Living rooms are where family life unfolds and where friends and extended family come to visit. Of all the rooms in a house, our living room is where we ought to put our best foot forward and show off our own personal sense of style. Sometimes it’s difficult to envision the end result though, so we’ve put together a collection of 51 aesthetic living room designs that overflow with unique ideas. In this inspirational gallery, you’ll find creative and colourful spaces that communicate fun and frivolity, airy minimalist living rooms that exude tranquillity, large luxury living rooms with double-height ceilings, bold mid-century modern mixes, and many more.
Photographer: Philippe Le Berre
Fun, quirks and colour. When it comes to conveying individual personality in a living room, nothing does it quite like a neon green dinosaur statue and shocking pink wall art. Swathes of gallery white allow artistic room details to breathe and bloom.
Visualizer: NH Studio
Celebrate high ceilings. Lofty living rooms should be filled with an impressive light feature, like this stunning, oversized sputnik chandelier.
Designer: Studio Guilherme Torres
Abstract and oh-so colourful. Bold artwork and an eye-catching woven rug create waves of colour, whilst white walls and brown leather chairs bring calming, neutral counteraction.
Art displays and colour play. A narrow ledge becomes a device on which to display art in this space. Accent furniture pieces pull colour inspiration from the artwork, whilst a striped living room rug complements the linearity of the slimline shelf.
Photographer: Nickolas Sargent
Source: Douglas Elilman
Floral fun factor. This red living room sends out cheerful summer vibes with a giant daisy-shaped coffee table and flower motif side tables, alongside bright, inviting scatter cushions and a rainbow rug.
Designer: Walton A E
Open up the layout. A four-sided lounge seating arrangement feels cosy and is ideal for conversation, but consider opening up the aesthetic with a backless bench that allows the eye to travel straight over. It will make the sitting area appear far more welcoming than a fully closed-in arrangement.
Designer: Robert McKinley
White and bright. When blessed with large windows and a sunny aspect, white walls and ceilings will amplify the ethereality. In this example, a white globe pendant light blends quietly with the clean scheme, and a woven area rug places a white accent onto the darker floor.
Designer: Ticiane Lima Arquitetura & Interiors
Work the room. A corner sectional sofa arrangement draws attention to a fabulous corner window feature in this room.
Architect: Fooman Architects
All hail the hero. Neutral decor schemes don’t have to be plain or boring. Picking out just one hero piece can transform an understated space from “meh” into amazing. This mesmerising little piece is Frank Gehry’s Wiggle chair.
Designer: Liang Architecture Studio
Use a unique chair, side table and lamp to create an appealing reading corner.
Designer: Melanie Burstin
Make it natural. Warm wood tone, a natural woven large area rug and soft white walls make a peaceful setting. Add in a mature indoor plant for a fresh spray of lush greenery.
Visualizer: LUÍS FERNANDO
Bright and botanical. Cool grey, white and oak get an uplift from a plethora of small plants in this botanical themed living room.
Create balance. This time around, indoor plants are used to balance out two different sized arches. A bushy shrub widens the effect of a small arched window to bring it into balance with the larger door arch.
Designer: Wu Zhenyu
Tiptoe through texture. A serene neutral lounge will benefit from changes in texture, such as wood panelled wall sections, ceiling cladding, or a textured rug.
Visualizer: Shexia Space Design
Round and around. Wrap a curved sofa around a circular coffee table to create a fluid layout with no sharp corners. A round living room chair will add an extra curvaceous flair.
Visualizer: Shexia Space Design
Cosy courtyards. This luxurious living room features a linear modern fireplace that’s installed in a courtyard situation. Natural light rains down from a skylight onto the raised hearth and a graceful green shrub.
Visualizer: Dua Abukhalaf
Lofty arches. Not everyone gets to have a vaulted ceiling like this, but if you’ve got the height, then flaunt it.
Visualizer: Dulce in piro
Golden brown and black. This deep colour combination is a rich upgrade on a neutral idea. Light walls and flooring prevent the palette from appearing dull or dowdy.
Visualizer: Vizer Studio
Sculptural snapshots. Create dazzling moments of movement across your room layout with enthralling art, sculptural furniture and creative lighting installations.
Visualizer: hilight. design
Light up your life with a stunning chandelier. This modern chandelier makes the perfect foreground to a black statement wall with backlit shelving. See more seductive interiors with statement chandeliers.
Let art dominate. Massive pieces of wall art decorate a room without a single strip of wallpaper or panel moulding. Throw in some plinths and classical busts to complete your masterpiece. See more inspiration for interiors with art.
Visualizer: Anthony Flores
Casually cushioned. Many tufted sofa designs can appear a little stuffy and uninviting but sectional sofas like this cushiony soft design could not look more cosy. Add scatter cushions and throws in complementary tones for extra appeal.
If you’re looking for something a little different, then check out this fabulous Sofa Twist by Nina Edwards Anker.
Visualizer: Shexia Space Design
Create a mood. Use atmospheric lighting to transform the mood of your room at the flick of a switch. Think recessed perimeter light strips and chic modern wall sconces.
Designer: Otto Felix
Rustic and rebellious. This modern rustic scheme goes against the grain with a combo of ultra rugged rock walls and high-end designer furniture.
Visualizer: Viktoriya Petrukhina
Pastels in perfection. Rosy pink, chalky aqua and pale pistachio fashion a gentle colour scheme that’s buoyant and bright. A black wall light disrupts the subtle palette, giving it a modern edge.
Designer: Form8 Studio
A gel of jewel tones produces rich results. Use colour-blocking and plush fabrics to achieve a sumptuous scheme.
Designer: balbek bureau
Elevate and innovate. Layout lacking a little oomph? Give your sofa its own stage with a platform floor, and cover with colourful carpeting.
Designer: Turkel Design
Connect with nature. Appreciate the natural panorama from the comfort of a built-in window seat. Then, bring in a slice of nature without losing any living room floor space by installing a lush vertical garden wall that will complement the vista.
Visualizer: D3 Design
White neoclassical decor with blood-red accents creates double the drama.
Visualizer: DD Visualization
Glass sided sophistication. Making room for outdoor space on each side of your living room, even if it’s just a sliver, will give your lounge a light and airy outdoor feel without the chilly breeze or pesky bugs.
Visualizer: Metod Kulčar
A cavern in the woods. Rural living at its largest.
Visualizer: Gedeon Render
Gorgeous garden rooms. If you have a well-groomed garden then roll it out for all to see. Install multi-aspect, floor-to-ceiling. living room windows for a fully immersed experience.
Designer: Anna Flanders
Even a small concrete yard makes a valuable addition to a modern living room. Glass bi-fold doors facilitate a seamless connection that will instantly increase your floor space.
Visualizer: Dương Phan
Tan and texture. Fluted wall panels add interest to cool white walls, whilst tan furniture upholstery injects heat.
Designer: Sergey Makhno Architects
Visualizer: Grechko Maryna
Such a relief! Relief artwork makes a decorative addition to smooth microcement walls, which proves particularly effective over a modern fireplace.
Visualizer: Tamara Batsmanova
Complementary curves. A racetrack-shaped book nook, and round-backed lounge chair and a curved sofa design fashion a full and flowing layout around a circular coffee table core.
Visualizer: NOM Bureau
Reserved and reposeful. A subdued neutral scheme gains fashion-forward interest from white clay plastered walls, without losing its restful essence.
Visualizer: Kaminskyi Interiors
Wood clad and wild. Smooth wood grain panels encase a modern living room with warmth, whilst mature indoor plants spring up a wild vibe.
Visualizer: Kyle Dickens
A wealth of wooden window shutters install warm repetition against pale grey paintwork. See how this interior design was inspired by the original room.
Visualizer: Elemental Design
Dual-purpose decor. This double-duty bookcase works as a warm tan decor accent and as a visual divider between the lounge and adjacent dining space.
Visualizer: Roman Kolyada
Shade melt. A dark ceiling makes high ceilings feel closer & cosier in a spacious modern living room. Fade the colour to lighter shades as the eye moves down, and finish with bright bursts of anchoring colour at ground level.
Source: B&B Italia
Set an industrial vibe with concrete living room decor. Smooth out the aesthetic with sleek contemporary furniture.
Visualizer: Victoria Chimak adze
A mezzanine gives you more. More space, more function, more style. See more double height living rooms.
Visualizer: Igor Sirotov
White on white decor never fails to meet the expectations of a calm minimalist living room plan. This low-set sofa design takes simplicity a step further, looking like it has sunken partially down into the milky white floor.
Visualizer: Orlando Soria
Mid century modern with a tropical touch. Palm plants and velvety teal accents give this mid century modern living room a touch of tropical glamour.
Basketweave and natural timber elements fashion an earthy, rustic living room.
Visualizer: Romas Noreika
Industrial living at its finest, this fantastic one-of-a-kind space features a glass walkway and wall that expose the ductwork of the building.
Black and white accessories, mixed prints, and friendly indoor plant displays make a laid-back Scandinavian living room.
Visualizer: Puzzle Studio
Pull in a powerful plane of colour with horizontal horizontal color blocking.
Visualizer: Naira Omar
Sink deep into relaxation with a sunken conversation pit. This luxury living room takes the concept up a notch with an amazing poolside position.
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