Living Room Design Photos

A living room, often referred to as a lounge room in Australia and New Zealand, is the hub of the home. If you only have one living room in the house, it’s likely to serve multiple purposes: be it a place to watch TV, play games, spend quality time with family or hang out with friends. If you have the luxury of two living areas, one is usually a formal living room or lounge room, reserved for reading, relaxing and entertaining. A successful living room design is inviting, has enough seating for the whole clan – a comfortable couch is a must – and encourages conversation. Browse photos on Houzz for living room layouts, furniture and decor, and strike up a conversation with the interior designers or architects of your favourite picks. For even more living room ideas, check out the Stories section on Houzz.

Which living room layouts will work best for you?


Every living area will have design challenges. A long, narrow lounge room, for example, risks looking like a hallway if furniture is lined up against the walls. Instead, opt for small furniture items, like a cosy two-seater couch, and create various focal points throughout the space. In square living rooms, a symmetrical layout encourages a formal setting. Place seating on either side of the room, with a focal point in the middle to pull the room together. For a truly intimate vibe, replace your couch with some occasional chairs positioned around a coffee table or ottoman. This will make the main focus conversation. An open-plan home – one where the lines are blurred between kitchen, dining and living – may require a layout that focuses on definition. You’ll want to make sure furniture doesn’t block the flow between spaces, and instead use something like an area rug to create zones.

How can you decorate your living room?


The living room can be a place in which to show off your personality, but if you want a timeless living room scheme, stick to neutral walls, couches and ottomans. Colour can be added through accessories, and is a lot more interchangeable! Rugs, cushions and throws are great for adding colour, while mirrors, lamps and ceiling lights will set the mood. Make your living room unique by including family heirlooms and photos. For a polished look, try creating a coffee table vignette – you could use books as pedestals or group items together on a tray. Try adding a vase, a mixture of round and rectangular objects and some books.

What are some small living room ideas?


Small living room designs can be tricky to work with, but aren’t doomed to fail. Often, you just have to get creative with furniture. An open-back chaise can create a sense of spaciousness, while small side tables paired together can substitute a coffee table. Even better, an ottoman can be used as a footrest, coffee table or extra seating. Big furniture items like the couch are best kept in light colours, and if there’s room for a coffee table, a glass-top one is best. If you have two spaces in one – perhaps your living room sits in front of a single-wall kitchen – make sure they are connected by decor, colour and style. For definition, just add area rugs, or use your couch as a dividing wall. It’s worth having a few furniture pieces, whether a bookshelf, couch or entertainment unit, in the same colour as the walls, too, so they blend into the room and visually expand the space.

Is open-plan living for you?


Today’s homes often embrace open-plan living, whereby the living room runs off the kitchen and/or dining areas. Open-plan living allows greater functionality, but can risk creating a vast, soulless space if not done right. To avoid a cavernous feel in an open-plan design, define areas with furniture, rugs and lighting, or consider using a wall divider. Also be sure to keep flooring, lighting and materials consistent throughout, for cohesiveness. Noise may be an issue – someone banging pots and pans while you’re watching TV, for example – so include lots of soft furnishings, such as rugs, curtains and couches to help absorb the noise. You will also need to factor in plenty of storage, so mess is kept at bay.
This is an example of a contemporary open concept living room in Melbourne with grey walls, a ribbon fireplace, a tile fireplace surround and grey floor.

Coco Black living spaces are characterised by a moody colour palette that embraces rich colours and textures. Saturate your interior in deep muted colour tones. Styled in the Metricon Hampshire Show Home in Essendon, VIC.
Deep lounge on left - not colour - adam_grunsell

Inspiration for a beach style living room in Geelong with white walls, carpet and grey floor.

Inspiration for a beach style living room in Geelong with white walls, carpet and grey floor.
All pieces bar the wall & couch - webuser_1253374

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Design ideas for a contemporary enclosed living room in Sydney with white walls, a wall-mounted tv and beige floor.

Design ideas for a contemporary enclosed living room in Sydney with white walls, a wall-mounted tv and beige floor.

Inspiration for a contemporary living room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors, a ribbon fireplace, a brick fireplace surround and beige floor.

A&L Windows and painted bricks is the perfect living area combination.
Inspiration for a contemporary living room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors, a ribbon fireplace, a brick fireplace surround and beige floor.

Transitional formal enclosed living room in Melbourne with carpet, a standard fireplace, beige floor, beige walls and a metal fireplace surround.

Hocking Stuart Armadale
Transitional formal enclosed living room in Melbourne with carpet, a standard fireplace, beige floor, beige walls and a metal fireplace surround.
paint colour, mirror, glass coffee table - rdytor

Inspiration for a contemporary living room in Melbourne with light hardwood floors and no tv.

Inspiration for a contemporary living room in Melbourne with light hardwood floors and no tv.
Walls of chipboard and window seat - cs352

This is an example of a beach style living room in Geelong.

This is an example of a beach style living room in Geelong.

Design ideas for a midcentury living room in Melbourne.

Kat Lucas
Design ideas for a midcentury living room in Melbourne.
the angle of the chairs and small table in the middle - t_klason

This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, a ribbon fireplace, a metal fireplace surround, medium hardwood floors, a concealed tv and brown floor.

This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, a ribbon fireplace, a metal fireplace surround, medium hardwood floors, a concealed tv and brown floor.

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Mid-sized transitional formal enclosed living room in Sydney with blue walls, painted wood floors, no fireplace and brown floor.

A newly renovated terrace in St Peters needed the final touches to really make this house a home, and one that was representative of it’s colourful owner. This very energetic and enthusiastic client definitely made the project one to remember. With a big brief to highlight the clients love for fashion, a key feature throughout was her personal ‘rock’ style. Pops of ‘rock' are found throughout and feature heavily in the luxe living areas with an entire wall designated to the clients icons including a lovely photograph of the her parents. The clients love for original vintage elements made it easy to style the home incorporating many of her own pieces. A custom vinyl storage unit finished with a Carrara marble top to match the new coffee tables, side tables and feature Tom Dixon bedside sconces, specifically designed to suit an ongoing vinyl collection. Along with clever storage solutions, making sure the small terrace house could accommodate her large family gatherings was high on the agenda. We created beautifully luxe details to sit amongst her items inherited which held strong sentimental value, all whilst providing smart storage solutions to house her curated collections of clothes, shoes and jewellery. Custom joinery was introduced throughout the home including bespoke bed heads finished in luxurious velvet and an excessive banquette wrapped in white Italian leather. Hidden shoe compartments are found in all joinery elements even below the banquette seating designed to accommodate the clients extended family gatherings. Photographer: Simon Whitbread
Multiple Wall Art making cosy feel - brigid_hyde

Design ideas for a large contemporary living room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Design ideas for a large contemporary living room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
Tying in dark window/door frames with furniture - kerbarnett

Transitional living room in Sydney with beige walls, concrete floors and a wall-mounted tv.

Mark Wilson
Transitional living room in Sydney with beige walls, concrete floors and a wall-mounted tv.
idea for living up stairs - james_herraman

This is an example of a large contemporary open concept living room in Perth with white walls and beige floor.

This is an example of a large contemporary open concept living room in Perth with white walls and beige floor.
Stairs, but tiles too clinical , good windows - amandaluckett55

Photo of a contemporary living room in Perth.

Putra Indrawan
Photo of a contemporary living room in Perth.
Cushions pick up art colour 10% - helen_heaton5

Design ideas for a large transitional open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet and no tv.

Roland J Dempster
Design ideas for a large transitional open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet and no tv.
Overall look and the ambience - kirill_zlobine

Transitional living room in Wollongong with blue walls, carpet, a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace surround, a built-in media wall and grey floor.

Transitional living room in Wollongong with blue walls, carpet, a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace surround, a built-in media wall and grey floor.
Fireplace mantle - sally_dunbar3884335

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This is an example of a large contemporary open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors, no fireplace, a built-in media wall and brown floor.

Floor to ceiling entertainment and storage unit fitted between window and doorway. Open section for television and sound bar with cable access to four cupboards below. AV equipment and subwoofer housed in cupboards below with cable management and ventilation throughout. Double drawers to left hand side below top. Two long general storage cupboards and display shelving tower to left hand side above top. Four general storage cupboards stepped back and floating above TV section with adjustable shelves throughout. Size: 4m wide x 2.7m high x 0.5m deep Materials: Stained Victorian Ash with 30% clear satin lacquer finish. Painted Dulux White Cloak 1/4 strength with 30% gloss finish.
layout, TV wall with built in storage, palette, flooring, lighting, door to garden, fan, decor - jessica_scott65

This is an example of a contemporary formal open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a ribbon fireplace, no tv and brown floor.

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This is an example of a contemporary formal open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a ribbon fireplace, no tv and brown floor.
i like the heater, but too formal for our lifestyle - jo_leaper