101 Traditional Living Room Ideas (Photos)

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Traditional living room with a classic fireplace and beige seats paired with a dark wood coffee table, A coffered ceiling mounted with a fan add elegance to the room.
Source: Don Gardner

Traditional living room with a classic fireplace and beige seats paired with a dark wood coffee table, A coffered ceiling mounted with a fan add elegance to the room.

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The blue sectional sofa and lounge chair stands out in this living room with brown walls and hardwood flooring. Fresh potted plants along with natural light streaming in from the clerestory windows and french door bring a refreshing ambiance to the room.
Source: Don Gardner

The blue sectional sofa and lounge chair stands out in this living room with brown walls and hardwood flooring. Fresh potted plants along with natural light streaming in from the clerestory windows and french door bring a refreshing ambiance to the room.

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An open living room with an earthy palette showcasing a dark wood coffee table, brown leather chair, and a beige sectional that matches the carpet flooring.
Source: Architectural Designs

An open living room with an earthy palette showcasing a dark wood coffee table, brown leather chair, and a beige sectional that matches the carpet flooring.

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This living room has a bright and airy feel boasting its white walls and vaulted ceiling. A fresh potted plant sitting next to the fireplace radiates a refreshing atmosphere.
Source: Architectural Designs

This living room has a bright and airy feel boasting its white walls and vaulted ceiling. A fresh potted plant sitting next to the fireplace radiates a refreshing atmosphere.

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Living room with two-story ceiling, warm beige walls, and fireplace flanked by arched windows. Its classic sofa and chairs deepened the traditional feel of the room.
Source: Don Gardner

Living room with two-story ceiling, warm beige walls, and fireplace flanked by arched windows. Its classic sofa and chairs deepened the traditional feel of the room.

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The stone fireplace bordered by a white mantel creates a nice texture to this living room. It is complemented with leather and fabric seats along with wooden tables that blend in with the hardwood floor.
Source: Don Gardner

The stone fireplace bordered by a white mantel creates a nice texture to this living room. It is complemented with leather and fabric seats along with wooden tables that blend in with the hardwood floor.

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Living room with beige seats, wooden tables, and a fireplace flanked by white built-ins. It includes natural hardwood flooring and a two-story ceiling that heightens the openness in the area.
Source: Don Gardner

Living room with beige seats, wooden tables, and a fireplace flanked by white built-ins. It includes natural hardwood flooring and a two-story ceiling that heightens the openness in the area.

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This elegant living room has a couple of beige cushioned armchairs flanking the white mantle of the fireplace that is topped with a colorful painting. This fireplace is also flanked by tall windows that bring in natural lighting.
Source: Architectural Designs

This elegant living room has a couple of beige cushioned armchairs flanking the white mantle of the fireplace that is topped with a colorful painting. This fireplace is also flanked by tall windows that bring in natural lighting.

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This is a spacious living room that has a large L-shaped gray sectional sofa facing the gorgeous fireplace that is topped with a colorful wall-mounted painting.
Source: Architectural Designs

This is a spacious living room that has a large L-shaped gray sectional sofa facing the gorgeous fireplace that is topped with a colorful wall-mounted painting.

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The lovely living room has a tall ceiling with exposed wooden beams and a chandelier over the wooden coffee table paired with an L-shaped sectional sofa facing the stone fireplace.
Source: Architectural Designs

The lovely living room has a tall ceiling with exposed wooden beams and a chandelier over the wooden coffee table paired with an L-shaped sectional sofa facing the stone fireplace.

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The fireplace of this living room has a beautiful mantle that is topped with a couple of lamps and a painting that is mounted on the white wall panel surrounded by light green walls.
Source: Architectural Designs

The fireplace of this living room has a beautiful mantle that is topped with a couple of lamps and a painting that is mounted on the white wall panel surrounded by light green walls.

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This other living room has a more rustic tone to its dark brown leather sofa set that matches the dark brown coffered ceiling. These are paired with a comforting stone fireplace topped with a colorful tapestry.
Source: Architectural Designs

This other living room has a more rustic tone to its dark brown leather sofa set that matches the dark brown coffered ceiling. These are paired with a comforting stone fireplace topped with a colorful tapestry.

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The highlight of this living room is the large wall of glass that brings in an abundance of natural lighting as well as provide a scenic view for those sitting on the comfortable sofas and armchairs.
Source: Architectural Designs

The highlight of this living room is the large wall of glass that brings in an abundance of natural lighting as well as provide a scenic view for those sitting on the comfortable sofas and armchairs.

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This is a large living room with a tall ceiling paired with a tall textured stone fireplace with a wooden mantle. Across from this is a couple of brown leather sofas paired with a small wooden coffee table in the middle of the patterned area rug.
Source: Architectural Designs

This is a large living room with a tall ceiling paired with a tall textured stone fireplace with a wooden mantle. Across from this is a couple of brown leather sofas paired with a small wooden coffee table in the middle of the patterned area rug.

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This spacious and airy living room has a dark brown leather sofa set facing a large fireplace. These are all topped with a tall ceiling and wrought iron railings to the indoor balcony.
Source: The House Designers

This spacious and airy living room has a dark brown leather sofa set facing a large fireplace. These are all topped with a tall ceiling and wrought iron railings to the indoor balcony.

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The fireplace is inlaid with wood that blends with the hardwood flooring that contrasts with the white cathedral ceiling and beige L-shaped couch.
Source: Redfin

The fireplace is inlaid with wood that blends with the hardwood flooring that contrasts with the white cathedral ceiling and beige L-shaped couch.

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This elegant living room has a wooden ceiling with exposed beams that match the fireplace mantel complemented by a black grand piano. This is contrasted by a beige sofa set facing a glass-top coffee table.
Source: Redfin

This elegant living room has a wooden ceiling with exposed beams that match the fireplace mantel complemented by a black grand piano. This is contrasted by a beige sofa set facing a glass-top coffee table.

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The classical painting mounted on the beige walls above the white fireplace mantel adds an elegant flair to this living room that id dominated by white. The gray sofas stand out against the hardwood flooring and tall windows.
Source: Redfin

The classical painting mounted on the beige walls above the white fireplace mantel adds an elegant flair to this living room that id dominated by white. The gray sofas stand out against the hardwood flooring and tall windows.

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The white-matled fireplace is flanked by two French glass doors that bring brightness to the brown leather sofa set that matches the hardwood flooring.
Source: Redfin

The white-mantled fireplace is flanked by two French glass doors that bring brightness to the brown leather sofa set that matches the hardwood flooring.

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This simple living room is given a complex background of a dark patterned carpeted flooring that provide contrast to the beige walls, ceiling and leather sofa facing the fireplace with white mantle.
Source: Redfin

This simple living room is given a complex background of a dark patterned carpeted flooring that provides a contrast to the beige walls, ceiling, and leather sofa facing the fireplace with white mantle.

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The hardwood flooring is well paired with the wooden coffee table surrounded by an L-shaped sofa facing the fireplace housed in a wooden structure where the TV is mounted.
Source: Redfin

The hardwood flooring is well paired with the wooden coffee table surrounded by an L-shaped sofa facing the fireplace housed in a wooden structure where the TV is mounted.

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The dark wooden mantle of the fireplace matches with the frame of the large mirror mounted above it. The beige cushioned sofa set is a perfect pairing for the beige walls and ceiling as well as the artwork.
Source: Redfin

The dark wooden mantle of the fireplace matches the frame of the large mirror mounted above it. The beige cushioned sofa set is a perfect pairing for the beige walls and ceiling as well as the artwork.

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This high-ceilinged living room beside the stairs has high white walls with elegant finish. There are windows to maximize the vertical space as well as a dark iron chandelier over the comfortable sofas that suit the hardwood flooring.
Source: Redfin

This high-ceiling living room beside the stairs has high white walls with an elegant finish. There are windows to maximize the vertical space as well as a dark iron chandelier over the comfortable sofas that suit the hardwood flooring.

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The white tray ceiling matches with the white mantle of the fireplace that faces a round brown coffee table that contrasts the light gray area rug blending with the white sofa set.
Source: Redfin

The white tray ceiling matches with the white mantle of the fireplace that faces a round brown coffee table that contrasts the light gray area rug blending with the white sofa set.

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This is an airy living room with a whole section of the wall open to the outside. There is a potted plant beside the fireplace that stands in contrast with the white walls and white ceiling the same as the wall-mounted painting.
Source: Redfin

This is an airy living room with a whole section of the wall open to the outside. There is a potted plant beside the fireplace that stands in contrast with the white walls and white ceiling the same as the wall-mounted painting.

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The highlight of this living room is the brilliant crustal flush-mount light in the middle of the white ceiling that is contrasted by the wooden bookshelf dominating the wall.
Source: Redfin

The highlight of this living room is the brilliant crustal flush-mount light in the middle of the white ceiling that is contrasted by the wooden bookshelf dominating the wall.

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This is a great room with a huge glass wall that gives this living room an airy and spacious aura. this is augmented by the crystal semi-flush lights on the white ceiling that contrast the sofas.
Source: Redfin

This is a great room with a huge glass wall that gives this living room an airy and spacious aura. this is augmented by the crystal semi-flush lights on the white ceiling that contrast the sofas.

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There is a row of four arched French glass doors on the beige wall that match with the beige ceiling and accented by the fireplace and the two built-in cabinets flanking it.
Source: Redfin

There is a row of four arched French glass doors on the beige wall that matches the beige ceiling and accented by the fireplace and the two built-in cabinets flanking it.

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The gray sofa set match with the gray area rug over the hardwood flooring that blend with the wooden mantle of the fireplace flanked by two French doors.
Source: Redfin

The gray sofa set match with the gray area rug over the hardwood flooring that blends with the wooden mantle of the fireplace flanked by two French doors.

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The fireplace has a large white mantle that complements the light gray elements of the walls, sofas and industrial area rug topped with a wooden coffee table.
Source: Redfin

The fireplace has a large white mantle that complements the light gray elements of the walls, sofas, and industrial area rug topped with a wooden coffee table.

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The ceiling has light gray coffers that match the mantle of the fireplace that warms up the gray sofas and gray area rug over the hardwood flooring.
Source: Redfin

The ceiling has light gray coffers that match the mantle of the fireplace that warms up the gray sofas and gray area rug over the hardwood flooring.

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This bright and airy living room is predominantly white with hints of accent in the exposed wooden beams of the white ceiling that matches the hardwood flooring and the black and white photos propped on top of the fireplace's huge white mantle that matches the white sofas.
Source: Redfin

This bright and airy living room is predominantly white with hints of accent in the exposed wooden beams of the white ceiling that matches the hardwood flooring and the black and white photos propped on top of the fireplace’s huge white mantle that matches the white sofas.

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The L-shaped white sofa over the light gray area rug is facing the fireplace inlaid in a massive stone structure that reaches up to the high shed ceiling.
Source: Redfin

The L-shaped white sofa over the light gray area rug is facing the fireplace inlaid in a massive stone structure that reaches up to the high shed ceiling.

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This is a simple living given an airy demeanor due to the row of French windows above the beige sofa. The wooden shed ceiling has exposed beams that match the painting mounted on the white wall beside the window.
Source: Redfin

This is a simple living given an airy demeanor due to the row of French windows above the beige sofa. The wooden shed ceiling has exposed beams that match the painting mounted on the white wall beside the window.

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The elegant details of the brown leather sofa set and coffee table that is augmented by the fireplace and its stonework inlay that supports a wall clock.
Source: Miller+Miller Real Estate

The elegant details of the brown leather sofa set and coffee table that is augmented by the fireplace and its stonework inlay that supports a wall clock.

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A pair of built-in cabinets and shelves flank the fireplace that has an elegant white mantle that stands out against the beige walls and the beige marble flooring.
Source: Miller+Miller Real Estate

A pair of built-in cabinets and shelves flank the fireplace that has an elegant white mantle that stands out against the beige walls and the beige marble flooring.

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The wonderful and shiny wooden coffee table is a nice contradiction to the area rug over the floor tiles that look like wood. This is extended to the finish of the fireplace.
Designed by: Kitchens by Good Guys

The wonderful and shiny wooden coffee table is a nice contradiction to the area rug over the floor tiles that look like wood. This is extended to the finish of the fireplace.

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The beige walls and sofas are a nice background for the blue-green elements of the <a class=

The beige walls and sofas are a nice background for the blue-green elements of the pillows and the large wooden structure behind the sofa that has built-in shelves and cabinets.

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The beige sofa is illuminated by the tall windows that have a dark wooden finish and frame that match the dark side tables and coffee table over the light-hued area rug.
Designed by: Oleg Klodt Architectural Bureau

The beige sofa is illuminated by the tall windows that have a dark wooden finish and frame that match the dark side tables and coffee table over the light-hued area rug.

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This is a small living room given the illusion of a bigger space thanks to its tall window that has a dark frame making the golden chandelier stand out.
Designed by: Oleg Klodt Architectural Bureau

This is a small living room given the illusion of a bigger space thanks to its tall window that has a dark frame making the golden chandelier stand out.

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This living room has walls dominated by green floral wallpaper that gives a chic quality to the light gray sofa and area rug that contrast the pair of glass cabinets with wooden frames.
Designed by: Oleg Klodt Architectural Bureau

This living room has walls dominated by green floral wallpaper that gives a chic quality to the light gray sofa and area rug that contrast the pair of glass cabinets with wooden frames.

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A delightful salmon pink hue is given to the walls of this living room that has a gray sofa and area rug complementing the white walls and curtained windows.
Design by: Heather Garrett Design

A delightful salmon pink hue is given to the walls of this living room that has a gray sofa and area rug complementing the white walls and curtained windows.

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The stark red cushioned sofa is a nice contrast for the light green walls paired with a white tray ceiling that has a brilliant pink chandelier hanging over the brown wooden coffee table.
Designed by: Simutin Design

The stark red cushioned sofa is a nice contrast for the light green walls paired with a white tray ceiling that has a brilliant pink chandelier hanging over the brown wooden coffee table.

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The dark wooden finish of the walls and arched entryways are paired with bright pastel colors of the blue-green velvet sofa set that match the mantle of the fireplace and floor tiles.
Designed by: Simutin Design

The dark wood finish of the walls and arched entryways are paired with bright pastel colors of the blue-green velvet sofa set that match the mantle of the fireplace and floor tiles.

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The fireplace ate the corner of the light gray walls is inlaid in beige stones that match the beige sofa set and area rug of this formal and comfortable living room.
Designed by: Garrison Hullinger

The fireplace at the corner of the light gray walls is inlaid in beige stones that match the beige sofa set and area rug of this formal and comfortable living room.

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What Counts As Traditional?

The traditional living room design is the default: couches and chairs organized around a central table, all oriented toward a TV. There are also typically side tables with lamps, and often artificial lighting as well.

There’s no single color profile that makes up the traditional living room design, but for most people, it’s a hodgepodge of whites and beiges. If you’re looking to add a twist to your traditional living room, try adding a splash of color via a throw pillow on the couch or integrating a brightly colored ottoman.

The traditional living room is versatile in that it’s made for individual comfort as well as entertaining others, but making a standout traditional living room can be tough.

Making The Most Out Of A Traditional Design

The traditional living room tends to live up to the amount of space that it’s allocated to the house. Larger traditional living rooms seem to fill up with natural light better, and offer more room for needed features like bookshelves or runner tables to populate the edges.

In general, art gets displayed wherever it’s convenient in the traditional living room, which can be either good or bad. The best way to pull of the traditional living room design is to set up certain walls with thematic pieces of artwork and direct an artificial light source at them so that they stand out no matter what.

Likewise, there should be a variety of lighting options within the traditional living room space itself to maximize the amount of comfort that people have when they use the features of the room, whether it be a bookshelf, piano, television, or desk. The contents of the traditional living room are really up to you, so long as you stay within a reasonable range of colors and light sources.

You should shy away from deeply saturated dark colors in your traditional living room design, with the exception being wood and leather—large spots of dark color catch the eye, and can interfere with the pleasant unity of a room for relaxation.

If these ideas don’t appeal to you, check out our larger gallery of living room design ideas.

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