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85 Beautiful Living Room Ideas and Designs to Update Your Decor

These decorating tricks and furniture layouts will inspire your next transformation.

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Troy Thies

Your living room is a functional environment, no matter how small, where you can relax and partake in all your fun indoor activities. And after choosing the best paint colors for the space, you can revamp the look with decorative accessories, a stylish rug, and all of the touches it needs to be inviting and comfortable for you (and the family!). So if you're looking to give your lounge its next significant transformation, use these living room ideas for inspiration.

Whether you want a modern or glamorous living room, the design ideas are endless. Add exposed wood beams to any high ceilings, build custom shelves for color-coded books and accessories, or make the fireplace your focal point with one made of brick or stone. We also believe in the beauty of statement rugs, to define individual rooms within a space, while adding a pop of color to any neutral decor.

No matter what style you desire to recreate, we have tips for all of your design needs. Plus, they're budget-friendly, beginner-friendly and make perfect matches for some of the top interior design trends on your radar. And for more ways to make the most of your space, these small living room decor ideas are stylish and practical, while these modern living room ideas are cozy and spacious.

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Aimée Mazzenga
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Vintage Wall Art

The living room is the perfect place to display your vintage finds and family heirlooms. Coat the walls a dark shade, similar to this basement clubhouse by designer Alexandra Kaehler, to make any paintings and trinkets stand out.


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Phil Crozier
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Classic Navy Blue and White Mix

A smart combination of blue and white gives any room an elegant feel. As seen in this sophisticated space by Reena Sotropa In House Design Group, the crisp white walls and curtains add contrast to the navy blue furniture for an overall lively appeal.

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Aimée Mazzenga
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Stairwell Reading Nook

If your stairwell leads to the living room, consider building a reading nook right underneath. Bria Hammel Interiors designed this cozy spot with a custom built-in bench below a staircase, ideal for any avid readers or historical connoisseurs.

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Brittany Ambridge/OTTO
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Tray Ceiling

This New York City apartment, designed by Kati Curtis Design, features a tray ceiling that beautifully accenuates the sputnik sphere chandelier. The white and dark-toned color combination also creates a 3D effect.


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Sinan Tuncay
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Color-Coded Wall Bookcase

Consider moving your book collection where everyone will see it: surrounding the television. Arditi Design added a navy blue custom bookcase to this living room. The color-coded books and matching accessories make it the room's focal point.

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Sara Essex Bradley
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Dynamic Patterns

Don't be afraid to make the entire space pop with dynamic patterns and colors. This room feels like artwork itself with the green and yellow wallpaper, rattan storage cabinet and blue chairs.

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Benjamin Moore
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Make use of every space in the living room with a daybed. This modern bench-style daybed has drawers for storage and can act as seating during the day and a place for guests to rest at night.


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Jill Weller
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Cheerful Playroom

Alice Arterberry and Barrett Cooke of Arterberry Cooke Architecture designed this playroom in their client's Pasadena, CA pool house. The hints of yellow scattered throughout make the room feel clean and uncluttered while providing a sunny atmosphere for the family.

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Laurie Kilgore Photography
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Green Space

We all know greenery can make a room feel fresh, so elevate your space with a full-on green look. Designed by Stephanie Stroud Interiors, this living room features a darker shade of the grassy color, which charmingly highlights the gold decor and lighter furniture.

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Troy Thies
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Rotating Bookshelf

Can't decide where to put your TV and bookshelves? Martha O'Hara Interiors designed this white space with a custom rotating cabinet that holds the screen and shelving for knickknacks —perfect for switching up the living room's theme depending on the mood.

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Stephen Karlisch
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Green and White Stripes

Unsure of how to spruce up your living room walls? Give them a cool yet gripping contrast with green and white stripes, similar to this space designed by Tori Rubinson Interiors.

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One Kings Lane
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Shades of Red

If you love the color red, but you can't choose which design will suit the walls, rug or overall look, don't stick to one pattern. Pick out a red-and-white striped rug and use red-flowered wallpaper to complement the look.

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Justin Krug
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Luxe Aesthetic

This beautiful living room features hardwood floors, a luxurious fireplace and a large set of windows with views of lush greenery. Implement some of these style elements to give your area an elegant appeal.

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Paul Versluis
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Entertainment Section

Similar to how designer Tamara Day styled this sitting area, you can add bean bags instead of regular seating to turn the space into the perfect game room or entertainment setting for kids and guests.


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Stacy Zarin Goldberg
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Rattan Hanging Chair

Adding a rattan hanging chair is a functional, unexpected addition to an interior. Hang one in any corner of the room where you or guests can casually lounge, read or nap.


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Hulya Kolabas
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Transform your area with a rustic-modern appeal using wood beam ceilings, a stone fireplace and crisp white furniture.

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Eric Piasecki/Otto
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Match Walls to Furniture

Whether you want to create a moody, bright or minimalist feel in your living room, match the color of the walls to your furniture. This will pull the room together in a seamless and unique way.

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Rachel Whiting
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Green Couch

When in doubt, choose the color you love the most and use it everywhere, from your furniture to your window treatments.

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Pretty in Pink

Pink is said to symbolize love. Bring a light and loving atmosphere that your guests will enjoy with pink furniture and walls. Use a lighter shade for the walls and a darker hue for the couches, stools and tables.

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Mike Garten
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Statement Fireplace

Make the fireplace your focal point by opting for one made of stone or brick. Keep the walls white and choose brown leather furniture to complement the room's semi-rustic feel.

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Rikki Snyder
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3D Wall Design

Designer Maryline Damour of Damour Drake collaborated with fiber artist Sienna Martz to give this living room a calm and forest-green atmosphere using a 3D leaf installation. Recreate the sense of greenery or design an installation that would better match your personality or room's aesthetic.

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Peter Molick
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Cool Gray

Thanks to designer Maureen Stevens, the airy living room in this 1920s Victorian home is full of style. The space features Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl, which balances the century-old bright white trim and coffered ceiling.

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Beatriz da Costa
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Versatile End Tables

Searching for a way to boost your living room's functionality? Not only can end tables be easily moved around the space, but you can also use them as a work surface or spot for kids to tackle homework. When they're not in use, place books or flowers on top as you would with traditional coffee tables.


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Randy O'Rourke
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Built-in Bookshelves

If you don't have a dedicated library, installing built-in bookshelves right in your living room is the next best thing. Keep a rolling ladder handy to make it easy to access the higher shelves.

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Michele Lee Willson
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Multipurpose Space

When it came to designing this living room, interior designer Heather Hilliard opted for a multipurpose approach. This space is suitable for tackling work, eating, lounging, you name it.


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August Oliver
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Classic Black-and-White

Lifestyle influencer Anna Mae Groves' Cincinnati home leaned into a timeless black-and-white palette for her living room, complete with DIY geometric wall art.

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Jessica Delaney
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Graphic Walls

Speckled wallpaper, paired with an emerald velvet sofa, enlivens this living room setup by New York City-based designer Megan Hopp.


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Brie Williams
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Cool Cyan

Built-in firewood storage and deep cyan-colored walls — Sherwin-Williams' Endless Sea — adds character to this living room in a 1970s Dutch Colonial-style home.

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Jessica Bordner
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California Cool

Create & Cultivate founder Jaclyn Johnson teamed up with interior designer Ginny Macdonald to arrange this stylish black-and-white outdoor living room. The design is an extension of her California home's interiors.

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Striking Monochrome

If you love the monochrome look, you're sure to find inspiration in this living room that features Benjamin Moore's Knoxville Gray on the walls and fireplace.

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