15 Simple Living Room Ideas That You Can Adapt To Your Own Home

The living room is almost always the heart of every home. It’s the center of the social area, space where we welcome our guests and where we spend most of our free time while at home. It’s thus important for this room to be welcoming and to suit our needs. The living room setup is closely linked to each person’s lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. It’s easy to overcomplicate things and to want to include too many elements or to focus on too many details at once. These simple living room ideas might perhaps inspire you to seek a different approach.

The L-shaped sofa and the armchair double as space dividers and close off this areaView in gallery
The L-shaped sofa and the armchair double as space dividers and close off this area

The main piece of furniture in the living room is usually the sofa. This can also take the form of a couch, a sectional, a loveseat and so on depending on how much space you can dedicate to it and the overall layout of the room. Rather than complicating the space with unusual or original seating options, stick with the basics instead and focus on comfort.

The two sofas in this long and narrow living room are placed against opposite walls View in gallery
The two sofas in this long and narrow living room are placed against opposite walls

Living rooms that have an elongated shape can be difficult to furnish. A clever and at the same time practical idea can be to create two or more seating areas that complement each other rather than trying to concentrate everything in one spot. This way you can have separate conversation areas but you’d still be allowing everyone to easily interact with each other.

The transparent glass divider doubles as a stylish and eye-catching decoration in this caseView in gallery
The transparent glass divider doubles as a stylish and eye-catching decoration in this case

Dividers are really great for living rooms, especially the ones with large open floor plans. They’re useful for creating visual separations between areas with different functions. For example, a divider can be placed between the seating area and the dining room. This one is made of glass which still allows the two spaces to remain visually connected.

The TV area can either define the entire living room or can be only a section of itView in gallery
The TV area can either define the entire living room or can be only a section of it

Most often than not, the main focal point of the living room is the TV. Its placement is very important because it also pretty much dictates where the sofa and the rest of the seating should be. Be sure to place the TV at a proper height and distance based on the configuration of the seating area.

A large open floor plan offers lots of freedom when furnishing and organizing the roomView in gallery
A large open floor plan offers lots of freedom when furnishing and organizing the room

As mentioned before, organizing the living room into several smaller seating areas can sometimes be a good idea. Each can have a different configuration and can be used for slightly different purposes. For example, a small nook with a couple of armchairs and a side table can make a nice reading area.

A matching armchair and ottoman or footstool combo can look very cozy in the living roomView in gallery
A matching armchair and ottoman or footstool combo can look very cozy in the living room

It can also be nice to have a little one-person lounge area with an armchair and a footstool where one can sit down, unwind and relax. It’s something that you can add to a corner of the living room and use as a reading nook. You can also position this in such a way so you can watch the TV from your favorite seat.

Combine dark accent colors with matte and elegant finishes to give them a deep and beautiful lookView in gallery
Combine dark accent colors with matte and elegant finishes to give them a deep and beautiful look

Dark colors can be used strategically in a living room to create areas that feel warm and cozy. For instance, this lounge area has a nice corner sectional and dark brown walls as a backdrop. That creates a very intimate and comfortable ambiance. The mirrors are decorations meant to brighten up the area and make it seem bigger.

Texture and color go hand in hand so try to find a harmonious mix that worksView in gallery
Texture and color go hand in hand so try to find a harmonious mix that works

A lot of times what makes a living room truly feel welcoming and inviting is the little things. There’s a lot that can go into this category, like the more general elements such as the throw pillows and the cushions on the sofa. The area rugs and the window treatments also change a room quite a bit.

When entertaining guests in your living room it's pleasant to have seats that face each otherView in gallery
When entertaining guests in your living room it’s pleasant to have seats that face each other

Rather than having a sofa that’s facing a wall, it could be nice to add more seating in front of it, like a couple of chairs or a pouf. These can sit there temporarily whenever you want to create a cozy conversation area and the wall behind them can still be a focal point.

Gray is a soothing color which goes well with lots of other nuances, thus being a great base for the living room decorView in gallery
Gray is a soothing color which goes well with lots of other nuances, thus being a great base for the living room decor

The layout and the decor of the living room have to be in harmony. That also includes elements such as the color palette and all the different materials, finishes and textures. going crazy with lot of different contrasting elements can give the room a disorganized look and makes it feel less inviting and relaxing than a simpler decor would.

Matching furniture can be tricky to work with but can also look very chic and elegantView in gallery
Matching furniture can be tricky to work with but can also look very chic and elegant

Filling the living room with lots of matching furniture pieces can end up looking overwhelming or dull. However, if used correctly, this design strategy can also help to make the room look and feel more pleasant by adding a sense of familiarity to it. Notice the subtle little details in this chic seating area setup like the golden tips of the tapered legs.

The matching tables combined with the leather padded benches give this area a chic and modern lookView in gallery
The matching tables combined with the leather padded benches give this area a chic and modern look

This living room setup takes simplicity to a new level. Rather than the typical sofa or sectional with padded backs and lots of cushions this space features sleek and stylish benches. The dark leather upholstery and the pattern add visual interest to the room and go really well with the blue and gold accents.

Multifunctional furniture sometimes comes in a very simple and basic formView in gallery
Multifunctional furniture sometimes comes in a very simple and basic form

Versatility and flexibility are important when designing the living room. Ideally, this space could be used in several different ways. For example, it could be a place where you can sit down with some guests and chat, where you can play board games, watch TV, lounge and so on. Being able to easily switch the configuration of the room is very helpful.

Another idea to consider is having multiple accent tables spread around the living room which guests can easily reach without leaving their seatsView in gallery
Another idea to consider is having multiple accent tables spread around the living room which guests can easily reach without leaving their seats

Focus the lighting at the center of the sitting area is possible in order to create a pleasant and harmonious effect. That usually works if the room is large enough to have multiple light fixtures. In a small room, an offset chandelier can add a messy vibe to the space. You can also rely on lamps to complement the ceiling fixtures and to balance out the lighting.

There are lots of different ways to make sofa and table combos, such as this built-in type of setupView in gallery
There are lots of different ways to make sofa and table combos, such as this built-in type of setup

Finding a suitable placement for the sofa is a big part of creating a harmonious and comfortable setup. A lot of times the sofa is pushed against one of the walls which is definitely space-efficient. If you want to try something a bit different and less common you can pull the sofa away from the wall a little bit and fit a table or some shelves back there.