40 Living Room Inspiration Ideas – How And Where To Find It

Nobody really knows how to decorate a living room, not without doing some research first and putting their ideas in order. One of the first things to do is set your priorities and in order to do that you have to find the answers to some questions such as how do you plan to use the room, what type of ambiance do you prefer, where does your inspiration come from, do you have a favorite theme that you’d like to use, and so on. Naturally, the size and layout of the room are important as well. Because inspiration can come from anywhere and at any time, there’s no real logical set of steps that you should follow so let your own creativity guide you.

Color and texture are very important and there are many different ways in which you can take advantage of themView in gallery
Color and texture are very important and there are many different ways in which you can take advantage of them
Give your living room a theme and look for unique and interesting way to express itView in gallery
Give your living room a theme and look for unique and interesting way to express it
Turn an entire wall into the focal point of your living room with an eye-catching muralView in gallery
Turn an entire wall into the focal point of your living room with an eye-catching mural

The living room is a social area, the space where you welcome guests, where you spend time with the family but also where you relax and unwind on those lazy weekends when you don’t really feel like doing anything. Given all that, a living room needs to be flexible and to adapt to your needs and shifting priorities. A good way to cover all the bases is with multifunctional furniture which also works out great if you’re short on space and you want to squeeze as much functionality into a small area. As far as the overall decor and ambiance are concerned, perhaps you’d enjoy a feng shui living room which is ultimately more about the vibe than anything else.

Dark wall colors can give a room a comfortable and intimate vibe and are actually very stylish tooView in gallery
Dark wall colors can give a room a comfortable and intimate vibe and are actually very stylish too
Curtains have a big impact on a room, adding texture and color to it and making it appear extra cozyView in gallery
Curtains have a big impact on a room, adding texture and color to it and making it appear extra cozy
Display some artwork on the walls of your living room to give the space more characterView in gallery
Display some artwork on the walls of your living room to give the space more character
Earthy colors combined with soft fabrics and textures give the living room a welcoming lookView in gallery
Earthy colors combined with soft fabrics and textures give the living room a welcoming look
A pleasant mixture of warm and cool nuances brings harmony into the roomView in gallery
A pleasant mixture of warm and cool nuances brings harmony into the room
Neutrals work out great for modern and contemporary interiors which are often minimalisticView in gallery
Neutrals work out great for modern and contemporary interiors which are often minimalistic
The burgundy surfaces give this living room a sophisticated allure which is also emphasized by the golden accentsView in gallery
The burgundy surfaces give this living room a sophisticated allure which is also emphasized by the golden accents
Backlit mirrors make wonderful decorations  they also create a very pleasant mood View in gallery
Backlit mirrors make wonderful decorations they also create a very pleasant mood
If the colors are muted and plain, you can play with textures and patterns to make the decor stand outView in gallery
If the colors are muted and plain, you can play with textures and patterns to make the decor stand out
Play with open shelves to add dimension to the room and to fill empty spacesView in gallery
Play with open shelves to add dimension to the room and to fill empty spaces
The area rug can be one of the living room's best features as it really bring everything togetherView in gallery
The area rug can be one of the living room’s best features as it really bring everything together
If you opt for bold, vivid colors then it's . best to keep the rest of the decor simple and mutedView in gallery
If you opt for bold, vivid colors then it’s . best to keep the rest of the decor simple and muted
Symmetry makes spaces look familiar and welcoming so maybe you'd like to take advantage of thisView in gallery
Symmetry makes spaces look familiar and welcoming so maybe you’d like to take advantage of this
If you want something opulent and glamorous, consider gold finishes, velvet and busy patternsView in gallery
If you want something opulent and glamorous, consider gold finishes, velvet and busy patterns
Play with the geometry of the space to give your living room a playful and dynamic lookView in gallery
Play with the geometry of the space to give your living room a playful and dynamic look

It always helps to see the ideas that others came up with when they designed their own living rooms, just to gather more inspiration and to be able to make more informed decisions. This also helps to better visualize certain types of layouts, color schemed and furniture arrangements. You can learn a lot just by looking at an image and the more you look at it the more you discover. It’s the focal points that pop out at first and then you also start to notice other major decor elements. The little details are not as noticeable but don’t underestimate their importance. They’re the ones that tie everything together.

Focus on the sofa and seating in general if you're entertaining a lotView in gallery
Focus on the sofa and seating in general if you’re entertaining a lot
A large and spacious living room can include multiple seating areas and different zonesView in gallery
A large and spacious living room can include multiple seating areas and different zones
Use a large mirror to make your living room appear larger and also to maximize a beautiful viewView in gallery
Use a large mirror to make your living room appear larger and also to maximize a beautiful view
There's no rule saying a living room should only have one coffee table so be creativeView in gallery
There’s no rule saying a living room should only have one coffee table so be creative
Two or more smaller coffee tables give your more flexibility and are more practical than a single large oneView in gallery
Two or more smaller coffee tables give your more flexibility and are more practical than a single large one
Small living rooms can be very charming too. Just work with what you haveView in gallery
Small living rooms can be very charming too. Just work with what you have
Art comes in an infinite number of forms and is always subjective. Find a way to make that work in your living roomView in gallery
Art comes in an infinite number of forms and is always subjective. Find a way to make that work in your living room
Turn one of the walls of your living room into art galleries by displaying framed artworkView in gallery
Turn one of the walls of your living room into art galleries by displaying framed artwork
Add curves to your living room through furniture pieces and accessories in order to create a chic and inviting decorView in gallery
Add curves to your living room through furniture pieces and accessories in order to create a chic and inviting decor
Straight lines and angles can also look nice and sharp but they're best mixed with soft textures and materialsView in gallery
Straight lines and angles can also look nice and sharp but they’re best mixed with soft textures and materials
Never underestimate the importance of the little details such as the decorations and centerpiecesView in gallery
Never underestimate the importance of the little details such as the decorations and centerpieces
Mood lighting is essential in a living room so complement your ceiling lights with lamps and sconces
Mood lighting is essential in a living room so complement your ceiling lights with lamps and sconces
Modularity and flexibility are often very important and convertible furniture is excellent in that senseView in gallery
Modularity and flexibility are often very important and convertible furniture is excellent in that sense
It's nice to be able to easily move the furniture around depending on how you're using your living roomView in gallery
It’s nice to be able to easily move the furniture around depending on how you’re using your living room
A fireplace is always an amazing feature for a living room and the contemporary ones are really coolView in gallery
A fireplace is always an amazing feature for a living room and the contemporary ones are really cool
These wavy bookshelves cover up the entire back wall and that gives the living room a somewhat formal lookView in gallery
These wavy bookshelves cover up the entire back wall and that gives the living room a somewhat formal look
If you're going with a neutral color palette we suggest focusing more on the finishes to add diversity in this mannerView in gallery
If you’re going with a neutral color palette we suggest focusing more on the finishes to add diversity in this manner
L-shaped sectionals are nice and cozy but do influence the overall layout of the room quite a lotView in gallery
L-shaped sectionals are nice and cozy but do influence the overall layout of the room quite a lot
A living room can have more than one focal point without necessarily looking very busyView in gallery
A living room can have more than one focal point without necessarily looking very busy
We love the idea of a living room that doesn't have the usual big and chunky furniture pieces. It looks clean and modernView in gallery
We love the idea of a living room that doesn’t have the usual big and chunky furniture pieces. It looks clean and modern
Here's another cool example of how you can integrate large mirrors into a living room's designView in gallery
Here’s another cool example of how you can integrate large mirrors into a living room’s design
Floor and table lamps are often a must for living rooms because they provide wonderful ambient lightingView in gallery
Floor and table lamps are often a must for living rooms because they provide wonderful ambient lighting