Home Decor Inspiration Ideas

50+ Inspiring Living Room Decorating Ideas

There’s nothing a few throw pillows can’t fix.

Blue Velvet Sofa in Living Room

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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Molly Sims living room with bookshelf

PETER MURDOCK
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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mirror on mantel in living room

MIKE GARTEN
Tilted Mirror

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

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living room bar cart and plant

MARY COSTA
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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Sunny Painted Brick Fireplace

STACEY BRANDFORD
Painted Brick

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

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blue and gray living room

BALL AND ALBANESE
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 living room

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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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Pink and Gray Living Room by Katie Rosenfeld

MICHAEL J. LEE
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 like a garden stool that can be used as a stool to sit on or as a table for a drink.”

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white textured living room

LISA ROMEREIN
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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Blue Velvet Sofa in Living Room

MIKE GARTEN
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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EMILY JOHNSTON
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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open floor plan living space

JASON HARTOG
Low Furniture

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

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navy living room

KATE OSBORNE
Navy Walls

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

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ART STREIBER
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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family room storage

KATE OSBORNE
Chic Storage

Need space, stat? Swap boring shelving for more decorative options, then load up on fabric boxes or baskets to hide an overflow of knick knacks.

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JASON HARTOG
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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LISA ROMEREIN
Family-Friendly

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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KELSEY ROSE FOR HOMEPOLISH
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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Pom Pom Curtains - DIY Home Decor

MIKE GARTEN
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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LISA ROMEREIN
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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CASEY DUNN
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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Use old wood planks or barn board from a salvage shop to add a bonus shelf to the base of a coffee table. Original details, like weathered paint, offer extra character!

MIKE GARTEN
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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open living room

HULYA KOLABAS
Easy Access

An open floor plan like 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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STACEY BRANDFORD
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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neutral living room

MIKE GARTEN
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 like to sit on.

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STACEY BRANDFORD
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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JACOB SNAVELY
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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CODY ULRICH
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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"Choose one hue to carry through every room (I'm all about blue). A consistent palette makes your entire space feel cohesive. And don't worry about following current trends — just select something you love!" Emily says. Throughout her living space, she opted for a blue-on-blue scheme and added olive and gray accents.

MIKE GARTEN
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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JANE BEILES
Natural Textures

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

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LAUREN LOGAN
Global Home

Dallas home feels bohemian and well-traveled thanks to wood floors and gray walls. The neutral base helps a bold kilim-covered sofa and mix-and-match throw pillows shine.

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Inviting Corner

This breezy Florida living room (with happy-hued pillows) is as pretty as it is practical. The sofa is upholstered in water-resistant fabric to create a put-your-feet-up attitude.

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Bold and Bright

Inject personality into your living space with energetic hues and quirky secondhand finds, like this colorful apartment‘s coral sofa and gilded accent pieces.

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Eclectic Mix

This Toronto home achieves balanced decor without being too matchy-matchy. The furniture and accent pieces are diverse, but the symmetrical design grounds the look.

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Rustic Appeal

The antique wooden beams are a welcome contrast to the modern furniture in an airy farmhouse.

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Cozy Cottage

Exposed brick and a thrifted coffee table work together to create a country vibe in this rustic room. Consider your living space as a place for your collections, too, like this homeowner’s vintage fans.

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Gorgeous Gallery

Achieve the drama of a major art piece inexpensively by displaying a tight grid of frames.

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Elegant Bungalow

Our home design director Sarah Richardson elevated this cozy gray-and-cream bungalow with surprising touches of orange.

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Understated Glam

A neutral palette doesn’t always mean playing it safe. Layer textures and mix in flea market finds to keep things interesting like this glam home and avoid a flat appearance.

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Black and White

This ultra-modern room uses color sparingly for a sleek look.

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Classic Elegance

Position your couch under an oversized window to allow the sunlight and outdoor scene be the focal point of an otherwise neutral room.

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Color Harmony

Traditional-style furniture gets a dash of regal style with rich purple accents and an oversized rug to anchor the conversation space.

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Perfect Symmetry

When in doubt, choosing dual accents (coffee tables, lamps, pillows, frames) always makes for a balanced look.

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Go Eclectic

Instead of a classic wooden coffee table, choose a colorful one, like this teal option which is meant to mirror the couch.

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Light and Airy

White couches are a true classic, and look simply lovely paired with garden-style accents like a floral rug and sage trim. Choose white slipcovers to make this look more practical (and easier to clean).

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Contemporary Warmth

Golden yellow touches bring coziness to this family room — and that antique-inspired wall clock makes quite the statement, too.

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Minimalist Dream

Achieve a serene, polished look with dark flooring and furniture in varying shades of white.

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Keep It Simple

Try a less-is-more attitude by sticking to clean lines and a neutral color palette. An area rug and throw pillows keeps the space warm and inviting.

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Go for Gold

A pair of sunny yellow chairs doubles-down on the striking impact of a shining sunburst mirror.

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Lively Design

This formal living room shows off pops of kelly green, bright golds, and graphic prints to make a statement that is cohesive, but far from boring.

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Turquoise Touches

If you’re too nervous to stray far from a neutral, choose just one shade you love (and keep the walls a calming beige, as seen in this living room) to dip a toe into the pool of color possibilities.

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