The living room is where we spend most of our time – and it’s certainly the space our visitors see the most of. Get inspired to create a functional and stylish space with these beautiful living room ideas.
With spring around the corner, we’re starting to see new interior design trends emerge: Think warmer colour palettes with green, earthy tones, layered natural materials and textures and softer, 80s-inspired furniture shapes.
Looking for living room decor ideas? We asked the interior design experts for their tips and ideas for a beautiful lounge room.
1. The latest living room trends
Before you start searching ‘lounge room ideas Australia’ on Pinterest and getting totally overwhelmed by the sheer volume of living room images, it’s important to go back to basics.
Ask yourself how the space is going to be used, as your design decisions and decorative choices will be influenced by the use of the space.
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If it’s time for a major living room makeover, start with a statement sofa. Curvy, plump shapes are growing in popularity for lounges and occasional chairs, and their sculptural form is a great way to begin modernising your space.
Velvet and velour are here to stay, so if you’re only making minor decorative updates to your lounge room, try adding velvet with cushions in a rich earthy colour palette, or even a velvet ottoman or armchair.
2. Textural elements make a modern space
Looking for contemporary living room ideas? Texture is essential to nailing a fresh and modern living room design.
Interiors expert Jessica Viscarde from Eclectic Creative says, “This spring we can expect to see a concentration on natural materials such as rattan and cane furniture, and flatweave style rugs incorporating blends of wool, jute, cotton and silk.”
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3. Colourful clashes add life
When it comes to lounge room colour trends, Jessica says, “We can expect a warmer and richer colour palette incorporating blues (from cobalt to denim and everything in between), sage and deeper greens, terracotta and a rich array of timbers.”
Not sure how to work a new colour into your lounge room? Jessica suggests starting with a floor rug, artwork or something as small as a cushion or throw, and living with the colour for a few days to experience the piece in different light and settings.
4. Mixing materials for an eclectic feel
Updating your living room doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming, in fact, it doesn’t even have to involve a major furniture or colour overhaul.
Interior stylist and visual merchandiser at Curious Grace, Emily O’Brien, recommends “mixing materials and textures to create appeal and give your living space a modern eclectic feel”.
This can be as simple as adding a beautiful, textural rug in a neutral colour, or even introducing a new material to your coffee table like a chic matte black marble to break things up.
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5. Add character with ceramics
An easy and simple way to update your living room to appear more homely and lived-in is to incorporate some natural look ceramics.
For a timeless decor update opt for ceramics in beautiful organic shapes – they never go out of date and you’ll have fun styling them in different spots around the room.
6. Maintain proportions
Maybe, like many city dwellers, you have a small living room and need to make the most of your space.
Decorating a small living can often feel more challenging than a larger space, however, the number of square metres you have doesn’t have to limit how stylish and inviting the room can feel.
Balance is key when it comes to living room design ideas, and it’s even more important in a smaller space.
Get the sizes and proportions right by considering the size and placement of key elements like your sofa, media units and storage, as well as how you will move about in the space.
Opt for neutral coloured flooring to keep the room feeling spacious, and add pops of colour in soft furnishings to create interest without clutter.
7. Give the appearance of space with mirrors
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8. Go big with wallpaper
If you’re thinking of trying out something bold but are worried about the cost (or even changing your mind), try removable wallpaper.
Easy to install and remove (as the name suggests), removable wallpaper is becoming more popular and is a super practical and affordable way to decorate your living room walls.
The best bit? It’s not permanent which is great if you’re a renter.