Seven Inspiring Living Room Decorating Ideas

Streamlined Shelves

Refresh your storage by taking the jackets off old books (load up at yard sales) to expose the stitching or covering your collection with coordinating papers.

Soothing Palette

Let the vibes flow from room-to-room with another clever paint tip. “I often paint a home one color throughout,” says Susana Simonpietri, interior designer and cofounder of Chango & Co. “Or, I’ll try the softest hue in the room that gets the most natural light, then work through the rest of the home with deepening shades of blue and gray.”

Slate and Copper

Mix metallic accents (we see you, adorable end table) with traditional wood pieces for added depth to your living room decor.

Subtle Pattern

Avoid future boredom with calm colors using texture and pattern. In a dreamy beach house, muted prints in the same palette keep a neutral room from looking bland.

Easy Access

An open floor plan like in this Connecticut cottage creates one large space for entertaining. Two columns (garage-sale finds from years ago) stand at the corners of the kitchen, anchoring the room.

Eclectic Mix

This Toronto home achieves balanced decor without being too matchy-matchy. The furniture and accent pieces are diverse, but the symmetrical design grounds the look.

Classic Elegance

Position your couch under an oversized window to allow the sunlight and outdoor scene be the focal point of an otherwise neutral room.