Year In Review: The 20 Best Living Room Designs of 2020

It’s time for our annual Year in Review! While 2020 didn’t turn out how any of us expected, here’s one thing that did go well: home design. At Modsy, we designed countless rooms this year—and today we want to share some of our favorite designs.

The most popular room we helped customers design this year were living rooms. As the hub of the home, these are rooms that saw a lot of action in 2020 and holding so many different functions.

To celebrate the end of the year (and we really are celebrating!), we’re looking back on the 20 best living room designs of 2020. It’ll inspire you with so many living room design ideas. Explore and shop them all below!

best living room designs of 2020

1. Modern Farmhouse

This Modern Farmhouse living room is full of comfortable foundational furniture—but it has more modern appeal that a traditional farmhouse look. This space features a mix of materials—like wood, linen, brass, marble, ceramic, and seagrass—which gives it a dynamic look. You might not think of mod velvet club chairs or marble and brass side tables for a farmhouse look. But, when mixed with more down-to-earth elements and arranged in a symmetrical layout, you get a look that perfectly blends the warmth of rustic design with the elevated nature of modern decor.

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Why We Love It

This space is full of unexpected elements that add a refined element to rustic decor.

Two white sofas facing each other anchored by a large vintage style area rug

2. Bohemian Elegance

This living room takes all our favorite parts of bohemian design—the eclectic, collected nature; the global colors and patterns; the warm materials—but in a way that’s more pared down and curated. The result? What we like to call Bohemian Elegance. The use of color and pattern isn’t center stage, but it’s still very present in the throw pillows and rugs, giving some definite personality to this space.

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Why We Love It

This space is proof that boho design can come alive in a more formal and elegant way.

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3. Modern Southwest

A living room full of earth tones and natural materials has us dreaming of a desert getaway. This Modern Southwest living room is brought to life through a mix of rustic and mid-century design elements, which are combined in a way that recalls the desert Southwest.

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Why We Love It

The muted colors used throughout this space are exactly the hues you’d find in the desert, which really creates a sense of place with this look.

Hygge style living room with white and grey decor

4. Scandinavian Rustic

This Scandinavian Rustic living room brings all the coziness of hygge to life. A neutral color palette with a ton of textures and natural materials create a layered look that makes hunkering down for the winter actually sound appealing.

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Why We Love It

It has all the simplicity of Scandinavian design and all the warmth of rustic spaces for a living room that’s peak coziness.

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5. Bohemian Glam

Love the opulence of glam design but the laid back appeal of boho? No need to choose when you can combine them for this stunner of a design style! Bohemian Glam is a more modern and casual approach to glam—but in a way that definitely still celebrates moments of opulence. We love the lavish but cheeky nature of this eclectic style.

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Why We Love It

We’re swooning over the mix of glam materials with a boho color palette and natural materials.
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6. New Traditional

This New Traditional living room takes all the best parts of Traditional interior design, but with more streamlined and contemporary silhouettes. While it has a more formal, symmetrical layout, it still feels cozy and inviting—the perfect space for conversations with friends or for curling up with a good book.

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Why We Love It

A blue and white color palette and traditionally inspired furniture bring to life our favorite parts of traditional design—but unexpected moments like the upholstery and modern shape of the wingback chairs give this space a contemporary spin that we absolutely love.

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7. Bold Contemporary

When you think of Contemporary interior design, you may think of a very neutral color palette and minimally styled spaces. But not this living room! While it has the streamlined forms contemporary design is known for, the bold use of color and graphic black and white patterns—plus the more maximal take on bookcase styling—give this space a ton of personality.

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Why We Love It

The simple furniture forms mean the bold colors and patterns in this living room get to steal the show and let the homeowner’s personality shine through.

neutral living room with high-contrast drapery and fireplace

8. California Modern

The California Modern look is all about comfort. The foundational pieces are comfortable and cozy—but the high-contrast color palette and mix of materials and textures in this space take this look from rustic into a space that’s a bit more modern. The result? An easy, elevated look that prioritizes livability.

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Why We Love It

Subtle eclectic elements through the living room give the space a personalized and approachable vibe.

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9. Modern Glam

This jewel box room brings the bold-colored rooms trend to life with a fun mix of jewel tones. The color palette and materials used in this living room establish a decidedly glam vibe. But the shapes of the accent furniture bring in modern design elements that make this look feel fresh and of-the-moment.

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Why We Love It

There’s some major contrast happening in this space with all these bold colors. And we are here for it.

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10. Contemporary Collector

This is a living room made for lounging. The large sectional is the perfect space to gather for a movie night or to curl up with a book. The vibrant earth tones and natural materials gives this living room an eclectic but down-to-earth vibe!

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Why We Love It

This sectional maximizes the space in this living room, offering enough space for the whole family to pile on!

victorian style living room with roll-arm sofa and chairs

11. Victorian Farmhouse

This Victorian Farmhouse living room combines rustic, classic, and eclectic elements so beautifully. It’s full of adorned elements—like the elegant chandelier and the ornate, gold-framed floor mirror—that have a classical vibe. But the foundational furniture also makes it feel very livable and comfortable.

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Why We Love It

A design style that mixes Joanna Gaines’ down-to-earth farmhouse aesthetic with Victorian styling and antique-inspired elements? What’s not to love!

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12. Desert Modern

The mix of olive green and terracotta is one of our favorite earth tone color palettes—and a great way to try out a trendy but unexpected green color palette. A mix of natural materials adds to the earthy nature of this living room, for a look that’s warm and welcoming.

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Why We Love It

The combination of these rich, saturated takes on earth tones gives this living room a lot of warmth.

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13. Traditional Comfort

Is it possible to use traditional silhouettes and a formal layout in a way that still feels relaxed? Look at this living room and you’ll say a resounding “yes!” While this space has classic formal design elements, the combination of plus materials, mixed wood finishes, and clean lives gives this space a Traditional Comfort vibe.

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Why We Love It

This is a really approachable take on traditional interior design while still leaning into classic patterns and motifs and a traditional blue and white color palette.

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14. Earthy Eclectic

A deep green wall mixed with warm wood tones and leather creates a very cozy living room indeed. The wood tones pop against the saturated, earthy green of the wall. Bonus: This particular shade of green can compliment just about any wood tone. This look made it into our favorite fall color schemes round-up—but it’s a look you can embrace year-round.

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Why We Love It

This look is simple but feels both cozy and refined. Plus, you can easily layer in pops of other earth tones for a no-fail color palette.

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15. Modern Coastal

This Modern Coastal living room has major beach house vibes. The furniture is very Mid-Century-inspired. But the beach-inspired color palette, weathered wood, and tons of natural textures tap into that coastal vibe—creating a relaxing but stylish space.

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Why We Love It

We’re big fans of coastal-inspired spaces. But we love how pops of dark contrast keep the look feeling fresh and modern!

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16. Grandmillenial Americana

Floral patterns, a quirky mix of decorative objects, and a nod to classic Colonial design captures some of the best of the trendy Grandmillenial look. With an appreciate for heritage pieces and vintage-inspired designs, this living room feels both modern and timeless all at once.

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Why We Love It

The colors, patterns, and decor throughout this space pack a ton of personality into this small living room.

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17. California Coastal

This living room is a more West Coast take on coastal style—a look we call California Coastal. Mid-Century forms, pops of cheerful colors, and mix of natural materials embodies that laid-back, cool, and unfussy Southern California vibe.

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Why We Love It

This living room has a bohemian edge that makes it feel so casual and comfortable.

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18. Industrial Glam

Industrial and glam design elements might be an unexpected pairing—but if this living room is any proof, it’s a combination that absolutely works. This Industrial Glam living room highlights and celebrates the architecture of the space (a very industrial move) but brings in materials and textures that add a definite glam factor.

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Why We Love It

Bold, dramatic, and elegant, this look is absolutely striking and packs a big punch!

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19. Saturated Southwest

Jewel tones are used in a big way in this living room. But the mix of textures in this space, plus the injection of some desert-inspired earth tones, gives it a decidedly eclectic flair—something you don’t always see in a jewel-toned space. Meanwhile, the leather sectional helps ground the look.

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Why We Love It

The clean lines of the contemporary furniture means that the colors can do all the talking in this living room!

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20. Rustic Retreat

This cozy and serene living room has rustic farmhouse vibes—but in a way that feels very elegant. With its minimal styling color palette of soft neutrals, this living room feels light and airy. The perfect place to retreat at the beginning and end of each day!

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Why We Love It

This living room has such calming vibes. It feels like a space you might find in a cozy mountain getaway!

Want even more living room inspiration? Check out our best living room designs of 2019.

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Revisit Our Top 20 Most-Loved Interiors of 2018

Another year, another batch of beautiful homes sent into the world! To celebrate the end of 2018 we took a (virtual) walk down memory lane to revisit some of the spaces you loved most.

From rustic living rooms to iconic tv show sets, here are 20 of our best interiors from 2018!

Need help designing a room in your home? Start a Modsy design project today and see your exact room transformed in 3D into one of our best interiors of 2019!

best interiors 2018

1. An Eclectic and Modern Living Room

A customer favorite for its modern yet livable design and playful patterns, this much-loved living room look was one of our best interiors of 2018! Featuring some of our favorite kid-friendly design tips, it’s a room you can actually live in (not just look at).


best interiors 20182. A Space-Saving Studio Apartment

One of our smallest spaces was also one of the biggest hits this year. The lesson? You can’t go wrong with a bold wall and neutral decor. (And skipping the nightstand in favor of vertical storage sure doesn’t hurt!)


best interiors 20183. Carrie Bradshaw’s One-Bedroom, Reimagined for 2018

Is there a more iconic interior than Carrie Bradshaw’s junior one-bedroom from Sex and The City? (Well, actually es, but more on that later.) To mark the show’s 20th anniversary, our designers gave Bradshaw’s place a 2018 makeover.

Bonus round! See how the apartment might have looked if the other gal pals – Charlotte, Samantha, and Miranda – had taken over the lease!


best interiors 20184. A Neutral-Hued Living Room

What happens when you take all of our best-selling products and put them together in one design? You wind up with one of our most-loved interiors of the year!


best interiors 20185. A Marrakesh-Inspired Room with a View

Need a little more eclecticism in your life? Look no further than this studio inspired by Morocco. The image that sparked a thousand (or so) “where’d you get that” comments, this was truly one of the most popular designs of 2018.

But seriously, wondering where we got it? The full shopping list can be found here!


best interiors 20186. A Bedroom Designed Ala Chris Loves Julia

If gallery walls could talk, this one probably wouldn’t stop talking about its chart-topping debut on Instagram. Designed in our exclusive Chris Loves Julia x Modsy collection, it really is one for the books.

Need this design in your life? We thought so. Shop this whole image here along with the rest of the collection.


best interiors 20187. A Functional and Stylish Studio Apartment

One of the most challenging rooms to design, studio apartments have to fit three rooms in one and look good doing it! To help we laid out 2 completely different ways to style this same space, and it became one of our most-popular designs in the process.

Looking for layout help? Peek the 2 looks for this studio here.


best interiors 20188. A Living Room Where Rustic Meets Cozy

Nothing gets comfier than our latest Rustic Warmth collection, which brings together relaxed furnishings with rustic accents to give your room a cozy, lived-in feel. It’s no wonder this image broke records as one of our best design of the year.

Need this look in your life? You can shop the whole thing here.


best interiors 20189. The Iconic Friends Apartment with a 2018 Upgrade

The most iconic of our interior updates of 2018! To celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Friends series finale, we wanted to once and for all answer the question of what that purple apartment would look like today if Monica and Chandler hadn’t given up the keys.

And we couldn’t help but wonder how the space would look  if Rachel or Joey moved in.


best interiors 201810. A Pint-Sized Living Room Finds the Perfect Fit

A tiny living space calls for grand solutions. This petite space was one of our best interiors of the year! Not just a pretty face, it’s also got some great ideas that can work in any small room.

Learn a few lessons from the small space pros here.


best interiors 201811. A Textured Living Space Inspired by Iceland

Chilly weather making you want to snuggle up in a pile of chunky-knit throws and never reemerge? Our interior inspired by Iceland knows how you feel. What’s more, it’s got everything you need (including a wood burning stove) to keep you cozy all winter long.

Ready to hibernate here until 2019? This link has the full scoop on how to get the Icelandic look.


best interiors 201812. A Mid-Century Living Room With Playful Patterns

The changing of the seasons is the best time to give your home a design refresh. For spring of 2018 we recapped quick and easy ways to get your home into warm-weather shape. We may be a ways off from that still, but you can still admire this mid-century living room rendered in neutrals and blues!


best interiors 201813. A Refined Take on a Rustic Living Space

Sometimes you want a room that’s elegant, and sometimes you also want one that’s rustic and cozy. We found a way to do both.

Shop the look of this much-loved living room here!


best interiors 201814. One of Mandy Moore’s New Mid-Century Living Rooms

Mandy Moore’s newly renovated mid-century mansion is a design lover’s delight. This living room, from the curvy velvet chairs to the exposed brick partition, is the eclectic/mid-century mashup we didn’t know we needed.

Take the full tour of Mandy’s new pad and learn how to get the look here.


best interiors 201815. A Modern Living Room With Extra-Sneaky Storage

A design that had everyone talking, this living room has a secret. Not only does it look great, it’s also an expert as sneaking in hidden storage. Bet you didn’t spot all the clutter hiding inside the coffee table!

Get the scoop on 7 more ways to sneak storage into your space.


best interiors 201816. A Bold and Layered Living Space

When we put this rug on our homepage, we didn’t know it would cause the stir that it did. To help our customer success team field the never-ending inquiries, we divulged our source once and for all.

Shop the look of this must-have rug, along with 4 more of our designers’ favorites.


best interiors 201817. A Bland Basement Turned Modern Family Room

If you’re looking for a masculine way to work a blue sofa, stop scrolling now. From the family room of one of our very own Modsy customers, this industrial yet livable design shows us how it’s done.

Curious how Zack turned his cavernous basement into a functional family room? Read his full story here.


best interiors 201818. Blanche Devereaux’s Tropical Bedroom Update

One of our favorite cinematic interiors, the 33rd anniversary of the Golden Girls was the perfect excuse to give Blanche’s bedroom a 2018 update. Our biggest surprise? The number of people dying to get their hands on that gold, palm leaf headboard.

Take the full tour of Blanche, Sophia, Dorothy, and Rose’s 2018 digs.


best interiors 201819. A Living Room that Proves Neutrals Don’t Have to be Boring

Our Modsy Style Team is always refining and refreshing our design collections, but this year, they gave Mod Collector an update it will never forget. Out with the bold colors and in with the textured neutrals!

Is this your style? Let’s find out here!


best interiors 201820. An Industrial Yet Inviting Dining Space

Dining rooms don’t often make the list of best interiors, so when they do you know they have to be pretty spectacular. This industrial dining space invites color in through a bold wall and strikes the perfect balance between edgy and welcoming.


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