As the heart of the home and one of the first spaces guests see, it's only natural you'd want your living room to be as comfortable and inviting as possible. That's why it's never too late (or too early!) for a design switch-up, especially if you're in search of decor that accurately reflects your style. For inspiration to pull off your next transformation, our living room ideas are fresh and far from boring.
No matter what theme you desire — from midcentury and modern living to boho and farmhouse style — we have you covered. After choosing the best paint colors for the space, you can revamp the area with glamorous elements that are chic and livable. Add exposed wood beams to high ceilings, build custom shelves for color-coded books, or make the fireplace your focal point with one featuring brick or stone. You'll also find inspiration for decorating with statement rugs, which can define areas within a room and add a pop of color to an overly neutral layout.
Overall, these living room ideas are budget-friendly and easy to recreate on your own. And since decorating is all about having fun, we've peppered some of the top interior design trends of the year that can do wonders in a living room. Plus, you'll find these tips helpful when maximizing small spaces.
The living room is the perfect place to display your vintage finds and family heirlooms. Coat the walls a dark shade, similar to this basement clubhouse by designer Alexandra Kaehler, to make any paintings and trinkets stand out.
A smart combination of blue and white gives any room an elegant feel. As seen in this sophisticated space by Reena Sotropa In House Design Group, the crisp white walls and curtains add contrast to the navy blue furniture for an overall lively appeal.
If your stairwell leads to the living room, consider building a reading nook right underneath. Bria Hammel Interiors designed this cozy spot with a custom built-in bench below a staircase, ideal for any avid readers or historical connoisseurs.
This New York City apartment, designed by Kati Curtis Design, features a tray ceiling that beautifully accenuates the sputnik sphere chandelier. The white and dark-toned color combination also creates a 3D effect.
Consider moving your book collection where everyone will see it: surrounding the television. Arditi Design added a navy blue custom bookcase to this living room. The color-coded books and matching accessories make it the room's focal point.
Don't be afraid to make the entire space pop with dynamic patterns and colors. This room feels like artwork itself with the green and yellow wallpaper, rattan storage cabinet and blue chairs.
Make use of every space in the living room with a daybed. This modern bench-style daybed has drawers for storage and can act as seating during the day and a place for guests to rest at night.
Alice Arterberry and Barrett Cooke of Arterberry Cooke Architecture designed this playroom in their client's Pasadena, CA pool house. The hints of yellow scattered throughout make the room feel clean and uncluttered while providing a sunny atmosphere for the family.
We all know greenery can make a room feel fresh, so elevate your space with a full-on green look. Designed by Stephanie Stroud Interiors, this living room features a darker shade of the grassy color, which charmingly highlights the gold decor and lighter furniture.
Can't decide where to put your TV and bookshelves? Martha O'Hara Interiors designed this white space with a custom rotating cabinet that holds the screen and shelving for knickknacks —perfect for switching up the living room's theme depending on the mood.
Unsure of how to spruce up your living room walls? Give them a cool yet gripping contrast with green and white stripes, similar to this space designed by Tori Rubinson Interiors.
If you love the color red, but you can't choose which design will suit the walls, rug or overall look, don't stick to one pattern. Pick out a red-and-white striped rug and use red-flowered wallpaper to complement the look.
This beautiful living room features hardwood floors, a luxurious fireplace and a large set of windows with views of lush greenery. Implement some of these style elements to give your area an elegant appeal.
Adding a rattan hanging chair is a functional, unexpected addition to an interior. Hang one in any corner of the room where you or guests can casually lounge, read or nap.
Transform your area with a rustic-modern appeal using wood beam ceilings, a stone fireplace and crisp white furniture.
Whether you want to create a moody, bright or minimalist feel in your living room, match the color of the walls to your furniture. This will pull the room together in a seamless and unique way.
When in doubt, choose the color you love the most and use it everywhere, from your furniture to your window treatments.
Pink is said to symbolize love. Bring a light and loving atmosphere that your guests will enjoy with pink furniture and walls. Use a lighter shade for the walls and a darker hue for the couches, stools and tables.
Make the fireplace your focal point by opting for one made of stone or brick. Keep the walls white and choose brown leather furniture to complement the room's semi-rustic feel.
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 you 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 living room, complete with DIY geometric wall art.
Built-in firewood storage and deep cyan-colored walls — Sherwin-Williams' Endless Sea — adds 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.