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Ashland Creek Ln
Ashland Creek Ln
Dufranc Photography
Example of a huge transitional open concept light wood floor, beige floor and wainscoting living room design in Houston with white walls, a standard fireplace, a tile fireplace and a wall-mounted tv
Champions Gate. Maui Model. Florida Vacation Rental.
Champions Gate. Maui Model. Florida Vacation Rental.
Dovetail Interiors
Inspiration for a large eclectic enclosed porcelain tile living room remodel in Orlando with beige walls and a wall-mounted tv
Boulder Modern Ranch
Boulder Modern Ranch
re:architecture
Living room - mid-sized 1960s gray floor, wood ceiling and wood wall living room idea in Denver with a wood stove and a tile fireplace
Mayflower Parkway
Mayflower Parkway
WBCH Team
Example of a beach style formal living room design in New York with beige walls, a standard fireplace and no tv
Upper East Side Townhouse
Upper East Side Townhouse
DHD Architecture and Interior Design
Photo by Rick Lew
Trendy living room photo in New York
Single Family Brownstone in Boston, MA
Single Family Brownstone in Boston, MA
Designed By Dina
Living room - transitional medium tone wood floor and brown floor living room idea in Boston with brown walls, a standard fireplace, a brick fireplace and a wall-mounted tv
Family Home - New Construction
Family Home - New Construction
Dewson Construction Company
Living room - contemporary open concept light wood floor and beige floor living room idea in Wilmington with white walls
Stonegate at Rush Creek - Fall 2017 Model Home
Stonegate at Rush Creek - Fall 2017 Model Home
Iverson Homes
Great Room with Center Fireplace & Custom Built In Two-Toned Cabinetry Surround
Living room - mid-sized transitional open concept carpeted and gray floor living room idea in Minneapolis with gray walls, a standard fireplace and a tile fireplace
2018 Artisan Home Tour
2018 Artisan Home Tour
Housing First Minnesota
2018 Artisan Home Tour Photo: LandMark Photography Builder: City Homes, LLC
Inspiration for a coastal formal light wood floor living room remodel in Minneapolis with gray walls, a standard fireplace and a tile fireplace
Offices & Bookcases
Offices & Bookcases
Webber Coleman Woodworks
Example of a living room design in Atlanta
Family Friendly Traditional Home
Family Friendly Traditional Home
John McClain Design
Inspiration for a timeless medium tone wood floor and brown floor living room remodel in Los Angeles with white walls, a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace and a wall-mounted tv
Modern Coastal
Modern Coastal
Grant Duckworth Photography
Example of a beach style dark wood floor and brown floor living room design in Houston with white walls and a standard fireplace
Kamas, Utah Home Remodel Project
Kamas, Utah Home Remodel Project
Shearer Designs
Meaghan Larsen Photographer Lisa Shearer Designer
Example of a large transitional formal and open concept porcelain tile and brown floor living room design in Salt Lake City with white walls, a standard fireplace, a wood fireplace surround and a wall-mounted tv
Greenwich Stone Georgian Estate
Greenwich Stone Georgian Estate
Roughan Interior Design
Example of a transitional enclosed medium tone wood floor and brown floor living room design in New York with beige walls, a standard fireplace and a plaster fireplace
Sandalwood transitional
Sandalwood transitional
Jamestown Estate Homes
Example of a huge transitional open concept light wood floor and beige floor living room design in Houston with white walls, a standard fireplace, a concrete fireplace and a wall-mounted tv
Renovation On The Hill
Renovation On The Hill
M.R. BREWER INC.
Large elegant enclosed medium tone wood floor living room library photo in Portland Maine with a two-sided fireplace, a plaster fireplace and no tv
Modern Farmhouse | 2019 Dry Creek Parade
Modern Farmhouse | 2019 Dry Creek Parade
Solitude Homes
Large farmhouse open concept light wood floor and beige floor living room photo in Boise with white walls, a standard fireplace, a brick fireplace and a wall-mounted tv
Country French Magazine
Country French Magazine
Katie Scott Design
French country enclosed carpeted living room photo in Houston with beige walls, a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace and no tv
Cozy and Elegant Living Room With White Stone Fireplace
Cozy and Elegant Living Room With White Stone Fireplace
Eldorado Stone
Stone: White Elm - Vantage30 Vantage30 delivers a unique planking appearance with its long 30″ linear lines. The gentle textural surface brings an additional element of movement while uniformly stacking tight for clean installation. Get a Sample of Vantage30: https://shop.eldoradostone.com/products/vantage-30
Chic Whole Home Design
Chic Whole Home Design
Mothe Design
Trendy open concept white floor living room photo in Miami with white walls and a wall-mounted tv

A living room can serve many different functions, from a formal sitting area to a casual living space. As you start browsing furniture, decorating and wall ideas for your room, think about the space's desired purpose and focus on a few staple items, such as a comfortable sofa and a coffee table, then choose the rest of the accent furniture and wall decor accordingly. Read on for more handy living room ideas to maximize your new space:

How do I decorate my living room?

When it comes to living room design, there are really no hard-and-fast rules. When considering different living room ideas, you’ll want it to be a space that makes your family and guests feel comfortable, but is also functional for day-to-day living. When thinking about living room colors, most people have a tendency to go super neutral or boldly colorful in living rooms, but be careful of going overboard with either. If you go with neutrals for the big items, like sofas, armchairs and ottomans, then go a bit bold with decorative accessories — that way, you can easily swap out the small things when a new color scheme is in order. Likewise, if you want your sofa to be a statement piece then scale back the decor so they don’t fight for attention.

Don’t forget about the mid-sized living room decorating ideas, like rugs and curtains, which can double as functional and decorative when done right. Lighting is also an important feature to consider when decorating a living room. Do you have the ability to do overhead lighting, or will you need to use table and floor lamps? Either one can be design features in themselves, as well as putting the spotlight on other decor you want to showcase. In your living room design, position lighting in accordance to any art you want to illuminate, and remember to have a well lit spot for reading-related activities. You can also change the light of the space by the paint color you choose; a room with little natural lighting will benefit from a light and airy color, while one with plenty of sunlight may have more leniency in color choice.

What should dictate my living room design?

Living rooms were originally intended to act as sophisticated settings for hosting and entertaining, while family rooms were used for more casual, everyday activities, like lounging, playing or watching TV. However, many homes today will only have one larger room that acts as both an entertainment and primary living space. If yours is the former, you’ll likely be utilizing it as a sitting room to have drinks and good conversation with guests, without distractions like television. As often shown in living room photos, a bar cart, formal furniture and an eye-catching focal point, such as a sophisticated fireplace and mantel, will help achieve this look and feel. On the other hand, if it's your primary living space it should see more daily use, often functioning as a TV room, complete with sofa sectional, media console and gaming spot (that cleans up nicely for guests, of course!). In the end, think about your needs when considering different living room ideas; after all, a family with small children will likely need a playroom more than a formal sitting room.

What kind of living room furniture should I have?

Because living rooms can serve many purposes, you’ll want to be sure to incorporate a variety of different furniture pieces to cover all possible activities. When considering living room ideas, start with your space. If your home is generally tight on space, having plenty of shelves, cabinets or drawers will be crucial to accommodating any storage needs. Built-ins are the best way to do this, since they take up less space and are often customized to meet your needs, however they can run on the more expensive side. If built-ins aren’t part of your living room design ideas, start with the big pieces, like an entertainment center or TV stand to house any electronics and accessories, or a bookcase to keep books, picture frames and knickknacks in check. Plenty of living room furniture ideas use pieces in multiple ways, like a desk or table as a craft station or homework spot, and a window seat as a go-to reading or nap station.

You will no doubt need some seating options incorporated into your living room design, which can range from small accent chairs to a big roomy sectional. Be careful of cramming a too-large sofa into a too-small space — it’s tempting to go big, but sacrificing walking paths or potential storage space is not always worth it. While there are a lot of different options in living room designs, you definitely want to have enough seating for those living in the house, plus an extra seat or two for the occasional guests. A place to put down drinks or snacks, like side tables or a coffee table, is a must. If you have the depth for it, an ottoman or coffee table where people can prop their feet up is always a welcome living room decorating idea, but skip out on this if the living room is on the narrow side and go for a deeper sofa instead. Whatever size your space is, there’s plenty of living room inspiration to choose from - to get started on your living room remodel, add living room pictures which spark creativity to an ideabook.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a living room renovation or are building a designer living room from scratch, Houzz has 1,603,935 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Housing First Minnesota and one big ear. Look through living room pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a living room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful living room photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.