There is nothing like crafting a well-designed living room that is suitable for enjoying family time and entertaining loved ones. This primary spot sets the tone for the rest of your home’s decor. It’s also one of the best places to showcase your design aesthetic by experimenting with color palettes, layers of texture and patterns, and a variety of furniture layouts. It’s meant to be comfortable, inviting, and full of style. Plus, if you’re a design enthusiast, it’s an ideal space to put your favorite trends to the test, whether it’s opting for maximalist art or going bold with metallic wall paint.
From an industrial New York City loft to a rustic space in Ibiza, this collection of inspiring living room design schemes is guaranteed to spark ideas for your own home. These living room ideas also prove that careful planning and a commitment to creativity can go a long way.
A sophisticated, neutral living room in Chicago's historic Palmolive building features a clever mix of antiques and vintage finds, which create a sense of balance.
A 1920s Palm Beach home, owned by art adviser Heidi McWilliams, serves as the perfect backdrop for displaying her impressive collection. The living room is furnished with claret armchairs (right) and hexagonal table by Rose Tarlow Melrose House, along with a neutral rug by Patterson Flynn Martin. An Anish Kapoor mirrored wall sculpture accentuates the 16th-century Italian limestone mantel, and the coffered ceiling, which is original, adds character to the room.
Kara Mann's Chicago living room is a lesson in minimalist design. A pair of white chairs complement the marigold-colored rug by Miyabi Casa. The floors are large-scale limestone tiles.
Since this Nashville home originally didn't have a living space, interior designer transformed the main parlor into a beautifully layered living room with earthy tones and bold stripes.
This Ibiza living room features local-limestone floors covered in custom Spanish esparto rugs from Antonia Molina. Walls covered in a sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beam ceiling set a rustic tone in the living room. Custom sofas by Atelier Tapissier Seigneur and curtains in a quilted Braquenié fabric; the Oeil cocktail table by Pierre Chapo is vintage, the lacquered-coral sculpture is by Maurizio Epifani, and the painting over the mantel is by Alex Katz.
In a Buenos Aires home, the original marble mantel in the living room was specified by , who decorated the apartment in the 1930s. The circa-1940 chairs in the foreground, the console (left), and the side table (right) were designed by for the Argentine firm Comte. The 1930s settee is covered in a mohair, the chairs next to the fireplace are 18th-century Gustavian, the circa-1950 Sphere cocktail table and lamp are by , and the 1930s table (front left) and sconces are by .
A former barn now serves as guest quarters at actress Amanda Seyfried’s weekend retreat in the Catskills region of New York. In the living area, the sofa is by , the wool rug is by , the flooring is reclaimed oak, and the wall is painted in ; the photograph is by Sarah Bailey.
For designer , his bungalow in Oakland, California is all about eccentric design. In this living area attached to his study, a pair of vintage sofas are upholstered in a Ralph Lauren Home stripe, the Eero Saarinen table is from Design Within Reach, barstools by CB2 are covered in a Katie Ridder fabric, the ceiling lantern is by Visual Comfort, the rug is by Ralph Lauren Home, and the busts are by Oly.
The artworks include photographs by Jason Fulford, Garry Winogrand, and Richard Misrach, flanked by silhouette portraits by Julian Opie.
This London townhouse has a living room filled with custom designs, such as a sofa covered in a patterned velvet, another upholstered in a silk velvet, and a round banquette, which is topped with a 1940s French bronze sculpture.
The living room in this Greek Island home features a custom cocktail table and banquette, and striped pillows upholstered in a Les Toiles du Soleil fabric. The Queen Elizabeth II print is by Andy Warhol.
New York-based designer Becky Shea crafted a stunning New York City loft for Homepolish co-founder Will Nathan. The living room, which showcases a mix of industrial elements as well as Shea's organic-modernist aesthetic, is a lesson in open-concept living.
Actress Minnie Driver's inviting Hollywood living room features a mix of vintage fabrics and patterns. Window treatments in complementary colors add balance to the light-filled space.
Christiane Lemieux's New York City loft includes artwork by Robert Swain, custom sofas covered in a neutral linen, and a coffee table and side table from the Brimfield Show and a Paris flea market.
White walls and contemporary furniture give this living room a clean and classic feel. Natural elements, by way of driftwood and greenery, bring the outdoors in.
Arts pioneer Virginia Lebermann's family home in Marfa includes a neutral sofa by Minotti, a white chair by Axel Vervoordt, and a John Derian floor lamp (foreground). The painting is by Charlotte Culot.
Architect Piet Boon and designer Jennifer Schmidt transformed a Washington, D.C. loft with a palette of grey, white, and wood in light tones. Textured accents, including grey velvet chairs, add interest to the open space.
A Brooklyn townhouse in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, features a sofa from ABC Carpet & Home upholstered in a fabric by Soraya Shah for Studio Four NYC. The space also includes a chaise by Timothy Oulton, a Danish cocktail table, the Akari pendant light by Noguchi, window treatments in a Rebecca Atwood fabric, and a vintage Moroccan rug. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Huntington White and the trim in Iron Mountain. A photograph by Claire Nitze and a cameo portrait by Doug Meyer complete the living room.
For a Gramercy Park apartment, designer Bennett Leifer upholstered a settee in a Sabina Fay Braxton velvet, and chose a pair of carved wood armchairs by de Gournay covered in a Stark velvet. The Empire console is from Lucca Antiques, the cocktail table is by Ebanista, the vintage stool is by Maison Baguès, the Louis XVI secretary was purchased on 1stdibs, the Tabriz rug is antique, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Alexandria Beige.
Architect Luís Bernardo Brito e Abreu renovated his São Miguel home to reflect his family's artistic, maritime history. The living room features a vintage chair by Illum Wikkelsø, and the mantel and stone benches are both of local basalt. The sculpture of a head on the bench at right is by Ernesto Canto da Maya, and the wall sculpture above the mantel is a 16th-century naval decoration.
Alisa Bloom recreated the environment of a French interior in her sophisticated Chicago penthouse. In the living room, she opted for a custom sofa in a Kravet fabric with pillows in a Jim Thompson silk. The 1970s chairs are from Revival, and the vintage cocktail table is from Martin La Brocante. She finished the space with a console by Crate & Barrel, a vintage chandelier by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, and curtains in an Oscar de la Renta fabric for Lee Jofa. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cement Gray.
In the living room of Jean-Louis Deniot's Miami penthouse, the sofa from Deniot’s collection for is in a fabric, the 1930s chairs are in a fabric, the vintage cocktail table is by , and the gold side table is by ; the 1920s bronze-and-alabaster chandelier once hung in the Villa Kerylos in France, the indoor-outdoor rug is by , the artwork is by , and the shelf holds a sculpture (center) and a French 1940s lamp.
In the living room of Vivia Horn’s Japanese-style retreat in Hunter, New York, the leather-and-plastic Italian sofas, cocktail table, and wool shag rug were purchased in the 1980s at Bloomingdale’s. The Japanese-style fire pit and tin range hood are custom, the floor lamp is from the '70s, the sisal carpet is by , the ceiling beams are Douglas fir, and a series of color lithographs from Japan are displayed along the pine wainscoting.
In the formal living room of the Connecticut farmhouse of sisters Ariel Ashe and Alexi Asher Meyers (, Alexi's husband and Late Night host Seth Meyers), an RH, sofa is in a linen, the custom bench is in a fabric, and the walls are in Oval Room Blue by .
In the living room of a Manhattan apartment designed by , the sectional sofas by are covered in a mohair, the pair of vintage armchairs are from , the glass cocktail table by is filled with feathers, the round side table is by , the lamp on it is by and the custom rug is by .
In the living room of designer of textiles and interiors Kathryn M. Ireland's compound in Santa Monica, the custom sofa is in a linen velvet from ; the armchairs are covered in an linen slipcover (left) and a fabric purchased in Marrakech (right). The rag rug is from , the steel-framed sliding doors are by , and the wall hanging is a 19th-century suzani.
The sofas in the living room of this contemporary Hancock Park home are by , the 1950s chairs are Danish, the cocktail table is by , the end tables are from , and the antique stool was a Japanese rice box. The antique mirror is Indian, the mantel is original, the pendant is by , the floor lamp is by , and the sconces are by .
In the living room of Kris Ghesquière and Eva Claessens’s house in southeastern Uruguay, which they built on the remains of an 1810 roadside general store, the chair was constructed by a local carpenter based on a picture in a magazine, the vintage table in front of the sofa was found at an auction in France and the rug is from Iran; the yellow lamb sculptures are by , and the paintings and feather sculpture are by .
In the living room of an antique-laden apartment in Greenwich Village, the antique Swedish sofa and Baroque chair, right, are upholstered in fabrics, the armchair is 18th-century French and a vintage Persian Soumak rug from Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar rests on a sea-grass rug from . Among the items on the wall are an antique water-buffalo skull, 19th-century French gouaches and a drawing by .
In the living room of an Upper West Side apartment, the custom sectional is upholstered in a print and the custom sofa in a fabric is topped with a pillow in an fabric. The table lamp is by , the floor lamp is by , the rug is Persian, and the cashmere throw is by .
In the living room of Steven Gambrel's Chicago apartment, the custom sofa, in a fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer–and-shagreen sideboard is French, the 1950s Murano glass table lamp is by , the 1955 chandelier is by , the custom rug is by Beauvais, and the Venetian plaster walls are in ’s Stonington Gray.
John Robshaw's vibrant Connecticut house is overflowing with character: The living room sofa and its fabric are by John Robshaw for Duralee. The armchair, custom banquettes, and bone-inlay side table are all Robshaw designs, the cocktail table is from India, the table lamps are by , and the dhurrie is a custom design. An Elliott Puckette artwork sits on the mantel, which is painted in Yukon Sky by Benjamin Moore, and the large painting of a perfume bottle is by Doug Wada.
PR maven Christina Juarez's New York apartment is colorfully eclectic from floor to ceiling. In her living room, the vintage Milo Baughman sofa is in a velvet and a pair of 1970s chairs are in a velvet. The cocktail table and floor lamp are by , the side tables are by , and the pillows and rug are by . The portraits are by Kimberly Brooks.
The family room in a historic Long Island farmhouse boasts custom furnishings, including a sofa upholstered in a fabric, a tufted sofa in a weave, a leather ottoman and a pair of armchairs covered in a linen blend. The 1950s cerused-oak side table and 19th-century copper lantern are French, the curtains are of a fabric and the wallpaper is by .
Inside of the estate in Florence, Italy, a pair of 18th-century inlaid Tuscan tables flanks a doorway in a sitting room; the wooden arm-chairs are 18th-century Venetian, the floor lamps and straw curtains are by Ilaria Miani, and the19th-century lithographs depict scenes of India.
In a remote New Zealand surf town, architects Lance and Nicola Herbst ingeniously tuck a spacious weekend retreat amid a lush grove of exotic trees. In the living area of the house, designed in its entirety by the couple, the sofa is a custom design, and the fireplace by is set in a custom-made steel cabinet; the pendant light is by and the walls are sheathed in black-stained western red cedar.
Asked to update a beach house on Long Island that had become a mishmash after four decades of additions and renovations, David Mann decided to honor the past with its redesign. The den’s modular sofa is by , and the ottoman is covered in a hair-on-hide leather; the photograph is by Darren Almond, the floor lamp is vintage, the rug is alpaca, and the walls and ceiling are painted in ’s Super White.
When San Francisco residents Sam Hamilton and Jen Chaiken decided to buy a second home in Marfa, Texas, after holding their destination wedding nearby, they knew they wanted a layered aesthetic.
In the living room, a light fixture and a Navajo rug in the family room; a cabinet by holds an Ansel Adams photograph, and the walls are painted in .
In the West Village pied-à-terre of Los Angeles-based designers and , the daybed is by Rick Owens, the armchairs by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann are upholstered in an alpaca by and the side chairs are by Jean Prouvé.
In a contemporary home in Palm Beach, the living area is situated around a rug that mimics the ripple pattern a stone makes when dropped in water.
In the cozy guesthouse of a Montana home, the love seat is by , the cabinet is 19th-century Moorish and the cocktail table is a custom design. The footstools are by , the crystal chandelier is antique and the wallcovering is from . The carpet by is topped with a buffalo-hide rug.
In the living area of hairstylist Marcos Proença's São Paulo duplex, the sofa, upholstered in a , and the screen were made in the 1940s by Dinucci. The Louis XV-style armchairs are antique, and the 1930s footstools are Italian.
The colorful living room of Emmy Rossum's Manhattan apartment features armchairs by , a sofa by featuring a suzani throw by , a 1940s Maison Baguès cocktail table and an antique Persian rug.
In the living room of Meredith Melling and Zach Iscol's retreat on Martha's Vineyard has a stunning living room with a sofa by covered in a , Hans Wegner chairs upholstered in a and a walnut cocktail table and stool that are custom.
In the living room of this New York Hudson Valley home, which was decorated by , the 18th-century English Chippendale sofa and George II–style antique library chairs are covered in a damask. The mahogany library table is from the late 19th century.
Bold stripes of greenery and bountiful flowers captivate in the living room of fashion designer Christian Siriano's home.
The Manhattan home of interior designer and textile artist flaunts a living room with a circa-1790 American secretary, a pair of bamboo étagères that are from a Paris flea market and curtains of a . The screen is by de Biasi, and the vintage wicker stool is by Franco Albini.
This modern Mexican house amongst the trees is centered by a living room with a sofa, ottoman and chairs by Maxalto. The cocktail table and circular side table are by . The ceiling is paneled in walnut, the wall behind the sofa is clad in steel and the rug is an antique Persian.
In the living room of Evan and Ku-Ling Yurman's TriBeCa apartment, the mid-century furnishings include a pair of Nanna Ditzel chairs, a Hans Wegner armchair and a cocktail table by Hendrik van Keppel and Taylor Green, purchased at auction.
In Marisa Tomei's home, the living room sofa is upholstered in a Kuba textile, the Milo Baughman swivel chair is covered in a fabric by , the floor cushions are covered in a and an , the cocktail table is custom made and the sconces are by .
In the living room of a Manhattan apartment, a pair of 1960s chairs from John Salibello is in a , the custom sofas are covered in , and the Karl Springer cocktail table (foreground) is from ; the 1960s stainless steel chairs and cube are by Maria Pergay, the table lamps are by , and the curtains are of a silk-cotton blend; the artworks on the wall are by (from left) Richard Prince, Rudolf Stingel, George Condo, and Elizabeth Peyton.