Living Room Ideas

Revamp your living room, lounge or sitting room with these inspiring ideas from planning and design to decorating.
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A cosy TV room in the Margate home of an interior designer
Interior designer Natasha Lyon of Appreciation Project shows us around her colourful Margate home and reveals a clever, cost-effective hack to refreshing her living room furniture. Link in bio for a full tour... #housetour #interiordesigntip #livingroom #tvroom
a living room filled with furniture and a fire place in front of a large window
Living room corner ideas
A corner sofa enables you to make the most of your space and it lends itself particularly well to open-plan living. It’s a brilliant styling device to zone your living room too. The bay window deserves a special mention here: the simplicity of black solid panel shutters mean they can either be opened or closed to let the light in or to block it out. Pictured: Darcy velvet corner sofa, House Beautiful collection at DFS
a living room with green couches and colorful pillows on the sofa, in front of large windows
Nature-inspired living room
This nature-inspired living room is bright and breezy yet calm and nurturing. A crisp sage green is the perfect companion to fuchsia and warm oak woods, alongside natural textures like jute. A leaning ladder shelf is a great way to display trailing plants.
a garden with lots of different types of plants and flowers in the middle of it
Lydia Millen reveals the clever sofa hack that saved her thousands
a living room with blue and green ombreaches on the walls, couches, coffee table, and bookshelf
Feature blues - ombre living room wall
An ombre wall is a really impactful idea if you're decorating with a tight colour palette. This living room wall mutates from a deep ocean blue through to a turquoise and finally a barely there white/blue. But no DIY here; an ombre painted feature wall is very much one for the experts.
a living room filled with lots of furniture and flowers in vases on the coffee table
Botanical green living room
There's an abundance of botanical references in this light and airy living room. The crisp apple green makes the perfect companion to accents of fuchsia and the pale browns of jute and rattan. This is a great example of how to introduce colour without splashing it across your walls.
a living room filled with furniture next to a window
Mauve and green living room decor
Colours found on opposite sides of the colour wheel, like red and green, are known as 'complementary' colours because they have a high contrast between them. A bright red and green combination would be quite saturated and vibrant, so this mauve and sage mix is a nice muted variation on the theme.
a room with blue walls and pictures hanging on the wall, along with wicker bar stools
Old/new blue living room decor
Blue has some regency connotations that lend themselves to decorating dramatic spaces with an old-meets-new quality. The brass and mustard yellows are a brilliant partner, and a third match here would be a postbox red. Note that this living room benefits from a lot of natural light, which helps to lift the deep indigo blue on the walls.
a living room filled with furniture and a large plant
17 living room colour combinations to consider
Choosing the right colour for your living room can carry a bit more weight than other design decisions because it's a room that is so well used, and often so multifunctional. Where the colour palette in your bedroom can largely be dictated by soothing shades, or a small bathroom can be a spot for experimentation, a living room needs to support moments of relaxation, work and entertaining for the whole family.
a living room filled with furniture and a skylight above the couch, coffee table
The best click-clack sofa beds to encourage flexible living
While a standard sofa bed uses a metal-action frame (a bed frame and mattress folded within its body that pulls out when needed, occasionally risking a pinched finger in the process), with click-clack sofa beds, both the seat and back fold forward to create a flat bed. The whole process takes a matter of seconds.
IKEA coffee table with nesting stools prototype
Where space isn’t a luxury, you’ll need a coffee table like this: it includes two nesting stools with hidden storage, and at the press of a button it will transform from coffee table height to dining table height. Watch a demonstration from Mauricio Affonso, Innovation Development Leader at IKEA of Sweden.
a living room filled with furniture and pictures on the wall
Blue gallery wall
We love the idea of using a single colour to create a cohesive gallery wall. To prevent it from looking too uniform, vary the size of your artwork as well as the thickness of the mounts. You could experiment with different woods on your frames too – deep blues work wonderfully with pale wood frames.
a living room with blue walls and white curtains on the window sill, coffee table and sofa
Ombre walls
An ombre wall is a really impactful idea if you're decorating with a tight colour palette. This living room wall mutates from a deep ocean blue through to a turquoise and finally a barely there white/blue. But no DIY here; an ombre painted feature wall is very much one for the experts.
Blue living rooms: fabulous ideas to inspire a makeover
Blue is one of the most versatile colours to use in the living room, and lends itself to a multitude of design styles. If you're considering a living room makeover, here are 12 ways to decorate with every shade of blue.