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St Luke's Mews, Notting Hill, London
St Luke's Mews, Notting Hill, London
Domus Nova
Inspiration for a transitional living room remodel in London
Indian Head Waterfront
Indian Head Waterfront
Douglas VanderHorn Architects
Opposite the fireplace wall, a paneled, arch top cased opening leads to an intimate reading nook offering glimpses to the Long Island Sound.
Living room - traditional enclosed living room idea in New York
Encino Contemporary
Encino Contemporary
P2 Design
Interior design work by Jill Wolff - www.jillwolffdesign.com, Photos by Adam Latham - www.belairphotography.com
Inspiration for a contemporary gray floor living room remodel in Los Angeles with a corner fireplace
Barefoot Beach
Barefoot Beach
Design Studio by Raymond
Custom cabinets, trim, Windoor pocketing doors
Inspiration for a large transitional living room remodel in Miami with green walls, no fireplace and a wall-mounted tv
West Hampton Beach
West Hampton Beach
Kathleen O'Donnell
Inspiration for a contemporary open concept light wood floor and beige floor living room remodel in New York with white walls and a standard fireplace
Moody Blues
Moody Blues
Laura Lee Home
Previously used as an office, this space had an awkwardly placed window to the left of the fireplace. By removing the window and building a bookcase to match the existing, the room feels balanced and symmetrical. Panel molding was added (by the homeowner!) and the walls were lacquered a deep navy. Bold modern green lounge chairs and a trio of crystal pendants make this cozy lounge next level. A console with upholstered ottomans keeps cocktails at the ready while adding two additional seats.
Hamptons Modern
Hamptons Modern
Anthony Baratta LLC
Inspiration for a mid-century modern living room remodel in New York with blue walls
Bergen Street Residence
Bergen Street Residence
CWB Architects
Example of a mid-sized transitional formal brown floor living room design in New York with gray walls, a standard fireplace, no tv and a stone fireplace
jamesthomas, LLC
jamesthomas, LLC
Jamesthomas Interiors
Great Room
Example of an urban open concept living room design in Chicago with a two-sided fireplace
Marin Bunglow
Marin Bunglow
Feldman Architecture, Inc.
Photo by Paul Dyer
Example of a trendy enclosed living room library design in San Francisco
Kapalua Living Room
Kapalua Living Room
Possibilities for Design
Example of a classic living room design in Denver with gray walls and a standard fireplace
Diamon Court
Diamon Court
Remodel Showroom
Large transitional open concept medium tone wood floor, brown floor and shiplap wall living room photo in New York with gray walls
Hollywood Residence
Hollywood Residence
Elizabeth Gordon
Example of a huge transitional living room design in Los Angeles with blue walls
Greenwich Stone Georgian Estate
Greenwich Stone Georgian Estate
Roughan Interior Design
Example of a transitional enclosed medium tone wood floor and brown floor living room design in New York with beige walls, a standard fireplace and a plaster fireplace
Mill Valley Bungalow
Mill Valley Bungalow
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Example of a country open concept living room design in San Francisco with a standard fireplace
Menlo Park Full Remodel
Menlo Park Full Remodel
Fiorella Design
Living room with paneling on all walls, coffered ceiling, Oly pendant, built-in book cases, bay window, calacatta slab fireplace surround and hearth, 2-way fireplace with wall sconces shared between the family and living room. Photographer Frank Paul Perez Decoration Nancy Evars, Evars + Anderson Interior Design
Tanglewood Renovation | Origin Architects' 2018 MA+DS Modern Home Tour
Tanglewood Renovation | Origin Architects' 2018 MA+DS Modern Home Tour
Origin Architects
Inspiration for a large contemporary open concept dark wood floor and brown floor living room remodel in Houston with white walls, a ribbon fireplace, a stone fireplace and a wall-mounted tv
Moonlight Basin Project
Moonlight Basin Project
Ambiance, Inc.
Whitney Kamman Photography
Mountain style open concept medium tone wood floor and brown floor living room photo in Other with beige walls, a standard fireplace and a stone fireplace
Tuscan Reflections
Tuscan Reflections
Professional Design Consultants
Tuscan living room photo in Other with a corner fireplace and a stone fireplace
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A living room can serve many different functions, from a formal sitting area to a casual living space. As you start browsing furniture, decorating and wall ideas for your room, think about the space's desired purpose and focus on a few staple items, such as a comfortable sofa and a coffee table, then choose the rest of the accent furniture and wall decor accordingly. Read on for more handy living room ideas to maximize your new space:

How do I decorate my living room?

When it comes to living room design, there are really no hard-and-fast rules. When considering different living room ideas, you’ll want it to be a space that makes your family and guests feel comfortable, but is also functional for day-to-day living. When thinking about living room colors, most people have a tendency to go super neutral or boldly colorful in living rooms, but be careful of going overboard with either. If you go with neutrals for the big items, like sofas, armchairs and ottomans, then go a bit bold with decorative accessories — that way, you can easily swap out the small things when a new color scheme is in order. Likewise, if you want your sofa to be a statement piece then scale back the decor so they don’t fight for attention.

Don’t forget about the mid-sized living room decorating ideas, like rugs and curtains, which can double as functional and decorative when done right. Lighting is also an important feature to consider when decorating a living room. Do you have the ability to do overhead lighting, or will you need to use table and floor lamps? Either one can be design features in themselves, as well as putting the spotlight on other decor you want to showcase. In your living room design, position lighting in accordance to any art you want to illuminate, and remember to have a well lit spot for reading-related activities. You can also change the light of the space by the paint color you choose; a room with little natural lighting will benefit from a light and airy color, while one with plenty of sunlight may have more leniency in color choice.

What should dictate my living room design?

Living rooms were originally intended to act as sophisticated settings for hosting and entertaining, while family rooms were used for more casual, everyday activities, like lounging, playing or watching TV. However, many homes today will only have one larger room that acts as both an entertainment and primary living space. If yours is the former, you’ll likely be utilizing it as a sitting room to have drinks and good conversation with guests, without distractions like television. As often shown in living room photos, a bar cart, formal furniture and an eye-catching focal point, such as a sophisticated fireplace and mantel, will help achieve this look and feel. On the other hand, if it's your primary living space it should see more daily use, often functioning as a TV room, complete with sofa sectional, media console and gaming spot (that cleans up nicely for guests, of course!). In the end, think about your needs when considering different living room ideas; after all, a family with small children will likely need a playroom more than a formal sitting room.

What kind of living room furniture should I have?

Because living rooms can serve many purposes, you’ll want to be sure to incorporate a variety of different furniture pieces to cover all possible activities. When considering living room ideas, start with your space. If your home is generally tight on space, having plenty of shelves, cabinets or drawers will be crucial to accommodating any storage needs. Built-ins are the best way to do this, since they take up less space and are often customized to meet your needs, however they can run on the more expensive side. If built-ins aren’t part of your living room design ideas, start with the big pieces, like an entertainment center or TV stand to house any electronics and accessories, or a bookcase to keep books, picture frames and knickknacks in check. Plenty of living room furniture ideas use pieces in multiple ways, like a desk or table as a craft station or homework spot, and a window seat as a go-to reading or nap station.

You will no doubt need some seating options incorporated into your living room design, which can range from small accent chairs to a big roomy sectional. Be careful of cramming a too-large sofa into a too-small space — it’s tempting to go big, but sacrificing walking paths or potential storage space is not always worth it. While there are a lot of different options in living room designs, you definitely want to have enough seating for those living in the house, plus an extra seat or two for the occasional guests. A place to put down drinks or snacks, like side tables or a coffee table, is a must. If you have the depth for it, an ottoman or coffee table where people can prop their feet up is always a welcome living room decorating idea, but skip out on this if the living room is on the narrow side and go for a deeper sofa instead. Whatever size your space is, there’s plenty of living room inspiration to choose from - to get started on your living room remodel, add living room pictures which spark creativity to an ideabook.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a living room renovation or are building a designer living room from scratch, Houzz has 1,657,085 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Cindy Whitman Interior Decorator and Remodel Showroom. Look through living room pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a living room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful living room photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.