Living rooms come in all shapes and sizes, however to find living room decorating ideas that suit your own living space, or lounge room as well as your own personal style, taste and budget is a very personal thing.
This article aims to highlight a range of living room decorating ideas to help get your creative juices flowing, to act as a source of inspiration to your own creative thoughts or ideas.
The above living room makes great use of a space with small tiny windows. The corner sofa occupies half of two walls and is complemented with a sisal mat that merges the sofa with the rest of the room. The colour of the room is neutral and this also permits some freedom when it comes to decorating the balance of the room with some eclectic furnishings and decor items.
The above living room space is compact with minimal incoming natural lighting. This is supplemented with additional lighting as well as candles for a cosy, romantic, snug feeling room. This room has a distinct feeling of relaxation and comfort.
Whether your property is compact and small, and therefore your living room space is restricted, or your home is palatial and elegant, either way, there will be a distinct style of decor that appeals to you, and the end result of how you decide to decorate your living room space will also be very dependent on the budget you are prepared to spend.
A minimalist room with sparse number of living room furniture pieces. A very modern look with the universal whites, greys and blacks that has small elements of single color, namely in this picture, the lounge furniture cushions, and single potted plant. This type of decor with its polished tile floor, would be typical of a modern metro apartment building in a hotter climate.
An example of an open plan living room set at the bottom of a staircase and encompassing a couple of built in bookshelves
The timber floor adds a cooler ambiance to the large room which adjoins the kitchen/dining area and flows into a secondary formal living space. Relaxed furniture and no television suggests this room is used for more social gatherings and conversation.
This living room is another minimalist style set on a neutral tile floor in a hotter climate. The extensive window shutters help deflect the hot midday sun and temperatures to keep the room cool and usable. A white sofa and a reading lamp provides a simplicity to this room’s decor.
A relaxed style of living room in a large space that leads to an outdoor garden. The wall decor is kept in balance for this room with a large piece of artwork on one wall, and offset with a wall hung TV set on the opposite wall. Timber doors frame the glass panels enabling more natural light to enter the room. A very comfortable room suitable for entertaining or relaxing.
There are as many living room ideas and decor ideas as there are living rooms. This room is one of those living room decorating ideas that looks to have a very simple purpose as a media, TV watching room, with the plush fabric sofa focused directly towards the large wall mounted big screen TV.
The living room decor in tis picture looks set for a king, or the very least a mountain lodge owner. The massive large fireplace dominates the room decor as it oversees the rich polished timber floor. The extraordinarily large floor rug balances the room and adds a warmth that is accentuated with the eclectic mix of tables, chairs and sofas.
A modern, and reasonably compact living room that has an abundance of natural lighting through full length windows, and rich natural colored timber floors punctuate the comfortable sense of tranquility that this room exudes. Neutral furniture colors and a large floor rug give the room a subtle sense of additional elegance.
The living room design ideas that comes to mind when one takes a look at the living room decorating ideas prevalent in this room, show a distinct taste of older style, elegant, borderlines antique feel. The curtains, the wallpaper finish along with the interesting wall hangings and furniture suggest a more mature, European living room decoration style.
Love the classical look of this living room, with its antique looking fireplace, the rich honey colored wooden floor, and the classical lounge furniture. The decorating ideas in this living room encourage eccentricity and an eclectic mix of furniture and furnishings
You can be as daring or as conservative as you like with your living room decorating ideas, because at the end of the day, nothing is set in stone. If you try a new look or layout and you don’t like it, just change it again. Half of the fun is just experimenting and playing around until you find a living room style, or living room furniture layout that you really like.
Having a set of stairs leading to or from a living room can add an interesting element to a living room. This particular room is from an apartment within a city and hence with limited space, they have created a funky open plan look and feel with lots of natural light.
This room show a simple and delicate decoration. The style that has been used to decorate room is one of absolute simplicity and a single minded purpose. Two single chairs facing opposite each other, a central overhead light and a large scale wall painting shows that this room functions as a meeting, conversation living room. Great decor setup, so that each person is focussed directly on the other and would an ideal room decoration setup for a consultation room.
When it comes to decorating living rooms, everyone has their own style and thoughts as to whether they’d like a modern look, an eclectic look, a cosy feel, a romantic feel, or a light and bright feel. There really is no limitation on what you can create. As far as your imagination will take you, and as far as your budget will allow, you can pretty much create anything.
The above room is a great example of a varied, eclectic and colorful style of room with several retro furniture features, tinged with some modernness in the mix.
A big part of creating living room decorating ideas comes down to what you decide to put on the walls. Whether it be wallpaper, a paint finish, perhaps even a painted brick look, what ever you do, use wall art sparingly and carefully.
Try and stay true to your overall home decor, meaning don’t try and mix different decor looks in different rooms, it won’t be a good look unless you really know what you’re doing. A neutral finish on the walls, whether it be painted or paper is always good. That is unless you want to express your true personality and you know you have the freedom to do that, in which case ‘all bets are off’ – Go for it.
Wall art can add significant interest to your living room, but it needs to be relevant to your decor, and match up with the feel you’re trying to create.The above picture shows a very clever use of the same sized photo frames hung in an attractive appealing way. You could definitely have a play around with something similar on your own walls.