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This is a simple traditional living room with a white ceiling and white walls housing a row of wrap-around windows. These are contrasted by the light gray carpeted flooring that makes the sofa set and glass coffee table stand out.
The fireplace is inlaid with wood that blends with the hardwood flooring that contrasts with the white cathedral ceiling and beige L-shaped couch.
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.
The white cathedral ceiling and white walls are accented with arched French windows that bring in natural light onto the brown leather couch set and beige carpeted flooring.
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.
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.
This simple living room is given a complex background of a dark patterned carpeted flooring that provides contrast to the beige walls, ceiling and leather sofa facing the fireplace with white mantle.
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.
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.
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.
The fireplace has a white mantle with the TV mounted above it. This aesthetic is mirrored by the white coffered ceiling that blend with the white walls contrasted by the sofas and hardwood flooring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a row of four arched French glass doors on the beige wall that matches with the beige ceiling and accented by the fireplace and the two built-in cabinets flanking it.
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.
This is a simple living room with a couple of leather armchairs paired with minimalist glass coffee table and shelving flanked by two peacock paintings mounted on the beige wall.
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.
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.
The shuttered windows provide natural lighting for the gray sofa that complements the light gray walls that are adorned with a wall-mounted painting beside the glass doors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The simple white ceiling with exposed wooden beams is contrasted by the complex patterns of the green-tinted curtains, cushioned armchairs and the green patterned area rug over the hardwood flooring.
This small living room is in an alcove-like area beside the stairs with a wooden cabinet with shelves flanking it. This wooden structure stands out against the white walls and white ceiling as well as the L-shaped sofa.
The spacious and grand aura of this living room is augmented by high beige walls and tall windows that reach the beige ceiling with exposed wooden beams matching the fireplace mantle and hardwood flooring.
The beige walls and beige shed ceiling is adorned with exposed wooden beams that match the wooden structure below the TV that has built-in shelves and cabinets.
The simple white mantle of the fireplace stands out against the blue-green walls that have a wall-mounted mirror with an elegant frame. The sofas complement the walls.
The high and white ceiling of this formal living room is adorned with a brilliant crystal chandelier that has a spherical design. The comfortable sofa set and fireplace complete the aesthetic.
This is a classic formal living room with red floral curved sofa paired with beige carpeted flooring, beige walls, and a beige ceiling. The black grand piano serves to complete the aesthetic.
This is a spacious living room filled with charming contrasts like the green walls and the wooden structure that houses the TV, fireplace and even a window-side sitting area for reading. The bright blue sofa contrasts the hardwood flooring and the wooden coffee table in the middle.
This warm and welcoming living room has floral curtains that frame the arched French glass doors and match the pillows on the sofa. This faces the fireplace with a wooden mantle and a wall-mounted classical painting above.
The white coffered ceiling is well contrasted by the dark gray walls that have an abundance of windows with white frames. These illuminate the hardwood flooring topped with a floral patterned area rug.
This living room highlights the artwork of a horse-mounted over the white mantle of the fireplace flanked by two gray cushioned armchairs that blend with the gray walls.
The avocado walls of this lovely living room are contrasted with a white sofa set that reflects the brightness of the white ceiling and massive French windows flanked by standing modern lamps.
This traditional living room offers a leather sofa set on a stylish rug. The fireplace looks enchanting while the ceiling lights are absolutely gorgeous.
This traditional living room offers classy seats with a glass center table near the fireplace. There’s a grand piano in the corner for additional style and elegance.
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.
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