Living Room Design Ideas

Creating a living room design can feel like a challenging mission, but it doesn't have to be! A well-designed living room should be a natural blend of style and function. From a sofa that draws you in, to storage that is both decorative and functional, the possibilities are endless for living room design. There are so many living room design ideas, and understanding what you like is the first step!  After deciding on a style that you love and that fits your lifestyle, narrowing down on living room layout ideas is the next step. The layout of your living room will greatly determine the size, shape and amount of furniture you add to your home. Whether you are simply just rearranging what you already have and adding finishing touches or starting from scratch, determining a layout that flows best in the space is essential. A living room is often a hub of the home after the kitchen, so making it a space that caters to everyone who will be using it is also very important. There are many uses for a living room, and your living space may just serve one purpose or several! A living room can be a quiet room in your home, with bookshelves full of reading material and a place to enjoy coffee and conversation. A living room may also look like the hub of a family home, with a TV for movie nights, loads of comfy seating for hosting game days, and furniture that is durable for children and pets alike. Your living room might look like something in between or all of the above; that is the best part of living room design, it is personable to you and your needs.  When gathering living room design inspiration, you can also think about how often you like to switch up your home decor. Are you more of a trendy home-dweller or someone who wants to invest in timeless pieces? These decisions can help narrow down on budget, colors, decor and ultimately living room design style.  Whether you know your style, need a little or a lot of help, we are here. We've gathered living room design ideas to get your creative wheels turning! 

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Subtle Living Room with Drama

Subtle Living Room with Drama

A coordinating accent wall can add drama to any space. Matching perfectly with the dark sofas and black stripes in the rug, this painted wall helps to tone down the brightness of the crisp white walls and accents in the design. Don’t be afraid to go dark, especially in a sunny room like this.

Sophisticated Parallels

Sophisticated Parallels

Arranging two facing sofas with matching side tables is one of our favorite living room layouts because it instantly establishes a sophisticated formal look.

A Neutral Living Room Filled With Natural Materials

A Neutral Living Room Filled With Natural Materials

This living room features a neutral color palette — whites, blacks, browns. But a variety of natural materials adds texture and visual interest to this space — from the patterned jute rug to the variety of woven baskets and pendants, the solid wood coffee table, and the leather pouf. And no space with natural materials is complete without a pop of greenery!

The Fireplace Bar

The Fireplace Bar

An oft-overlooked place to set up a bar is your fireplace mantel!  This long, narrow surface is a great place for a cocktail center and it can be a fun way to encourage guests to mingle throughout the space. It works both if you’re really tight on space or if you just want a creative way to display your cocktails!

The Bright & Boldly Modern Living Space

The Bright & Boldly Modern Living Space

A light tan-leather sofa is a statement piece, no matter the style of your living room. Give it a colorful and modern eclectic edge by combining it with an industrial metal coffee table and a blue geometric rug. Then mix it up by layering in lots of pillows, graphic art, a woven pouf, and some cool lighting. It'll all add up to a look that's cheery and bold but still warmly inviting.

Desktop Bar

Desktop Bar

If you have a workspace in a living room consider turning your desk into a makeshift bar. Use a large tray on top to corral the barware into a tidy area—it’s a nice way to visually rope it off from the rest of the styling.

A Modern Rustic Reading Nook

A Modern Rustic Reading Nook

Turn any bedroom or living room corner into an instant reading nook by anchoring it with a comfy armchair, side table, ottoman, and tall open bookcase. How you style it is up to you. Or take a page from this comfy corner and try taking a modern rustic approach. All you need to infuse the spot with lots of warmth is to bring in furnishings that are big on woven textures, cozy wood tones, and crisp whites and neutrals.

Open Living Room With Rustic Elegance

Open Living Room With Rustic Elegance

This is our idea of a refined-rustic farmhouse living room that would make Chip and Joanna Gaines proud. From the symmetrical white sofas and the rattan side tables to the arched mirror and display cabinet, all the pieces in this open living room nail the rustic comfort look. If you're looking for a living room layout that always works, this is it. 

Side Bar

Side Bar

A side table can be an ideal space for an impromptu bar when you’re hosting friends this holiday season. Just clear off a table and turn it into a self-serve drink station! Try a signature cocktail with fun ingredients that guests can mix up themselves—this also makes a great ice breaker.

Timelessness In Neutrals

Timelessness In Neutrals

Neutral tones in this living room provide a calming space that can easily be livened up for holiday gatherings by just switching out the pillows! The large Florence Table Lamps by Jamie Young provide ample light for reading and entertaining with a mid-century flair. The leather and exposed wood accent chairs add a sculptural element to the living room.

A Credenza Bar

A Credenza Bar

A super simple way to rig up a handsome bar in your home is to use a credenza to double as a cocktail crafting station. It’s kind of like a bar cabinet already so it makes sense to stash your bottles in the cabinets and add a tray on top with glasses and other barware. This is a great way to make use of this key storage piece that you likely already have at home.

Modern Industrial Living Room

Modern Industrial Living Room

Step into this curated masculen style living room. This space combines sleek modern furniture with rough industrial accents. While pops of blue help soften the space. 

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