You spend a lot of time in your living room, so it not only needs to look great, but it needs to be functional and comfortable. Blending all three things can be tricky, but we've got plenty of ideas to inspire you. Need ideas for other areas too? Our bedroom and bathroom galleries will get you ready for a full house reno!
Think red, white, and blue feels too patriotic? Not when it's paired with geometric lamps and a neutral, patterned rug.
Geometric Pendant Light, $360, jossandmain.com
A pine mantel frames the cozy hearth in this farmhouse living room. Along with apron sinks, Windsor chairs, and tin sconces, an assortment of baskets ups the home's rural charm.
Woven Storage Bins, $21, jossandmain.com
Who says backsplashes are just for your kitchen? Try tiling your fireplace — blue and white if it's a beach house, obvi.
Blue Slipper Chair, $300, target.com
Dark beams add contrast to high and light ceilings. Add a gothic-inspired chandelier to ground it even more.
Elegant furniture juxtaposed with exposed brick walls feels cool and lived-in. Add statement art to break them up.
This rustic great room was built to resemble a converted barn. And those windows, though.
Raw-poplar walls give the feel of "a fisherman's shack." We're forever on island time.
A pendant lamp adds to the jewel-box effect of this lush living room. Even though they used contrasting colors, the darker tones keep it from feeling too bold.
The trompe l'oeil paintings, such as the scrolls that frame the windows in this living room, help break up large walls. You don't have to worry about hanging art in this space.
The mosaic Moroccan tiles are the focal point of this blue-and-white living room. They add an exotic touch to a beach house.
Want the coziest living room ever? You need a velvet couch.
Nothing says nautical more than blue, but it can get way too monochromatic, fast. Use varying shades of blue (and even some touches of green) to keep your space more intriguing.
Lavender walls help this otherwise busy living room feel calm. Chinese ancestral paintings hang over the sofa, framed by ginger jars on wall brackets, and the sofa is upholstered in an overscale ikat.
It's what happens when you create a jungle inside a bungalow. No, we're not just trying to make fetch happen here.
Create a cozy cottage feel with an intimate grouping of furniture. Also, this vintage root table is everything our wood coffee tables aspire to be.
The ultimate bohemian formula: bold wallpaper, patterned pillows, a sheepskin rug, and greenery. Now go and live your best boho life.
This floor is covered in 10 different vintage Moroccan rugs for an inviting feel. To recreate the look, make sure you choose all comfy, durable fabrics.
To up farmhouse vibes, install shiplap. Joanna Gaines would totally approve.
Yellow upholstery will make sure your living room is always sunny, no matter what the weather is outside. Keep the rest of the room white and it'll feel even brighter.
Lacking on space? Permission to forgo the traditional coffee table/sofa setup. A fireside table is the coziest spot for reading or a casual dinner.
The eclectic mix of vintage armchairs, a blue-glass mirror, and a glass-topped rattan side table is total '70s vibes. With a style like this, the bolder, the better.
If you've got tall ceilings, you need a statement chandelier. This modern chandelier picks up the gold accents in the room.
Though the walls and floors in this cottage are neutral, patterned chairs give it a pop. Bright pillows on the sofa add to the tropical feel.
An L-shaped couch not only looks cool, but it makes a corner living area way more functional. To make it stand out even more, choose a bright color.
Here's how you get paneling when your house has none. Red leather nailhead trimming creates the look of wall paneling in this living room.
An understated palette means you can focus on incredible interior architecture and dramatic statement pieces. Can we talk about those beams, please?
Add vibrant color without it overpowering your room by painting bookshelves. It'll accent the room, but not be the focus of the room.
Shiplap over a fireplace and built-in bookshelves feels cozy and inviting. Beach vibes for days.
This living room is simple, clean-lined, and inviting, with a little bit of glamour and a lot of comfort. To highlight the architectural details, the moldings are painted in high-gloss white.
This living room was blessed with original Beaux-Arts plasterwork and parquet, but you can still recreate a French-inspired room at home with a linen-covered bergères and a Louis XVI side table. Vintage curtains and a crystal chandelier complete it.
Weave the color throughout your room in a mix of tones and textures. Wicker furniture ups the coastal feel even more.
Ceilings this high call for overscale lights. This pendant — satin ribbon wrapped over a metal frame — has a feminine glamour and feels like it's floating above the room.
This black and white palette is softened with neutrals and natural textures. Add fresh flowers for a pop of color.
Create a cozy spot for two with comfy chairs. Group them by the fireplace and head off to hygge heaven.
We can't all have a view of the California countryside, but you can recreate the interior. Think leather sofas, dramatic drapes, and a statement chandelier with candles.
Why should your walls have all the fun? Keep the room light and add pattern in your floor, instead.
Blue and white = the ultimate summery living room. Now if only we could really have year-round summer.
Monochromatic can feel refined, but it's easy for it to get boring. To keep it interesting, texture is key.
Pops of yellow and fuchsia keep this neutral room feeling fresh. Add some foliage, and it'll be full-on tropical paradise.
Vivid fabrics make a living room feel fun and playful. To keep it from feeling too busy, keep everything in the same color palette.
Tile? Please. The star in the living room is a hand-painted lily-pad pattern that covers the floor.
Gray doesn't have to be blah — it can actually have a calming effect. A lucite-and-glass table adds a jewel-like accent to the muted tones.
Thirty-inch buoy lights hang from ropes in the chic beach house of your dreams. A pair of antique French chairs are upholstered in natural linen.
If you've got dark beams, paint walls white to brighten up your room. And if you're going for cozy, comfy seating is a must.
If you're lacking in natural sunlight, paint walls an azure blue and use two coats of clear high-gloss varnish. It looks brighter as a result.
Instead of one large coffee table, try two drum tables. They can be easily moved wherever you need them.
Create a glamorous, exotic feel in your living room with a Moroccan-style rug, patterned sofa, and ruffled curtains. They give you a sense of fantasy and femininity.
In this living room, one side of a back-to-back sofa faces the room, and the other side looks out through folding glass doors toward the swimming pool. The club chair has ivory-and-gray strapwork that echoes the crossbeams of the architecture.
Chinoiserie panels on tea paper, gilt brackets with blanc de Chine canisters, and a red lacquer bamboo coffee table give this space an eclectic elegance. Keep colors neutral, or else it could look too busy.
Lavender, chartreuse, and aqua look bright and cheerful in a living room. They're bold colors, so stick to using them as accents.
If you've got a killer view from your living room, choose a sofa with a low back so it doesn't block it. Then, add lots of pillows to make it a bit more comfy.
Dark stone floors contrast with whitewashed cedar walls. An industrial coffee table and and blackened steel accents add earthy touches to the neutral palette.
Boring living room? Pass. Have some fun by playing with color, pattern, and a seriously awesome chandelier.
For a clean, fresh look, paint walls white, but make sure you add pops of color in pillows or a rug. That way, it won't look too cold and stark.
Blue and white? Check. Greenery? Check. Patterned pillows and rug? Check and check.
A barrel-vault ceiling creates a cozy, intimate atmosphere. A warm wall color ups the vibe even more.
Blue drapes feeling calming and tranquil in a living room. Plus, they add color to a neutral space.
Why would you ever want to be indoors if you've got a beach house? Colorful upholstery and eye-catching pattern are a must.
Even if you don't have a stone wall, you can still recreate the wall of blue and white plates. A vintage cabinet and chinoiserie jars complete the look.
White tufted chairs and creamy linen window treatments are a neutral backdrop for red slipcovered wing chairs. A reclaimed wood table adds a rustic touch.
No, it's not just for your grandma. Pair bright chintz prints with a geometric coffee table to help it feel fresh and modern.
If your living room is full of windows, keep the decor simple and neutral to let the view standout. Add some billowing curtains and it'll feel even more elegant
Turn your living room into a Scottish castle with darker tones and tartan upholstery. A lacquered chest helps it feel modern.
If you're not into having a TV as the focal point of a living room, there's a sneaky solution. Hide a flat screen behind a painting.
If you want to stay away from bright color, ground an all-white room with tan and black accents. (If only we could actually afford that Hermes blanket, though...)
Orange combined with white and reclaimed wood creates a Tuscan feel in a living room. Add some wrought iron and greenery and now all that's missing is a bottle of red.
Antique Portuguese tiles make the minimalist hearth the centerpiece of this Swedish-inspired living room. It set the cool, muted color palette for the rest of the room.
Heavy furniture and rugs can detract from what's outside your windows. Keep everything light and airy and your eyes will go right out the door to the view.
A grid of mirrors makes a small space feel larger. Keep tones warm to help it feel even brighter.
From kaleidoscopic Moroccan tiles on the fireplace to pillows made from vintage textiles and sofas upholstered in two different fabrics — this living room plays on texture in a big way. Keep colors bold so they stand out even more.