Creating a living room that’s beautiful and inviting is much easier said than done. Most homeowners’ first inclination is to load up their living room spaces with everything they love. Whether that’s a certain color or colors, pictures of family, even statement décor pieces, or some combination of all that, the end result of this “everything and the kitchen sink” approach to living room design is almost always garish and overpowering.
Building a living room space that’s going to give you, your family and your guests the atmosphere needed requires a keen eye and an ability to find equilibrium. While you can certainly include many of the things that you love in your living room design, you must do so in a way that creates balance. The various décor and furniture elements that make up the overall style must work in symphony with one another, creating a space that’s pleasing to the eye and symmetrical.
Below, we’ve collected 23 amazing examples of living rooms that match their design style and décor with a deft touch. Here, you should find plenty of inspiration (and advice) for striking the right balance in your own living room design.
1. Light Flooring
Against the light hardwood floors, the use of beige and green in this living room contributes a beachy and airy vibe to the space. The houseplants complete the look.
2. Working With Wood and Stone
In an older home that has lots of stone and wood features, there’s no better way to decorate a living room than to use rich leather and other classic touches.
3. Chilled Out
The two-tone color scheme of this living room, which is perfectly framed by the area rug, contributes a chilled out vibe to the space that screams relaxation.
4. Choosing Focus
The dark beams that extend over the ceilings are obviously a huge draw for this open-concept living room. Therefore, the muted colors of the furniture and décor make perfect sense!
5. Blue and Stone
An elegant stone fireplace is a great thing for a living room to have. If you’re designing around one, consider using lighter blue hues in your décor. Doing so suggests the soothing vibe of running water.
6. Dark Detail
The beautiful tufted couch adds a wonderful sense of regality to this living room design. The look is perfected thanks to the dark patterns on the throw pillows, which match the coffee table.
7. Vertical Space
If you’re going to be using more contemporary and low-profile furniture in your living room, then you need to fill vertical space. This living room accomplishes this through a number of means, most notably the drapes.
Another way to create that great sense of luxury in your living room design, particularly if you have hardwood floors, is to use an ornate (and large) Persian rug.
Take a look at the area rug in this living room, and then note how it ties together with the décor items on the coffee table and also with the throw pillows. This is how you blend in disparate items!
10. Calling To Other Rooms
You want the style and design of your living room to tie in together with other spaces in your home. Check out the throw pillows in this example and how they suggest the wall color of the room beyond.
Aside from colors and patterns, the greatest determiner of vibe in your living room design is lighting. Check out how the track lighting and other lighting elements contribute to the look of this muted living room design.
12. Let The Room Sing
Often, people can try to do too much when it comes to living room décor. Often, less is better! Check out how the subtle choices made here allow the grandness of the room to really shine through.
With larger living room spaces, floating your furniture almost always makes the most sense. To really add finish to the design, though, you’ll want to make use of smart-looking sofa tables.
14. A Statement
Many of the previous examples we’ve looked at have done an excellent job of matching and pairing. But, sometimes you need to do something bold. Check out how beautiful the two yellow chairs look in this elegant and luxurious design.
15. Youthful Expression
If you want your living room design to have a more youthful look, then make even bolder choices! Check out how cool the Union Jack coffee table is in this artistic and vibrant living room design.
In a living room with high ceilings, a tall fireplace can contribute greatly to that sense of grandness. Of course, you want to do something to ease its effect on the space, as the décor around the fireplace and the built-ins do in this design.
17. Preserving Space
If you want to preserve a sense of space in your living room, which you might want to if you have doors that open to the outside, consider “thinner” furniture. Check out how the coffee table in this example seems as if it isn’t even there.
18. Brick by Brick
This living room design does a masterful job of building a classic vibe around the tone set by the brick frame to the fireplace.
While your living room might not be as grand in size as this one, pay attention to the chandeliers here. They do a lot in terms of establishing that grand and luxurious feel.
20. Prizing Comfort
If you want a living room that’s going to be all about relaxation, then a large ottoman instead of a coffee table can be an excellent choice.
You want pictures of your family in your living room, but don’t just put picture frames on the table! Instead, why not blow up those pictures and use them as wall art?
22. Building Space
In an open-concept home, you need to do things that differentiate the different living spaces from one another. Here a statement area rug separates the living room from everything else.
23. Sizzling Shapes
Aside from colors and patterns, you also want to achieve symmetry in terms of lines and shapes. Check out how the wall mirrors tie together with the circular ottoman at the center of this living room design.