7 Living Room Design Ideas

A living room is probably one of the most used rooms in your house (aside from kitchen and bathrooms). It provides a space for casual and formal moments and is the ideal spot to engage in meaningful conversations, sip wine by the fireplace, watch a movie with your family, or cater to your guests. Hopefully, your living room has already been decorated with your family portrait by Strauss Peyton, so here are 7 living room design ideas to finish giving your space the TLC that it deserves.

Add More Art

Now that you have your very own Strauss Peyton portrait of your family installed as the focal point of your space, you might still have other vertical spaces to decorate. Find something meaningful (such as a Kansas City landmark!) to display on your other wall whether you paint it yourself or buy a painting from a local artist or find something at the Hallmarket event in September. Your personal art addition will not only bring an individualized feel to the room but the story behind the art also makes for a great conversation starter.

Play with pillows

Switching out your throw pillows is an easy way to add a flare of personality or change your look throughout the seasons. Experiment with a variety of hues, prints, and textures that align with your personal style and home ambiance. Not only do they heighten your living room interior design, but guests can use them to get comfy as they sip on a glass of your favorite wine. You’d be surprised what a big difference a small pillow can make!

Prepare for the party

Adding a sophisticated bar cart to your space will ensure that you never miss an opportunity to entertain in style. Browse your local stores for carts that vary in design and functionality, and find the perfect one that fits your home’s feel. Avoid multiple trips to the kitchen and fill your cart with everything you need before your dinner guests arrive. Stock your car with lemons, glasses, and your favorite spirits, so that you don’t have to miss the conversation when your guest needs a refill.

Look under your feet

Don’t give all your attention to the walls and forget about the floors! Adding an area rug can provide warmth and style to your space and also enhance your design. Consider your space size and how you use your living room before an expensive designer rug is delivered to your front door. Buying the incorrect size of rug can make your room feel smaller than it actually is, but if you have a large space with varying functionality, a couple of smaller rugs can help with dividing the room into defined areas.  

Light it up

As you design your living room in your new house or give your existing space a face lift, remember that interior lighting is just as important as the custom portrait on the wall or the luxury sofas by the fire. Be sure that your beautiful family portrait is well lit so you can admire it even when it’s dark everywhere else. Your room should incorporate a combination of overhead, task, and accent lighting that not only enhances functionality, but creates an inviting ambiance for you and your guests. Customize your setup depending on furniture layout and consider how you regularly utilize your space.

Start salvaging

Salvaged architectural pieces or antique items such as doors, bottles, or books can be re-purposed and incorporated into your living room to add a little piece of history to your space. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the old with the new to create a look that’s all your own. Hang a refurbished window on the wall or decorate with black and white portraits to create a gallery wall; it just might turn into a fun hobby that takes you to the West Bottoms on the first weekend of every month.

Treat the walls

From traditional style, to bold modernity, wallpaper is back and it’s making a powerful statement in the interior design world. From powder rooms to living rooms, the texture and style of wallpaper can be used to add an element of ‘wow’ to your space. If your living room is small, consider choosing a larger pattern to enlarge the room or cover one wall to create a dramatic focal point.

Consider these living room design tips if you are starting from scratch or are bored with your current aesthetic. Get creative and let your personal style shine as you turn your living room into a space that you’re proud of and excited to show off to your dinner guests!