Having a hard time deciding on your new living room décor? It’s tough to think about something like that out of nowhere, so we’ve combined a list of 86 fantastic ideas for transforming your living room! Check out our library of inspired ideas and see if you can find something that gets your creative juices flowing again.
Living Room Decorating Ideas
1. Patterned single shades
Go with the same color in different shades and patterns around the room. This ties it all together, but makes each piece stand out from the rest.
2. Modern complementary colors
Choose a modern feel with colors that make your space less vintage and more current. Bold colors like deep black make great accents for a modern design.
3. Bright accents
Lighten your living room up with the right selection of bright accent colors. Combine these with softer neutral or muted color tones for the best effect.
4. Updated floral prints
Find floral prints with modern styles and colors. These can work well used for drapes, table runners, and sofas as the centerpiece of the room.
5. Gold accent pieces
Why not try out a sophisticated, royal look with gold accents? You can use anything to fit this style, but don’t overdo it in the one room.
6. Gemstone color palettes
Gemstone colors make for beautiful combinations and fantastic style in your living room. Sapphire blue, emerald green, azure, ruby red and more all mix well for a rich addition.
7. White walls + painted doorways & window sills
Plain white or off-white walls pair well with brightly colored and ostentatious framing. Doorways, window sills, and trimming can all add your much-needed pop of color.
8. Neutral color mixtures
Create a calm and inviting space by combining neutral colors together. This makes a room that’s relaxing and perfect for conversation and enjoyment.
9. Textured wall paint
Nothing adds interest to a room like textured paint on the walls. If you go with this decoration piece, make sure you try a neutral wall color to make the texture stand out.
10. Two-toned color scheme
Choose two complementary or contrasting colors and use them as your main theme colors around the entire living room area. Choose two colors that are completely different for the best look.
11. Bold curtain colors
Make a statement with bold, dramatic drapes in your living room. They can match something elsewhere in the room or stand alone as a feature.
12. Soft, creamy tones
If bold isn’t your thing, go for a softer look that’s charming and peaceful. Creamy colors work well with light pastel accents and natural wood.
13. Contrasting dark walls and light floors
Paint your walls in a darker color and use bright rugs and furniture on the floor. Make sure the drapes also fit into your dark wall plan.
14. Monochromatic tones
Stick with a similar color palette throughout the entire rom, ranging from a lighter shade to a darker shade of the same basic color. This work well with black, white, and grey or silver.
15. Natural, earthy tones
Bring out your earthy side with natural color tones around the room. This includes deep browns, natural wood, green, sky blue, and similar colors.
16. Mint green theme color
Green can be overpowering in darker shades, but a light mint green is agreeable in almost every living room. You can use it on the walls or the furniture as you like.
17. Blue, blue & more blue
This is such a beautiful color, that it needs to get more attention! Use different shades of blue around the room for a gorgeous and put-together design.
18. High gloss white trim paint
Painting trim in high gloss white makes it stand out and really helps the room to look larger. If you have lofty ceilings, this is an especially nice touch that draws attention to the architecture.
19. Striped floor designs
Have you ever seen a striped floor? They are fantastic and quirky, creating an instant point of interest in the living room for anyone who walks in!
20. Sunshine and bright colors
In the living room, natural light is a huge asset. You can take full advantage of it with light, bright colors and sunshine yellow accents to pull it all together.
21. 19th century chic
A Victorian themed home can still look fantastic today. Keep it consistent by pairing similar furniture sets together and arranging the right décor around the room to match.
22. Padded ottoman centerpiece
Say goodbye to hard wooden tables! Get a beautiful, plush ottoman covered in fabric, leather, or anything else and stuffed with padding. It doubles as an extra seat when the room is crowded.
23. Storage chest tables
For smaller rooms, storage can be essential. Make use of your furniture by skipping a standard table and going for a chest style coffee table instead.
24. Glass end tables
Nothing complements beautiful leather or fabric sofas quite as well as glass. It can look elegant, but also holds its own as an accent for the whole room.
25. Dark velvet couch
Looking for a fresh, new way to accentuate your living room? Velvet couches in dark colors are elegant, mysterious, and very comfortable to sit or nap on!
26. Complementary prints
Who said you can’t have more than one print paired together? Find the perfect matching prints to make throw pillows for your couch and chairs.
27. L-shaped couches
Sectional couches are making a stir in the living room, because they enhance seating capacity without taking up too much space. You can find a hardy leather version or your favorite fabrics.
28. Rounded sofas and seats
Curved sofas and uniquely rounded chairs make the shapes of your living room more interesting by braking away from simple square and rectangles.
29. Geometric furniture
Speaking of shapes, why not take it to the next level and find more unique geometric furniture for your living room? End tables can really make a statement in this way.
30. Dark-stained natural wood
Wooden furniture has always had a place in the living room, but dark-stained natural wood pieces are some of the most beautiful and elegant pieces you can use.
31. One bold centerpiece
Choose one piece of furniture in your living room to be bold, crazy and fun while the other pieces are more calm and complementary to each other.
32. Unique, antique pieces
Using antiques in your living room is a good way to show people that you’ve spent time designing it exactly how you want it. It also adds a more genuine atmosphere to your home.
33. Metal detailing
Furniture will metal detail work can be dramatic, but is also durable and long-lasting. This is a good decorating style for families with energetic children.
34. Closed-off wardrobe
Switch out the normal bookshelves with a closed-off wardrobe to sprinkle some mystery into the room. A wardrobe also usually has more space, and you don’t have to store decorative items inside.
35. Book-shelf walls
If you want to stick with bookshelves, you can use an entire short wall to make a fantastic whole-wall bookshelf design. It’s good for storage and looks fantastic.
36. Non-traditional furniture shapes
Traditional styles are nice, but if you’re tired of that you can look for furniture that comes in unusual shapes and styles instead. It’s an effortless way to make your home unique and brilliant.
37. Mountain lodge
Escape to the country club that is your living room. Pull off this style by combining rustic décor and furniture, and by painting in neutral colors with natural wood floors.
38. Peaceful island paradise
Beach themes are one thing, but a beautiful island paradise mixes simple beach style with more refined pieces for a classy, but comfortable oasis in the home.
39. Allowing open spaces
Let the light move around from wall to wall by opening up the area and keeping minimal, light colored furnishings inside. Avoid clutter and dark colors.
40. Old West charm
You may not live in the right climate for a live cactus in the living room, but you can still pull off a charming Western look with the right colors and décor.
41. Overlaying rugs
You may only have one rug in the living room right now, but multiple overlaying rugs add texture, interest, and a very soft surface for you to rest your feet.
42. Vintage meets exotic
Pair up classic vintage furniture and style with exotic accents and accessories. Think elephants, antique lamps, cheetah print rugs, African fabric drapes, etc.
43. Ancient theme
There are so many interesting patterns and unique colors in ancient cultural styles. Look for things reminiscent of the Mayans, Aztecs, ancient Egypt, and more.
44. Table by the fire
A fireplace marks the biggest centerpiece of the living room, but a cozy small table with chairs helps you really enjoy it. This also gives you a place for conversation.
45. Simple, child-friendly spaces
Having kids can make it hard to get any real decorating done. But, all your style doesn’t have to end, and you can make amazing, colorful rooms that are also child friendly!
46. Combined living room + small dining area
Eat-in kitchens may be more common right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the usual. Make your living room an eat-in living room with a small dining table and chairs.
47. Eastern mysterious
There’s something mysterious and captivating about Eastern cultures that makes for a wonderful theme for your living room.
48. Elegant African
If you think African décor, you might imagine drums and animal prints, but there’s a lot more you’d be missing out on! Look for gorgeous African print fabrics to reupholster furniture and transform the space.
Simple Project Ideas
49. Centerpiece fireplace tiles
Tiling a fireplace mantel turns a traditional, old-fashioned feature into a grand, modern centerpiece. You can also add the colors you want to go with your color theme.
50. Painted ceiling beams
If you home doesn’t have ceiling beams, don’t bother trying to install them. But, if there are beams on the ceiling, a beautiful paint job can make them worth looking at.
51. Artist themed designs
Base your living room off of the work and designs of a living or dead artist. Choose an artist, then find inspiration from their work when you’re getting furniture, paintings, and more.
52. Arched doorways
Creating archways instead of simple rectangle doorways is dramatic and eye-catching. Choose doorways that don’t actually hold doors, such as those leading to the kitchen or dining room.
53. Wall-mounted lighting
Instead of overhead lighting, move your living room lights to the walls for a better atmosphere. This simple move will make the whole room look better, without lowering the brightness.
54. Shiplap paneling on the walls
Skip the flat walls and install beautiful shiplap paneling along the living room walls. It’s intricate and interesting, plus it makes your rom look more tied together.
55. Antique designs on the fireplace and mantel
For a striking fireplace look, polish up the antique mantelpiece and make it look as good as it did when it was first made. An antique fireplace can be gorgeous with a regular living room.
56. Add a skyligh
Natural light is your friend in a living room space, especially one that’s closed-off. Skylights bring in even more light, plus they might add moonlight views in the evenings.
57. Glass accordion doors to the dining room
If you want some separation from the rest of the house, use beautiful glass accordion doors with wood framing. This is classier than fully wooden doors, and keeps the space separated, but open.
58. Floor to ceiling curtains
Curtains that reach all the way from the ceiling to the floor are elegant, dramatic, and unique. This move can be beautiful and instantly transform the room.
59. Stonework statement wall
Having one wall made from stonework makes the entire room more interesting. This one piece is extravagant enough to draw attention, even if the rest of the room is very simple.
60. Patterned concave bookshelves
Built-in bookshelves with a patterned inside add color and excitement to an otherwise plain wall. It takes something simple and turns it into one of the best parts of the room.
61. Exotic accents
Think big accent pieces that will grab people’s attention and spark their imagination as soon as they enter. Statues, old pottery, bright patterned objects, etc.
62. Antique lamps
Even if the rest of the room is plain, the addition of quirky antique lamps will bring up the décor of your entire living room. There are so many assorted styles and types to choose from.
63. Live plants
Nature makes a beautiful addition to any living room space. Find a few beautiful plants that can live in pots inside your home. Make sure you keep them watered and healthy!
64. Natural texture features
Textured accent pieces around the room are great for variety. For you this might mean something different, like a rough finished wooden end table or a stone mosaic.
65. Eccentric Persian rugs
Persian rugs are known for their excellent quality and beautiful designs. Find one that goes above and beyond the normal look, and put it front and center in your living room!
66. Antler chandeliers
Country clubs and rustic cabins aren’t the only places that can use antlers for decorations. Antler chandeliers can be a beautiful and natural-looking light source overhead.
67. Classic instruments
You don’t actually have to play and instrument to benefit from the beauty. Pianos are the most common display instruments, but even a guitar, violin, or otherwise looks fantastic on display.
68. Colorful throw blankets
To give your sofa and chairs some new life, add colorful patterned throw blankets. Knitted afghan-style blankets make for a fantastic and livable choice.
69. Series paintings
Don’t choose random paintings to fill your walls. Find a series of paintings to make a natural progression that all relates to itself.
70. Hanging baskets
Hanging baskets don’t always have to hold flowers or plants. You can put other decorative items inside to make them uniquely fit your style.
71. Faux fur throws & rugs
Faux fur looks fancy and is extremely soft. These faux throws and rugs are comfortable, but also add a nice style to the room without being inhumane.
72. Shaped hanging mirrors
Mirrors make great statement pieces and help to open up a smaller room. So, shaped mirrors do all of that plus add intricate wall ornaments into the mix.
73. Hanging tassel doorway dividers
Instead of doors, divide your space with hanging tassels of your choice. It will help make the rooms feel more distinct, without really separating them at all.
74. Live flower arrangements
Live flowers bring freshness and beauty to any room of the house. In the living room, they are a breath of fresh air to any stale or stuffy environment.
75. Colored glass accents
Bottles, beach glass, lamps, and more are made from gorgeous colored glass. The texture and transparent colors make glass décor special when you compare it to other types of décor.
76. High drama curtains
We talked about bold colored curtains already, but look for high drama drapes with contrasting colors, eye-catching designs, and dramatic materials.
77. Mantelpiece mirror
A large feature mirror over your fireplace mantel will make the room look larger and will help spread natural light around the to open it up.
78. Mural walls
Painted mural walls don’t have to be eccentric scenes. You can go bold, or you can look for ancient themes with a softer, more elegant style for your walls.
79. Colorful, abstract paintings
Large, bright abstract paintings can put some life into your home with wild colors and imaginative scenes. These also serve as conversation pieces to promote discussion.
80. Homemade or locally made unique furniture
It doesn’t get any more unique than homemade furniture from locals. If you know how to make your own furniture, or if your family has homemade pieces from the past, these also make great choices.
81. Divided space, conversation zones
Most living rooms are set up with all the sofas and chairs facing each other, but you can also set it up to divide the space into distinct conversation zones. Larger groups will feel more intimate.
82. Raised ceilings
Higher ceilings make any room feel larger and more beautiful. It also allows you to add chandeliers, beams, skylights, and other beautiful features.
83. Lighted paintings, bookshelves, and wall déco
Placing small spotlighting on large framed paintings, bookshelves, and other display items can make your living room into an awe-inspiring gallery for onlookers.
84. Focus on one collection of items
Instead of picking random items to display, choose a collection of a specific type of item, such as Chinese vases, designed plates, or otherwise.
85. Pastel walls, bright colored center
Go for contrast with light-colored walls, curtains, and artwork with dark, colorful furniture, rugs, and throws around the center of the room.
86. Custom-painted floor patterns
Choose a largescale design pattern to have painted on your floor. You can go for bold, soft, or enchanting depending on what the rest of the room will look like.
Table of Contents
- Living Room Decorating Ideas
- Color Ideas
- 1. Patterned single shades
- 2. Modern complementary colors
- 3. Bright accents
- 4. Updated floral prints
- 5. Gold accent pieces
- 6. Gemstone color palettes
- 7. White walls + painted doorways & window sills
- 8. Neutral color mixtures
- 9. Textured wall paint
- 10. Two-toned color scheme
- 11. Bold curtain colors
- 12. Soft, creamy tones
- 13. Contrasting dark walls and light floors
- 14. Monochromatic tones
- 15. Natural, earthy tones
- 16. Mint green theme color
- 17. Blue, blue & more blue
- 18. High gloss white trim paint
- 19. Striped floor designs
- 20. Sunshine and bright colors
- Furniture Ideas
- 21. 19th century chic
- 22. Padded ottoman centerpiece
- 23. Storage chest tables
- 24. Glass end tables
- 25. Dark velvet couch
- 26. Complementary prints
- 27. L-shaped couches
- 28. Rounded sofas and seats
- 29. Geometric furniture
- 30. Dark-stained natural wood
- 31. One bold centerpiece
- 32. Unique, antique pieces
- 33. Metal detailing
- 34. Closed-off wardrobe
- 35. Book-shelf walls
- 36. Non-traditional furniture shapes
- Arrangement Ideas
- 37. Mountain lodge
- 38. Peaceful island paradise
- 39. Allowing open spaces
- 40. Old West charm
- 41. Overlaying rugs
- 42. Vintage meets exotic
- 43. Ancient theme
- 44. Table by the fire
- 45. Simple, child-friendly spaces
- 46. Combined living room + small dining area
- 47. Eastern mysterious
- 48. Elegant African
- Simple Project Ideas
- 49. Centerpiece fireplace tiles
- 50. Painted ceiling beams
- 51. Artist themed designs
- 52. Arched doorways
- 53. Wall-mounted lighting
- 54. Shiplap paneling on the walls
- 55. Antique designs on the fireplace and mantel
- 56. Add a skyligh
- 57. Glass accordion doors to the dining room
- 58. Floor to ceiling curtains
- 59. Stonework statement wall
- 60. Patterned concave bookshelves
- Accessory Ideas
- 61. Exotic accents
- 62. Antique lamps
- 63. Live plants
- 64. Natural texture features
- 65. Eccentric Persian rugs
- 66. Antler chandeliers
- 67. Classic instruments
- 68. Colorful throw blankets
- 69. Series paintings
- 70. Hanging baskets
- 71. Faux fur throws & rugs
- 72. Shaped hanging mirrors
- 73. Hanging tassel doorway dividers
- 74. Live flower arrangements
- 75. Colored glass accents
- 76. High drama curtains
- 77. Mantelpiece mirror
- Creative Ideas
- 78. Mural walls
- 79. Colorful, abstract paintings
- 80. Homemade or locally made unique furniture
- 81. Divided space, conversation zones
- 82. Raised ceilings
- 83. Lighted paintings, bookshelves, and wall déco
- 84. Focus on one collection of items
- 85. Pastel walls, bright colored center
- 86. Custom-painted floor patterns