Whether you have a large family space or a small, sophisticated living room, we have pulled together this list of 51 top living room interior ideas to ensure you have all the inspiration you need to create your perfect interior design scheme.
01.Living room furniture ideas
From sofas to coffee tables, choosing the right furniture for your living room is crucial to ensure the space works efficiently and to creating the room's aesthetic.
1. “I think the most important thing is that the living room works for your lifestyle. I personally prefer one sofa and a couple of nice armchairs that I can easily move around. I like to change my home a lot, so for me it's important to have furniture that can offer a bit of flexibility. I find that armchairs and floor lamps can offer me that, so my tip is to invest in a couple of nice pieces like a pair of amazing armchairs or a great looking floor lamp. When it comes to floor lamps I would go for something timeless so it doesn't date quickly. I also think that a living room isn't complete without a few green plants, so that would be high up on my tip list too - they look great grouped together.” Hege, Hege in France
2. “Oversize furnishings make this cavernous living room feel more intimate, while colourful accessories and a print by Anna Ullman add personality.” Architectural Digest
3. “Italian Mid-Century armchairs create a strong presence and a sense of symmetry in the living room says Helen of Design Hunter. (Designed by Sophie Ashby for Studio Mercer/Photography by Philip Durant).
4. In smaller living rooms it is important to be smart with furnishings in order to maximise the space. “Sectional sofas provide so much more flexibility: You can separate the pieces to create multiple seating areas, or push them together for a comfortable couch, great for watching TV. And if you want to scoot it out of the way in advance of a dinner party, that's simple too, with less bulky pieces to move.”
5. Create a focal point in your living room space for a cohesive, harmonious space. “The fireplace is a common choice and this can create a cosy, relaxed atmosphere. A coffee table is another example of a piece that can act as the key feature to build your design around."
6. Reupholstering an existing piece is a great way to transform your living room, as Bri of Design Love Fest discovered, “It turns out covering your chairs in new fabric is what all the cool kids are doing, glad I finally got the memo as it was affordable to do and made my room feel special.”
7. Your sofa is the key piece in the living room so getting it right will ensure the room flows. Arrange your seating to create sociable groupings where people can interact easily. If you are struggling for space, choose a smaller sofa and use ottomans, chairs and footstools to add additional seating.
8. Make a statement in your living room with one standout piece of furniture with a strong silhouette. From oversized armchairs to ornate coffee tables, one signature piece will instantly elevate your living room’s look.
02.Coastal Living Room
Bring a touch of seaside-inspired style to your living room with the soft palettes and natural materials of coastal living...
9. “Choose a living room with a whitewashed colour scheme for a décor filled with space and light. White or neutral-toned wall panelling creates a great beach-hut vibe - coordinate with sand-coloured sisal flooring or carpet. Team this décor with white linen furnishings and a wicker chest-style coffee table. Add a seascape canvas on the wall and accessorise with beach ornaments such as seashells, coral and beach pebbles.” House to Home
10. Painted floorboards are a simple way of adding an instant coastal edge to your living room. White or off grey floorboards exude a laid-back beach hut charm that we love!
03.Living room colour ideas
Whether you prefer the tranquility of soft neutrals or the vibrancy of bold hues, discover the perfect living room colour ideas for your space.
11. “I love the cosy feel that darker colours can bring to a space, in this case the inky blue wall and navy sofa. Often we fear darker colours but in fact they can work very well, especially in rooms meant for relaxing and winding down. Blues are also perfect for a calming feel in a room. I'd recreate this by adding navy and indigo denim textiles into the room, in the form of cushions, rugs and throws.” Sue, Old Fashioned Susie
12. “Soft beiges and ivories are a sure-fire way to create a sophisticated classy result, and this palette doesn’t need to be boring and predictable. The trick to livening up a monochromatic décor, is to play with the textures and create visual contrast through them. Glossy metallic and reflective surfaces like glass and mirrors complement the rich velvets, soft linens and tufted furnishings and produce an elegant and fresh outcome that feels complete and inviting.” Eleni, My Paradissi
13. “Try softening up a monochrome scheme with warm lustrous textiles and play with different shapes.” Nikki, My Scandinavian Home.
14. “I've recently become fond of using black in interiors so I was naturally drawn towards this interior scheme. I love the painted matt black furniture, - something that can be easily recreated in your home with a little DIY. Teamed with the vibrant blue it creates a room scheme that is bright, modern and dramatic; the perfect chic living room retreat” Lisa, Mathilde Heart Manech
15. My living room is a beautiful mid-grey colour in the early morning and evenings but in the middle of the day, when the sun shines through the window, it takes on a lovely lilac tone. It's so pretty!” says Rachel of The Ordinary Lovely.
16. “The black completely changes the feel of the living room,” says Heather of Growing Spaces. “The space feels bigger and calmer and the wall is the perfect backdrop for our old vintage leather seating. That armchair is my new favourite coffee spot.”
17. While looking at the top living room trends for 2016, designer Emily Henderson notes, “Black is back and popping up all over the living room scene. We get that a statement black living room may not be for everyone, or for every room, but these darker hues instantly add drama to your space. If you aren’t ready to darken your room then bring in some black through accessories, furniture, and maybe an accent wall. If you can handle the drama.”
04.Luxury living room ideas
infuse your living room space with a sense of luxury by incorporating rich materials, opulent tones and striking designer detailing.
18. "This living room works brilliantly because it's both minimalist and decadent. The soft plum shade used on the walls adds a splash of colour without detracting from the beautiful original features, and no other adornments are needed to create a striking look. The dark teal velvet sofa by Gubi is a great choice for the space and shows how you can use contrasting shades and textures to add depth to even the most minimalist of spaces. The room also demonstrates the importance of good lighting, with a pendant and a floor lamp that can be used to create different moods - something that's incredibly easy to recreate, and which instantly adds warmth to any scheme." Abi, These Four Walls.
19. "I recently wrote a post about achieving the 'townhouse chic' look in your home and this photo summarises it perfectly. Moving away from more traditional colours used in townhouse interiors like black, grey and taupe, the Paolo Sofa from Eichholtz in cream exudes luxury with its tufted look and statement studs. No more trying to plump up the sofa cushions! I also like that the armchairs from the same range are a good size to have side by side, saving space. For a less formal look, I would combine it with a solid top coffee table like the XVL Home Collection Lelie Coffee Table in dark stain or a table with a natural marble top. A large tray where you can organise decorative items can come in handy too.” Jenny, Seasons in Colour.
20. Luxury can be incorporated into interior schemes in a number of ways but materials are crucial to really elevating your scheme. Rich upholstery in materials such as velvet or cashmere, herringbone flooring and mirrored finishes are perfect for capturing the Luxe look.
21. “We love all metallics right now, but gold is having a more refined moment in the living room”, says Emily Henderson. “Look for brushed, satin, or matt finishes. Aged brass/silver/copper are always in style. While I love shiny brass, and am still installing some in houses as we speak, a good matt gold can take it down to another (good) level.”
05.Contemporary living room ideas
Introduce modernity to your home with contemporary living room ideas from some of our favourite interior design bloggers.
22. “Despite this living room being made up of some more traditional interior staples including a gallery wall and leather Chesterfield style sofa, elements such as the angular silhouette of the coffee table and the mix of cushions keep it looking contemporary. The key to comfort on a leather Chesterfield such as this is to add plenty of texture, from cable-knit cushions to a chunky lamb’s wool throw for those chillier evenings. Blues are always a great consideration too when deciding what colours to team with brown leather, and this almost-lavender shade is the ideal hue, especially with the addition of black and white photography which is highlighted perfectly.” Victoria, Apartment Number 4.
23. “I would kill for this living space! Alas, very few of us have such enormous rooms, windows or such an impressive ceiling height. Therefore, to try to recreate the sense of space, keep your window treatments as simple as possible to allow as much light as possible to flood into your room and consider where you place your furniture so it doesn't block out any light. Keep your colour scheme as neutral and monochromatic as possible as this will help to create an illusion of more space and then add colour, interest and texture with plants. Put them on the floor, hang them from the ceiling, add trailing plants to shelves, arrange foliage in a vase - you can never have too much! Natural wooden furniture will work perfectly with the green vibe and combine to make a simple yet striking contemporary living space.” Katy, Apartment Apothecary.
24. The key to a contemporary living room scheme is creating a look that feels fresh and inspiring and has a unique, playful feel. Try pairing soft pastel hues with classic Scandinavian designs and engineered finishes for a scheme that oozes modern cool.
25. “You can’t go wrong with an all-white space. To prevent it from feeling like a hospital room, introduce different textures. A crocheted throw, a rough-hewn linen sofa and a ribbed rug all add depth to a monochromatic look,” Real Simple.
26. “Blue and white is a classic colour combination, but it also works beautifully in contemporary living room designs says House & Garden. “Pair traditional ceramics with bold graphic lines for a stylish scheme.”
27. Geometric prints are perfect for injecting a contemporary edge into living room looks. Rugs, cushions and throws featuring angular, repeated patterns introduce a cool, modern scheme, particularly when incorporated with a monochrome palette.
06.Colourful living room ideas
Pops of purple, vibrant florals and bold statement furnishings, enliven your space with colourful living room ideas that will transform your home.
28. “Is the reign of grey over? Probably not but if you fancy adding a touch of colour to your living room and don't want to be too radical, why not think about purple? There are some gorgeous shades out there and they pair well with our nation's much loved grey. Sitting opposite on the colour wheel, is orange; lovely burnt orange hues really pop against purples and has something of a 60s vibe to it for all you vintage lovers. Go on, be different!” Rachel, The Ordinary Lovely.
29. “Florals are a classic staple of interior design and they come in so many styles - from traditional to contemporary. To work a floral look into a modern scheme and to avoid it looking too twee, try pairing bold painterly florals with pops of block colour, such as the hot pink sofa in this image. Mixing and matching different floral patterns is also a great way to add extra interest and drama to your room. If you're concerned about it looking too chaotic, pick a colour palette you love (for example pink and green as in this image) and then choose a variety of prints, patterns and block colours that all work with these key colours. “ Ruth, Gathered Cheer.
30. Introduce a dose of colour to your interior with one contrasting colour pop piece. A flash cherry red against a soothing blue background or burst of saffron in a monochrome scheme instantly boosts the mood of the space and enlivens the living room.
31. For a real flood of colour, we’re taking inspiration from this gorgeous turquoise room from Architectural Digest. For a bold statement, try painting the ceiling and walls in the same hue and break the shade with carefully chosen artworks.
32. Embrace the power of pattern to create a living room scheme that is both colourful and visually rich. This Lacroix interior combines on-trend botanical prints with classic animal prints to create an eclectic yet exciting lounge area.
07.Industrial living rooms
Be inspired by exposed brickwork and architectural shapes with these stylish industrial living room ideas.
33. “I love the industrial and rustic trends, but have a very dark living room with small windows. I still implement touches of an industrial moody feel without losing all the light by adding a dark statement floor against white walls. Also rather than a full wall of your favourite statement paper, why not make giant wall art from it.” Pamela, A Life With Munchers.
34. Make the most of the architectural materials in your living room for a scheme that has a chic, industrial edge. Pair exposed brickwork and tiled flooring with luxurious upholstery for a balance of rustic and contemporary.
08.Living room accessory ideas
Finishing touches are key when building an interior scheme and these living room accessory ideas will help your complete your space in style.
35. "The right accessorising is the key when styling your living room. Keeping your your sofa, flooring and walls neutral and free from any patterns allows you to play with accessories and create any style in your home - even if you wish to change it depending on trends. Add coloured rugs and patterned cushions and play with some metallic accents like copper and bronze with multiple textures of leather and velvet.” Anna, Don’t Cramp My Style.
36. Creating a relaxed Scandi-inspired living room is also about texture blogger Cate St Hill says. “Lots of soft, tactile pieces, whether it’s gently creased linen, shaggy sheepskin rugs or warm, natural wood. It’s all about balance, and furniture and accessories that complement each other – go for a thick rug on a hard wood floor or squishy cushions on a sleek angular sofa or add just a hint of pattern from a cushion on an otherwise plain chair.”
37. For a statement wall, try an alternative to oversized artwork in your living room, “Achieve the drama of a major art piece inexpensively by displaying a tight grid of small frames,” suggests Nicole Sampedro of Good Housekeeping.
38. Add interest to simpler interior schemes with printed upholstery and soft furnishings. Look to monochromatic chevrons, stripes or checks for classic contemporaneity.
39. Complete your living room in style with a super stylish ottoman tray display For an ordered and elegant look, choose a large tray that is just slightly smaller than the surface of the ottoman and stack the centre with your favourite coffee table books..
40. “Creating a gorgeous living room design scheme that invites you to relax, unwind and forget about the day takes more than just beautiful furnishings. Accessories and accent pieces enrich the scheme and allow you to put your own style stamp on the space. Look for accessories that have subtle repetition across their shapes, materials, colours, theme or time period to add consistency to the look.”
41. Rather than using complementary tones across accent accessories in your living room, try going for a bold contrast for a burst of vibrancy.
09.Living room layouts
The way in which the furniture, lighting and accessories are situated in a space is key to ensuring the space works. These living room layout ideas will help you ensure your space works, no matter what the size.
42. “I’m all for the grey walls and the wall they’ve nestled that L-shaped sofa into to make a cozylicious corner,” says Holly of Decor8 in her post on 8 Great Living Rooms & Why They Work. “A white shelf with art makes for a lovely gallery-in-rotation, which is perfect for print collectors to move stuff around without hammering into the wall each time they decide to change things up!”
43. For a truly classic living room scheme with a designer edge, look to style symmetry. Mirroring your living room look around architectural focal points such as fireplaces creates a wonderfully balanced look with a professional edge.
44. Amanda of Advice From a 20 Something gives us a sneak peek into her own living room makeover, “The biggest space in the apartment is the living room and it’s where I spend most of my time. Whether I’m curling up on my couch to watch a movie, sitting at my desk writing a post, or using the white wall in the corner for a photoshoot, I’ve made sure to make this space as versatile as possible. It’s by far my favourite room!”
45. “Carve out a quiet moment in your living room to entice a little reading time. Drag a cosy chair over to a window or next to a bookshelf and be sure to provide ample light for late-night page turning.”
46. If you love to entertain or have a larger family, try creating a living room layout with multiple seating options rather than one oversized sofa. Position armchairs and snuggle seats around the coffee table for communal atmosphere.
10.Living room lighting layout
Task and ambient lighting are both equally important in creating a successful interior space and nailing the layout is key. From reading corners to highlighting room details, be inspired by these living room lighting layouts.
47. “Lighting schemes are crucial to creating the ambience of a space, whether it’s warm and cosy or dramatic. Table lamps create a softer scheme but think about the kind of light bulbs you use too; warm whites are much more inviting in a living room space.
48. For more minimalist living room schemes, try incorporating a statement pendant light rather than multiple floor or table lamps to create a cleaner, contemporary vibe.
11.Family living room ideas
Living rooms are spaces everyone should be able to enjoy and relax in, discover how to create a family orientated space with these top tips.
49. “For me, living rooms are a space to connect with your family and friends, and enjoy peaceful, relaxation in a room that showcases your personality. Whilst we long for our homes to be super stylish, they also need to be practical and useful too so surrounding ourselves with beautiful pieces that also fulfil a requirement as well is so important. Task lighting, coffee tables, magazine storage, a feature and focal point all blend together in a calming colour scheme with a small, but subtle accent colour in this stylish setting. This would be my ultimate space for enjoying a glass of wine in the evening, and a catch up with my loved ones.” Jen, Love Chic Living.
50. "With beautiful tall windows, high ceilings, rustic wood floors and eclectic furnishings, this living room makes for a comfortable, yet stylish family home,” says Debra of Dust Jacket.
51. Family living spaces should be both comfortable and practical but this doesn’t need to come at the cost of being stylish. Oversized sofas with a scattering of statement cushions and a colour rush rug are simple additions that will instantly transform the space while keeping it family friendly.