You spend a lot of time in your living room, so it not only needs to look great, but it needs to be functional and comfortable. Blending all three things can be tricky, but we've got plenty of examples to inspire you. From modern and formal spaces to approachable and rustic environments, there's a living room idea you'll want to steal below. Keep reading for forty-five stylish designer living room tips, ideas, and shopping suggestions for spaces of any size.
Here's a lesson in monochromatic decorating with soul. Designed by Studio Razavi, this Parisian apartment is a beautiful blend of modern and Neoclassical style. While the bones of the room evoke a grand sort of opulence, the plush Moroccan rug and spacious white sofa make the space feel more approachable.
Check out Wayfair for endless options of decorative pillows, and shop our pick below:
Ivy Bronx Dalmatian Dot Throw Pillow Cover ($27) BUY NOW
When you have crisp white walls and neutral staples, like a sofa and coffee table, choose one statement item that brings in a surge of colorful energy. It can be anything from a vibrant piece of art on the walls to a bright carpet like this one in a living room designed by Leanne Ford Interiors.
Check out Homestead Seattle for colorful, one-of-a-kind rugs, and shop our pick below:
Vintage Lakshmi Rug ($295) BUY NOW
Designed by Redmond Aldrich Design, this living room manages to be unique and versatile, colorful and understated, approachable and impressive, all at once. That's thanks to the quirky, eclectic mix of frames, a light wood paneled wall, a classic carpet, and an unexpectedly colorful sofa. If you typically like to stick to more neutral tones at home but find yourself generally drawn to color, consider venturing out with a dusty rose, forest green, or navy sofa—they're the new neutrals.
Check out Article for sofas that feature classic silhouettes and moderately experimental colors, and shop our pick below:
Article Matrix Blush Pink Sofa ($1299) BUY NOW
Wallpaper is one of those trends that just keeps on giving and giving. If you go with a classic chinoiserie wallpaper, you can do just about anything with it as your style changes over the year. This modern self portrait by Chuck Close is a bold contrast to the chinoiserie wallpaper (Iksel's Eastern Eden) behind it in this Miles Redd-designed home. The contrast doesn't stop there: Redd continued to venture beyond design convention by incorporating contrasting jewel tones and mixing modern furniture styles with antique pieces. Oh—and believe it or not, the lime green chair is from Ikea! Proof even the best designers love a good deal.
Check out Anthropologie for bold wallpaper prints, and shop our pick below:
House of Hackney Artemis Wallpaper ($298) BUY NOW
Before you even start decorating your living room, remember where you are. If you live in a casual beach house, your design scheme is going to look very different from an urban industrial loft space, for instance. In this beach house by Arent & Pyke, the design team focused on channeling the tropical vibe of a coastal home through fun motifs and casual materials. Yet, they still maintained a look of sophistication through fresh upholstery, beautiful artwork, and a thoughtful layout. That being said, if you're a sucker for kitsch and wish you were always on island-time, add a hint of it with one statement piece, like a vintage Hawaiian-print rattan chair.
Check out Serena & Lily for coastal-inspired pieces, and shop our pick below:
Serena & Lily Braided Abaca Rug ($398) BUY NOW
Want to go a little glam without looking too showy? Add in minimal brass accents, like a metal-frame coffee table and eye-catching metallic lighting. This living room is also a good blueprint for small space decorating. While the only three furniture items are two seats and a small coffee table, the ceiling light is all it takes to make the entire room feel special.
Check out CB2 for on-trend and affordable lighting options, and shop our pick below:
CB2 Firefly 5-bulb Brass Pendant Light ($229) BUY NOW
Wall art is a great way to add a big statement in a minimalist living room. It doesn't take up any surface space, but it can really transform the aesthetic. Use an abstract photograph like this one to dictate the colors of your throw pillows for cohesion.
Check out Tappan Collective for cutting-edge art, and shop our pick below:
Brian Merriam Ancient Medicine 15 ($160) BUY NOW
In this modern mountain home designed by architecture firm Studio Razavi, the classic cabin aesthetic gets an upgrade. The plush carpeting and sheepskin throw warm things up while the modern light fixture, streamlined furniture, and neutral colors ensure a calming, laidback, and stylish environment.
Check out IKEA for plush and affordable accessories, and shop our pick below:
IKEA RENS Sheepskin Throw ($30) BUY NOW
Who says backsplashes are just for your kitchen? Try tiling your fireplace. It adds an artful, customized touch to the living room without being overpowering. This is especially true if you opt for neutral or black and white geometric tiles, as done in this Leanne Ford-designed space.
Check out Home Depot for tons of mosaic tiles, and shop our pick below:
Merola Tile Diamond Encaustic Ceramic Tile ($2) BUY NOW
The sofa in Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Ryan's living room is a prime example of perfectly mismatched patterns. The couch maintains a tonal blue scheme, and the blue rug beneath it ties the whole look together. It's a great way to practice your pattern mixing if you're not ready to work with the entire rainbow yet.
Check out ABC Carpet & Home for beautiful textiles and throws, and shop our pick below:
abcDNA Indigo Patch Cushions ($195) BUY NOW
Designed by Studio Razavi, this eclectic Parisian apartment is a breath of fresh air. Not only does it prove that you can use a wallpaper mural in a minimalist environment (the grayscale color palette helps), but it's also the perfect example of how to design a living room that's both fun and relaxed, sophisticated and formal. The key? Seating needs to be comfortable, and materials need to be casual but clean.
Check out Restoration Hardware for high-quality, comfortable, and timeless seating, and shop our pick below:
Restoration Hardware Maxwell Sofa ($1871) BUY NOW
"The room doesn't get a lot of light, so I decided to make it cozy and turned it into an English-style portrait room, which is ridiculous, but fun," says celebrity chef Alex Hitz. Taking the cozy route in a living room without a ton of natural light is a great solution. And what's cozier than a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf with seating beckoning you to curl up on it? To display your books more creatively, offset them with artwork. In this room, a Peter Rogers portrait of Alex Hitz's close friend, the late Nan Kempner, hangs over the bookshelves to create some contrast.
Check out Design Within Reach for stylish and modern wall storage options, and shop our pick below:
dk3 Royal System Shelving Unit A (1295) BUY NOW
If you frequently entertain guests at your home, choose a strategic living room layout that promotes conversation and comfort. For example, in this living room designed by Leanne Ford Interiors, the incorporates semi-circle seating that's both spacious and inviting. Sectionals are also a good option when a circular sofa isn't. And if you also love the all-white aesthetic, take note. Ford brush painted the natural IKEA rug and custom-made rope light.
Check out Crate & Barrel for spacious, family-friendly sectionals, and shop our pick below:
Crate & Barrel Three-Piece Curved Sectional ($3499) BUY NOW
Aside from the adorable dogs (Jacob and Wylo) cuddled up on the armchair-meets-dog-bed, that gallery wall is the clear statement-maker in this living room designed by Philip Mitchell. Mix and match frames for a subtle nod of personality. And speaking of personal touches, consider hanging art that means something to you, whether it's your children's artwork, your own, or a portrait of your pets.
Check out Framebridge for custom framing with tons of stylish options, and shop our pick below:
Framebridge Mandalay Gold Frame ($85) BUY NOW
The fiddle leaf fig tree definitely wins the popularity contest as far as design favorites for indoor trees. And for good reason: They look great with pretty much any interior design scheme, from bohemian to modern spaces like this one designed by Hecker Guthrie. It really freshens up the cooler gray tones of the living room and makes that floral-printed pillow pop even more.
Check out Chelsea Garden Center for beautiful indoor plants and garden essentials, and shop our pick below:
Chelsea Garden Center Ficus Lyrata Large ($285) BUY NOW
A black marble fireplace strikes the perfect balance between edgy and timeless. It anchors this living room designed by Arent & Pyke, which get a contemporary lift from the jute rug, modern and bright artwork, and shapely table lamp. And because the armchairs are a classic silhouette, they'll last forever—you can reupholster them with different colors and prints throughout the years as your taste and style changes.
Check out Chairish for vintage and timeless investment chairs, and shop our pick below:
Vintage Ralph Lauren Plaid Club Chair ($1350) BUY NOW
This hot pink fireplace was inspired by the homeowners' grandmother's favorite shade of lipstick, interior designer Kristen McCory tells us. Have fun with little details like that and look for inspiration everywhere! If painting your entire living room a bold color sounds intimidating, opt for a statement wall or mantle.
Check out Home Depot for a range of fresh color options, and shop our pick below:
BEHR Marquee Flamingo Pink Paint ($32) BUY NOW
Make it easy on yourself by sticking to a very consistent, very simple color scheme. In this space designed by Leanne Ford Interiors, she worked within a strictly all-white color story. Even the firewood is painted white! We'll let that be a lesson in attention to detail. Then she choose one item to really pop in a bright color. In this case, she went with a bright red Pierre Paulin Ribbon Chair.
Check out Farrow & Ball for beautiful high-quality interior paints, and shop our pick below:
Farrow & Ball All White Paint ($110) BUY NOW
Color stretches all the way up to the high rafters in this living room designed by Thomas Jayne and William Cullum. As you can see in the mirror, the color of these walls changes depending on the way the light hits it, shifting between sharp mint green and soft sea foam green. The red and blue work nicely, too, as the red is featured in the carpet, coffee table, and sofas, blending everything together beautifully. All together, the room feels traditional and formal, country chic and casual. To elongate your already tall ceilings, hang a pendant light high above the sitting area.
Check out Target for tons of contemporary light fixtures, and shop our pick below:
Leanne Ford x Project 62 Net Pendant Lamp ($40) BUY NOW
Everything in this living room is playing with shape. While the marble mantle and glossy floating shelves are angular and sharp, the coffee table and ottoman are soft and rounded. The use of natural materials makes the room feel rich even though there's not much in it.
Check out Amara for tons of modern and unique living room items, and shop our pick below:
AYTM Curva Stool ($243) BUY NOW
The bookshelves in photographer Victoria Pearson's own Ojai living room allow all kinds of opportunity for displaying different items, and also for storage. Adding a ladder for high shelves adds another decorative touch.
Check out AllModern for leaning bookshelves and ladders, and shop our pick below:
Rustic Wood Ladder ($43) BUY NOW
The more unique, the bigger the statement when it comes to wall decor and art. A good way to to switch things up is by choosing artwork that doesn't live within the confined borders or a rectangular or square frame. We're also loving the colorful nesting coffee tables and ombre carpet for a subtle bit of fun in this living room designed by Studio DB.
Check out Minted for accessible and fun artwork, and shop our pick below:
Rachel Willow Protea Painting ($198) BUY NOW
This floor-to-ceilings fireplace in a living room designed by Leanne Ford is taking style notes from the best of both worlds: A classic mountain chalet and the Malibu coast. Whether there's snow falling or waves crashing right outside that window, we want to be curled up on that linen slip-covered chair. This living room is also a testament to the perks of working with what you have. The fireplace was given a new life with a makeshift mantle comprised of reclaimed wood and a fresh coat of white paint.
Check out Etsy for found objects and art supplies to rework at home, and shop our pick:
Wood Floating Shelves ($26) BUY NOW
"Soft pink was used here as a neutral base," which connects all the other elements throughout the space," say the design duo behind 2LG Studio. "We designed bespoke plywood joinery throughout to unite the spaces and create much needed storage,"they add. If you're bored of looking at stark white walls, try a soft color that can function as a neutral but exciting backdrop.
Check out Portola Paints for one-of-a-kind paint colors, and shop our pick below:
Portola Paints Mission Rose ($10) BUY NOW
Nothing ramps up the fun like a playful touch in the family room. This mod swim chair in a living room designed by Hecker Guthrie is proves our point. It's the perfect blend of cozy and cool. Those multi-colored drapes don't hurt, either.
Check out Modshop for groovy retro-inspired pieces, and shop our pick below:
Swinging Bubble Chair ($896) BUY NOW
If your formal living room is also your family room, you want to make sure it strikes a balance between super comfortable and presentable. A cozy family room that cleans up nicely, if you will. A super soft sectional with plenty of space to spread out on movie night is a must, but choose one that also looks elegant. Then add fun, eye-catching lighting for an extra punch of fun, like the one in this Studio DB-designed room.
Check out HD Buttercup for unique and practical living room furniture, and shop our pick below:
Carrie Sofa Chenile Taupe ($899) BUY NOW
When in doubt, add a home bar. It introduces nice depth to the room and makes entertaining guests super easy. It also makes the space feel that much more polished and thought out. We love how the chrome framed bar stools and mushroom lamp make the bar area pop while still flowing together well with the Emily Henderson-designed space.
Check out Cb2 for super stylish bar stools, and shop our pick below:
CB2 Ray Leather Bar Stools ($199) BUY NOW
Who says everything has to be matchy-matchy? Contrast your couch and chairs to make things a bit more interesting. In this refreshingly quirky living room designed by Andrew Flesher, there's a little bit of everything, from jewel tones to tropical prints, classic prep school patterns, rustic accents, and traditional touches.
Check out Burke Decor for fun, on-trend patterns, and shop our pick below:
Jaipur Gray Geometric Pouf ($249) BUY NOW
Live in a super tiny space? Opt for a settee instead of a sofa or sectional and stack nesting tables instead of getting a bulky coffee table. You'll be surprised at much space this can save. And instead of spending a fortune on framing, simply pin up your favorite artwork as is. The easy elegance can be just as beautiful.
Check out West Elm for great apartment-friendly furniture, and shop our pick below:
West Elm Nesting Marble Side Tables ($230) BUY NOW