The living room serves many purposes. It's the hub for hosting friends and family, the cozy epicenter of movie nights and the relaxing setting for a Sunday afternoon at home. To achieve all these goals, it has to be comfortable and functional - but also look great at the same time.
With these living room decor ideas you can bring out your inner interior designer talents:
Get playful with the details
Have the most fun with the details: accent pillows, area rugs, fireplaces, lighting, artwork, mirrors, coffee table and so on. Using color, texture or style, you can let these pieces stand out without committing to them forever. These little additions are easy to change for different seasons, trends and moods.
Try all white
House Beautiful denounces any claims that white is boring, noting that the crisp color is timeless and makes your living room feel larger. Plus, white walls create more contrast when you pop with accent pillows, window treatments or other accessories. If white isn't your thing (and you’re worried about the kids’ dirty hands turning the walls grey), be sure to pick one main color for easy matching and decorating.
Install floor-to-ceiling statements
Lots of shelves create all kinds of opportunities to display your books, photos and decorative pieces in an organized manner. Consider taking them floor-to-ceiling to create a statement piece. House Beautiful suggests a fun addition: Lean a ladder against these shelves for a sophisticated touch. If you're already covered on the shelf front, consider creating a bar nook or another functional-yet-fabulous living room focal point.
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Plants add a fresh breath of life to your living room - literally and figuratively. They can help to increase the air quality in your home while also livening up an empty corner or neutral color palette. Take it a step further with natural, organic materials (think wood floors, stone, clay, sustainable furniture and handmade decor) that blend the outdoors with your indoor spaces. According to Elle Decor, sustainability and connections with humankind and nature will be major design trends throughout 2019.
Mix up the metal accents
Even if you're going for a minimal vibe, you don't have to limit your use of textures or shiny accents. The professionals tend to agree that a mix of two or three metals is timeless and tasteful and can create an easy-on-the-eye balance throughout the space.
Create a flow
Here's an insider secret from interior designer Katie Rosenfeld via Good Housekeeping: Flow is more about the type of pieces in your living room than it is where you place them. Rosenfeld suggests including at least one round piece, a few armchairs and a versatile element that can double as a side table and seating surface, for instance.
While you're in the decorating spirit, we have more ideas for sprucing up your home: