Out of every room in your home, the living room deserves the most interior design attention. Just like your kitchen (or even more so), you spend hours on end there, so it needs to be outfitted for a range of activities. A comfy sofa is crucial for family movie nights, a good rug is an essential for playing with your little ones and great lighting is key for evening reading sessions. In other words, every detail counts.
We've rounded up our favorite living room ideas that are full of design inspiration. These elegant living room designs — which also happen to be budget-friendly if you want to recreate — will give you pointers on refreshing your space or moving forward with a complete revamp. Whether you're working with a small living room or a large space, these design ideas will help get you on your way to creating your dream room.
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.
If your 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.
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.
Lifestyle influencer Anna Mae Groves' Cincinnati home leaned into a timeless black-and-white palette for her Cincinnati living room, complete with DIY geometric wall art.
Built-in firewood storage and deep cyan-colored walls — Sherwin-Williams' Endless Sea — add character to this living room in a 1970s Dutch Colonial-style home.
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.
A white living room design scheme shines thanks to wooden beams and decorative pieces that play up its rustic flair.
A living room is the perfect spot to experiment with color, and this colorful space is proof. Varied shades of mint green, ranging from the sofa's cushions to the curtains, create visual interest.
Achieve a collected look by displaying potted greenery, decorative trays, and an assortment of vessels on your mantel.
Refresh an unsightly light fixture with a few simple coats of paint, round bulbs and pom-pom fringe for a whimsical touch. Bold colors overhead pull together the room's eclectic vibe.
Upgrade your storage by removing the jackets off old books (you can load up at yard sales) to expose the stitching or covering your collection with coordinating papers.
For a relaxed mantel look, rest a sturdy style against the wall – no hammering required.
Fill any underused nook or corner with an oversized plant to make it the focal point of the room. Tuck the pot in a woven basket for an extra punch.
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Update an old-school brick fireplace (or wood paneling) with a coat of cream-colored paint. Take that, '70s-era decor.
Let the vibes flow from room-to-room with another clever paint tip. "I often paint a home one color throughout," says Susana Simonpietri, interior designer and co-founder of Chango & Co. "Or, I'll try the softest hue in the room that gets the most natural light, then work through the rest of the home with deepening shades of blue and gray."
Pair metallic accents (we see you, adorable end table) with traditional wood pieces to add depth and visual interest to your living room.
It’s not as much about where you place your furniture as it is about the style of pieces you choose. "In each room I design, I try to include at least one round piece, such as a coffee table, that people can walk around without bumping their knees," says interior designer Katie Rosenfeld. "I also add a few armchairs and a versatile piece like a garden stool that can be used as a stool to sit on or as a table for a drink."
Don't let your primetime viewing habits impede your style. "Go for a slim TV (mine is a Samsung), and use a thin mount that lets it sit flat against the wall," says lifestyle blogger Carley Knobloch. "Then have the wires threaded through the wall so it looks uncluttered."
Make your living room feel much airer (and spacious) by replacing a bulky sectional with pretty seating. Besides, what feels more luxe than velvet?
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 showcase blooms, art, and coffee table books is just brilliant.
Short pieces, like this tufted couch, give an open floor plan a cozy feel. Use area rugs to define individual "rooms" within the space.
Give beige a break. Dramatic hues can drench a large living room, like this inky wallpaper. The deep blue provides a surprisingly neutral backdrop.
Need space, stat? Swap boring shelving for more decorative options, then load up on fabric boxes or baskets to hide an overflow of knick knacks.
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.