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Living Room Ideas and Designs

Looking for living room ideas? Whether your living room is lacklustre, your lounge is limited in space, your sitting room is suffering from outdated decor or your front room is full of clutter, there are living room ideas and designs that will inspire you to breathe life into your living space. Discover small living room ideas to help maximise tiny spaces or layout ideas that will work with awkward shaped living rooms. Perhaps you’re struggling to decide on living room colours? Read on for help with colours, layout and design ideas, or find inspiration from the millions of living room photos on Houzz.

Living room wallpaper ideas


A good place to start when it comes to redesigning your living room is with the walls. While paint may seem the simplest choice, and easy to change, don’t discredit the design opportunities of wallpaper in living rooms. There are tons of great living room wallpaper ideas, from modern geometric patterns to traditional florals, and loads of ways to use them – you don’t have to cover the whole room or go for the ubiquitous feature wall. You could wallpaper only above the dado rail (if you have one), either side of a chimney breast, or behind a shelving unit to give your displayed items a stylish backdrop.

Discover more living room wallpaper ideas or if paint is more your style, there’s plenty of living room designs to discover when it comes to paint ideas; just browse through the huge selection of living photos and search for the specific paint you’re after if you really want to narrow it down.

Small living room ideas


When it comes to our living room design, we want it to feel as welcoming and personality-filled as possible, but that can be a struggle when we’re working with a small space. But not to fear, there are small living room ideas to help you make most out of what you’re working with.

A couple of small living room ideas can include: working with the height you have – installing floor-to-ceiling bookshelves or drawing the eye to the top of the walls with wallpaper; choosing space-saving or storage-incorporating (or both!) furniture, such as corner sofas with storage space under the chaise longue section; and keeping things symmetrical – a central fireplace with seating opposite, or seats facing each other, can give the illusion of a larger, more grand room. When it comes to the best decor for small living rooms, you can either choose to keep things light and airy to open up the space, or embrace the cosiness of the smaller area you have by going for warm colours and filling the room with your favourite accessories.

Living room layouts and choosing the right living room furniture


When it comes to the layout of your living room, it will depend on what pieces of furniture you have – but how do you choose what living room furniture to add, whether you’re refreshing your living room design or starting from scratch?

The best place to start is with the seating – one corner sofa will usually seat three to four people, and if that’s all you think you’ll need, then you can leave it at that. Placing your sofa along the longest wall helps to make the most of the space, but think about where you want the focus of the room to be, too. If you need more seating, look at armchairs that offer comfort but don’t take up too much space – cramming a room with too many large armchairs is something to avoid. But armchairs and sofas don’t have to be your only options – go for bean bags and floor cushions for an eclectic feel, pouffes and ottomans if you’re more traditional, and smart design chairs for contemporary living room ideas.

Coffee tables are always handy, but you can always add a couple of side tables if you don’t want to clutter the central space in front of seating with anything. If you centre your living room design around a fireplace or TV, then you might want storage and shelving to feature around the focus of your room. There are plenty of style options when it comes to TV units, and you can even go for bespoke living room storage units to make the most of the space if you want a sleek, built-in look. Keep reading below for more living room storage ideas.

Discover a huge range of living room furniture, as well as living room accessories, to help you finish your room design.

Living room design ideas


Struggling with what living room colours to choose, or what style to go with? While a grey living room design is popular at the moment, you might not want to go with the ubiquitous colour. Although, if neutral and contemporary are the living room ideas you’re after, a grey sofa or grey walls will give you a good base to work on. If you want to stay neutral, beige is not your only other option, either. Light yellows, taupes and soft greys will work. Why not try adding simple but plush cushions to your sofa and a rug in these colours to achieve a modern-traditional look?

For contemporary living room ideas, dark blues and greens are on trend, but if you don’t want to dive straight into the dark wall trend, you could opt for a couple of pieces of furniture, or go for dark-hued living room accessories instead. Whites, woods and pastels could work well for Scandinavian living room designs. If an eclectic living room is what you’re after, you could go for large print wallpaper, a statement lighting piece, vibrant rug and lots of colourful book or ornament displays. For a country feel, rustic carpet, stone hearths, comfy armchairs and traditional patterns in creams, greens and browns will give you that cosy cottage feel.

Living room storage ideas


It’s natural that our living rooms tend to attract lots of items and belongings seeing as they act as multipurpose living spaces. Whether you love to read a book; watch a film; let your children play with their toys; practise a craft like knitting or drawing; play a musical instrument or play video games in your sitting room, there will always be a need for a few extra living room ideas that can help you with storage.

Apart from the standard bookcases, side tables and TV units, there are a few other handy living room storage ideas you can invest in. As mentioned before, if you have the room and budget for it, a built-in storage unit could be the way forward. With a well-built unit you could hide your TV, DVDs, players, books, video consoles and all sorts away in one place. If you don’t quite have a large enough area for one, you could look at shelving – either side of the chimney breast is a great place to install shelving if you have one in your living room. And don’t forget living room furniture such as sofas, benches and ottomans that lift up to reveal hidden storage; providing seating and storing space at the same time. With the right storage solutions your living room design could open up and feel so much more spacious and stylish.

Discover more living room storage ideas by browsing these photos.

Once you have your living room storage, colours, design, layout and furniture sorted, all that’s left is to browse the millions of living room ideas on Houzz and save your favourites to an ideabook. If you’re still searching for specific living room ideas, check out the popular pages below:


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Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary living room in Cheshire with white walls, medium hardwood flooring, a wood burning stove, a freestanding tv and beige floors.

Craig Magee Photography
Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary living room in Cheshire with white walls, medium hardwood flooring, a wood burning stove, a freestanding tv and beige floors.
Chevron flooring for separation - andrewliamcahill

This is an example of a medium sized rural open plan living room in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.

Photography by Veronica Rodriguez Interior Photography.
This is an example of a medium sized rural open plan living room in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.
drawers as feature wall - bananacamel

Photo of a country living room in Oxfordshire with beige walls, medium hardwood flooring, a standard fireplace, a brick fireplace surround and brown floors.

Photo of a country living room in Oxfordshire with beige walls, medium hardwood flooring, a standard fireplace, a brick fireplace surround and brown floors.
wood accent - sherlaine_matuguina

Classic formal enclosed living room in London with beige walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.

Chris Snook
Classic formal enclosed living room in London with beige walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.
Living room ideas - svensonhanger1980

Classic living room in Other with beige walls and carpet.

Classic living room in Other with beige walls and carpet.
Colour scheme textured wallpaper - ullah_shaheen

Inspiration for a classic formal living room with white walls, medium hardwood flooring, a standard fireplace and brown floors.

Inspiration for a classic formal living room with white walls, medium hardwood flooring, a standard fireplace and brown floors.
Like curtains, coffee table, sofas and side tables - webuser_138328922

Photo of a medium sized contemporary open plan living room in London with white walls, carpet and beige floors.

Photo of a medium sized contemporary open plan living room in London with white walls, carpet and beige floors.
مدل میزش خیلی خوبه و کلا هم که رنگ روشنه خیلی خوبه ، مدل کفپوشش هم خیلی خوبه - pegah_arjmand

Design ideas for a contemporary living room in London.

Jack Hobhouse Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary living room in London.
nice frames with glass banisters - benrousseau

Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary enclosed living room in Other with white walls, light hardwood flooring, a ribbon fireplace, a wall mounted tv and beige floors.

Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary enclosed living room in Other with white walls, light hardwood flooring, a ribbon fireplace, a wall mounted tv and beige floors.

This is an example of a contemporary open plan living room in London with blue walls, light hardwood flooring, no fireplace, a freestanding tv and grey floors.

This is an example of a contemporary open plan living room in London with blue walls, light hardwood flooring, no fireplace, a freestanding tv and grey floors.

Design ideas for a traditional formal living room in London with grey walls, light hardwood flooring, a standard fireplace and no tv.

Emma Lewis Photography
Design ideas for a traditional formal living room in London with grey walls, light hardwood flooring, a standard fireplace and no tv.
Paint above and below picture rail. Cabinet - georgina_ashworth

Large bohemian open plan living room in Other with grey walls, no fireplace, medium hardwood flooring and brown floors.

Zac and Zac Photography
Large bohemian open plan living room in Other with grey walls, no fireplace, medium hardwood flooring and brown floors.
Orange with splash of blue? Pink in carpet - fideltorreiro

Inspiration for a large traditional living room in London with white walls, medium hardwood flooring, a ribbon fireplace, a built-in media unit and brown floors.

Inspiration for a large traditional living room in London with white walls, medium hardwood flooring, a ribbon fireplace, a built-in media unit and brown floors.
Positioning of couches - nzimu

Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary enclosed living room in Buckinghamshire with a reading nook, white walls, light hardwood flooring, a concealed tv and beige floors.

Jonathan Bond Photography
Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary enclosed living room in Buckinghamshire with a reading nook, white walls, light hardwood flooring, a concealed tv and beige floors.
Like the chairs - gary_albans

This is an example of a scandi living room in Manchester.

Mike Dinsdale / Midi Photography
This is an example of a scandi living room in Manchester.
Wooden trunk as table. Useful for storage ( obvs of less needed items!) - melissawhiteley2012

Inspiration for a contemporary living room in London with beige walls and a two-sided fireplace.

© ZAC and ZAC
Inspiration for a contemporary living room in London with beige walls and a two-sided fireplace.
Lots of space, well lit and carpet pattern - togunlesi

This is an example of a medium sized contemporary enclosed living room in London with grey walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.

This is an example of a medium sized contemporary enclosed living room in London with grey walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.
small lounge space - molly_byham

This is an example of a medium sized modern open plan living room in London with beige walls, light hardwood flooring and brown floors.

This is an example of a medium sized modern open plan living room in London with beige walls, light hardwood flooring and brown floors.
Honey tones and suite - zan_davenport

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