Even if you’re working with a tiny space, a well-devised living area sets the tone for the rest of your place. And as there’s no shortage of swoon-worthy living rooms on the web, we rounded up 50 of our faves, divided into ideas to try out yourself, to help you brainstorm your own home resolutions for the new year. Whether it’s with wall paint or gallery walls, velvet sofas or flashy textiles, these rooms are designed to inspire—and drool over. Grab a coffee or tea and settle in, because we’ve got a lot to show you.
- 1 Statement Ceilings
- 2 Red, White, & Blue Living Room
- 3 Into the blue
- 4 Repurposed Bar Cart
- 5 Rustic Living Room
- 6 A sense of space
- 7 Low Furniture
- 8 Tile Backsplash
- 9 Modern meets traditional
- 10 Navy Walls
- 11 Raised Ceilings
- 12 Small change, big difference
- 13 Comfy Seating
- 14 Exposed Brick Living Room
- 15 A big impression
- 16 Chic Storage
- 17 Mountain Living Room
- 18 Naturally laid back
- 19 Slim Footprint
- 20 Island Living Room
- 21 Rethink pink
- 22 Family-Friendly
Bold, chic, and more affordable than say, painting an entire room, upgrading your living room ceiling with paint makes a big interior statement without breaking your bank account. If you’re shy, try out a pastel, but if you’re about going for broke, you can’t beat the drama of black (as seen here in a space from 47 Park Avenue).
Red, White, & Blue Living Room
Think red, white, and blue feels too patriotic? Not when it’s paired with geometric lamps and a neutral, patterned rug.
Into the blue
Blue and white is a classic colour combination that’s perfect for a nautical scheme. Whale motif wallpaper adds a quirky twist to this timeless look.
Repurposed Bar Cart
Setting up a booze station on your bar cart is a no brainer — but using it as an end table (especially when space is limited) to display blooms, art and coffee table books is just genius.
Rustic Living Room
A pine mantel frames the cozy hearth in this farmhouse living room. Along with apron sinks, Windsor chairs, and tin sconces, an assortment of baskets ups the home’s rural charm.
A sense of space
Soft grey tones and crisp white details bounce light around this contemporary living room. Pale wooden furniture also helps to keep the room looking bright and airy.
Short pieces, like this tufted couch, keep an open floor plan cozy. Use area rugs to define individual “rooms” within the space.
Who says backsplashes are just for your kitchen? Try tiling your fireplace — blue and white if it’s a beach house, obvi.
Modern meets traditional
An understated decorating scheme allows period features to shine in this Victorian terrace.
Give beige a break. Dramatic hues can drench a large living room, like this inky wallpaper. The deep blue provides a surprisingly neutral backdrop.
Dark beams add contrast to high and light ceilings. Add a gothic-inspired chandelier to ground it even more.
Small change, big difference
A simple Roman blind and textured flooring has resulted in an elegant update for this neutral living room.
*Modern, traditional or shaggy, Modern Rugs has a great selection for your floor.
Your style may be posh, your furniture can still be cozy. Plush sofas and armchairs rule the roost in Ellen Pompeo’s L.A. home. “It’s fancy in a cool way, not in an ‘I can’t sit there’ way,” she says.
Exposed Brick Living Room
A big impression
Choose eyecatching furniture and accessories to create impact in a big, airy room with high ceilings – as seen in this Regency townhouse renovation that’s a perfect mix of old and new
Mountain Living Room
This rustic great room was built to resemble a converted barn. And those windows, though
Naturally laid back
White walls, soft grey upholstery and pale wooden furniture create a relaxed and welcoming look. Choose a classic sofa as the centrepiece, then introduce pattern with a mix-and-match collection of patterned cushions and a geometric rug.
Save square footage without sacrificing seating by using dining chairs in the living room. A rattan-and-cane perch takes up less real estate than a traditional recliner.
Island Living Room
Raw-poplar walls give the feel of “a fisherman’s shack.” We’re forever on island time.
Pink is still a huge interiors trend! Layer soft rose with grey, choose a classic sofa as the room’s focal point and introduce pattern with decorative cushions and a rug. Contrast the soft colours with a statement floor lamp and coffee table.