As you decorate your home, it’s important to take into account what each room will provide for you and your family.
Kitchens are gathering spaces for creativity and nourishment. Bedrooms are calming spaces to find rest and rejuvenation. Bathrooms are preparation spaces for cleanliness and self care. But what about living rooms?
Living rooms are the spaces in our homes where we relax and have fun. Whether it’s just with your family or the friends you host, your living room becomes the space to watch a movie, play a game or even just talk about the last book you read.
So when styling your living room, you want to be sure that it incorporates the elements that help you let your hair down. Scroll through these 100 beautiful living rooms that will inspire you to nurture your home’s tranquility.
Create a Peaceful and Calming Living Room Where You Can Relax with Your Family
We’re all looking for ways to add more peace into our lives, and below we’ll share with you a selection of design ideas you can incorporate into a living room of any size or shape. But first, we want to offer you some of our top living room décor tips to transform your space into something that resembles one of these beautiful living rooms.
Add Plants or Flowers
Flowers and plants are soothing thanks to their scent and their visual appearance. Even just a vase of flowers on a living room table can really transform a space. Especially during the winter months where we can’t spend as much time outdoors, bringing a little bit of nature indoors will add a relaxing touch to your home.
Paint Color Options
The color you choose to decorate your living room with can completely adjust the mood of the space. As you’ll see below, many of these beautiful living rooms use neutral colors such as white and beige on their walls. Alternatively, other relaxing colors for your living room décor include blue, green, and gray. Avoid very bright colors or wild patterns, as they can add too much energy to a room.
Natural sunlight works wonders to boost your mood, so try to avoid blocking your room’s natural light when you are redecorating. During the daytime, keep your shades pulled up and your curtains open to allow more sunlight into your home.
Clutter and mess add unnecessary stress to any room in your home. It’s incredibly distracting when you are trying to relax and makes a room feel much more chaotic. Tidy away unnecessary clutter in hidden cabinets and minimize the number of trinkets you have out on display at one time.
100 Beautiful and Tranquil Living Rooms You Won’t Want to Leave
1. Unite Everyone with Your Seating Choices
When you are the hosting guru among your friends, seating is one of the primary elements in your living room. Caroline Legrand Design uses a circle rug and sectional to bring everyone together, whether it’s your book club or your cocktail buddies.
2. Create a Playful Atmosphere with Patterns
Leslie Rylee is a master of pattern mixing. This living room displays four different patterns, not counting the walls’ architectural interest. It’s a great example of how you can really infuse your space with playfulness.
3. Add Texture to Make Your Living Room Décor More Interesting
Is your most relaxing space void of color? If that’s what really lets you relax, embrace it in your living room. Use black, white, and brown in your color scheme and focus more on texture to make things interesting.
4. A Living Room Overlooking a Lake or the Ocean
Designing a living room that looks out on a lake or ocean can be tricky. You want it to have that waterside feeling but without the cliche shells and rowboats covering every surface. Take a page out of Southern Studio Interior Design’s book and make your living room’s canvas as neutral as possible. Then any blue accents will immediately lend that seaside look.
5. Add Bookshelves to Your Living Room
How do you create a modern living room that’s cozy at the same time. You’ll find the answer in the books. Bookshelves lend that feeling of home and comfort to a space, even if the rest of your living room is straight edges and black accents.
6. Mix and Match Several Shades of the Same Color
Charla Ray Interior Design knows that you can mix several shades of the same color and they will match. Suddenly your opportunities for fun colored sofas are endless.
7. Add Texture When Decorating with Neutral Colors
When you’re working with neutral colors, it’s essential that you think about your textures to give your living room a rounded look. Lisa Sherry Interiors added fur, jute, and weaves to their accents and the space definitely feels finished.
8. A Cozy Traditional Living Room
Styling a traditional living room can be a challenge but This Old House knows exactly how. A patterned rug gives a great landing pad for your living room furniture and will help hide the hard wear and tear from kids and pets.
9. Add Creams and Linens to Create a Rustic Living Room
A rustic home doesn’t have to be all heavy wood and buffalo check. With a myriad of creams and linens, the heavy wood accents you do choose will stand out better without weighing down your space. M Naeve shows off some rustic wood in that beautiful coffee table which makes the perfect focal point.
10. Create a Peaceful Gallery Wall
Art in your living room doesn’t have to be bold to make a statement. Carrie Brigham Design uses three similar pieces to create flow and continuity for the eyes. It definitely comes off more peaceful than a gallery wall.
11. Make Your Fireplace a Focal Point of the Room
Does your living room have a fireplace? Make it the focal point of your space like Studio Steidley did with this nice living room. It will make your living room seem even cozier than any number of throw pillows could bring.
12. Big Picture Windows for More Natural Light
If we could choose big picture windows, wouldn’t we all give a resounding “yes”? If you have them, follow the example of this living room by M Naeve and keep all your living room decor creamy white to catch all those rays.
13. Separate Work and Play with Your Sofa
Life gets busy and when your living room acts as several rooms put together, it can be tough to keep the tasks separated. Monique Gibson put a desk behind the sofa to give some separation between work and play in the same room.
14. Draw Attention to Wood Floors
Old homes have such wonderful features. Grey Dove Design kept the style of this living room light and simple to really draw attention to the wood floors, heavy beams and brick fireplace in this historical space.
15. Use Simple Large Branch Clippi
ngs Instead of Plants or Flowers
So many people recommend plants and flowers to finish out a room. But what if you have a brown thumb and will kill them all? Estudio María Santos uses simple large branch clippings to bring the greenery into the room without the hassle.
16. Display Your Photographs to Decorate Your Living Room Walls
Don’t think that your living room must have expensive art to be beautiful. When you’re are a photographer, you can use your own prints to decorate your walls. Jeff Schlarb keeps it black and white to continue the look in this living room.
17. Fill Your Room With Vintage Pieces
Sometimes the best most beautiful living room is full of vintage finds and hand me downs. Shoot Factory relies on the mismatched coziness to bring this living room together.
18. Add Brightly Colored Accents
If the walls of your living room are a neutral color, don’t shy away from brightly colored accents. The myriad of lush fabrics in bright shades in this living room by Casa Botelho can’t help but invite you to stay awhile.
19. Put All the Focal Points on One Wall
A living room with multiple focal points is hard to design. Desjeux Delaye fixed this problem by putting all the focal points on one wall. The fireplace, bookshelves and TV together keep everyone’s attention instead of not knowing where to look.
20. A Fun Living Room Your Kids Will Love Spending Time In
A kid filled home is a funky home, or at least it should be. Funky in a good way. SJB designers found the best striped chair that really grabs your attention in this living room. Your kids will be fighting over a chair like that.
21. Bright Colors for a Kid-Friendly Home
22. Start with a Blank Slate
Nathalie Deboel knew that the key to bringing modern style to this cottage living room was a blank slate to begin with. Painting the walls and ceiling in the same shade really makes them blend into the background while the modern styling stands out.
23. Apply A Textured Wallpaper
These days, who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? Gregory Shano covered this living room in a textured wallpaper that really brought this space to the next level. Can you imagine it in flat paint? It just wouldn’t be the same.
24. Use Bamboo Blinds for a Textured Accent
Not all rooms require fabric drapes to look finished. Kate Lester Interiors uses bamboo blinds to provide a textured accent as well as the necessary privacy in this beautiful living room.
25. A Bold and Bright Couch
Such a bright couch really takes up so much visual space, it’s almost essential to use see through accents for the rest of the room. Itta Estudio adds those bamboo accent chairs for the perfect supplement seating.
26. Navy Blue Accents in a White Living Room
Deep colors are so fun to use in your home. Andria Fromm gave this white living room all kinds of navy blue accents. The white walls and light floors create the ideal background to support such dark seating.
27. A Welcoming Small Living Room
Some say that small living rooms should have smaller furniture but Blackband Design shows us different. The overstuffed seating and heavy surfaces make this beautiful living room so welcoming.
28. Comfortable Pillows for Your Sofa
Most sofas require you to add your own cushions, but a sofa like this one comes with everything you need. Plus all those pillows are going to be the same color, making it a calming scene in your living room.
29. Use a Deep Windowsill as a Side Table
Natalie Haegeman Interiors had an interesting living room layout to work with here but they made it work for them instead of fighting it. Using a deep windowsill as a side table and a beam as a focal point, it makes everyone’s job easier.
30. Add Bright Colors to a Traditional Living Room
Many think that traditional design revolves around neutral colors but J.Latter Design shows is that that isn’t necessarily the case. When you keep to the rolled chair edges and classic coffee tables, you can use any bright colors you want.
31. Place a Tree in Your Living Room
High ceilings and large windows are prime real estate for potted plants. Having a tree in your living room will make the whole space seem a little more like a greenhouse.
32. A Large Open Living Room<
A large open living room can’t be styled like many other living rooms. While there is usually a central area with a sofa and coffee table, you need to think about how to create little nooks in the empty corners. Maybe a desk in one spot and a couple comfy chairs in another to fill out the space.
There is no empty corner that a built in bookshelf won’t fill. If you’re struggling to get a grasp on that empty spot, set your hands to work and give yourself a corner to fill with all the books and tchotchkes your heart desires.
34. A Comfortable and Breathable Living Room
Jessica Helgerson wins at creating a completely beautiful airy space to relax in. With leggy furniture and white walls, it’s a comfortable yet breathable space to hang out in at the end of the day.
35. Leave Shelves Empty for a More Peaceful Living Room
Just because you have shelves doesn’t mean you need to fill them. Nook Architects used the credenza for the TV and left the rest bare to create a pleasant look with the negative space.
36. Switch Out Your Lighting to Upgrade Your Living Room
Starting to feel like your furniture is blah? Rather than buying a whole new living room set, switch out your lighting for something more fun. Corrine Bensimon Maison uses bright basket shades to liven up an otherwise neutral living room.
37. Cover Up a Brick Wall with Statement Art Pieces
It’s easy to find all the things you dislike about a rental living room. Workroom used large statement art pieces to cover up a brick wall and make this living room feel decidedly industrial, teaching us that it’s all about creativity.
38. A Modern Black Statement Wall
39. Paint a Picture to Display in Your Living Room
Let’s talk about that painting because if there was a good example of statement art, this would be the poster for it. While it can cost you a fortune, you can also put your own paint brushes to work and create your own masterpiece.
40. Add a Pouf to Your Living Room
Every living room needs a pouf. Amanda Webster Design used an coffee table with space underneath to stash them when not in use. They make wonderful extra seating!
41. A Brick Wall and Unique Ceiling
Hello, beautiful living room we all envy. When you have elements like a brick wall or a gorgeous ceiling, you really want to make those work for you. Because the more original character you can display, the less decorating you will have to do yourself.
42. Bright Floral Accent Chairs
Every so often, you run across a piece of furniture that you just have to have. Jenny Madden Design added bright floral accent chairs to an otherwise traditional living room and it definitely paid off. They steal the show, sitting amidst all those neutral shades.
43. An Aqua and Coral Living Room
While most designers seem to stay on one end of the color wheel, Celerie Kemble took a leap in this living room. Who would have thought that aqua and coral would look so perfect together, but they do.
44. Create a Library Feeling for Your Living Room
When your living room is rather lacking in light, it can be difficult to get a good vision for it. But Tiffany Duggan solved the problem by giving this space a serious library feel with blum bookshelves and plaid chairs. It ends up feeling cozy instead of cavelike which is the goal for every living room.
45. Don’t Shy Away From Pink
Looking to create the perfect bachelorette pad to come home to? Take a tip from Géraldine Prieur and don’t shy away from pink. From the walls to the furniture, infuse your space with a good dose of blush and you’re living room will feel fit for a princess.
46. A Scandinavian-Inspired Living Room
Electric Bowery did fantastic work infusing this modern space with Scandinavian comfort. Warm wood tones and a plush rug will do so much for space that would be rather colorless and cold without them.
47. Make Your Living Room a Mirror of Your Personal Space
Since your living room will be the space that guests will see the most, don’t be afraid to make it a mirror of your personal style. Mix a modern painting with a vintage sofa if that’s what floats your boat. It will make your living room uniquely you.
48. A Modern Yet Rustic Living Room
At first glance, this beautiful living room seems modern. But then you realize that Standard designers have added a Persian rug and rustic coffee table. Together they make the perfect balance that would fit in any home.
49. Retain Elements of an Older Home
Brown Design Group really did this living room a favor when they kept the Spanish Revival accents. It’s a great example for how you don’t have to completely start over in an old home, even with your modern style.
50. Bright White Walls
Bright white walls have been on trend for a while and when you have a living room like this one, you should take advantage. All that natural light will keep your space feeling fresh and airy, no matter what season it is.
51. Install Shelves on the Wall
Robert McKinley certainly had his work cut out for him with that asymmetrical fireplace hearth. But by installing shelves on the wall, it fills the space and makes it look intentional instead of wonky.
52. Add Color to Your Floor
Don’t rely only on your wall art to give your living room the color you need. POCO Designs took their pink scheme and went wild with it, all the way to the floor. It certainly gets the imagination going.
53. A Living Room with Shiplap Walls
Marie Flanigan might have been questioned when she covered the living room in shiplap, but in the end it all worked out. The simple white pattern gives a good canvas for all the texture going on in this space.
54. A Simple and Creative Living Room
Striving for a modern living room is all about simplicity and creativity. Summer Thornton had the right idea by covering the windows with shades and curtains. There is softness there without the busyness of much texture or pattern.
55. Mix Styles in Your Living Room
It can be so fun to experiment mixing styles in your home. Alison Damonte put a lime green sectional in this midcentury living room and it definitely worked to update the style without losing the charm.
56. Add a Patterned Rug on the Floor
57. Position Your Sofa Against Your Windows
58. Quirky Living Room Decor
For some people, the quirkier the space, the better. Rachel Meadows created a perfect den of Bohemian glory in this living room. Full of pattern and color, it looks like a fun place to hang out.
59. Stick to a Few Simple Colors
There is something to be said for monochrome decor. Michael Del Pietro basically used three colors in this living room; gray, black and brown. Even the accents are all one shade, creating a simple looking shelf.
60. A Classic Scandinavian Living Room
Thank you Anders Bergstedt for this classic Scandinavian living room. Simple furniture allows for you to focus on the knits, furs and weaves of the room’s accent pillows and blankets. Just goes to show that you don’t need color to be perfectly cozy.
61. Plank Walls for Your Living Room
Who says that plank walls are out of style? This gorgeous chalet by Marianne Tiegen shows off probably the best plank wall in the design world. Such a rustic feature is balanced out by those black and white patterned chairs.
62. A Comfortable Living Room for Hosting Parties
Comfort is key when you host a lot of parties. Samantha Hauvette chose plush seating with soft fabrics for this otherwise very French apartment and it created the best spot for hanging out with all your best pals.
63. A Pink Sofa in a Traditional Living Room
Tiffany Duggan does it again with this gorgeous traditional living room. And a pink sofa? OF course because it balances out the other pink elements in the room.
64. Gallery Walls
Gallery walls are fun to organize due to all the possibilities. If you’re afraid that a gallery wall will be too overwhelming in your living room, pay attention to your colors like this display by Studio Gild. When they’re all in a certain color pallet, it will feel full without being too busy.
65. Add Spaces for Your Cats to Explore
Got pets? This living room by Barker Freeman incorporates ledges and hidey holes for the home’s cats into the style. While you might not be able to incorporate it into your architecture, you can still think about how you can DIY some spots in your living room especially for your furry friends.
66. Use Black Fur and Velvet
Black is so edgy and dangerous in the decorating world. But when you choose it for materials like fur and velvet, like in this beautiful living room by Ryan Korban, it becomes a little less dangerous and a little more luxurious.
67. Splash Out on Fancy Chairs
When you come across those certain chairs that are a little above budget but totally perfect, you buy them. cityhomeCOLLECTIVE definitely made the room with those acrylic seats filled with fur.
68. Stained Glass Windows
Even with the classic architecture and that stained glass window, Stephane Chamard managed to make this room a modern wonder. It really challenges the rest of us to look past the space we have and see what it could be.
69. Paint the Walls Black
Rather than covering up the ceiling and beams, Maison Hand makes them the centerpiece by painting the walls black. Somehow, against the dramatic backdrop, the imperfectness of the original structure becomes more interesting.
70. Add Fur to Your Space
Are you in love with fur? Pearson Design Group shows us how to really embrace it in your home without making your space look like a hunter’s lodge. That rug just screams comfort.
71. Embrace Imperfection in Your Living Room
Is your living room wildly imperfect? Join the club. But rather than covering it all up, embrace the imperfections like Michel Perry does in his rustic home. All those not-so-pretty parts become interesting and beautiful.
72. Soft and Warm Gray Walls
Hilary Robertson kills it with the soft warm gray walls in her living room. It sets the tone perfectly for all the touches of vintage and glamor throughout the space.
73. Focus on Secondary Lighting
Even with all that natural light coming from the ceiling, this living room by James van der Velden demonstrates the importance of secondary lighting in our living areas. With sconces, table lamps and track lights, you can get a warm glow exactly where you want it, leaving off the harsh overhead lighting.
74. Shop for Souvenirs on Your Travels
Do you travel? It’s quite fun to shop for souvenirs when you explore new places, especially if it’s something that you can display every day. Look for rugs and pillows that match your living room’s color scheme and if all else fails, something for the bookshelf.
75. A Giant Coffee Table for Hosting Friends and Family Members
A giant coffee table might not seem like an essential piece in your living room, but if you have kids or host your friends, it’s necessary. You’ll be glad of the space when it comes time for game night.
76. Design Your Living Room Around a Neutral Color Pallet
Some colors we might like but we aren’t sure if we want to decorate with them. Design your living room around a neutral color pallet to create your canvas and then add just a few pops of the questionable color. It’s a great way to decide if it’s going to stay without spending through your budget.
77. A Fun Conversation Piece
We spy a duck in the corner of this living room. While we’re not sure why Shoot Factory would include one, it’s certainly a conversation piece and makes us wonder what other things could serve the same purpose in a living room.
78. Create a Unique Chandelier
When it comes to lighting, there is always creativity to be had. Wrap your overhead chandelier in rope or foraged branches to create a completely new look in your living room without the expense.
79. A Large White Sofa
While some might say a white sofa is a bad idea, it’s certainly the perfect background for any pillows you want. So grab that opportunity by both horns and collect all the spring patterns for your living room.
80. Black and White Patterns
Need a big punchy makeover on a low color scheme? Black and white patterns are where it’s at. Who knows what exactly Greg Natale started with but in the end, the wallpaper plus that rug plus those pillows make a great combination.
81. Make Your Living Room Feel Like an Art Gallery
It’s ever so easy to make your living room feel like an art gallery. Like Nest Architects displays, keep your space neutral and let your artwork do the talking.
82. Find A Small Corner for a Bookshelf
What do you do when there isn’t a good place for a bookshelf? You make a place. Ensemble Architecture built bookshelves around the windows and ultimately created a personal library.
83. Mix and Match Pastel Shades
Nikki Tibbles home is a beautiful mash of all the pastel shades you can think of. With black accents thrown in to make it feel more grown up, it really achieves a beautiful living room.
84. Add a Large Mirror to Brighten Up Your Space
85. A Simple Daybed Covered with Cushions
Some living rooms are big enough to really benefit from dual sofas. But what if you don’t have the budget for that? Deborah French Designs built a simple daybed and filled it with cushions to provide extra seating on a dime.
86. Turn Your Books Around
87. A Minimalist Living Room
When you want to style a really relaxing space, minimalism is key. Arent & Pyke achieve this even in a traditional sense with deep colors and a lack of wall art. The negative space feels cool and clean.
88. A Patterned Pink Rug
Ahh pink. We just can’t seem to get over it, probably because it’s such a happy color. The pattern of the pink rug helps all the shades to really blend in the same space.
89. A Patterned Couch
You might not choose a patterned couch from the get go but after seeing this living room by Arent & Pyke, you might just reconsider. It eliminates all need for throw pillows because it’s comfortable and bright enough itself.
90. Combine Modern and Farmhouse Living Room Decor
Disc Interiors combined modern and farmhouse aspects in this beautiful living room and we couldn’t love it more. It gives you permission to put wrinkled linen against modern black fixtures any time you want.
91. A Masculine Leather Chair
There’s nothing like a good masculine leather chair in a beautiful living room. This space by Lorenzo Castillo is the perfect example of how you can mix masculine and glamorous styles together in one room.
92. Show Off Your Collections
As a collector, it’s important that you show off your collections in a living room that’s yours. Wendy Haworth provided ample surface space in this living room to display all kinds of tchotchkes.
93. A Statement Print for Your Wall
When your living room doesn’t have a good focal point, you obviously have to make one. TomMarkHenry filled a wall with this statement print and it’s definitely an attention grabber.
94. Add a Tribal Rug
If you think that just because your home has French or Spanish architecture, you have to decorate that way, let this beautiful space prove you wrong. Even with wrought iron accents or elaborate crown molding, you can still have a tribal rug.
95. Let The Architecture Speak For Itself
96. Add Curtains to Your Doorway
Have you ever thought about putting curtains other places than windows? Let the line shine in and hang your curtains across a doorway instead. Or maybe create a curtain wall that hides your TV. So many possibilities.
97. Push Furniture Against Your Walls to Make the Room Look Bigger
So many people push their furniture against the walls but if you have enough floor space, let your walls breathe. In fact, it will make your whole living room look bigger.
98. A Mustard Yellow Sofa
99. Bright Red Bookshelves
Black isn’t the only eye grabbing color. These red bookshelves by Desjeux Delaye beckon you to host cocktail parties and late night soirees galore.
100. A Plush Rug for a Cozy Living Room
Salt + Bones really outdid themselves in this beautiful living room. The black and gray tones against white walls are completely modern in concept but lay it all on top of a plush rug and it really feels like home.
All of these ideas can be combined together to create beautiful living room decor for a peaceful environment. By mixing and matching your favorite elements from the ideas listed above, you’ll create a room that’s relaxing for your whole family to spend the evening in after work or school. Try to minimize clutter and choose tasteful decorations to ensure you create a room that won’t feel too overwhelming or stressful for anyone who spends time in it.