12 Living Room Interior Design Ideas to Enhance Comfort & Beauty
As the centrepiece, or the crown jewel of your house, designing your living room the way you want it is vital to establishing the vibe of the rest of your home. While establishing a suitable office space, kitchen and bedroom are important parts of interior design, the living room is a place you would tend to have meals, relax or host guests during events. Your living room interior design should reflect the qualities of you and your family, and here at Space Design, we can help you do that.
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The Minimalistic Look
While colour and patterns can exude warmth and impose your family’s personality on your home, there are benefits to minimalism in a living room’s interior design concept. Showcasing a spectrum of white, grey, and black shades can reflect a sense of calmness in yourself and your family members that may help reduce stress and worries in your everyday lives. As the younger generation starts to grow older and buy homes for themselves, minimalism in interior design is a key functionality in their concepts for living. Using black, white, and, grey tones can also make cleaning easier as a whole; due in part to how easily stains show up. The lack of extensive painting or patterning can also make this form of living room interior design cost less compared to other concepts. We recommend using a large-tiled grey or white wood floor alongside black or dark grey furniture to offset the tone of the flooring.
The Ethereal Look
A stark contrast to the minimalism of the last idea, the ethereal look roughly translates to an interior design concept based on white/cream tones, with a secondary coloured tone for depth. The ethereal image is one of comfort and simplicity and can be considered timeless as far as living room interior design ideas go. More often than not, you would choose a colour of your liking and surround it with cream or white tones, making the coloured piece of furniture or fixing stand out. Much like the minimalist design, this living room idea is both easy to clean and cheaper in installation due to the lack of painting required. One can expect to come home from work and fall asleep on the couch while watching television with an ethereal look in their living room. We recommend using cream-coloured marble flooring, with white wood-based furniture and a specific colour of your choice to offshoot the rest of your living room’s design.
The Rustic Look
Take a trip down memory lane every time you enter your living room with the rustic look. This rustic interior design concept reflects a sense of homeliness and an unsophisticated way of living. Choosing this form of living room design allows you and your family to focus on the important things, without many distractions around to pull you away from the present. This form of design uses varying tones and textures of wood to mimic homes from decades ago. As with the minimalist interior design, the rustic look consists of less clutter and furniture, instead fixating on more efficient forms of storage. You can expect to use a large amount of wood in your fixings instead of metal or plastic, with the natural colour and texture of the wood forming the base colours of the room. We recommend either an off-colour hardwood or marble for the flooring, with a limited amount of wood-based furniture and warm lighting to complete the look.
The Luxurious Look
If you ever dreamt of living in a palace when you were older, this may be the interior design idea for you. This concept focuses on combining practicality, functionality and luxury in a single living room. This living room interior design reflects a sense of splendour and space, perfect for impressing your guests. This design focuses on using eclectic furniture and fittings from a variety of styles in a match colour scheme. While using bigger, grander forms of lighting and furniture, practicality can be achieved by limiting the number of items in the room itself. Marble finishing can be used as the base of your flooring and tables to showcase grandeur. We recommend using cream, with silver and gold offsets in the room, alongside mirrors to give the illusion of a greater amount of space in the living room.
The Faux-Nature Look
Sometimes incorporating nature into your living room can be a complicated process, especially for those who live busy lives and are unable to care for plants on a consistent basis. This is where the faux-nature look comes into play. This idea uses artificial plants to give the impression of a nature-filled living room. By using artificial plants, you can enjoy the comfort and relaxation that nature can bring without all the hassle of feeding and watering the plants. Similarly to the rustic look, the faux-nature idea uses varying shades and textures of wood to great effect. The wood-based furniture and potential flooring can highlight and complement the different shades of green of the artificial plants incorporated in your living room. We recommend using warm lighting, a cream-coloured marble or a hardwood floor and a spectrum of artificial plants to your liking.
The Coastal Blues Look
How many times have you gone to the beach and soaked in the sun while the blue water splashed against the beige sand and you wished for that moment to last forever? If you are a beach person and long for that coastal ambience, then this living room interior design is for you.
The coastal blues design theme can give you the ambience of the cool sea and the light sand right in your living room. Choose light tones like white, cream, and beige for the walls and main furniture. Then add in different shades of blue to achieve the coastal view. Wicker baskets and cane furniture when incorporated into such interior enhances the beachy ambience. A few large leafy plants and some flowers in shades of blue can add the finishing touches to an earthly and beachy living room.
This image shows how you can incorporate the coastal theme into your living room interior design. Notice how the carpet is also in theme with the rest of the interior. The abstract carpet design and wall painting add a contemporary and elegant touch to the interior.
The Comfortable Style Look
Choosing a particular interior design style for your living room does not mean that you have to follow it blindly, without giving your personal touches. Whether you choose a Scandinavian style or modern theme for your living room, you have all the power to customize it according to your preferences and make it a comfortable and relaxing abode.
This is the theory behind this living room idea which is a combination of comfort and style. On the first look, the living room may appear as a variation of the Scandinavian style. However, it is a combination of the Scandinavian interior, incorporating some earthy hues, and the luxurious theme which together exude a comfortable and welcoming vibe. The cozy leather sofas and the large LED TV offer a comfortable and relaxing experience. Whereas the decorative elements displayed everywhere and the contemporary chandelier add a touch of style to the space.
The Scandinavian Farmhouse Look
As discussed earlier, a particular design theme encompasses its specific characteristics which can be changed and substituted with other elements depending on your personal choices. The Scandinavian Farmhouse living room is an example of such an interior that is unique in its own and combines a couple of opposing design themes.
The Scandinavian interior showcases a contemporary, elegant, and sophisticated look whereas a farmhouse living room reflects the aesthetics of country areas and gives a rustic and rural vibe. When these two apparently opposite themes are put together, the result is a beautiful and elegant interior.
As seen in the following design portfolio, the glass partitioned area in the living room and the neutral color palette are all in accordance with the Scandinavian interior design theme. The comfortable sofa, the rustic rug, and the wooden floors give a comfortable and farmhouse vibe in the interior. You can even add a few colorful cushions to brighten up the space and create a lively yet cozy and elegant living room.
The Muji Scandinavian Look
If the Japanese philosophy of Zen and the balance of energies inspire you, then this Muji Scandinavian living room design is the one for you. The Muji interior design originates from the Japanese Zen religion which focuses on the philosophy that there are positive and negative energies that must be balanced to create comfort and cohesion in your life.
The main philosophy behind the Muji interior design style is exquisite minimalism in the form of iconic decorative pieces, decluttered space, and lots of natural and organic elements.
The Scandinavian theme tries to bring the Nordic ambience into the interior by using neutral tones and clean lines in the interior. When both these interior design themes are combined, the result is a beautifully balanced interior that is neither dull nor boring. It has just the right amount of colors to lighten up the mood without going overboard. All elements are balanced while keeping the Zen philosophy in mind to create a cohesive space. Balance, cohesion, and harmony are just the words that come to mind when you see this beautiful and sophisticated living room.
The Homey Simplicity Look
No matter how luxuriously you design your house with exquisite decorative elements and classic pieces, at the end of the day, you want calm and tranquility in your home. And this is especially true for a living room where more often than not, we relax, watch TV, and have a relaxing time with the family. Therefore, a living room should ideally be a space that is not only beautiful but cozy and homey. This is where the homey, simple living room interior design fits in the picture.
This homey simplicity look calls for simple furniture that is comfortable yet elegant. It comprises a few artistic elements to bring a touch of beauty into the interior. The colors used in the interior are predominantly neutral with a few bright colors and patterns that give a homey feel in the space. Such an ambience is also achieved with the use of lots of fabrics and textiles like carpets, sofa throws, and cushions. The space must be decluttered so as to avoid the visual mess and be calming for the nerves. Moreover, this living room also implements minimalism to some extent so that clutter is reduced and the space gives a relaxing ambience.
The Bright Scandinavian Look
The Scandinavian interior design style creates a beautiful and sophisticated space but if we were to follow its theme strictly, the room could become a bit dull and washed out. With light neutral colors like creams and beiges, and furniture and other elements being simple and elegant, there would be no pop of color or brightness in the interior.
This problem can be solved by this particular design theme in which a bright and uplifting version of the Scandinavian design is implemented in the living room. As the name suggests, this design style incorporates some characteristics of the Scandinavian design theme and certain other characteristics that make the ambience of the room bright and lively. This can be achieved by using contrasting colors with the muted tones of the interior. For example, black, dark blue, brick red, maroon, and orange create striking contrasts with white, cream, and beige shades. You can add a few colorful flowers and green plants to get a lively ambience.
As shown in the following portfolio, a bright Scandinavian living room outlook is achieved by adding a contrasting black and white carpet. The off white walls and the oak wood furniture also create a contrast with the carpet and black door borders; hence enhancing the brightness of the room.
The Artistic Look
For a more lively and fun living room, a typical sophisticated interior design style like modern mid-century or minimalist will just not suffice. For that, you would need a few more fun and artistic elements in the interior to give a lively outlook while still being elegant and sophisticated so as to distinguish it from retro design style. The artistic look of the living room interior design style embodies elegance and abstract art to create a well-balanced and beautiful interior.
As an inspiration, consider the following design portfolio that features a living room that, on first sight, appears to be Scandinavian but a closer examination reveals that there are several artistic touches throughout the space. The retro wall paintings in cool, pastel colors overlook the beautifully designed table that gives the impression of a piano. Similarly the use of bright yet cool colors like yellow, salmon, and green gives a very fun vibe to the atmosphere of this living room.
Settling on an interior design concept for your living room can be a stressful process to undergo. This is why we highly recommend speaking to an experienced interior design company such as Space Factor so that we can help you bring your dreams to reality. Whether it’s a minimalist look or a luxurious look, our expertise in the field can refine and improve your ideas and concepts. Contact us now for a conversation on how we can help you.
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