Beautiful living room ideas

The living room is where we spend most of our time – and it’s certainly the space our visitors see the most of. Get inspired to create a functional and stylish space with these beautiful living room ideas.

With the new year around the corner, we’re starting to see new interior design trends emerge: Think warmer colour palettes with green, earthy tones, layered natural materials and textures and softer, 80s-inspired furniture shapes.

Looking for living room decor ideas? We asked the interior design experts for their tips and ideas for a beautiful lounge room.

Create a lounge room that welcomes you and your guests into your home. Picture: Estancia Leather Co Collection/Coco Republic

The latest living room trends

Before you start searching ‘lounge room ideas’ on Pinterest and getting totally overwhelmed by the sheer volume of living room images, it’s important to go back to basics.

Ask yourself how the space is going to be used, as your design decisions and decorative choices will be influenced by the use of the space.

If it’s time for a major living room makeover, start with a statement sofa. Curvy, plump shapes are growing in popularity for lounges and occasional chairs, and their sculptural form is a great way to begin modernising your space.

Velvet and velour are here to stay, so if you’re only making minor decorative updates to your lounge room, try adding velvet with cushions in a rich earthy colour palette, or even a velvet ottoman or armchair.

Lounge room ideas in Australia: Curvy, plump shapes are growing in popularity for sofas and work well in a sitting room. Picture: Mellow Chair from Curious Grace. Photography by Deb Siew, styling by Anna Curnuck

Textural elements make a modern space

Looking for contemporary living room ideas? Texture is essential to nailing a fresh and modern living room design.

Interiors expert Jessica Viscarde from Eclectic Creative says, “This year we can expect to see a concentration on natural materials such as rattan and cane furniture, and flatweave style rugs incorporating blends of wool, jute, cotton and silk.”

Texture helps to give a space a comfortable feel. Picture: Hunting For George

Colourful clashes add life

When it comes to lounge room colour trends, Jessica says, “We can expect a warmer and richer colour palette incorporating blues (from cobalt to denim and everything in between), sage and deeper greens, terracotta and a rich array of timbers.”

Not sure how to work a new colour into your lounge room? Jessica suggests starting with a floor rug, artwork or something as small as a cushion or throw, and living with the colour for a few days to experience the piece in different light and settings.

Looking for an easy way to add colour to your living room? Try a coloured rug. Picture: Estancia Leather Co Collection/Coco Republic

Mixing materials for an eclectic feel

Updating your living room doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming, in fact, it doesn’t even have to involve a major furniture or colour overhaul.

Interior stylist and visual merchandiser at Curious Grace, Emily O’Brien, recommends “mixing materials and textures to create appeal and give your living space a modern eclectic feel”.

This can be as simple as adding a beautiful, textural rug in a neutral colour, or even introducing a new material to your coffee table like a chic matte black marble to break things up.

Add a mix of beloved trinkets to your coffee table. Picture: Freedom

Add character with homemade ceramics

An easy and simple way to update your living room to appear more homely and lived-in is to incorporate some natural look ceramics.

For a timeless decor update opt for ceramics in beautiful organic shapes – they never go out of date and you’ll have fun styling them in different spots around the room.

For timeless living room inspiration, opt for ceramics in beautiful organic shapes. Pictured: Roshi range ceramics from Curious Grace.

Maintain proportions

Maybe, like many city dwellers, you have a small living room and need to make the most of your space.

Decorating a small living can often feel more challenging than a larger space, however, the number of square metres you have doesn’t have to limit how stylish and inviting the room can feel.

Balance is key when it comes to living room design ideas, and it’s even more important in a smaller space.

Get the sizes and proportions right by considering the size and placement of key elements like your sofa, media units and storage, as well as how you will move about in the space.

Opt for neutral coloured flooring to keep the room feeling spacious, and add pops of colour in soft furnishings to create interest without clutter.

Looking for tips on how to decorate your living room? Add pops of colour in soft furnishings to create interest without clutter. Picture: Dwell Sofa from Curious Grace. Photography by Deb Siew, styling by Anna Curnuck

Give the appearance of space with mirrors

Looking for living room wall ideas to transform your interior?

Mirrors are regularly used for living room wall decor as they add light and ambience, as well as create the illusion of more space – especially if placed on the opposite side of the room to a window.

Shaped mirrors make for quirky details and can give the illusion of a bigger space. Picture: The Sisters Agency

Go big with wallpaper

If you’re thinking of trying out something bold but are worried about the cost (or even changing your mind), try removable wallpaper.

Easy to install and remove (as the name suggests), removable wallpaper is becoming more popular and is a super practical and affordable way to decorate your living room walls.

The best bit? It’s not permanent which is great if you’re a renter.

Removable wallpaper is becoming one of the most popular family room ideas around. Photo: Luxe Walls

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This article was originally published as Beautiful living room ideas by and is written by Erin Morris.