For many families, the living room is the heart of the home.
It’s where you spend your evenings relaxing and watching movies. It’s where you entertain guests. It’s where you host your kid’s birthday parties.
In smaller homes and apartments, it’s more than just the heart; it’s often the largest room, central to your entire living space.
Designing a living room that is not only functional but also stylish, is a must. If your living room decor falls flat, it can leave the rest of your home looking unfinished.
Keep reading to learn 8 living room decor ideas to get your inspiration flowing.
1. Go Bold with Contrast
Where contrasting floral patterns were once the “bold” choice of homeowners in the latter half of the 1900s, now solid, punchy colors dominate.
If you’re looking to create a living room that stands out and demands attention, don’t stick to a single color scheme. Instead, choose several dark, moody tones for the walls, and accent the rest of the room with colorful furniture.
This year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral, is one great choice. You could accent it with bright golden yellow or aquamarine for a tropical, summery feel.
Another popular bold color scheme is deep forest green, accented with moody purples or earthy browns.
This style is very modern, so you’ll want to accent your color choices with more modern pieces to keep with the theme.
2. Keep it Neutral with a Pop of Color
If you aren’t quite ready to commit to painting your walls forest green or Living Coral but don’t want a drab, tan living room, this trend is for you.
To achieve it, you’ll want to start with neutral paint colors for your walls, and simple, light-colored furniture. Unlike the previous trend that demanded attention and inspired unrest, the goal here is to create a more serene space.
Next, choose an accent color. This can be bold and modern, like Living Coral. Or it can be something more simple and classic, like teal.
You’ll want to choose a few key pieces that feature your color choice to sprinkle throughout your room. A pretty patterned chair, a beautiful piece of art, or even your throw pillows can all help you achieve this.
This decor idea is great because it makes it easy to update your room. If you ever get tired of your accent color, you can swap out those pieces for a different color, while keeping the rest of your decor the same.
3. Keep it Comfy
With formal sitting rooms quickly becoming a thing of the past, one great living room decor idea that not only looks good but is super functional is a room dedicated to comfort.
An oversize sectional with room for the whole family is a great start. Other popular living room furniture choices for this style include floor poofs that double as footrests or extra seating and a big entertainment center with room for your TV and plenty of decorations collected on family vacations.
4. Mix and Match Textures
When it comes to choosing your living room furniture styles, many homeowners simply pick matching sets of couches and chairs, with neutral, simple coffee tables, end tables, and entertainment centers.
But if you want to make your living space unique, skip the matching sets and go for a different look.
Mixing and matching textures can make even a neutral-colored room interesting. For instance, if you have a soft, comfortable cloth couch, opt for a more rugged leather accent chair. Finish with a modern white coffee table to complete the look.
5. Make Modern More Luxurious
Modern living room decor, including plenty of white furniture, sharp edges, and metal finishes, gets a luxurious update with this style.
Over-the-top mirrored furniture, crystal accents, and another luxurious decor can feel a bit tacky when it’s overdone. By pairing it with more minimalist, modern pieces, the two styles balance perfectly.
Start this style with an accent piece, like a chandelier ceiling fan. This will help give your room a focal point and allow you to easily balance out what will be the loudest statement piece in your room.
6. Be Boho
The bohemian decor is very in right now. This style is great for when you want a relaxed space full of functional pieces that still look polished and put together.
Bohemian pieces include everything from oversized leather sofas to natural wood tables. You can easily mix and match patterns and colors, just as long as every piece has that natural, laid-back feel.
7. Choose an Odd Inspiration Piece
Rather than obsessing over choosing a color scheme or style for your room before you start shopping, you’ll need to reverse the process for this trend.
Instead of designing a room and then filling it, you’ll want to search for a piece that speaks to you. Maybe it’s an eccentric colored couch, a piece of interesting artwork, or a gorgeous rug.
Once you’ve found your piece, make it a focal point. Your color choices and style should work with the piece, though you should avoid being too matchy-matchy if you want your original focal point to still stand out.
The people of Sweden have a corner on the self-care market. Many of them live by the term “hygge,” which is at once a style and a way of life that encompasses all things comfortable and cozy.
Think plush couches, plenty of throw pillows, furry rugs, and scented candles scattered about.
Not only will this style land you beautiful living space, but it will also help you create a cozy room that inspires you and your family to relax and unwind.
Choosing the Right Living Room Decor for Your Home
Now that you know a few tips for choosing the right living room decor for your home, it’s time to start designing your space.
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