7,062 Living Room Design Photos

Depending on your home layout, your living room can serve many different functions. If you have a family room, it is often a formal sitting area or parlor used for reading, relaxing and entertaining guests. If it's the only living space you have, it's also used for watching TV, playing games and spending time with family. Regardless of its purpose, any good space has a comfortable sofa or sectional, a coffee table and a focal point, such as a fireplace or entertainment center (maybe even both!). More 
James McCalligan Architect
6 Reviews
James McCalligan Architects Portfolio
Ideabooks1,519
Questions2
“False ceiling” — sasisatish
Clayton&Little Architects
1 Review
Foster Residence
Ideabooks1,084
Questions5
Photo by Casey Dunn
“Blue chairs” — cmshiel
Emma Hooton Ltd
Joinery
Ideabooks696
Questions2
Martin Gardner www.martingardner.com
“bulkiness of the coaches” — gracelukhele
North America's Largest Custom Marble & Bronze Designer
We are one of the world's largest online custom marble & bronze designers for commercial and residential applications. We are an International company and sell world wide!
Sponsored
Chris Snook
3 Reviews
Croxted Road - Dulwich
Ideabooks543
Questions1
Photo: Chris Snook © 2014 Houzz
“b&w striped rug, pink pillows on white, open spaces” — renee202
Spacecrafting / Architectural Photography
9 Reviews
Great Neighborhood Homes - Spring Parade of Homes #307 - Edina, MN
Ideabooks13,950
Questions16
Mike McCaw - Spacecrafting / Architectural Photography
“blue color of chairs in dining area” — lvchittick
Savvy Interior Design
17 Reviews
Family Room
Ideabooks417
Questions2
“Note height of tv above buffet” — rskiwi
Robertson Lindsay Interiors
3 Reviews
Fife steading conversion
Ideabooks370
Questions2
www.interiorsphotographyscotland.co.uk
“Chimney breast” — helenbarrett
Contemporary Living Room
Ideabooks511
Questions2
“floor lamp” — jkerr17
Renovating in Ashburn? Contact a local pro
KSA Kitchens
Loudoun County Kitchen & Bath Designer
Best of Houzz 2014
View my projects
Details Interiors, LLC
Loudoun County Interior Designer
Best of Houzz 2014
View my projects
As you start your living room remodel, think about the space's overall purpose. If it's going to have a more formal feel, adding an elegant fireplace mantel might be a worthy investment, while a built-in TV console would work best in a more low-key setting. Once you determine the overall tone, consider what kind of storage would work best. Built-in bookshelves and cabinets are great additions, regardless of formality, while a desk, table or booth ensure there is plenty of space for family game night or homework help. Finally, be sure to bring some personality to the space by including fun decor, such as rugs, artwork, curtains and lighting.

What should I use my living room for?


If you already have a family room for more low-key activities, your living room can act as a more sophisticated setting for hosting and entertaining. To get the look, buy a bar cart, formal furniture like wingback armchairs and chesterfield sofas, and mahogany wood bookshelves and coffee tables. Use the fireplace as your focal point by opting for an eye-catching, sophisticated mantel. On the other hand, if it's your primary living space, it should be used more like a TV room, complete with sofa sectional, media console and gaming spot. In the end, think about your needs; after all, a family with small children will use a playroom more than a formal sitting room.

What kind of built-ins should I add to my living room?


Because this room serves many purposes, be sure to incorporate plenty of shelves, cabinets and drawers to accommodate all your goodies. While more expensive, built-ins are the best way to do this, since they take up less space and are often customized to meet your needs. A built-in entertainment center is great for housing your TV, movies, video games and small electronics, while bookcases keep your books, picture frames and knickknacks in check. A desk, booth or large table can act as a craft station or homework spot, while a window seat can quickly become your go-to reading or nap station.

How do I decorate my living room?


When decorating your space, don't be afraid of bright colors, but don't go overboard either. Stick with neutral sofas, armchairs and ottomans and go bold with accessories — that way, you can easily swap out the small things when a new color scheme is in order. Picture frames, rugs, throw pillows and curtains are all great for adding color, while mirrors, table lamps and ceiling lights can help light flow throughout the space. Hang colorful artwork on the walls, and even add an accent wall by choosing a trendy new paint color.
© 2014 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™