Secret to Living Room Decorating Ideas

Mix and match patterns, embrace bold colors, layer rugs, and so much more we have plenty of tips for decorating the space where you enjoy conversations with friends and family. No matter if you call it a living room, family room, den, or even keeping room, you’ve got that one room in your home, aside from the kitchen, that’s intended for both family and company. And we bet you want it to look both pulled together and comfortable. It’s possible to create a well decorated living room that will impress company and remain relaxed enough for your family to enjoy. Here are our best easy decorating ideas to create a living room that’s just right for you, whether that’s a more formal living room or a relaxed family room.

1. Reflect Your Surroundings

In this mountain home, interior designer Lauren Liess infused the living room with earthy color palettes and a tree-stump side table to create a cozy gathering space just as relaxed as the beautiful Blue Ridge setting. The living room had to be equal parts hangout spot, entertaining center, and functional pass-through. “I often use new upholstery but bring in quirky antiques like the Victorian armchair to add charm,” Lauren says.

2. Bring the Outdoors In

Don’t underestimate your living room’s greatest feature: the view. The two-story-tall window in this living room maximizes natural light. An undivided lower sash and a window seat take maximum advantage of the serene exterior view.

3. Hide Private Spaces

Use design elements like these louvered doors to make private spaces inconspicuous. “We needed a powder room in the part of the house where the living was going to happen, but having bathrooms right off living spaces is a real pet peeve of mine,” says architect Chris Sanders. In this Austin home, he helped design a wall of louvered doors that hide an almost 5-foot-wide powder room, a small wet bar, and a row of air vents that run across the top.

4. Use a Range of Textiles

In this Tudor renovation, designer Barrie Benson combined 10 different textiles and prints in a single, orderly viewpoint without flinching. “I’m not shy about mixing patterns,” she admits, “as long as the scale is significantly different.” Three boldly distinct but equally strong upholstery selections converse easily with one another in this mise-en-scène, and the lighthearted purple, pink, and white leopard print on the window seat cushion keeps pace with the other prints without overwhelming any of them.

5. Choose a Statement Sofa for a Large Room

A tufted chesterfield sofa covered in family-friendly Sunbrella fabric adds scale and traditional style in this farmhouse restoration. Tip: A large sofa needs large pillows ours are 26 inches square. Bonus Tip: Reinvent vintage finds in a new setting. Here, an old flat file cabinet works as a coffee table.

6. Salvage Original Materials

Salvage materials to add unique architectural features to your home. Doors, windows, and trim can be rescued from an abandoned home or found at an antique or reuse store. In this living room, simple Shaker-style cabinet doors from a lumber salvage yard mimic the look of a custom paneled wainscot for much less.

7. Splash on the Color

Don’t be afraid to try a rainbow of colors. This cheerful space incorporates lemon yellow, green, and tangerine. A neutral sofa and rug help keep the room grounded.

8. Hang Mini-Galleries

Hang mini-galleries throughout the house to maximize limited wall space and showcase art. Create groupings within her collection of artwork based on styles, weight, and frames. Use artwork wherever you see an opportunity above doors, between windows, or even wrapped around the TV.

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