Not all living rooms are modern in layout but that shouldn’t prevent the décor from being updated and current. An updated living room is more welcoming than one where the décor is outdated and staid.
When you think of how to make a living room trendy, there are many different ways to achieve this goal – and several of them are simple fixes. It could be as simple as a new paint color or re-arranging different knick-knacks on the mantel.
However you decide to modernize your living room, let the following 30 photos serve as a guide for you on the different ways your living room can come to life – no matter how old it is.
1. Round Layouts
Round coffee tables and centered layouts are good for smaller living room spaces.
Spiral staircases are space-saving and stylish – good for tiny house layouts such as this one.
3. Marble Mantel
Fireplace accent walls can be jutted out and treated with fine finish materials such as the dark marble used in this example.
4. Classy Setup
Nothing screams classic classiness like low-set leather armchairs, an animal skin rug, and log side tables.
5. River Stones
A river stone finish is great for its rounded and grey-green hues, especially for fireplaces such as this one.
6. Book Decors
Surprisingly enough, books can also be used as decoration elements for living room designs.
7. Framing Shelves
Shelf space can also be used as framing space for various paintings or photographs you might have.
8. Wooden Accents
For white living rooms, dark gray hues are great complements to wooden trimmings and highlights.
9. Creative Storage
Utilize walls and even the top of doorways as shelving space to truly maximize the potential of the room.
10. Rustic Contemporary
For that homey, industrial ambiance, go for sliding barn doors and hanging candle chandeliers.
11. Contrasting Backdrop
Bright colors in living rooms stand out all the more when your backdrop is a dark, deep black.
12. Patterned Tiles
Flooring can be made much more exciting when you utilize interestingly patterned floor tiles.
13. High and Low
A careful balance of high ceiling spaces and low-set, elongated furniture and shelves makes for a really stylish and open living room design.
14. The Joy of Joints
The use of different wood grains, patterns, and wood joints have, when employed correctly, can be a design aesthetic in itself.
The time-tested tradition of keeping a living room warm, welcoming, and homey is always welcome in interior design.
16. Asian Inspired
Asian interior design employs bright colors, organic and exotic materials, and, funny enough, fresh fruits and flowers.
17. Blinds and Frost
Opaque frosted glass windows are perfect for letting in light but keeping things private. Blinds work well for this as well.
18. Oh the Pane
Large glass window panels are great for living rooms with amazing views of the outdoors.
19. Brick and Beauty
Beautiful and ornamental white wall details and trimming go amazingly well with the rustic bare brick façade of the fireplace.
20. Comfy, Comfy Couch
Sofas and seating furniture are the quintessential components of any living room design.
21. Painted Finish
For cleaner, more uniform looks, you can always choose to paint over brick walls. The joints are still visible but the overall look is a lot neater.
22. Black French Doors
Instead of the typical white-colored French doors and windows, why not go for black frames?
23. Cathedral Ceilings
High cathedral ceilings are good for living rooms that need more light and air such as this one.
24. Indoor Plants
Ornamental vegetation and floral arrangements are good for bring in a little freshness into the living room.
Modernist furniture and clean-cut aesthetics are recommended for a stylish and contemporary living room look.
26. Open Plans
Putting long dining table sets right next to living room spaces in open plan designs helps keep the two spaces coherent and complementary.
27. Hey, Bay
Bay window reading nooks can have drawer spaces underneath for extra storage in the living room.
28. Decorate the Space
Sculptures, old seas shells, planters and terrariums, candles – there’s an endless amount of possibilities when it comes to living room decorations.
29. Lounge It Out
Lounge chairs, fireplaces, and area rugs help create an atmosphere of relaxation and contemplation.
30. Square Space
Square layouts do well utilizing camp ceilings and centralized floor plans. Ottomans or large coffee tables at the center are commonly used for these as well.