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These are the 6 Living Room Design Ideas that Designers Swear By

Whatever the living room ideas you’re searching for – whether elegant, classic or contemporary, we have wonderful decor schemes to suit your home’s style and your color preferences. Plus, we have included a ton of added-value design advice, too. So whether your living room decor is expansive, open-plan, a shared home office space or on the compact side, there are looks to suit. Plus, of course, we have catered to a wide variety of styles, colour preferences, and budgets, and, as ever, there are ideas you can adopt quickly – and whole-renovation inspiration.


It’s possible to transform the core room in your home with a modest budget and minimal heavy lifting. Noz Nozawa, principal designer and owner of Noz Design, talks about how to be design savvy with Architectural Digest. “You can absolutely make meaningful improvements to your living space without completely overhauling what you have today,” the San Francisco–based designer says. Nozawa recalls rearranging, re-painting, and replacing items in her living room more times than she can remember. 


Another designer, Susannah Watts, owner and lead designer at Swatts & Co Design Studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan, speaks to Architectural Digest about being familiar with the sentiment that an outdated space can be spruced up with new living room design ideas. “You don’t need to knock down walls to knock the socks off your visitors,” she says. “A little paint, a little pattern, and a lot of daring and funky additions can totally recast a space.”


Highlighting the Coolest Element


Having a statement piece in the living room draws attention to it. It could be a fireplace, unique ceiling moulding, a cool light fixture, or even not-so-boring window sills. 


Rearranging Furniture


Arranging your furniture in a new way can spruce up your living space and make it feel new. Exploring a different seating and table arrangement, perhaps near a window, breathes new energy into a space. An increased WFH productivity may even be a welcoming side effect.


Moving Around Wall Art


Rotate your art as if you’re in a gallery. You’ll be amazed at the difference a simple tweak can make. Changing the location of your art can dictate a novel approach to transforming the rest of your living room space.Grouping of artwork from other rooms can curate a new aesthetic by pulling colours from the paintings into the pillows.


Adding Visual Intrigue


Making over your living space can be as easy as layering a coffee table with books or accessories. Add movement, even if it’s subtle. “It can be in the form of a ruffled ceramic bowl, a wavy tray, an imperfectly styled throw blanket, or in a floral arrangement,” according to Cindy Ngo, founder of Ink + Porcelain, a design studio based in Oakland, California. 


Creative Shelving


Give the built-in bookshelves extra TLC by incorporating wallpaper for eye-catching design in an unexpected place. The low-effort metamorphosis can be completed in a few hours or less, especially if you use peel-and-stick wallpaper. 


Investing in a Bright Large Rug


Ideally, all furniture should sit on the carpet perfectly. To make sure you are purchasing the correct size rug, arrange the furniture exactly as you want it placed in the room and measure how much space the perimeter surrounding the furniture takes up. If you can’t find a pre-made rug that suits your room, visit a carpet store and ask to have a broadloom carpet cut to the exact size you need. A bright rug can really pull together a whole room and jazz it up.