The living room can feel like the heart of your home, particularly if you have an open-concept layout so that it also blends seamlessly with your kitchen area.
These are key gathering places, and they’re where your family comes together at the end of a long day.
When you’re designing a living room you want it to be a space that represents the needs of the people in your home, but of course, you may want to stay on-trend as well.
The following are some beautiful home design trends specific to the living room for 2019 and beyond.
Decadent materials feel luxurious and high-end, although they don’t necessarily have to break the bank. One example is the use of velvet.
A lot of people are opting for velvet sofas and sectionals, but if you’re not ready for that or you’re not sure it’s right for the needs of your family you can also do a velvet armchair or a pair of chairs, or even velvet curtains.
Velvet is a really beautiful material as is anything that feels plush and adds depth and dimension to a space.
As far as lighting trends, sconces and other light fixtures that can be wall-mounted are a big trend right now.
This works well from a design standpoint but also in terms of the ambiance of your living area. You can create a layered lighting scheme so that rather than only relying on harsh overhead lighting, you can customize your lighting at any given moment to the atmosphere you’d like to achieve in your living space.
In addition to sconces and wall-mounted lighting, another trend is the use of sculptural or mobile-style chandeliers. For example, Sputnik chandeliers and more minimalist versions of these are on-trend.
For the past few years we’ve seen primarily clean, hard lines in furniture but now there’s more a throwback to curved lines that we haven’t seen in some time. For example, curved sofas and armchairs are popular, and sometimes this might work better in terms of fitting into the dimensions of your living space.
If you’re not willing to go with the curved sofa or chairs yet, you can add round shapes or spheres in other places such as your coffee table or side tables.
Trends right now tend to err more on the feminine side and create lighter energy than design trends of years past. For example, colors like blush and other versions of pink are being more widely used in living areas.
It doesn’t have to feel overwhelmingly feminine, though. You can balance it out with the use of clean lines and modern furniture pieces.
If 2019 interior design trends tell us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t be afraid of or shy away from color. Choose key furniture pieces in bold colors, whether that’s green, navy, or something else.
Sustainable Furniture Choices
More people are focused on sustainability and make environmentally-friendly decisions than ever in the past, and that shines through in their home design and décor choices.
You can shop for more sustainable furniture in different ways.
One way is by choosing sustainable materials. You can look for furniture made from sustainable materials such as responsibly-sourced wood. Wood is also sustainable because even though you’re using the material initially, you can keep it for years to come because of its strength and durability, so you’re not throwing furniture items away year-after-year.
Another way to be sustainable is by choosing key furniture pieces that will grow with your family and evolve with you. Look for durability if this is a goal, as well as multi-functional pieces.
Natural textiles such as wools, linen, and cotton can also be sustainable, and they age well.
Finally, there is something called maximalism that’s really taking hold in the design world. As you might guess, it’s the exact opposite of minimalism which was big for years.
Maximalism takes a cue from the design of the 1980s because the concept is bigger, bolder and better.
You don’t have to go full-scale Dynasty in your living room design but think about unusual or even playful silhouettes and color palettes. Have some fun with your interior design, but don’t go overboard to the point that you get sick of the design quickly.
Also, as you’re designing your living room, try to create a natural flow and blend to other areas of your home to create a cohesive look and feel.