37 living room ideas that will instantly switch-up your style (2022)

The living room is arguably one of the most important spaces in our homes. It’s a place where we relax, catch up with friends, and binge-watch our favourite Netflix shows. So it’s more important than ever that we make it as tranquil as possible, particularly as we’re spending so much time there at the moment.

However, it’s easy to become uninspired and find it cluttered with things that don’t really fit, and you might be thinking about having a refresh to start 2021 off right. We don’t blame you.

Minimalism has slowly been resurfacing for some time now, and there’s no doubt it’s going to carry on for the foreseeable future. Many people are ditching their bright and bold colour palettes in favour of neutral tones and cosy textures that are very Scandi-inspired.

Bold, industrial styles of lighting, as well as abstract art prints are making a resurgence as a replacement for those loud colours that are now missing from our rooms. Also expect textured furnishings and boho cushions to finish. However, we will see a lot of navy and sapphire blues as the year goes on and we head into Winter and seek something more cosy - so don’t throw those old cushions out yet!

All of the above are a byproduct of the Scandi trend ‘hygge’, which is essentially the feeling of being super warm, cosy and content - three things we absolutely want to feel when sitting down at the end of a long day. Another trend that's set to be big this year is Japandi, which mixes together Japanese interior trends ands Scandi - think minimalism, muted colour tones and natural materials.

But of course, that's not the only option, and social media is a hub for gathering ideas and inspiration for your home. Plus, when it comes to interiors and your home, you don't have to always follow trends. It should be as much about creating a home that you love as it is about keeping up with what's 'in fashion' and the styles that everyone else is loving. Take living room ideas from everywhere, and whether that inspiration is old or new, apply the style that you love to your home.

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Living room ideas - Create a multifunctional space

If you want to create a space where you can have multiple people over at once, think about clever ways to store stools or extra seats when they're not in use.

2

Living room ideas - Clash colours and prints

If you want your living room to be playful and fun, you can absolutely do that - don't be afraid to introduce bold colours and prints.

3

Living room ideas - Choose spot lighting

Shun an overhead light in favour of floor lights, table lamps and fairy lights, to create a relaxing living room vibe.

4

Living room ideas - Use a mirror to reflect the light

Create the illusion of more space with a large mirror, which can bounce light around and create more space on the eye.

5

Living room ideas - Give Japandi a go

Wanna give the latest trend a go? Introduce some natural materials like wood, rattan and linen, a neutral colour palette and, of course, some pampas grass.

6

Living room ideas - Create space behind your sofa

If your open plan living area allows, consider using your sofa to create a 'zone' behind it, where you can display some of your favourite things.

7

Living room ideas - Mix up the levels

Create various different focal points in your home by mixing up the levels that your eyes look at. This could be as simple as stools at different heights, or contrasting piles of books.

8

Living room ideas - Commit to one colour

Whether it's a dark blue, a mossy green or a dusky pink, going hard on one colour can result in a seriously cool v

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Living room ideas - Choose a tonal colour palette

You'll never feel overwhelmed by your space if you pick a muted colour palette and stick to it. If it starts to feel boring, introduce pops of colour.

10

Living room ideas - Take the focal point off the TV

Whether you're more into reading or watching things on your laptop, have you ever considered turning attention away from the TV or designing your space in a different way?

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Living room ideas - Consider layering your rugs

Real talk: rugs are expensive. Get over this hurdle by layering up your options, so you can experiment with various textures and patterns and experience the best of all worlds.

12

Living room ideas - Replace a plant with Pampass grass

Pampass grass is having a moment. It really represents the Cali-cool-girl style we're all striving for, and its neutral colour and unique texture means it suits any interior style.

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Living room ideas - Opt for wood-tones

Woody tones and textures give that rustic, hand-made feel that is a Scandi culture essential. You'll often find that solid oak furniture lasts a lot longer too, so is a great investment you can count on.

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This luxe sideboard is a great storage solution, and works perfectly for anyone seeking a Scandi lifestyle with its woody tones and metal finishes.

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Living room ideas - Mix up your materials

Don't be afraid to clash a linen with a velvet or a corduroy with a satin cushion: the more layers and textures, the better!

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Start with something small:a linen stool next to a deep velvet sofa is the perfect way to get texture clashin'.

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Living room ideas - Get a statement reading light

Overhang floor lamps are all over Instagram RN. And is there any wonder? They're sleek, modern, and perfect for cosying up with a book or for a Netflix night.

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Living room ideas - Try out a feature wall

If you're someone who likes to play it safe with your decor, adding a feature wall allows you to get creative. Paint it a stand-out colour (murky blues are set to be the hue of next year and feel pretty timeless), and fill it with art and memories.

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Living room ideas - Create a gallery wall

A gallery wall is not only a statement, but is a quick, purse-friendly way to get your creative cap on and have your photo memories or art prints on display.

See our guide to creating a gallery wall here.

If you've an old fashioned fireplace in your living room that you have no intention of using, upcycle it by filling it with old logs for a warm and cosy effect without the effort (or smell of burning).

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Living room ideas - Choose voile curtains

If you want your living space to feel light and airy, opt for voile curtains as they're only semi-opaque, and act more as a privacy barrier than a light blocker. Their sheerness will make the room feel a lot bigger, and less stuffy.

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Living room ideas - Plaster your walls with abstract prints

One-line drawings (inspired by Picasso) are a minimalist love affair, and a staple on every Scandi influencer's Instagram feed. Even if your colour scheme changes, they'll always fit in.

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Incorporating a one-line print into your living room is enough to fool anyone that you're a total art expert.

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Living room ideas - Get yourself an accent chair

You've heard of accent nails, now let us introduce: accent chairs. A statement armchair that doesn't match the rest of your sofas adds personality to your room. Try and go for something textured such as wicker, velvet or leather.

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There's no better place to curl up with your favourite book under a blanket.

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Living room ideas - Create your own wall panels

Textured walls, and particularly wall panels, are becoming increasingly popular. While they're only usually found in old houses, people are quickly finding ways to DIY them, because they really do looking amazing.

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Living room ideas - Keep it industrial

Scandinavian style incorporates a lot of clean lines, which is often reflected in more industrial styles when it comes to interiors. Steel furniture and exposed brick walls are a sleek and understated way to hop on the trend.

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This coffee table not only looks good and does what it says on the tin, it also has storage space inside the top, so you can keep it mess-free.

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Living room ideas - Go out of your comfort zone

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Think Kim and Kanye's house. Buying into unique, obscurely-shaped pieces of furniture can liven up any neutral space. You can even skip the art on the walls because your sofa just became an exhibition.

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This eye-catching sofa shape means you can put it in a more central position rather than against a wall.

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Living room ideas - Treat yourself to a luxury rug

Persian rugs will never go out of style. They're luxurious and fit in practically any space - not to mention they will retain their value if looked after properly.

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If you're not a fan of traditional furnishings, there are plenty of modern takes on the Persian rug that look effortlessly stylish.

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Living room ideas - Try out some floating shelves

Floating shelves mean you don't have to invest in a whole unit to display your favourite things. They're most suited to art prints, photo memories and smaller ornaments due to their thin structure.

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You could even throw out your old canvas and replace it with a more statement floating shelf. How cute does this one look?

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