21 Living Room Decorating Ideas
Surprising ways to update your home décor.
Fresh Accent Wall
Perk up a room (inexpensively) with an accent wall like Dabito did here in this colorful living room.
Hang a Collection
Hang an eclectic collection of baskets to serve as eye-catching ornament like blogger Dabito did here in this New Orleans home.
Bring in the Greenery
Bring the outdoors in with a large plant as focal point on a table, like designer Alison Pickart did here.
Bring in Nature
For this living room designed by Taniya Nayak, right on the water in Florida, comfort is key. Instead of bold colors, create visual interest through layers of soft textures and subtle, naturally inspired patterns throughout the room, as shown here.
Embrace a Wild Print
Create a bold accent wall with paint, as homepolish designer Megan Crawley did, to add some contrast to a simple sofa.
Make furniture symmetrical
This living room, designed by Emilie Munroe of Studio Munroe, features both symmetry and balance. Two oversized lounge chairs flank the fireplace, creating the ideal conversation spot for a busy couple with a few moments to catch up.
Make a space feel bigger with a large rug
Designers Heather Brock and Jennifer Wundrow of Nest Design Co. used a rug larger than the overall seating to make the room feel bigger. "This is often a misconception we find in people’s homes. They are of the mindset that a smaller rug makes a room feel larger, when in fact a smaller rug can make the room feel a bit more fragmented. We love when all the furniture sits on the rug creating an intimate and cohesive space," according to the designers.
Keep large pieces clean and classic
Courtney Heaton Designs recommends sticking to tradition with larger pieces and adding in trendier pieces with small items. "We suggest anchoring the room with pieces that will stand the test of time like this navy sectional with clean lines and these classic swivel chairs. Then you can have fun with pillows and x benches that can easily be changed out for a whole new look!"
Let Pieces Work Together
Use a rug to draw the eye in the direction of furniture you want to highlight, like blogger Oh Joy! did here in this minty living room.
Create intimate conversation areas with seating
Get the furniture layout just right, says interior designer Amanda Teal of Amanda Teal Design. "Always measure your space and start with a plan, so you know the furniture sizes that best suit the space. In this room, we started with the perfect spot for the piano and layered in the sofa and plush lounge chairs around it. Because we had a plan, the scale and proportion of the furniture is harmonious in the space. This configuration also maximizes seating and creates multiple intimate conversation areas."
Create Visual Interest
Use a patterned room divider to add visual interest, like Homepolsih designer Ariel Okin did here.
Welcome Pops of Color
Give emphasis to a neutral room by adding a few smart hits of color like lifestyle blogger Ashley Stringfellow of Modern Glam did her with these adorable pillows.
Watch a Mirror Work
"The living room is a place where you should feel totally at ease, whether you love a calm neutral palette or something vibrant," says Decorist celebrity designer Massucco Warner Miller. "Layering objects like coffee table books that represent your families passions in additional to travel trinkets such as blown glass votives brings an additional layer of intimacy to a space."
Perk Up a Bare Wall
Bring the outside in with pieces that takes you to the beach, just as blogger Camille Styles did in her chic living room. "To create that ambiance, I place shells and coral dot every surface and most of the art on the walls reflects some far-flung beach locale.”
See more tips in 3 Stylish and Simple Ways to Dress Up Your Walls.
Incorporate Personal Heirlooms
In the Decorist's San Francisco showhouse, by Decorist elite designer Simone Howell, everything is personal. "The living room is a place where you should feel totally at ease, whether you love a calm neutral palette or something vibrant. Layering objects like coffee table books that represent your families passions in additional to travel trinkets such as blown glass votives brings an additional layer of intimacy to a space."
Invest a couch with a modern, informal sensibility by tossing on odd number of throw pillows. For something more traditional, do an even number.
See more on decorating with throw pillows.
Create a cozy conversation area by grouping seating around a large window, taking advantage of light and views.
Inject personality into neutral sofas by adding brightly patterned and colored throw pillows.
Ready to change your décor? Follow these guidelines to create a modern living room of your own.
Create a modern décor with bright colors and fuss-free pieces.
Add an easy pop of color with a bright chair, just as blogger Oh Joy! did in this sitting area. Include a gallery wall, plenty of plants to bring the outdoors in, and chunky knits to make things cozy.
Embrace robust colors. (Green has actually been shown to create a sense of calm and comfort.)
Don't be afraid to go bold, like blogger Oh Joy! did here in this green living room. Balance out the green by incorporating two shades, like she did with the sofa and wall color.
Use a Curved Sofa To Divide A Room
Designers Cecilia Sagrera and George Brazil, of Sagrera Brazil Design created zones in this open-plan living area. "Using a curved sofa with curved console behind it helps to separate the Living and Dining Areas. Using a few curved pieces of furniture helps to break up the hard angles of the architecture. The large painting by Carolyn Meyer echos what is seen outside, almost creating another window."