Top Living Room Design Styles

From contemporary to modern, transform your living room with design details that offer a big impact.
By: Jeannie Matteucci
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Traditional Elegance

A traditional living room should be graceful as well as timeless. For this luxe living room, key pieces from Baker's Stately Homes Collection, including the elaborately detailed Queen Anne Bureau Cabinet and a rare Irish rococo carved mahogany Puca Table, add character to the room. The Guinness Settee with tight back, tailored seat cushions and round tapered legs provides stylish seating. Photo courtesy of Baker

Clean and Contemporary

For this New York City high-rise condo with beautiful water views, eco-friendly designer Robin Wilson created a contemporary living room by using bamboo floors, a curved steel-frame sofa with cotton upholstery and a coffee table made from a single piece of recycled ship steel. LED light shadow boxes on the wall with ocean images continue the water theme. Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson Home

In Transition

For this inviting San Francisco Bay-area home, designer Marysia Rybock of ScavulloDesign Interiors created a transitional living room that feels light and airy. Colors in an antique area rug inspired the room's palette, while a large custom chandelier above casts a pleasing glow at night. An all-bronze coffee table adds contemporary flair to the space. Photography by Doug Dun

Rustic Cottage

On a budget of $18,000, designer Anisa Darnell completely transformed a dated living room into a cottage-inspired family space. Cozy furnishings were combined with country-inspired accents for a comfortable family room.

Midcentury Simplicity

The sprawling layout and large windows of midcentury-modern homes are often complemented by clean details and simple furnishings. This welcoming living room with furniture and accessories from Room & Board features a button-tufted sofa with stretcher base, a classic round cocktail table and a large neutral area rug. Photo courtesy of Room & Board

Craftsman Design

Craftsman living rooms follow a design philosophy based on simplicity and practicality. Interior details are warm and inviting, showcasing dark wood elements and craftsmanship.

Mix of Modern and Contemporary

To complement the dramatic double-height window wall in this Menlo Park, Calif., townhouse, designer Marysia Rybock of ScavulloDesign Interiors created a stunning contemporary living room that combines the owner's existing curved midcentury sofa and European artwork with soft furniture pieces and a large silk area rug with a modern design that adds movement to the space. Photography by Matthew Millman

Classic Coastal

Nautical art, salvaged fixtures and a rich color palette bring this seafaring living area to life in Maine. Design by Tyler Karu