Living Design Ideas

The best room for gathering with your family and friends in a cosy environment is your living room or family room. You want to hang out where the lounge furniture is the most comfortable and sofas or chairs create a sense of homeliness. Filling this important space with cheap furniture is unlikely to bring you the same long-lasting comfort as a quality chaise lounge or a couch. These choices will directly affect the quality of your evenings as you wind down from the daily grind.

While planning a renovation or redesign, weigh up the priorities of seating, heating, an entertainment unit and bookcases. Identify your main activity in the room and and design around that. Many living rooms aren't complete without a fireplace, but if you can't accommodate that, invest in built-in or furniture that suits your home. Common trends include Danish furniture and other kinds of Scandinavian furniture. Plush sofas, recliner chairs and sofa beds will always be popular. Finally, when the big components are planned out, think about what colour scheme and decor will best suit you and your family. If needed, an interior designer can help here.

Should I include a fireplace in my living room or family room?


Depending on your climate, a fireplace might be a great way to add warmth and interest to your living space. Even if your location is warm year-round, you can always add a faux fireplace or nonfunctioning fireplace as part of your decor. There are many options to choose from, so be sure to check them out. A wood-burning fireplace gives an authentic experience, though a gas one still emits heat without the mess. A double-sided or corner unit strays from the ordinary, or you can go with a wood stove fireplace if you're looking for a piece of art. If you want a contemporary touch, veer away from the traditional wood or tile mantel by going with stone, concrete or metal instead.

What kind of built-ins should I add to my living room?


Although it might not seem glamorous, having enough storage is instrumental when it comes to keeping the room organised and practical. Built-in bookcases, shelves and cabinets are a great way to add hidden, functional storage for all the knickknacks you accumulate. Movie and gaming buffs will love a custom entertainment centre, with enough cabinets for movies, speakers and electronic accessories; you can even create a media room with a projector and lounge chairs! If you still have room to spare, include a booth for homework or craft projects.

How do I decorate my home interiors?


When it comes to decorating, neutrals are always the safe option because they look good and never go out of style. They also give any artwork you hang enough breathing space. If you do want to try out a bolder colour scheme, add colour with walls and accessories. That way, if you get sick of a colour, you can quickly repaint the walls and find new knickknacks, instead of having to replace your sofas every time trends change. Popular colours include blue, green and grey, but don't be afraid to try bright colours like red or yellow, even if it's just on an accent wall. Finally, make sure there is plenty of light. Recessed or track lighting are great ways to hit every corner — better yet, add more natural light by installing additional windows or a skylight.
Design ideas for a contemporary enclosed living room in Melbourne with a home bar, white walls, no tv and grey floor.

Peter Bennetts
Design ideas for a contemporary enclosed living room in Melbourne with a home bar, white walls, no tv and grey floor.
chill out lounge, sitting room , no tv , drinks on the window sill ;) - mahala_hughes

Design ideas for a contemporary open concept living room in Brisbane with white walls, medium hardwood floors, no fireplace and a freestanding tv.

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Design ideas for a contemporary open concept living room in Brisbane with white walls, medium hardwood floors, no fireplace and a freestanding tv.
Black roller blind, grey and green - ange_c79

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Contemporary formal living room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors, no tv and beige floor.

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Contemporary formal living room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors, no tv and beige floor.
timber top entertainment unit idea - allancartercabinetmaking

Beach style living room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.

Beach style living room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.

Design ideas for a mid-sized beach style open concept living room in Sydney with white walls, a standard fireplace, carpet, a stone fireplace surround and beige floor.

Thomas Dalhoff
Design ideas for a mid-sized beach style open concept living room in Sydney with white walls, a standard fireplace, carpet, a stone fireplace surround and beige floor.
Nice shiplack wall and painted brick fire place - carolyn_t1028

This is an example of a modern open concept living room in Sydney with white walls and white floor.

Matthew Densley
This is an example of a modern open concept living room in Sydney with white walls and white floor.
side wall, large painting - scarletcc12

Design ideas for a contemporary living room in Sydney with white walls.

Simon Whitbread
Design ideas for a contemporary living room in Sydney with white walls.
love the colour scheme. love love the painting. - catherine_gagar

Inspiration for a contemporary living room in Melbourne.

Inspiration for a contemporary living room in Melbourne.
Laisser mur blanc autour tv mais peindre couleur foncée ( marron foncé)?? A droite et à gauche de façon à créer comme une niche ( blanche) pour télé - eric_p_68

Design ideas for a beach style living room in Sydney with beige walls and beige floor.

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Design ideas for a beach style living room in Sydney with beige walls and beige floor.
The use of materials and light colours - wilsb17

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Small modern open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, a wall-mounted tv, grey floor and concrete floors.

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Like the ceiling floor and joinery - jezabelafuente

Large transitional formal open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

The subtle tones in the living area tie the living spaces together. The client selected all the finishes, fixtures and furniture. The wide oak engineered floor boards add a warmth to the room. Pam Morris Spectral Modes Photography
Two tone kitchen with large wood style floor tiles - mchouris

This is an example of a contemporary living room in Canberra - Queanbeyan.

This is an example of a contemporary living room in Canberra - Queanbeyan.
Shade screens for western sun - sarah_burke62

Photo of a traditional living room in Brisbane.

Photo of a traditional living room in Brisbane.
Floors, built in shelving, skirtings - wiz_zle

Design ideas for a large contemporary living room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.

Dan Hocking
Design ideas for a large contemporary living room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.
Clever integration of tv, fuel stove and wood storage - webuser_167536487

This is an example of a contemporary living room in Other with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace, a freestanding tv and brown floor.

This is an example of a contemporary living room in Other with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace, a freestanding tv and brown floor.
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This is an example of a contemporary open concept living room in Perth with white walls, a wall-mounted tv and grey floor.

This is an example of a contemporary open concept living room in Perth with white walls, a wall-mounted tv and grey floor.
minimal use of brick with black door framing - basiamc

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Photo of a mid-sized contemporary living room in Melbourne with brown floor, white walls, medium hardwood floors and a wall-mounted tv.

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Photo of a mid-sized contemporary living room in Melbourne with brown floor, white walls, medium hardwood floors and a wall-mounted tv.
idea for below tv unit - james_herraman

Photo of a large contemporary living room in Sunshine Coast with ceramic floors and grey floor.

Photo of a large contemporary living room in Sunshine Coast with ceramic floors and grey floor.