With a great living room you can always host on a moment’s notice. The great thing about hosting is exposing your friends and family to your design ideas. Many times, people will find inspiration from your living room and apply your ideas to their home.
For a living room, it’s important that you focus on keeping things the way you’d prefer. Some people enjoy the stripped-down minimalist version of a living room while others prefer a more ornate look. The key is making sure you have the right pieces to fit your vision.
Designing a living room that is warm and inviting is always fun. Check out these 20 different living rooms, you will surely find some things that can easily translate to your space.
Keeping it Simple
At its core, a living room is essentially a space for relaxation, quiet contemplation, and for lounging around.
I’m Seeing a Pattern Here
Bands of different patterns and colors are great for creating a lively and expressive living room design.
As the room in the house for entertaining guests, living rooms are often used as a space to display artworks and various conversation pieces.
As with any interior design piece, contrasts in living rooms are vastly important. Mix up pop-colored furniture pieces with more bare, rustic finishes and see some magic happen.
Floor to ceiling picture windows are great with houses blessed with amazing vistas such as this one.
Keeping details small and leaving large patches of wall or ceiling blank can create a surprisingly effective modern, artistic feel.
Sliding pivot doors leading to open terraces are perfect to maximize the opening of a doorway.
Opaque, frosted glass doors are great for ease of access, natural lighting, and privacy for the living room.
Applying the concepts of Zen design and Japanese minimalist elements are great for home living rooms.
Pocket sliding doors are even better for seamlessly connecting the living room to the outside areas.
Polygonal and unusually shaped living rooms can still be utilized to their full potential with the right layout of furniture and décor.
For a more modern look, go for geometric design elements, sleek glass furniture, and bold modern art pieces.
Living and Library
Booklovers would love living rooms with plenty of bookshelves and a copious amount of natural light for easy reading.
Dropped ceilings are great for living rooms that are going for a more cozy or intimate feel.
Picturesque views should be taken advantage of with living rooms of houses located beachside.
Glass partitions are perfect for designating space but still letting the room feel open and bright.
Warm and Bright
Warm, leather arm chairs are perfect for keeping the ambiance light and cozy in a living room.
Brown and Blue
Warm brown wooden accent pieces couple with speckles of blue here and there makes for a great color combination.
Bright lime green colors are great for walls to make a living space feel more fresh and lively.
For the Introverts
Book shelf space couple with a reading nook or bay window is also a great way to create a living room that caters to book lovers.
This modern, oversized entertainment center features floating shelves and a chic espresso finish.
Carved Coffee Table
Always a centerpiece in a family room, true warmth comes from this beautiful wooden coffee table.
Need ideas to fill a blank wall space? A collection of framed art or photos is a fabulous and inexpensive DIY project for the whole family.
Dark exposed beams and structured stonework are offset cleanly by pure white furniture and carpeting.
Clear and Colorful
Never be afraid of color like this in a family room; its warmth and cheerful patterns are both inviting and fashionable.
A favorite space-saver, these recessed bookcases are marvelous for displaying artwork and a pop of color.
Uniquely beautiful, this family room utilizes faded woodwork and brick to evoke a sense of timeless nostalgia.
A graphic patterned flooring elevates a room with visual interest.
A chic and polished alternative to traditional stone, this fireplace commands attention immediately.
Blue is a perfect color for family rooms, peaceful and timeless.
Startlingly minimalist, this elongated white family room is relieved by a colorful set of bookshelves at one end.
Black and Orange
Black is a favored neutral for family rooms, but it can be elevated to a cheerful and fashionable level with a pop of vivid color.
Storage and More Storage
All family rooms must have storage! And this one achieves it in subtle, modern fashion with these elegant black floor cabinets – perfect for concealing all kinds of child-friendly activities.
A dark ceiling and sleek brickwork need to be offset here with clean white trim and carpeting – perfect contrast in perfect combinations.
This magical little family room features a gently arched ceiling over the tiled patio – a peaceful retreat for reading or observing nature.
It’s Own Island
For this tropical home, natural plants have been included in the living room to set it apart from the other open-concept living spaces.
Including a dividing wall like this can help to separate a living room from other spaces in an open-concept floor plan. Plus, it adds functionality.
Circle The Wagons
By arranging the furniture in a circle around the coffee table, this large open-concept living room manages to create a cozy vibe.
The white sectional couch in this open-concept living room, which complements the table and chairs in the dining area, contrasts with the dark hardwood floors quite nicely.
Keep The Space
With a larger open-concept space, you may be tempted to fill things up. This example shows you why you maybe shouldn’t.
If you’re having trouble with matching your living room to other design elements in the large open-concept space, then you can always go with neutral colors.
If you really want to preserve the sense of openness in your open-concept floor plan, then you can always go with the sunken living room!
This open-concept living room does a nice job of setting itself apart by contrasting with the dark hardwood floors and by including the light blue area rug.
With a large open-concept living room, you need to think about how the colors of the different living spaces will work together. Note how the green of the couch ties to the dining table chairs here.
Take A Step Down
The sunken living room in an open-concept space may be too retro for some. However, something like you see here could work!
In terms of sizing your large living room in an open-concept space, be sure to leave ample pathways between the different living spaces.
Mirror The Surroundings
If you have tall ceilings in your large open-concept living room, then be sure to spread things out a bit.
Right On it
We love the way that this large living room has been built right on top of the fireplace in this open-concept space.
The dark leather sectional of this large open-concept living room does a nice job of diving the space from those around it.
If you really want to preserve that sense of airiness in your open-concept floor plan, then consider choosing a minimal design for your living room.
At An Angle
In a large space, you can try out exotic arrangements. We live the visual contrast that’s created by angling the furniture in this beautiful living room.
In a large open-concept space, you shouldn’t think of making the most out of filling the space; rather you should pay more attention to using negative space.
A big, plush area rug can really add a sense of comfort to a large living room in an open-concept floor plan.
Black and White
Pulling off a monochromatic color scheme can be quite difficult, but this stunning and large open-concept living room does it beautifully.
In terms of arranging the furniture in an open-concept living room, be sure to consider how the pieces will draw the eye. Here, the arrangement places the focus where it belongs: on the fireplace.
The blank space between the coffee table / ottoman in this large open-concept living room helps to preserve the sense of space.
Make A Mark
You want your large open-concept living room to inject some personality into the spaces beyond. The yellow accent chair accomplishes that here.
Here, you have a large, plush living room in an open-concept space that goes with a grey color scheme to avoid detracting from the beautiful views through the windows.
While a living room in an open-concept space will have to tie together with other areas, be sure to inflect your living room with your own personality. You’ve got to live there, after all!