75 Formal & Casual Living Room Design Ideas (& Incredible Living Room Furniture)
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.
Open space living area with living room and dining room. Floor is tile with a rug and color scheme is in earth tones.
Living room wing with windows on three sides. Walls in white with white furniture and 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.
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).
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. 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. 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.
Picture of a large open living rooms space with tall fireplace, elevated ceiling looking out a 2-story arched window..
The unusual glass coffered ceiling really makes this living room a stand out!
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