75 Formal & Casual Living Room Design Ideas (& Incredible Living Room Furniture)


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Here's a spectacular gallery of 75 formal and casual living room interior design ideas with incredible living room furniture such as sectional sofas, armchairs and more.

Huge living room with 2-story cathedral ceiling with exposed white beams and matching white mantle fireplace


Welcome to our gallery of 75 formal and casual living room designs.

In recent years, living room design has moved toward a more casual and comfortable style and away from the stuffy “drawing room” designs of past centuries.  In fact, in many homes (big and small), the living room serves as both the entertaining space for guests as well as the family room.

Our gallery, while it includes living rooms on the formal side, you’ll notice that while these rooms are more often than not from luxury homes, they’re designed to be used regularly, are inviting and comfortable… many featuring plush sofas, sectionals and comfortable armchairs.  Nevertheless, the move toward a more casual living space hasn’t diminished the aesthetic appeal.  In fact, I much prefer an inviting and comfortable living room over a stuffy and formal space loaded down in ornate design and uncomfortable furniture.

Another interesting design element to note is room size.  Living rooms can be incredibly beautiful in both big and small spaces.  In fact, a large cavernous space doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a nicer room.  Our gallery below features many smaller living rooms that are beautiful, functional and no less inviting than the larger rooms.

While at first glance it may seem designing a kitchen or bathroom is much more difficult than creating a beautiful and functional living room due to the technical requirements, that isn’t necessarily the case.

The reason designing a living room can be challenging is the many elements that must be considered – from floor to ceiling … and then furniture selection.  It’s not an easy task to turn an empty space into a spectacular living, but it’s done all the time and our gallery is evidence of it (even if you don’t like some of the designs – we’re confident you’ll find some that would be perfect for you).

Our gallery is incredibly diverse so we’re confident you’ll find a design to inspire your renovation and/or custom design.  Enjoy.

If you’re interested in learning more about the living room pictured above, see our review.


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Open space living area with living room and dining room. Floor is tile with a rug and color scheme is in earth tones.

Open space living area with living room and dining room. Floor is tile with a rug and color scheme is in earth tones.

See our in-depth review to learn more about this lavish living room.

Living room wing with windows on three sides. Walls in white with white furniture and fireplace.

Living room wing with windows on three sides. Walls in white with white furniture and fireplace.

Check our thorough review to learn more about this bright living room design.

Living room design with glass doors to large patio. Dark wood floor with brown rug sets the setting for the contemporary furniture, white and beige color scheme all set around a white fireplace.

Living room design with glass doors to large patio. Dark wood floor with brown rug sets the setting for the contemporary furniture, white and beige color scheme all set around a white fireplace.

Open living area with kitchen, living room and access to balcony.

Open living area with kitchen, living room and access to balcony.

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Contemporary living room design with stone fireplace, white mantle, carpeting, white sofas and beige carpeting.

Contemporary living room design with stone fireplace, white mantle, carpeting, white sofas and beige carpeting.

2 story great room with white fireplace, mezzanine looking down on living room, large rug and elegant dining room furniture (I particularly like the white armchairs).

2 story great room with white fireplace, mezzanine looking down on living room, large rug and elegant dining room furniture (I particularly like the white armchairs).

Open concept home with large living room as the center of it decorated with round furniture. Room includes television and fireplace. Wood flooring throughout.

Open concept home with large living room as the center of it decorated with round furniture. Room includes television and fireplace. Wood flooring throughout.  Take special note of the impressive ceiling.

Sparsely furnished living room in oval-office like room with several windows, beige and white walls, dark wood floor and white furniture.

Sparsely furnished living room in oval-office like room with several windows, beige and white walls, dark wood floor and white furniture. The unusual area rug is beautiful and adds interest to the neutral room.

Predominantly white living room design with modern gas fireplace framed with windows. Wood is dark wood topped with a large patterned rug.

Predominantly white living room design with modern gas fireplace framed with windows. Wood is dark wood topped with a large patterned rug. Be sure and check out our special gallery featuring living rooms incorporating fireplaces.

Tropical themed living room design with tall ceiling, trees, plants and formal tropical furniture accessed through an arched doorway.

Tropical themed living room design with tall ceiling, trees, plants and formal tropical furniture accessed through an arched doorway.

Picture of a large open living rooms space with tall fireplace, elevated ceiling looking out a 2-story arched window.

Picture of a large open living rooms space with tall fireplace, elevated ceiling looking out a 2-story arched window..

Formal living room design in large space with side card table, brown furniture in U-shape facing a fireplace
Formal living room design in large space with side card table, brown furniture in U-shape facing a fireplace.
Living room tucked into alcove adjacent to staircase. The area has 2-story ceiling.
Living room tucked into alcove adjacent to staircase. The area has 2-story ceiling.
Large open concept living area with vaulted ceiling, dining room and living room. One wall has a series of French doors leading to the backyard patio. Brick arches line the inner side leading to other parts of the home.
Large open concept living area with vaulted ceiling, dining room and living room. One wall has a series of French doors leading to the backyard patio. Brick arches line the inner side leading to other parts of the home.
Small casual living room with windows on 3 sides and a glass roof. Small fireplace on the interior wall with small flat screen television.
Small casual living room with windows on 3 sides and a glass roof. Small fireplace on the interior wall with small flat screen television.

The unusual glass coffered ceiling really makes this living room a stand out!

Intimate formal living room in light color scheme. Design is ornate with off-white furniture, white custom fireplace and chandelier
Intimate formal living room in light color scheme. Design is ornate with off-white furniture, white custom fireplace and chandelier.
View of above living room from a different angle
View of above living room from a different angle.
Living room in contemporary home in white and wood color scheme. Floor-to ceiling bookshelves line one wall with floor-to-ceiling windows framing the entertainment system.
Living room in contemporary home in white and wood color scheme. Floor-to ceiling bookshelves line one wall with floor-to-ceiling windows framing the entertainment system.

For curved and rounded sectionals, be sure and visit our special gallery!

Casual living room with armless white sofa, white patterned rug, wood floors and white and grey walls.
Casual living room with armless white sofa, white patterned rug, wood floors and white and grey walls. Photo by Emily Gilbert
White living room design with splashes of black in bright and airy home
White living room design with splashes of black in bright and airy home.
Reverse view of the above living room
Reverse view of the above living room
Open concept living area with dining room and living room with plenty of natural light. The living room is set around a fireplace with flat screen television mounted above framed by white built-in shelving.
Open concept living area with dining room and living room with plenty of natural light. The living room is set around a fireplace with flat screen television mounted above framed by white built-in shelving.
Living room in modern home design. The room has vaulted sloped ceiling with landing of second floor overlooking the living room space. Exterior wall in grey rock.
Living room in modern home design. The room has vaulted sloped ceiling with landing of second floor overlooking the living room space. Exterior wall in grey rock.
Indoor outdoor living room in tropically located home. The living room is part of an open concept living space with mini-bar and large opening to the outdoor patio.
Indoor outdoor living room in tropically located home. The living room is part of an open concept living space with mini-bar and large opening to the outdoor patio.
Modern living room design with L-shaped white sofa opening up to large rock fireplace. Adjacent to the living room in an open living style is a large dining table. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in plenty of natural light.
Modern living room design with L-shaped white sofa opening up to large rock fireplace. Adjacent to the living room in an open living style is a large dining table. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in plenty of natural light.
Modest living room design with wood floor, brick wall framed with white. White color scheme continued with white sofas and off-white rug.
Modest living room design with wood floor, brick wall framed with white. White color scheme continued with white sofas and off-white rug.
Larger view of the above-living room
Larger view of the above-living room
Crisp clean living room with striped white furniture, glass-top coffee table, dark brown rug
Crisp clean living room with striped white furniture, glass-top coffee table, dark brown rug.
Grey and white living room design with splashes of blue. Fireplace and television on one end illuminated with plenty of natural light from a wall lined with windows.
Grey and white living room design with splashes of blue. Fireplace and television on one end illuminated with plenty of natural light from a wall lined with windows.
Small home open concept living space with kitchen dining area and small living room.
Small home open concept living space with kitchen dining area and small living room.
Elevated ceiling caps this white living room design with metal and wood stairs leading to the upper floor landing. Room made comfortable with large L-shaped leather cream colored sofa and matching reading chair.
Elevated ceiling caps this white living room design with metal and wood stairs leading to the upper floor landing. Room made comfortable with large L-shaped leather cream colored sofa and matching reading chair.
Great attention to detail in this living room design with ornate fireplace, white and beige walls, brown furniture on rug.
Great attention to detail in this living room design with ornate fireplace, white and beige walls, brown furniture on rug.
Small living room with off-white fabric furniture, dark brown coffee table in front of white fireplace
Small living room with off-white fabric furniture, dark brown coffee table in front of white fireplace.
Open living space with dining room and small living room on dark wood floor. Earth tones throughout including a balancing act of light and dark colors.
Open living space with dining room and small living room on dark wood floor. Earth tones throughout including a balancing act of light and dark colors.
Careful color matching went itn this design with the white and blue drapes matching the white sofa with blue pillows. White ceiling caps the dark wood floor.
Careful color matching went itn this design with the white and blue drapes matching the white sofa with blue pillows. White ceiling caps the dark wood floor.
Living room in beige located just off the front foyer of this luxury home.
Living room in beige located just off the front foyer of this luxury home.
Several carefully selected and matched colors make up this living room with extra design flourishes such as multi-colored drapes, pillows and rug.
Several carefully selected and matched colors make up this living room with extra design flourishes such as multi-colored drapes, pillows and rug.
Sunny and open living space with kitchen, dining nook and casual living room
unny and open living space with kitchen, dining nook and casual living room.
Wood beams against a white ceiling cap this large living room which includes a large ornate wood entertainment unit facing rustic furniture on beige carpeting
Wood beams against a white ceiling cap this large living room which includes a large ornate wood entertainment unit facing rustic furniture on beige carpeting.
Living room with elevated ceiling. The stand-out design feature in this room are the walls with white and purple checkered art against purple walls. Matching purple reading chairs balance this unusual color scheme.
Living room with elevated ceiling. The stand-out design feature in this room are the walls with white and purple checkered art against purple walls. Matching purple reading chairs balance this unusual color scheme.
Modern, bordering on space-age living space design with curved design throughout. Red and white L-shaped sofa make up the living room space adjacent to an all-white space-age kitchen and small white dining furniture.
Modern, bordering on space-age living space design with curved design throughout. Red and white L-shaped sofa make up the living room space adjacent to an all-white space-age kitchen and small white dining furniture.
Simple living room in a large semi-circular room with wood floor and white grand piano.
Simple living room in a large semi-circular room with wood floor and white grand piano.
Zebra living room design with black and white patterns on the walls, staircase, floor, furniture and coffee table.
Zebra living room design with black and white patterns on the walls, staircase, floor, furniture and coffee table.
Asian-inspired living room design with patterned floor, dark wood coffee table, floor-to-ceiling window, white sofa and dark brown patterned wall.
Asian-inspired living room design with patterned floor, dark wood coffee table, floor-to-ceiling window, white sofa and dark brown patterned wall.
Built-in cupboards and shelving surround this living room with goldish-brown furniture and carpeting
Built-in cupboards and shelving surround this living room with goldish-brown furniture and carpeting.
Casually elegant living room design with white and beige stiped walls, white and beige furniture, marble fireplace and ornate lighting fixtures throughout
Casually elegant living room design with white and beige striped walls, white and beige furniture, marble fireplace and ornate lighting fixtures throughout.
Rustic living room with sloped wood beamed ceiling, brick wall, large wood fireplace mantle on tile floor.
Rustic living room with sloped wood beamed ceiling, brick wall, large wood fireplace mantle on tile floor.
Formal living room in luxury home in white and wood design. Located just off the foyer, but separated by the large fireplace.
Formal living room in luxury home in white and wood design. Located just off the foyer, but separated by the large fireplace.
Modern U-shaped home with courtyard. The all-white living room looks out onto courtyard with fountain and tree which can view other rooms of the home through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Modern U-shaped home with courtyard. The all-white living room looks out onto courtyard with fountain and tree which can view other rooms of the home through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Brown and white living room. Wood floor, brown walls, brown furniture set off against white fireplace and white ceiling. All-glass doors lead to small patio just off the living room.
Brown and white living room. Wood floor, brown walls, brown furniture set off against white fireplace and white ceiling. All-glass doors lead to small patio just off the living room.
Sparsely furnished heavily wooded loft space with wood beams, wood floor and built-in wood living room furniture.
Sparsely furnished heavily wooded loft space with wood beams, wood floor and built-in wood living room furniture.
2-story ceiling with landing look down on this all-white living room with semi-circular sofa facing the fireplace and TV. Piano off to one side.
2-story ceiling with landing look down on this all-white living room with semi-circular sofa facing the fireplace and TV. Piano off to one side.
Plenty of light in this living room with extensive windows and glass doors on 2 walls. The white carpeting and white walls add to the bright design.
Plenty of light in this living room with extensive windows and glass doors on 2 walls. The white carpeting and white walls add to the bright design.
Intimate living room with exposed white beams against white ceiling, white walls, white fireplace, wood floor and blue and white furniture.
Intimate living room with exposed white beams against white ceiling, white walls, white fireplace, wood floor and blue and white furniture.
Small enclosed living room at the front of the home with black fireplace, wood floors and brown furniture.
Small enclosed living room at the front of the home with black fireplace, wood floors and brown furniture.
Casual living room with wood flooring, casual brown furniture, white fireplace with glass doors leading to the backyard deck.
Casual living room with wood flooring, casual brown furniture, white fireplace with glass doors leading to the backyard deck.
View of retro living room from upper floor landing. Room has two separate sitting areas with a reading area and company area separated by the floating fireplace.
View of retro living room from upper floor landing. Room has two separate sitting areas with a reading area and company area separated by the floating fireplace.
View of above living room from ground-level.
View of above living room from ground-level.
Bright and airy living room with a bank of floor-to-ceiling windows and open living space with fireplace breaking the room up.
Bright and airy living room with a bank of floor-to-ceiling windows and open living space with fireplace breaking the room up.
Example of a modern, spacious home with second floor landing extending above the living room.
Example of a modern, spacious home with second floor landing extending above the living room.
Small living room space with wood floor, small counter with sink, white fireplace and light green and white walls.
Small living room space with wood floor, small counter with sink, white fireplace and light green and white walls.
Open concept living space in modern home in all white, elevated ceiling and tall arched window.
Open concept living space in modern home in all white, elevated ceiling and tall arched window.
Casual living room with large stone fireplace and patterned sofa.
Casual living room with large stone fireplace and patterned sofa.
Solarium-style living room with semi-circular ornate bay window. Wicker furniture throughout.
Solarium-style living room with semi-circular ornate bay window. Wicker furniture throughout.
Formal living room design with stone and wood fireplace, stained glass windows, wood flooring, rug and large wood furniture.
Formal living room design with stone and wood fireplace, stained glass windows, wood flooring, rug and large wood furniture.
Large living room wing with windows on 3 sides of the room. Large sitting area on rug on top of wood floor. Large stone fireplace at end of room surrounded by windows.
Large living room wing with windows on 3 sides of the room. Large sitting area on rug on top of wood floor. Large stone fireplace at end of room surrounded by windows.
Casual living room in huge open concept living space in hexagon shaped home with vaulted exposed wood beamed ceiling. The center of the home is a large 2-story stone fireplace.
Casual living room in huge open concept living space in hexagon shaped home with vaulted exposed wood beamed ceiling. The center of the home is a large 2-story stone fireplace.
2 reading chairs framing fireplace in light grey living room.
2 reading chairs framing fireplace in light grey living room. Photo by Emily Gilbert
Small formal living room off the foyer of upscale home. Wood floors throughout.
Small formal living room off the foyer of upscale home. Wood floors throughout.
White and wood living room with light brown furniture.
White and wood living room with light brown furniture.
Large living room in luxury home with wood floor, burgandy leather sofa with white ottoman, small sitting area to the side and large stone fireplace in the center of the exterior wall surrounded by windows looking out onto backyard swimming pool.
Large living room in luxury home with wood floor, burgandy leather sofa with white ottoman, small sitting area to the side and large stone fireplace in the center of the exterior wall surrounded by windows looking out onto backyard swimming pool.
Casual living room with extensive light wood paneling with fireplace and flat screen TV. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out to the backyard swimming pool.
Casual living room with extensive light wood paneling with fireplace and flat screen TV. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out to the backyard swimming pool.
Formal living room with wood floors, rug, black baby grand piano, fireplace and glass doors leading tot he backyard.
Formal living room with wood floors, rug, black baby grand piano, fireplace and glass doors leading tot he backyard.
Open living space in upscale home with wood flooring throughout. Living room area has rug and casual furniture.
Open living space in upscale home with wood flooring throughout. Living room area has rug and casual furniture.
Casual living room with sloped ceiling, fireplace, and over-sized patterned furniture.
Casual living room with sloped ceiling, fireplace, and over-sized patterned furniture.
Vaulted ceiling with exposed wood beams in this open living space home with spiral staircase winding down to the living room.
Vaulted ceiling with exposed wood beams in this open living space home with spiral staircase winding down to the living room.
Small formal living room with soft yellow walls, white fireplace and brown furniture.
Small formal living room with soft yellow walls, white fireplace and brown furniture.
Open space with dining room and large living room. L-shaped sofa makes up the seating in this long living room with wood flooring and fireplace against painted brick wall.
Open space with dining room and large living room. L-shaped sofa makes up the seating in this long living room with wood flooring and fireplace against painted brick wall.
Modern elevated ceiling living room in small space
Modern elevated ceiling living room in small space.
Large living room space with winding sectional sofa, round ottoman, large floating fireplace, wood floors and engraved ceiling design.
Large living room space with winding sectional sofa, round ottoman, large floating fireplace, wood floors and engraved ceiling design.
Palatial living room with 2-story ceiling surrounded by upper-level landing. Large mural on wall with fireplace.
Palatial living room with 2-story ceiling surrounded by upper-level landing. Large mural on wall with fireplace.

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