However, regardless of which route you go, there are different things that you’ll need to think about in terms of designing your living room. In this post, we’re going to be examining different examples of both formal and casual living rooms on an alternating basis. With each example, we’ll highlight an interesting design feature of the room, helping you to identify the things you’ll want to pay attention to with your own casual or formal living room.
Make no mistake; designing a beautiful casual or formal dining room is tough work. However if you have enough inspiration and a bank of design concepts you like to draw upon, you’ll find things are far easier than they would be otherwise. So, come take a look at these 91 designs for casual and formal living rooms!
Plush furniture and a beige color scheme helps to keep the feeling of this living room thoroughly casual.
2. White and Gold
Whit and gold come together in order to create the formal vibe for this stunningly framed living room.
The charming use of various patterns and colors lend a charming vibe to this casual living room design.
4. Floor To Ceiling
The two floor to ceiling mirrors that flank this stunning formal dining room add a sense of drama to the space.
5. Area Rug
The plush brown area rug really ups the comfort level of this casual yet contemporary living room design.
If you really want to add a sense of formality to your living room design, then consider including an ornate chandelier.
The use of understated colors and patterns allows the stone fireplace to become the focal point of this casual living room design.
8. Simple Choices
By making very simple color choices, this formal living room is able to let the beauty of the space shine through.
9. Clean Wood
The clean exposed wood throughout this beautiful casual living room creates a vibe that oozes family.
10. Dueling Chaise
Who needs big couches when you can have two dueling chaise lounges like you find in this formal living room design?
11. Bright Colors
Bright colors are just the thing for creating a casual feel in your living room design.
12. To The Fireplace
Since formal living rooms are about facilitating conversation, always face your furniture toward the fireplace if you can.
With a casual living room design, you can always consider the inclusion of unique furniture pieces that add a sense of personality to the space.
If there’s one kind of furniture that goes hand in hand with formal dining rooms its wingback sofas and chairs.
15. Open Space
Generally speaking, in a casual living room environment, you want to preserve as much open floor space as possible.
Likewise, if you’re looking to create a formal atmosphere in your living room, you’ll want to use ornate patterns and décor.
17. Opening Up
A simple dark wood and beige color scheme helps to open this casual living room up into the open-concept living space.
18. Seating Area
One mark of a more formal living room is a seating area, which you can see here beneath the enormous picture window.
Slight and thin-profile furniture helps to keep this living room open, further underscoring its casual vibe.
And upright piano or a grand piano can really increase the sense of formality in a living room design. It’s thoroughly classic.
21. Purple and Green
By combining the colors of purple and green, this living room design manages to be as bright as it is casual.
22. Low Profile
For this contemporary and formal living room, low-profile furniture is used to add a measure of comfort.
23. Formal Elements
Although this living room incorporates a number of formal elements, the sense of space it achieves allows it to be simultaneously casual.
24. More Contrast
If you feel that a white and gold color scheme needs more contrast for a formal living room, then consider including brown in places.
25. Big Couch
The casual living room is all about comfort and spreading out, that’s why bigger couches always work in these environments.
With ornate furniture pieces, house plants and a green color scheme, this formal living room has a lush vibe to it.
27. Fill Up
If you’re going to fill up the space of your casual living room, then make sure there are ample places to sit down.
The subtle circle that’s formed by the furniture pieces of this formal living room is conducive to conversation.
29. Wood Grain
The beautiful wood grain of the furniture pieces in this casual dining room add a sense of vibrancy to the space.
30. Zebra Print
Although not for everyone, you have to admit that the zebra print adds some visual interest to this very formal living room.
You can get a lot of mileage out of a unique media center within the confines of a casual living room.
Through uniformity, this contemporary living room design manages to achieve a nice level of formalness.
33. Book Shelf
An interesting and functional bookshelf like this can be great for separating a living room and a dining room within an open-concept space.
34. Splitting The Difference
Here you have an example of a large living room that perfectly splits the difference between being formal and casual.
Colorful throw pillows add a wonderful charm to this casual and relaxing living room design.
36. Red and Wood
If you want your formal living room to have a regal quality to it, then it’s all about pairing deeply stained wood and rich red hues.
If you’re aiming to have a casual living room, then you can consider sofas and chairs that are more geared toward comfort than aesthetics.
One smart piece of décor that you can include in the design of a formal living room is a globe, like the one you see here.
The area rug used in this casual living room helps to blend the leather chairs with the white sofa.
If the space you have available for your living room is absolutely massive, consider floating the furniture in the middle of the space.
You’ve just go to appreciate the wonderful midcentury charm of this casual living room.
The formality of this amazing living room design is really underscored by the variety of upholstery patterns used.
In making simple choices with respect to its lines, this casual living room achieves visual appeal through the smart use of color.
44. Small Formal
In a smaller home, you can create a formal atmosphere for your living room by arranging your chairs in this manner.
Overstuffed furniture lends itself toward lounging, which is exactly what you want in a casual living room.
46. The Rug
In a large formal living room, you want to have a beautiful rug that can tie the entire room together.
47. Look Out
You’ve got to love the way that this casual living room has been arrange – it accentuates the view through the sliding doors.
48. Casual Formal
A number of ornate features have been included into this casual living room to add a sense of formality to the space.
49. Tube Living
You’ve got to appreciate just how unique this tube-shaped living room is. It might not be for everyone, but it’s pretty cool!
50. Hang It Low
The low-hanging chandelier helps to add a sense of intimacy to this incredibly formal living room design.
To create a coastal vibe for a casual living room, you can always consider using wicker furniture pieces.
The built-ins with glass shelves in this formal living room are a functional and aesthetically pleasing choice.
53. Down In Front
For those who are keeping it casual for the family, leaving space in from of the couch and chairs is always a good idea.
One thing to keep in mind when designing a formal living room is symmetry – it’s incredibly important!
The real standout in this open and airy casual living room are the beautiful and dark hardwood floors.
This formal dining room is as intimate as it is comfortable thanks to the dark hues and rich upholstery patterns.
Furniture that features sleek lines gives a beautiful look to this contemporary and casual living room design.
The sheer white drapes over the massive windows have a wonderful affect on the mood of this formal living room.
59. Orange Pop
The orange throw pillows add some much needed pop to the brown leather couches that are more comfortable than they are attractive.
60. Blue Sitting
With dramatic curtains hanging down, the blue couches and chairs sit beautifully in this formal living room design.
61. Contemporary Flair
One has to appreciate the contemporary flair of this delightful casual living room with low-profile seating.
This formal living room perfectly balances dark hues with yellow walls to create a high sense of drama.
If you’re going to go casual with your living room design, it gives you an opportunity to let your personality shine through.
64. Charming Touch
This beautifully laid out formal living room’s charming touch comes from the grand piano situated beneath the large picture window.
65. Outside In
Opening up your living room to your outdoor living spaces can really increase the casual sense of the space.
Though simple, there’s a lot of spark to this casual living room design thanks to its smart and attractive light fixtures.
67. Wood Panels
Another common feature of the formal living room is dark wood paneling, which you can see on display in this example.
68. Fill ‘Er Up
This casual living room makes deft use of color to fill up floor space while also leaving things open.
69. Accent Wall
This formal living room design uses a unique accent wall to frame the space and draw in its choices to the architecture of the home itself.
70. Casual Luxury
This living room design proves that casual can be every bit as luxurious as formal. Just look at it! Wow.
71. Use The Window
If you’re fortunate enough to have a beautiful window with an even more beautiful view in your living room, make sure your layout draws attention towards it.
This casual living room perfectly demonstrates how sometimes the most basic layouts are the most effective.
73. Leather and Wood
The formal feel of this beautiful living room is achieved entirely through the combination of lush wood and rich leather.
With a casual living room, you can dare to be more eclectic with your furniture, color and pattern choices.
75. Dual Seating
This formal living room design offers a seating area next to the fireplace up front and a more traditional couch area in back.
If you’re the kind of person that collects books, then consider featuring them prominently in the design of your casual living room.
77. French Doors
French doors are something that always work for formal living room designs; although, they can also work well with casual living rooms too.
The art hanging from the wall and the vibrant area rug create a stimulating look for this casual living room.
79. Spread Out
With lower ceilings, this formal living room achieves its impressive look by spreading out into this open-concept space.
80. Smart Pairing
If you look at the various furniture pieces used in this stunning casual living room, you’ll notice how they’re subtly paired together.
81. City View
This formal yet simple bright living room design has been arranged to draw attention to the beautiful city view it has.
82. Dark Scheme
If you want a more subdued vibe for your casual living room, you can attempt using a dark color scheme like this.
Note how the symmetrical layout of this formal living room perfectly frames the space.
You’ve got to love the number of contemporary flourishes that abound in this casual and comfortable living room design.
Even in a smaller living room space, you can create a formal atmosphere by selecting and including attractive drapes and curtains.
86. Two Items
As long as you pick the right pieces, you could need as few as two furniture items to create your casual living room.
87. Not Crowded
While some might be tempted to fill up a space like this with their formal living room, it’s far better to keep everything more intimate.
By choosing furniture pieces that aren’t garish or overly complicated, the beautiful hardwood floors are able to shine through in this living room design.
89. Look Out
Dramatic lighting helps to accentuate the beauty of the rich leather, wood and stone in this formal living room design.
With a casual living room, the name of the game is comfort. So be sure to start there when you’re figuring out the design.
In a formal dining room, you’re looking for a design that’s high on aesthetics while at the same facilitating conversation between those in the room.