Decorate your living room using ideas from our favorite spaces. Browse photos of living rooms to discover new decor ideas, fresh color schemes, and smart furniture arrangements. Then start creating a living room that suits your needs, whether you want a calming space to relax, a room to have fun with family, a well-appointed space for entertaining, or a space that serves a combination of activities. From the grandest living rooms to the most intimate family rooms, you'll find looks in every decorating style: traditional and classic, modern and fun, cottage and sweet, plus ideas for Tuscan, country French, and eclectic living rooms. Discover ways to bring color into your living room, and find rooms and color schemes starring your favorite colors, including green, blue, red, and beyond. Plus, get ideas on how to pull a room together and how to choose furniture, colors, accessories, window treatments, and flooring that will come together to create a beautiful room that you'll love to spend time in. Living room decorating is easy when you draw inspiration from our favorite spaces.See More
With a warm color palette and a unique combination of traditional and contemporary furniture, see how this once drab living room was transformed into a simply elegant living space.
To bring a formal yet comfortable look to this living room, modern-style furniture was mixed with traditional accent pieces like the tables with turned legs and bookcase featuring an arched opening. The room was infused with bold pea-green walls which coordinated beautifully with the rich brown, soft blues, and elegant white accent pieces.
Quick Tip: To mix a traditional look with a contemporary vibe, choose pieces like this bold rug which features a classic damask pattern but is oversized to make it have a modern flair.
Make the Welcome Plate
-- Scan a leaf into your computer.
-- Print the leaf and "Welcome" onto waterslide decal paper. Let dry for 30 minutes.
-- Trim the excess paper from the decals so they fit onto the plate.
-- Soak the decals in water for about 60 seconds or until they begin to separate from the backing sheet. -- Position them onto the pate and smooth way any air bubbles (from the center, out).
-- When the decals are dry, apply three coats of oil-based polyurethane with a foam brush.
Personalize a wall with custom quotes like this one, which is nestled within a photo collage.
Make It Yours: Check out vendors like www.wonderfulgraffiti.com and www.whatisblik.com for ready-made and custom wall transfers.
Take advantage of an inset picture window by transforming it into custom window seat. By installing a length of cubbies it adds extra storage and creates a focal point for the room.
Savvy Storage: If you would rather hide your storage, consider lining coordinating chests that open from the top. That way you will be able to tuck away knick-knacks without guests knowing.
Elegant mix-and-match pillows featuring gorgeous fabrics in the warm color scheme dress up the window seat. To add a personal touch, make one-of-a-kind pillows with your family members' silhouettes.
A pub table makes a perfect spot to play games and gives importance to a small corner that might otherwise go unused. To brighten up the wall, a damask pattern was stenciled along the wall in a molten finish.
To achieve this classic look, follow these basic tips:
-- Work with a dry brush to prevent bleeding.
-- Dip brushes vertically into paint-medium, just enough to wet the bristles; then swirl and dap on an absorbent paper towel until most of the paint has been removed.
-- Eggshell-sheen paint is the nicest to stencil on.
-- Paint looks darker once the stencil is removed. Lift occasionally to check application, using a tape hinge at the top of the stencil to keep it lined up.
Scope local flea markets and garage sales for makeover-ready furniture like this old dresser that just needed a fresh coat of paint and some embellishments to revive its chic look. Check out its new look on the next slide.
To restore an old piece of furniture like this one, try these techniques:
1. Use Bar Keepers Friend cleaner and bleach water to cut through the decades of dirt.
2. Then use wood filler to conceal where the old pulls had been.
3. Sand for a smooth surface before adding a few coats of paint.
4. Top it off with pretty stenciled embellishments.
Savvy Storage: Don't be afraid to use out-of-the-ordinary storage -- like this dresser -- in your living room.