Create a Stylish and Cozy Living Room With Expert-Backed Advice and Inspiration

53 Best Living Room Ideas – Stylish Living Room Decorating Designs

Create a Stylish and Cozy Living Room With Expert-Backed Advice and Inspiration

Mike Garten

Whether it's a complete overhaul or a quick refresh, spice up the family's favorite room with these pro tips.

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Colorful Light Fixture

Update an unattractive, outdated light fixture with a few coats of paint, round bulbs and pom-pom fringe for a whimsical touch. Strong colors overhead pull together the room's eclectic vibe.

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Streamlined Shelves

Refresh your storage by taking the jackets off old books (load up at yard sales) to expose the stitching or covering your collection with coordinating papers.

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Tilted Mirror

For a laid-back look on your mantel, rest a sturdy style against the wall – no hammering required.


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Lush Leaves

Fill any underused nook or corner with a big, ol' houseplant and it can instantly become the personality-packed focal point of the room. Tuck the pot in a cute basket for an extra punch.


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Painted Brick

Update an old-school brick fireplace (or wood paneling) with a coat of cream paint this sunny home. Take that, '70s-era decor.

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Soothing Palette

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 cofounder 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.”

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Slate and Copper

Mix metallic accents (we see you, adorable end table) with traditional wood pieces for added depth to your living room decor.


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Better Flow

It’s not as much about where you put your furniture as it is about the types 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 a garden stool that can be used as a stool to sit on or as a table for a drink.”


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Streamlined Screen

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.”

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Velvet Sofa

Make the living room feel airer (and infinitely bigger) by replacing a bulky sectional with pretty seating. Besides, what feels more luxe than velvet?

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Dual-Purpose Bar Cart

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 display blooms, art and coffee table books is just genius.


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Low Furniture

Short pieces, this tufted couch, keep an open floor plan cozy. Use area rugs to define individual “rooms” within the space.

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Navy Walls

Give beige a break. Dramatic hues can drench a large living room, this inky wallpaper. The deep blue provides a surprisingly neutral backdrop.

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Comfy Seating

Your style may be posh, your furniture can still be cozy. Plush sofas and armchairs rule the roost in Ellen Pompeo's L.A. home. “It's fancy in a cool way, not in an 'I can't sit there' way,” she says.

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Chic Storage

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Slim Footprint

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.

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Yep, white furniture can work in a house with kids. Just choose durable fabrics (a leather couch) and surfaces (the plastic rocker, the lacquer table) that wipe clean easily.


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Statement Rug

The key to subtle color lays at your feet. A patterned carpet plays up the neutral furniture in a New Jersey home, while a similarly-hued pillow adds another punch to the armchair.


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Fast Fixes

Makeover a room by rethinking the pieces you already have. Use up leftover wall paint on the frame of an old chair or refresh curtains and pillows by sewing fancy trim along the edge.


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Subtle Pattern

Avoid future boredom with calm colors using texture and pattern. In a dreamy beach house, muted prints in the same palette keep a neutral room from looking bland.

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Sheer Curtains

The quickest way to let light in starts at the source. Replace heavy fabric curtains with gauzy ones, making sure the panels go all the way to the floor. To accentuate a tall ceiling, mount the drapes about a foot above windows and doors.

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Second Surface

Change up tired decor with this quick DIY. Add old wood planks to a coffee table as a bonus shelf. And skip painting — the weathered finish has more character.


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Easy Access

An open floor plan in this Connecticut cottage creates one large space for entertaining. Two columns (garage-sale finds from years ago) stand at the corners of the kitchen, anchoring the room.

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Dark Accent

Look to the opposite end of the color spectrum to tie everything together. A moody blue grounds a windowed living room by Sarah Richardson without overwhelming it.

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Sneaky Furniture

Steal a space-faking secret from this tiny Brooklyn apartment. Choose a few full-size furniture pieces instead of cramming in lots of smaller ones. The living room will feel larger, and you'll have a sofa you actually to sit on.

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Bonus Materials

Don't forget to punctuate color with natural texture. Sarah Richardson used wicker baskets, a wood-frame mirror, and an antique pine dresser to warm up this rustic cabin.


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Blank Space

Start with an all-white canvas and swap in seasonal accents all year-round. This summery living room uses cool blues, jute accessories, and nautical accents for a beachy vibe.

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Light and Airy

Measuring just 250 square feet, a tiny guesthouse copies a staple of Scandinavian style. Bright white shiplap creates the illusion of added space.

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Cohesive Palette

HGTV host Emily Henderson uses a “hero color” throughout every room to pull it all together. In her Los Angeles home, blue with gray and olive accents creates a casual, layered look.

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Natural Textures

This Connecticut farmhouse nails country style. Underused neutrals rust and charcoal echo throughout with woodsy elements oak, cedar, stone, and leather.


Create a Stylish and Cozy Living Room With Expert-Backed Advice and Inspiration
A good starting point is to think about how many people you need to fit in your living room on a regular basis. This will help you to choose the right living room furniture.

What should I put in my living room?

A large family will need a sizeable sofa and a couple of armchairs at least to make sure everyone has somewhere comfortable to sit.

If space is tight, beanbags and poufs are a smart way to sneak in extra seating, and can be stowed away easily at times when there are fewer people in the house.

If you to entertain in your living room, it’s a good idea to have a few lightweight side chairs that can be moved into more sociable arrangements when people come to visit. Small side tables or nesting tables are another handy addition, giving guests a place to perch their drinks.

How do you set up living room furniture?

This depends on the size of your living room and what the room is most commonly used for. Small living rooms may require you to place furniture against the walls to ensure there’s enough space for people to move about without sidling around chairs or banging their shins on the coffee table.

Ideally you need at least 50cm between each piece of furniture to allow for optimum traffic flow.

If you have a bit more space to play with, bring the furniture away from the walls to create a cosy sitting area. This works especially well in open-plan living spaces, helping to zone the relaxation area from the thoroughfares or dining, cooking and study areas. If the back of your sofa isn’t much to look at, hide it behind a low console table topped with decorative objects.

A good rug can also help to zone a living space, making it feel more intimate. Place the front legs of sofas and chairs on the rug, leaving the back legs off, to give mismatched furniture a more unified feel.

If your living room is your main TV room, it goes without saying that seating needs to be positioned to give a good view of the television, and that it isn’t so far away that viewers need to squint. Living rooms without a TV give you the freedom to choose a more aesthetically pleasing focal point, whether it’s a period fireplace, an ornate mirror or a statement coffee table.

If you do have a TV but don’t want it on show when you’re not watching it, you can always hide it away behind the doors of an attractive TV cabinet.

Living room storage ideas

Good living room storage is almost as important as a good living room layout. Clutter can build up quickly in a space that’s used by the whole household every day, so it’s important that everything has its right place.

A coffee table with drawers or a hidden shelf is perfect for keeping remote controls within reach but sight. Footstools that open up to reveal a secret storage compartment are another neat tidying trick, especially in small living rooms.

Open shelving is great for books and ornaments, but it’s useful to have some kind of drawer or cupboard storage in your living room as well, where you can tuck away things laptops and other items that you don’t want on display.

Remember to leave plenty of room for any furniture with doors or drawers to open properly.

What are the new colours for living rooms?

For the biggest colours in living rooms in 2019, check out our pink living room ideas and green living room ideas.

That said, you can never go wrong with a muted base, which is why our grey living room ideas and neutral living room ideas will always be relevant.

What’s the best way to light a living room?

Living rooms are multifunctional spaces, so they need lighting for all the different tasks they need to perform. First, you’ll need a general light source – a ceiling pendant light, for example – that will light the room at darker times of day when the household are milling about.

Wall lights and table lamps will give a softer glow when it’s time to relax. An adjustable reading lamp next to a comfy chair will allow readers to focus on their book without dazzling the rest of the room.

A formal, parlour-style living room demands decorative lighting to impress, whether it’s a statement standard lamp or a designer chandelier. You might also consider adding accent lighting, such as a picture light to draw attention to a favourite work of art.

It’s a good idea to have at least two electrical circuits for your living room lighting – one for the main light, and one for softer lighting – as well as dimmer switches so you can control the level of light to suit the time of day, task and mood.


10 Sneaky Tricks to Make Your Living Room Look Expensive

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Next to the kitchen, the living room is arguably the most important room in the home. True to its name, it's where life happens. It's where guests gather, where you spend lazy evenings by the fire (or basking in the soft glow of Netflix—no judgment here), and, in most floor plans, one of the first spaces you see upon entering your home.

Don't you want it to look luxurious? We thought so. Fortunately, you don't have to spend busloads of cash to make it look you spent a lot of money. We've consulted with our stable of design experts to uncover the sneakiest ways to create a plush-looking living space—all without emptying out your 401(k). In some cases, you won't need to spend a thing! You're welcome.

1. Create a layered lighting concept

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“Lighting is one of the most important concepts in a space, and one that's often overlooked,” says Jessica Davis, owner of JL Design Nashville.

You want to have a variety of light sources to add depth to the room. But you don't have to empty your wallet to go glam on lighting. Davis loves hitting up Goodwill for lamp bases and Target for lampshades.

You could also hang a great pendant light in place of a traditional table lamp, says Christina Hoffmann, owner of luxury curated goods site Epitome Home. She also loves placing candles in pretty, reflective hurricane containers.

Another cheap trick that won't require any labor: Try plug-in sconces, says Chicago-based interior designer Clare Barnes.

“Placing these next to furniture arrangements can be an affordable way to update a space without bearing the cost of rewiring a wall,” Barnes says. “Adding dimmer switches is another way to make a room feel expensive—this lets you adjust the lighting so a space feels warm and cozy.”

2. Invest in textiles

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“One of the easiest and best ways to dress up a room is with great pillows, “Hoffmann says. “But they can be so expensive.”

Don't fear—there's a workaround: Hit up your local fabric store, where you can often find beautiful scraps for a discount—usually 60% to 90% off what it would cost if you purchased yardage off a bolt on the floor.

Then find a tailor on Craigslist—Hoffmann estimates you can expect to pay $10 to $20 per pillow, depending on the size. You could also sew them yourself if you're crafty.

Pick up some feather inserts (Hoffmann loves Ikea's) and you're set! In the end, you can get a pillow that would easily retail for $100 or more for $30 or less.

Extra credit: If you find a remnant piece of fabric that's 2 yards or longer, get an equivalent amount of a cheap, soft backing and make a throw.

“An oversized, beautiful throw casually draped in the room will make it feel more luxurious and expensive,” Hoffmann says.

3. Make sure your curtains hit the floor

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A good window treatment can add instant luxe factor to a room. But there's one cardinal rule: Never, ever buy draperies that are too short.

“They look so cheap and store-bought,” Hoffmann says.

Make sure to measure the window before you head to the store. You could also make your own on the cheap—just pick up a sheer, lightweight cotton fabric, and take it to your tailor or dry cleaner.

“You've got beautiful, billowy drapes for less than $35 each,” Hoffman says.

She recommends Ikea for curtain rods and brackets: “They are basic black, inexpensive, and aren't distracting or noticeable.”

4. Invest in large-scale art

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An oversize, attention-grabbing piece of art can both spark conversation and imbue your living space with an instantly cool, luxe feel.

Resist the urge to hit up Bed Bath & Beyond for an anonymous beachscape, though—experts agree that the best art has personal significance. Check out secondhand shops and estate sales for pieces with a backstory. If you're on a budget, get creative and do it yourself (all you need is a giant canvas from an art supply store and the medium of your choice).

5. Incorporate texture

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When in doubt, mix it up. Design experts recommend incorporating a variety of woods, glass, metals, and woven materials to create a look that's collected, not matchy-matchy.

“The tactile feel of a wool sofa, the soft hand of a silk velvet pillow, or the supple texture of a quality leather are unmistakable luxury that you not only see but any guest can feel,” says Summer Thornton of Summer Thornton Design in Chicago.

If you're on a budget, toss a faux-fur blanket or sheepskin throw on your couch, jazz up leather chairs with fun pillows in chunky knit cases, or incorporate brushed brass accent pieces on a reclaimed wood coffee table.

6. Roll out a large rug

Small rugs dwarf your rooms, Hoffmann says. Opt for a larger, less expensive rug over a smaller, expensive one—especially if you have kids and pets, both of which can wreak havoc on wool rugs.

“When your room feels bigger and airier due to a larger rug, it will feel more expensive automatically,” Hoffman says.

And just because it looks luxe doesn't mean it can't be durable. Jute rugs are a great option, Hoffman says, and can often be found at discount home furnishings stores.

“They offer great texture and a grounded, earthy feel,” she says.

7. Use metallics

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It turns out a little heavy metal never hurt anyone.

“A metallic desk clock, pedestal table, or decorative accent can instantly add wattage to a room and up your fancy quotient,” Hoffmann says.

“Adding a little bit of glitz and glam can really add wow factor,” Thornton adds. In her bag of tricks: high-gloss paint, metallic wallpaper, and light fixtures with metal finishes.

8. Replace or add moldings

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“One of the easiest ways to make a home feel more expensive and luxurious is to improve its interior architecture,” Thornton says.

You don't have to knock down any walls, though. If you have narrow baseboards and molding, replace them with something thicker to achieve a more elegant look. (Potential buyers will love it, too.)

Similarly, it doesn't cost much to add applied moldings (wainscoting, anyone?) to any wall to create more charm and character. If the idea of cutting into baseboards and walls makes you queasy, hire a pro.

9. Paint walls and trim the same color

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This one's simple: A couple of coats of paint can dramatically change your space. And here's a fun trick: Barnes recommends painting your walls and trim the same color.

“Avoiding contrasting trim is easy on the eyes, adds more focus to decorative accents and accessories, and simplifies the room's architectural details,” she says. “It also allows you to use a stronger color since the deeper hues will appear softer and a bit lighter.”

Alternatively, Barnes recommends painting doors and trim a dramatic color such as black. “This can help add interest to the space and enhance those architectural details,” she says.

10. Scour thrift stores for heirloom-quality pieces

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True life: As I struggled to decorate my new home, I found a gorgeous crystal decanter at a local thrift store for less than $10. A comparable piece sells at department stores for many times that, plus it lacks the mystique and (imagined) backstory.

“The inlaid wood of an old dresser, the unique shape of a vintage chandelier, and the patina on an antique metal cabinet are unmistakably beautiful, timeless, and never confused with something new from a catalog,” Thornton says.

Hoffmann s to scour consignment and thrift stores for barware, glassware, mirrors, and art.

“If you hate the art but love the frame, buy it anyway and frame an unexpected object or black and white photos you can print yourself,” she says.

Don't be afraid of mixing your antique-looking finds with your newer store-bought pieces—it'll all come together for a collected, luxe vibe. We promise.


23 Stylish Minimalist Living Room Ideas – Modern Living Room Decorating Tips and Inspiration

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Pay Attention to Scale

Minimalism and small-space living get along beautifully. There are a few swaps you can make to get the most every usable inch. For example, opt for a settee instead of a sofa or sectional and stack nesting tables instead of getting a bulky coffee table.

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Use Muted Colors

If you modern minimalist design but don't want to give up on color, allow this living room designed by Arent & Pyke to guide you. The materials and finishes used are pared back to a monochrome palettes, allowing the heritage detailing and foundations to stand beautifully as they are. Then, they introduced dynamism through a muted rose carpet and inky midnight-hued arm chair.

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Experiment With Texture

And on second thought, why use color when you can create design perfection with all white? This will actually make the whole process a lot easier since you won't be worrying about whether everything goes together or not.

And just because it's all one color doesn't mean you can't still incorporate fun. interesting details. It's all about shape and texture.

In this living room designed by Leanne Ford Interiors, for example, the designer swaps a traditional layout for semi-circle seating (perfect for entertaining, too), a brush painted IKEA rug, a custom-made rope light.

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Mix Different Styles

Here's a lesson in monochromatic decorating with soul (except for that green pillow, which is the perfect pop of personality).

Designed by Studio Razavi, this Parisian apartment is blends of simple modern decor with Neoclassical roots.

While the bones of the space evoke a grand sort of opulence, the plush Moroccan rug and spacious white sofa feel more approachable. Proof that minimalist spaces can be dynamic and warm.

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Stay Grounded

One key element of minimalist is highlighting simple, organic forms. Another is staying grounded.

What's more down-to-earth than a coffee table that's literally on the floor? Design firm Hecker Guthrie mixed in warm leathers, natural wooden stools, and a barely-there bookcase for an unconventional yet understated approach. Moral of the story? Ditch your table base and put that slab straight on the ground.

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Feature One Vibrant Accent

As the queen of all-white interiors (she even painted the wood in the fireplace white here), Leanne Ford is always coming up with new, fresh ways to make a space standout with rich textures, surprising accents, and refurbished materials. In this minimalist living room, she choose one item to really pop in a bright color: That vibrant red Pierre Paulin Ribbon Chair.

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Choose Items Wisely

In a minimalist living room, each item needs to make a strong contribution—no weak links allowed. This space is the perfect example.

While the only three furniture items are two seats and a small coffee table, it still makes a strong impression and communicates a sense of personal style.

That's mostly thanks to the existing retro fireplace juxtaposing with the ultra-modern light fixture.

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Focus On Shapes

The clean lines throughout this living room designed by Robson Rak make it hard not to feel relaxed just by looking at it.

Even the detail and symmetry of the vertical window pane tracing down to the cushions of the sofa is soothing. Then the green nesting tables bring in some contrast with their rounded shape and varying heights.

The white painted shiplap walls make the space feel more livable and approachable.

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Display High-Impact Art

High-impact wall art is a beautiful, chic way to add personality to a minimalist living room. Though it doesn't take up any surface space, the right piece is truly transformative.

In this living room, the abstract photograph of light orbs is extended into the material space through the burnt orange and marigold throw pillows.

For a similar effect, use an abstract photograph this one to dictate the colors of your throw pillows for cohesion.

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Stick to a Monochrome Palette

Monochrome rules when it comes to minimalist design. A clean and well-organized photo gallery will keep things interesting without creating visual chaos. Then add a metallic pendant and a simple midcentury coffee table for an easy, unpretentious and stylish living room setup.

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Don't Be Afraid to Get Weird

What it lacks in decorative details it makes up for in innovative shapes and proportions. Designed by Studio DB, this living room nook is a minimalist masterpiece. From the shape of the handsome leather lounger to the artful rice paper light sculpture and the geometric carpet, each element both complements and enriches the others.

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Pick a Tonal Palette

Who says minimalists are afraid of color? The trick is to stay within one tone, this modern blue living room designed by Robson Rak. The soothing tones and bulbous shapes throughout, from the marble side table to the bubble pendant light and rounded sofa, make it feel a hug in the form of a living room.

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Find Smart Storage Solutions

As you probably already know, minimalism is a lot about keeping clutter to a minimum. And no matter how hard we try to do so, things just tend to accumulate over the years.

That means storage solutions are key, especially in a tinier space this one.

The floating shelves framing the doorway make use of all the vertical space, allowing for knickknacks to stay tucked away in stylish bins and decor to shine without being in the way on the floor.

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Keep It Classic

Here's proof that minimalism doesn't equate to stark modern interiors. Elegant, simple, and right smack dab in the middle of modern and traditional, this living room designed by Studio DB is as timeless as it gets. The classic layout promotes conversation and comfort, and those big windows let plenty of natural light pour, which never hurts.

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Use your Surroundings as Inspiration

In true minimalist form, Hecker Guthrie “took cues from the rugged and uncompromising landscape it sits among…

With references to the dark, ominous cliff and stoic elements that comprise the coast, there is a deliberate departure from the ocean, as inspiration.

” This helped them develop a darker color palette with many textural timbers, stones, textiles and metals, connecting the modern and minimalist home with nature.

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Incorporate Nature-Inspired Materials

Designed by Studio Razavi this eclectic Parisian apartment is a breath of fresh air.

Not only does it prove that you can use a wallpaper mural in a minimalist environment (the grayscale color palette promises not to visually overpower the room), but it's also the perfect example of fun and relaxed, sophisticated and formal interior design. The linen slipcovered sofa, rice paper pendant, rattan hoop chair, jute rug, and tree stump table base ground the room.

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Have Fun With Accents

“Downsizing from a large family home to a light-filled apartment boasting spectacular harbor views,” design studio Arent & Pyke blended soft, romantic touches with minimalist design.

The sheer linen drapes, for example, engender a soft, filtered glow and the jute rug promises a lack of pretension (clearly we love the power of a jute rug to chill things out).

Though elegant to a T, the throw pillow, florals, and accent seating fill the room with a youthful, fun spirit.

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Choose Modest Furniture

Minimalism and a wide open loft space (or pretty much anywhere with a high ceiling) are a match made in heaven. When it comes to decorating a minimalist loft, you can't go wrong with a clean-lined sofa and sleek and simple surfaces. Their modesty makes for easy elegance. Then add warmth with a faux hide and plenty of greenery for a livelier environment.

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Embrace a Darker Mood

The moodier the color story, the more sophisticated the room. Well, at least that's true for living room designed by Robson Rak. The wall of semi-open storage shelves is a brilliant way to hide clutter in style and display a few decorative pieces, which is essential in a minimalist environment. The luxe green velvet throw pillow and sofa are the undeniable showstoppers, here.

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Don't Let Architecture Stop You

If you live in a neighborhood with historic protections of simply want to maintain the original bones but also appreciate clean, modern spaces, don't worry. If there's a will, there's a way. And it doesn't hurt if .

you have the help of Hecker Guthrie. In this case, they stripped back the heritage building and restored historical details, that stunning stained glass window, but then chose minimal furniture.

It all works together thanks to the color story.

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Incorporate Neutral Florals

One of the easiest ways to liven up an austere minimalist living room is by adding greenery. But no all of us are blessed with a green thumb (or patient enough to be a plant parent). Good news: Dried florals exude that signature California-cool minimalism, especially pampas grass—it's that neutral hue, wind blown look, and soft, fluffy texture.

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Break the Formulas

Now here's a non-formulaic living room design formula we can get behind. Designed by Robson Rak, this living room is doing something different without trying too hard. The formula: A soft color palette, ample hidden storage space, eye-catching abstract art, and comfortable, functional furniture. That's really all you need in a minimalist living room.

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Lean Your Artwork

Industrial spaces, an open loft or converted warehouse can be warmed up with earth tones, layers of plush throws, and laidback decorating choices. Try leaning your artwork on the floor against the wall for an edgier, bohemian vibe.


40 Iconic Mid-Century Modern Living Room Ideas – Mid-Century Modern Design

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The mid-century modern style of interior design was popularized during the 1940s, and has yet to leave the mainstream gaze—for good reason. Defined by clean lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation, and high functionality, the style has an undeniably timeless appeal.

Icons Florence Knoll and Arne Jacobson—both of whom were prominent designers during the mid-century modern period—remain a strong part of the design conversation to this day, and their work still serves as inspiration for some of the world’s top creatives.

While some homeowners will commit to a fully mid-century modern home, anyone can easily infuse this look into their living rooms with a few simple tweaks.

Below, see 40 mid-century modern living rooms that will take you back in time (and you won't want to come back).

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Statement Sculpture

In this Philip Johnson-designed “Wiley House” in New Canaan, Connecticut, a striking sculpture creates an organic focal point in the home's double-height glass pavilion-style living room.

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Mid-Century Contemporary

Inspired by Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth house, design firm Drake/Anderson fashioned this upstate NY home with mid-century modern furnishings that play into the home's contemporary architecture.

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Curved Lines

The living room in jazz pianist Dave Brubeck's Connecticut home features natural stone for the interior stairs, with original mid-century modern light fixtures and furnishings, all of which boast an organic curvature.

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Upstate Style

Consummate dealer and collector Benoist Drut of Maison Gerard weaves in mid-century modern style in the living room of his upstate New York retreat, with a cherry red shelving unit by Guy Roisse, a cocktail table by Karl Springer, and a 1940s American daybed.

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Updated 1920s Penthouse

Interior designer Alisa Bloom brings mid-century modern touches to this 17th-floor apartment living room, including 1970s chairs from Revival, and a vintage cocktail table from Martin La Brocante.

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Floating Fireplace

This mid-century modern home, which was carefully restored by Roger Ferris + Partners, features a striking geometric fireplace, providing a place to cozy up by without sacrificing style.

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West Village Elegance

In the living room of this Nicole Fuller-designed pied-à-terre, the prewar architecture was given a contemporary twist with mid-century modern furnishings and decor—in a calming palette of blues and purples—bringing a sense of serenity to the space.

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Elevated Bachelor Pad

When interior designer Emilie Munroe was tapped to transform a modern bachelor pad, she furnished the living room in mid-century modern pieces, including two COUP swivel club chairs, which, according to Munroe, have strong wood bases, but also the softness of deep tufting in the upholstery.

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California Cool

When Jennifer Jones was commissioned to redesign a 1950s San Francisco home in a way that “evoked Mad Men,” she chose low profile pieces and played with geometry, as is apparent in the cozy family room.

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Unique Pieces

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Contemporary Take

The lounge area of Le Méridien Chicago—Oakbrook Center, is a lesson in the timelessness of mid-century modern, with its graphic art and iconic furniture pieces.

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A Lacquered Look

In Andy Cohen's West Village duplex, a Frank Lloyd Wright-esq custom staircase leads to a verdant seating area; the doors are painted in a custom green lacquer and the French club chairs are from Blackman Cruz.

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Laid Back Brooklyn Townhouse

In the living room of designer Kate Reynolds' Windsor Terrace townhouse, a Timothy Oulton chaise, Danish cocktail table, and wooden media console infuse the airy space with nods to traditional mid-century modern style.

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1950s East Bay Loft

In a mid-century modern California home, designer Jennifer Jones applied a contemporary twist on the iconic style, with crisp white walls, floating shelves, and signature rounded furniture.

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High Saturation

In a Hudson Yards model apartment designed by Neiman Marcus' Senior Vice President and Fashion Director, Ken Downing, an abundance of color, texture, and pattern were grounded in a contemporary take on the mid-century modern aesthetic.

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Mid-Century Glamour

In a colorful London pied-à-terre, designer Irakli Zaria keeps the cloudy skies outdoors by infusing the home with bold pops of color, favoring shades of blue and gilded finishings. The seating area features three 1960s armchairs, rounded mid-century coffee tables, and custom Galerie Glustin screens.

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Art-Inspired Spaces

The living room of this Alex Papachristidis-designed Manhattan apartment is swathed in bright whites, with indulgent blue art and sculptural mid-century modern furniture. A pair of 1960s chairs from John Salibello is in a Manuel Canovas fabric, the custom sofas are covered in Holland & Sherry fabrics, and the Karl Springer cocktail table (foreground) is from Mantiques Modern.

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1970's Monaco Living Room

In a Monte Carlo apartment decorated by Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, the living room balances sophistication and restraint with mid-century velvet chairs, pale blue walls, and brass-and-alabaster pendants.

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Black And White Living Room

In a home belonging to designers Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes, the black and white living room showcases 1950s armchairs by Joseph-André Motte, upholstered in a Holland & Sherry fabric. The 1960s cocktail table is by Tommi Parzinger.

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Whimsical Living Room

The living room of fashion designer Erin Beatty and filmmaker Lex Sidon’s West Village duplex, which was designed by Lara Apponyi and Michael Woodcock of Work + Sea, features a leather sofa by Michael Felix, a love seat by Pinch, and Marcel Breuer chairs from Knoll; the marble cocktail table is a custom design, the stool by Reinaldo Sanguino is from the Future Perfect, the floor lamp is by Noir, the rug is by Aelfie, and the paintings are by Jimmy Lee Sudduth, left, and Willie Jinks.

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A Contemporary California Ranch

In a cabin on Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres' Santa Monica Mountain ranch, the living room features a 1960 Illum Wikkelso sofa and a 1965 Ib Kofod-Larsen armchair; the 18th-century postal desk is Swedish and the floor lamp is by Alison Berger.

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Contemporary Farm Restoration

An artist enlisted the help of a London architecture firm to help transform a dilapidated farm building. In the newly restored living area, you will find Gia Ponti chairs with a view of the River Stour.

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West Village Living Room

Richie Jackson and Jordan Roth's apartment in Manhattan has a living room with a 1940s club chair by Jean-Michel Frank and a 1970s Maison Jansen circular banquette upholstered in shearling and leather by Edelman. The artwork is by Julian Opie.

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Linen Sofas and Leather Lounge Chairs

In the living room of a house in Sag Harbor, New York, which was decorated by architect David Mann of MR Architecture + Decor, the custom sofa is covered in a Nobilis linen, the lounge chairs are by BassamFellows, and the cocktail table is by Soraya Ltd. The ceiling’s wood-veneer wall covering is by Maya Romano, the lamp is by Isamu Noguchi, and the abaca rug is from Mark Nelson Designs.

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Mid-Century With A Parisian Twist

In the living room of fashion designer Andrew Gn's Paris apartment, 1950s wing chairs by Melchiorre Bega, upholstered in a Lelievre fabric, face armchairs by Emiel Veranneman and a cocktail table by Fredrik Schriever-Abeln, both from the 1960s. The custom-made floor lamps are by Didier Bazille, a painting by Philippe Garouste de Clauzade hangs above an Art Nouveau wood mantelpiece, the stools are late-19th-century and the kilim is Turkish.

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Shades Of Blue

In this master suite, the sofa is upholstered in an Osborne & Little fabric, the 1950s armchairs are by Gianfranco Frattini, the resin-top cocktail table is by Jean Brand, and the 1960s daybed is by Geneviève Martineau-Dausset. The photographs are by Rineke Dijkstra, the painting is by Friedrich Kunath, and the carpet is by Beauvais.

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Mid-Century Brazilian

This living room holds mid-century Brazilian rosewood chairs, stools purchased at auction, armchairs found on eBay, and a sofa by Classic Sofa upholstered in a Manuel Canovas fabric. The side tables are from Prime Gallery in Palm Springs, California, paintings by José Parlà flank a South African wall hanging made from cowrie-shell-embellished aprons, and the rug is Moroccan.

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Modern Tree House

A family room's sofa and ottoman are by Ligne Roset, the Saarinen side table is by Knoll, and the chairs are by Hans Wegner. The Arco lamp is by Flos, the pillows and rug are custom designs, and the tapestry was created from a traditional Bhutanese man's robe.

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A Mid-Century Renovation

In the living room of Evan and Ku-Ling Yurman's TriBeCa apartment, which was renovated by Richard Moschella and Steven Roberts of Moschella + Roberts, the mid-century furnishings include a pair of Nanna Ditzel chairs, a Hans Wegner armchair, and a cocktail table by Hendrik van Keppel and Taylor Green, purchased at auction.

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Monochromatic With A Pop Of Color

The living room of television producer Ellen Rakieten's Los Angeles apartment was designed by Anne Coyle. A Louis XV-style desk by Baker is paired with a side chair by Jonathan Adler.