use in your home. Andria Fromm gave this white living room all kinds of navy blue accents. The white walls and light floors create the ideal background to support such dark seating.
27. A Welcoming Small Living Room
28. Comfortable Pillows for Your Sofa
Most sofas require you to add your own cushions, but a sofa like this one comes with everything you need. Plus, all those pillows are going to be the same color, making it a calming scene in your living room.
29. Use a Deep Windowsill as a Side Table
Natalie Haegeman Interiors had an interesting living room layout to work with here but they made it work for them instead of fighting it. Using a deep windowsill as a side table and a beam as a focal point, it makes everyone’s job easier.
30. Add Bright Colors to a Traditional Living Room
Many think that traditional design revolves around neutral colors but J.Latter Design shows is that that isn’t necessarily the case. When you keep to the rolled chair edges and classic coffee tables, you can use any bright colors you want.
31. Place a Tree in Your Living Room
High ceilings and large windows are prime real estate for potted plants. Having a tree in your living room will make the whole space seem a little more like a greenhouse.
32. A Large Open Living Room
A large open living room can’t be styled like many other living rooms. While there is usually a central area with a sofa and coffee table, you need to think about how to create little nooks in the empty corners. Maybe a desk in one spot and a couple of comfy chairs in another to fill out the space.
33. Fill an Empty Corner with a Bookshelf
There is no empty corner that a built-in bookshelf won’t fill. If you’re struggling to get a grasp on that empty spot, set your hands to work and give yourself a corner to fill with all the books and tchotchkes your heart desires.
34. A Comfortable and Breathable Living Room
Jessica Helgerson wins at creating a completely beautiful airy space to relax in. With leggy furniture and white walls, it’s a comfortable yet breathable space to hang out in at the end of the day.
35. Leave Shelves Empty for a More Peaceful Living Room
Just because you have shelves doesn’t mean you need to fill them. Nook Architects used the credenza for the TV and left the rest bare to create a pleasant look with the negative space.
36. Switch Out Your Lighting to Upgrade Your Living Room
Starting to feel like your furniture is blah? Rather than buying a whole new living room set, switch out your lighting for something more fun. Corrine Bensimon Maison uses bright basket shades to liven up an otherwise neutral living room.
37. Cover Up a Brick Wall with Statement Art Pieces
It’s easy to find all the things you dislike about a rental living room. Workroom used large statement art pieces to cover up a brick wall and make this living room feel decidedly industrial, teaching us that it’s all about creativity.
38. A Modern Black Statement Wall
The black statement wall gives this living room a modern feel, while the textures in the rug and furniture make it feel cozy. It’s an example of minimal interior design that doesn’t feel harsh.
39. Paint a Picture to Display in Your Living Room
Let’s talk about that painting because if there was a good example of statement art, this would be the poster for it. While it can cost you a fortune, you can also put your own paintbrushes to work and create a masterpiece.
40. Add a Pouf to Your Living Room
Every living room needs a pouf. Amanda Webster Design used a coffee table with space underneath to stash them when not in use. They make wonderful extra seating.
41. A Brick Wall and Unique Ceiling
Hello, beautiful living room. When you have elements like a brick wall or a gorgeous ceiling, make those work for you. The more original character you can display, the less decorating you will have to do yourself.
42. Bright Floral Accent Chairs
Every so often, you run across a piece of furniture that you just have to have. Jenny Madden Design added bright floral accent chairs to an otherwise traditional living room, and it paid off. They steal the show, sitting amidst all those neutral shades.
43. An Aqua and Coral Living Room
While most designers seem to stay on one end of the color wheel, Celerie Kemble took a leap in this living room. Who would have thought that aqua and coral would look so perfect together, but they do.
44. Create a Library Feeling for Your Living Room
When your living room is lacking in light, it can be difficult to get a good vision for it. But Tiffany Duggan solved the problem by giving this space a serious library feel with plum bookshelves and plaid chairs. It ends up feeling cozy instead of cavelike, which is the goal for every living room.
45. Don’t Shy Away From Pink
Looking to create the perfect bachelorette pad to come home to? Take a tip from Géraldine Prieur and don’t shy away from pink. From the walls to the furniture, infuse your space with a good dose of blush and you’re living room will feel fit for a princess.
46. A Scandinavian-Inspired Living Room
47. Make Your Living Room a Mirror of Your Personal Space
Since your living room will be the space that guests see the most, don’t be afraid to make it a mirror of your personal style. Mix a modern painting with a vintage sofa if that’s what floats your boat. It will make your living room uniquely you.
48. A Modern Yet Rustic Living Room
At first glance, this beautiful living room seems modern. But then you realize that Standard designers have added a Persian rug and rustic coffee table. Together they make the perfect balance that would fit in any home.
49. Retain Elements of an Older Home
Brown Design Group did this living room a favor when they kept the Spanish Revival accents. It’s a great example of how you don’t have to completely start over in an old home, even with your modern style.
50. Bright White Walls
Bright white walls have been on trend for a while, and when you have a living room like this one, you should take advantage. All that natural light will keep your space feeling fresh and airy, no matter the season.
51. Install Shelves on the Wall
52. Add Color to Your Floor
Don’t rely only on your wall art to give your living room the color you need. POCO Designs took their pink scheme and went wild with it all the way to the floor. It certainly gets the imagination going.
53. A Living Room with Shiplap Walls
Marie Flanigan might have been questioned when she covered the living room in shiplap, but in the end, it all worked out. The simple white pattern gives a good canvas for all the texture going on in this space.
54. A Simple and Creative Living Room
Striving for a modern living room is all about simplicity and creativity. Summer Thornton had the right idea by covering the windows with shades and curtains. There is softness there without the busyness of much texture or pattern.
55. Mix Styles in Your Living Room
It can be so fun to experiment with mixing styles in your home. Alison Damonte put a lime green sectional in this mid-century living room, and it definitely worked to update the home without losing the charm.
56. Add a Patterned Rug on the Floor
57. Position Your Sofa Against Your Windows
Does your living room have a stunning view? Design like Ardess and position your sofa against your windows. You’ll create a favorite spot for watching the weather outside.
58. Quirky Living Room Decor
59. Stick to a Few Simple Colors
There is something to be said about monochrome decor. Michael Del Pietro used three colors in this living room; gray, black, and brown. Even the accents are all one shade, creating a simple-looking shelf.
60. A Classic Scandinavian Living Room
Thank you, Anders Bergstedt, for this classic Scandinavian living room. Simple furniture allows you to focus on the knits, furs, and weaves of the room’s accent pillows and blankets. Just goes to show that you don’t need color to be perfectly cozy.
61. Plank Walls for Your Living Room
Who says that plank walls are out of style? This gorgeous chalet by Marianne Tiegen shows off the best plank wall in the design world. Such a rustic feature is balanced out by the black and white patterned chairs.
62. A Comfortable Living Room for Hosting Parties
Comfort is key when you host a lot of parties. Samantha Hauvette chose plush seating with soft fabrics for this otherwise very French apartment, and it created the best spot for hanging out with all your best pals.
63. A Pink Sofa in a Traditional Living Room
Tiffany Duggan does it again with this gorgeous traditional living room. And a pink sofa? Of course, because it balances out the other pink elements in the room.
64. Gallery Walls
Gallery walls have many possibilities. If you’re afraid that a gallery wall will be too overwhelming in your living room, pay attention to your colors like this display by Studio Gild. When they’re all in a certain color pallet, it will feel full without being too busy.
65. Add Spaces for Your Cats to Explore
Got pets? This living room by Barker Freeman incorporates ledges and hidey holes for the home’s cats. While you might not be able to incorporate it into your architecture, you can still DIY some spots in your living room for your furry friends.
66. Use Black Fur and Velvet
Black is edgy and dangerous in the decorating world. But when you choose it for materials like fur and velvet, like in this beautiful living room by Ryan Korban, it becomes more luxurious.
67. Splash Out on Fancy Chairs
When you come across chairs that are a little above budget but totally perfect, you buy them. cityhomeCOLLECTIVE definitely made the room with those acrylic seats filled with fur.
68. Stained Glass Windows
Even with the classic architecture and stained glass window, Stephane Chamard managed to make this room a modern wonder. It really challenges the rest of us to look past the space we have and see what it could be.
69. Paint the Walls Black
Rather than covering up the ceiling and beams, Maison Hand makes them the centerpiece by painting the walls black. Somehow, against the dramatic backdrop, the imperfectness of the original structure becomes more interesting.
70. Add Fur to Your Space
Are you in love with fur? Pearson Design Group shows us how to really embrace it in your home without making your space look like a hunter’s lodge. That rug just screams comfort.
71. Embrace Imperfection in Your Living Room
Is your living room wildly imperfect? Join the club. But rather than covering it all up, embrace the imperfections as Michel Perry does in his rustic home. All those not-so-pretty parts become interesting and beautiful.
72. Soft and Warm Gray Walls
Hilary Robertson kills it with the soft warm gray walls in her living room. It sets the tone perfectly for all the touches of vintage and glamor throughout the space.
73. Focus on Secondary Lighting
Even with all that natural light coming from the ceiling, this living room by James van der Velden demonstrates the importance of secondary lighting in our living areas. With sconces, table lamps, and track lights, you can get a warm glow where you want it without harsh overhead lighting.
74. Shop for Souvenirs on Your Travels
Do you travel? It’s quite fun to shop for souvenirs when you explore new places, especially if it’s something that you can display every day. Look for rugs and pillows that match your living room’s color scheme and, if all else fails, something for the bookshelf.
75. A Giant Coffee Table for Hosting Friends and Family Members
A giant coffee table might not seem like an essential piece in your living room, but if you have kids or host your friends, it’s necessary. You’ll be glad of the space when it comes time for game night.
76. Design Your Living Room Around a Neutral Color Pallet
Design your living room around a neutral color pallet to create your canvas, and then add just a few pops of color. Doing so is a great way to experiment with colors you wouldn’t otherwise use.
77. A Fun Conversation Piece
We spy a duck in the corner of the living room. While we’re not sure why Shoot Factory would include one, it’s certainly a conversation piece and makes us wonder what other things could serve the same purpose.
78. Create a Unique Chandelier
When it comes to lighting, there is always creativity to be had. Wrap your overhead chandelier in rope or foraged branches to create a completely new look in your living room without the expense.
79. A Large White Sofa
While some might say a white sofa is a bad idea, it’s certainly the perfect background for any pillows you want. So grab that opportunity and collect all the spring patterns for your living room.
80. Black and White Patterns
Need a big punchy makeover on a low color scheme? Black and white patterns are where it’s at. Who knows what exactly Greg Natale started with, but in the end, the wallpaper, rug, and pillows make a great combination.
81. Make Your Living Room Feel Like an Art Gallery
It’s ever so easy to make your living room feel like an art gallery. As Nest Architects displays, keep your space neutral and let your artwork do the talking.
82. Find A Small Corner for a Bookshelf
What do you do when there isn’t a good place for a bookshelf? You make a place. Ensemble Architecture built bookshelves around the windows, creating a personal library.
83. Mix and Match Pastel Shades
Nikki Tibbles’s home is a beautiful mash of pastel shades. With black accents thrown in to make it feel more grown up, it’s a beautiful living room idea.
84. Add a Large Mirror to Brighten Up Your Space
85. A Simple Daybed Covered with Cushions
Some living rooms are big enough to benefit from dual sofas. But what if you don’t have the budget for that? Deborah French Designs built a simple daybed and filled it with cushions to provide extra seating on a dime.
86. Turn Your Books Around
87. A Minimalist Living Room
When you want to style a really relaxing space, minimalism is key. Arent & Pyke achieve this even in a traditional sense with deep colors and a lack of wall art. The negative space feels cool and clean.
88. A Patterned Pink Rug
Ahh pink. We just can’t seem to get over it, probably because it’s such a happy color. The pattern of the pink rug helps all the shades to really blend in the same space.
89. A Patterned Couch
90. Combine Modern and Farmhouse Living Room Decor
Disc Interiors combined modern and farmhouse aspects in this beautiful living room, and we couldn’t love it more. It gives you permission to put wrinkled linen against modern black fixtures any time you want.
91. A Masculine Leather Chair
There’s nothing like a good masculine leather chair in a beautiful living room. This space by Lorenzo Castillo is the perfect example of how you can mix masculine and glamorous styles together in one room.
92. Show Off Your Collections
As a collector, it’s important that you show off your collections in a living room that’s yours. Wendy Haworth provided ample surface space in this living room to display all kinds of tchotchkes.
93. A Statement Print for Your Wall
When your living room doesn’t have a good focal point, you can make one. TomMarkHenry filled a wall with this statement print, and it’s definitely an attention grabber.
94. Add a Tribal Rug
If you think that since your home has French or Spanish architecture, you have to decorate that way, let this beautiful space prove you wrong. Even with wrought iron accents or elaborate crown molding, you can still have a tribal rug.
95. Let The Architecture Speak For Itself
96. Add Curtains to Your Doorway
Have you ever thought about putting curtains in other places than windows? Let the line shine in, and hang your curtains across a doorway instead. Or maybe create a curtain wall that hides your TV. So many possibilities.
97. Push Furniture Against Your Walls to Make the Room Look Bigger
So many people push their furniture against the walls, but if you have enough floor space, let your walls breathe. It will make your whole living room look bigger.
98. A Mustard Yellow Sofa
99. Bright Red Bookshelves
Black isn’t the only eye-grabbing color. These red bookshelves by Desjeux Delaye beckon you to host cocktail parties and late-night soirees galore.
100. A Plush Rug for a Cozy Living Room
Beautiful Living Room Ideas: Bottom Line
By mixing and matching your favorite elements from the beautiful living room ideas above, you’ll create a room that’s relaxing for your whole family to spend the evening in after work or school.
Minimize clutter and choose tasteful decorations to ensure you create a room that won’t feel too overwhelming.