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Living Room Layouts: What is The Best Living Room Layout For You?

One of the first things you need to do when decorating a room is decide on a layout. In the living room, figuring out the right layout for you depends on how you want to use your space.

Do you entertain family and friends often there? Are you trying to incorporate a play area for your kids? Or maybe you have an open floor plan and the living and dining spaces need to feel cohesive? Whatever your needs are, being clear about how you’ll engage with your living room design on a daily basis will help determine your layout.

To provide you with some guidance and inspiration, we’re breaking down four common living room layout ideas below. Read on to see the layouts and pick up tips for bringing the look in each setup into your home with our casual and formal living room ideas.

FOR CASUAL CONVERSATION

Living room ideas featuring laid-back layouts for conversation are common with Modsy customers. It’s easy to see why given that these designs encourage intimate conversations. If you want a cozy living room where people can mingle and relax, these are for you.

Conversational Layout #1

This layout focuses on the three mini seating areas that surround space—the sofa and woven ottoman serve as main seating in the room, while the armchairs by the fireplace are each set up as reading corners with their respective ottoman and drinks table.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Use three-point seating. Arranging your seating in a triangle, like the sofa opposite the fireplace and the inward-facing armchairs here, will instantly center your seating area.
  • Go round. Curvy designs will give your living room a less rigid look and feel. It will also create a good flow, making it easy for lots of people to move through the seating area.
  • Think visually minimal. The monochrome prints, black-and-white Moroccan rug, and white sheepskin keep the space feeling cozy rather than busy and overwhelming.

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Conversational Layout #2

Think of this split-level living room layout as the “conversation pit.” Whereas the first layout has an open flow, this one has a formal and structured formation with furnishings that play up a cozy vibe. If you’re after a simple layout, this is one of the more straightforward living room ideas.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Line up your seating. Arrange your sofa, armchairs, and benches and ottomans in a U-shaped setup so that they form a semi-closed seating area that feels intimate.
  • Keep to open bases. Because your seating arrangement has a boxy configuration, even it out with furniture that are on legs and have open bases for airy contrast.
  • Opt for classic colors. No need to go full neutral, but stick to light blues, greens, and beige tones in your accents for a cohesive look that’s punchy but easy on the eyes.

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FOR TV WATCHING

If you use your living room lmore as a place to kick back for movie nights and weekend Netflix binges with family and friends, the following two layouts have you covered. These living room ideas are centered around the TV as the main focus of the seating area.

TV Watching Layout #1

With a deep, stuffy sectional as the centerpiece, this living room layout is perfect for families with kids or those of you who host regular movie viewings and game nights. It’s all about fuss-free comfort with this setup, where everything is designed around the fireplace and TV.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Invest in big seating. When the focus of your space is entertaining around the TV, go for the comfy sink-in sectional and chaise combo to create the ultimate lounge area. Not sure if you want a sofa or sectional? See our guide for each of their pros and cons.
  • Elevate your TV viewing. Even if you don’t have a fireplace, hang your TV a little higher to avoid having to crane your neck to watch movies. For the best way to incorporate your TV to look like decor, check out our easy hacks for working TV viewing into any living room layout.
  • Finish with extra seats. A sectional and chaise on its own isn’t enough to fill out your living space, so make it a point to include the additional pouf or armchair. This will give your living room more flexibility as a conversational area and not just for TV watching.
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TV Watching Layout #2

While the first layout gives you a sort of cozy seating alcove, this approach gives you a central boxed-in, TV-viewing spot that still has good flow and leaves plenty of walking room all around. And unlike the previous design, this layout results in a slightly more formal living room design.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Try multipart seating. Another seating option is a large multi-piece sectional that is designed to be configured and can accommodate lots of bodies. If you float this piece in the room, as in this layout, it also acts as a room divider. See why it’s especially good for large rectangular living rooms.
  • Add in more moveable pieces. With a sectional that forms a conversation ring, pair it with versatile accent tables that can easily be pulled in and out of the space. Try a round coffee table and a C-shaped drinks table for compact and convenient options.
  • Optimize space around. Tuck a bench behind the sofa so that it’s easy to bring around for extra seating when needed. It’s a great perch to have at the ready for family game nights or for an extra surface for setting down a tray of drinks.

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FOR FORMAL ENTERTAINING

Conversational but less casual and intimate, these formal living rooms are less focused on lounging and lean more toward a space for cocktail parties and book clubs. These layouts are more aligned with traditional rules of interior design so expect more classic and elevated living room ideas with furniture arrangement and decor.

Formal Layout #1

When it comes to formal living room ideas, this layout approach is tried-and-true. With its balanced furniture arrangement and elegant decor pairings, this layout offers a sense of instant sophistication that never fails to impress guests.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Double everything. Facing sofas, floor lamps flanking the fireplace, matching pillows, there’s power in pairs when it comes to this layout. Start with your sofas—more classic shapes the better—and then move to the smaller accents and accessories.
  • Symmetry rules. This is key if you want a classic formal layout. It not only provides a sense of order and structure to the space, but it also lends a tailored look and frames architectural details, like windows or a fireplace, as focal points.
  • Neutral is best. The best way to ensure this formal living room layout maintains a streamlined and elegant look is to embrace a neutral palette of grays and white tones. It will soften sharp lines and dark materials and give your space a light and chic appeal.

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Formal Layout #2

For an even more formal living room design, try this elevated and curated take on a conversational layout. The key here is to combine lots of different seating in many different styles and materials, which will usher in a refined ambiance.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Vary your seating. The most important element in this living room layout is the mix of ottomans and armchairs with a bench and sectional. Together they create a formal and balanced look that gives any living room both a sense of intimacy and elegance.
  • Center with accents. With a variety of seating, you want to make sure the seating area still appears focused. Use a set of art prints and a large coffee table as visual anchors to ground the center of your space.
  • Delineate with a rug. No matter your living space, a rug will set apart your seating area. It’s essential in this formal layout, as a light-hued rug can unify all the different designs.

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FOR A MULTI-USE SPACE

For many people, the living room isn’t just for lounging. It might flow into a dining area or need to also function as a playspace for children or as a makeshift home office. If this is you, these multipurpose living room ideas featuring flexible layouts are sure to help you tackle your space.

Multi-Use Layout #1

In a small space that needs to work as both living and dining room, clear delineation of where each area starts is key. That means how and where you place your furniture will make all the difference.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Partition with furniture. Use a sofa to divide the living and dining areas. The sofa back acts like a wall to separate the room into two distinct spaces with different functions. If you’re not sure where to start, take a peek at these open living dining room layout ideas.
  • Add tall accents. Whether it’s a light fixture over a dining table, a tall plant next to your sofa, or art on the walls, accents make for markers that will help further set apart your living and dining spaces.

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Multi-Use Layout #2

Balancing multiple functions in the living room can be tricky, especially when it involves a space for children. When you’re carving out a play area or a fun corner for kids, it’s even more important to nail down a layout that clearly provides separation between different “zones”.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Corner it. Carve out a corner for the kiddos. You can use a rug to physically zone the space and top it with children’s furniture to formalize the spot as your little one’s dedicated play area. Having trouble doing this in your own space? Check out more ways to make your living room also work as a playroom.
  • Use little kid markers. By that we mean hanging up a piece of kid art to signal that the area under it is a play space. You can also work in baskets and kid-friendly storage for toys and clutter, which will ultimately indicate that it’s a separate space from the rest of the living area.

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Multi-Use Layout #3

One of our favorite open floor plan ideas for a living room is incorporating a mini office space. But it can be tricky to get the layout right as you want to make sure you add function without creating more visual clutter.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Back it with a desk. Tuck a desk behind your sofa to set up an open workspace for yourself. The back of the sofa acts like a mini wall that instantly sets your office area apart from the rest of the room. Can’t fit a desk behind your sofa? Explore more ideas from us on how to make an office in your living room.
  • Work in accent furnishings. By itself, a desk can feel a little haphazard in the middle of your living room. Try rounding out your office space with side tables, storage pieces, or a pair of stools on either side of your desk. This adds instant symmetry and balance while also formalizing this area as a dedicated workspace.
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Americana Design: 3 Fresh Takes on this Interior Design Style

When you think of Americana design, you might just think of Fourth of July-inspired stars and stripes. But there are actually many ways for this look to come to life—and some don’t even include red, white, and blue! But, no matter what way you approach it, there’s always a sense of timelessness and comfort to this style.

Made up of many classic design elements, Americana design celebrates the bright spots of our country’s cultural heritage, along with some of its history, folklore, and geography. Like our diverse country, Americana design embodies the many different backgrounds, experiences, and preferences of the people who use it. While one Americana room might lean very traditional and coastal, another is eclectic or industrial! What it always comes back to are the timeless designs and vintage influences that give this style a sense of nostalgia and causal approachability.

The History of Americana Design

Throughout our country’s history, the idea of Americana design has morphed and changed. In 1876, when America celebrated its centennial, people looked toward the early days of the country for design inspiration. Colonial styles, including woven baskets, hooked rugs, and Federal-style furniture, became popular again. In the 1920s and 1930s, Americana styles included bucolic prints and patterns and linoleum tiles stamped with Colonial-inspired brick patterns. By the 1970s and 1980s, Americana design was defined by the collecting of old signs and historic artifacts of the decades past. Replica designs for Route 66 signs and old gas station pumps began to pop up to play into this nostalgia.

In today’s Americana design, you can see mixed influences from all of these eras—including the historic and iconic Arts and Crafts design movement. This design style, which took off after the Industrial Revolution, was born out of a rejection of the fussy, overwrought style of the Victorian era. So, this style instead embraces simplicity and the natural beauty and traditional, artisanal craftsmanship of furniture and architecture. The simplicity of Arts and Crafts design comes through in Americana design, which celebrates livable, approachable spaces with rustic woodwork and traditional interior design ideas and elements.

Want to learn more about decorating with Americana design and see this look come to life? Tour our three takes on Americana living room design ideas and decide which one is right for you!

Americana designClassic Americana Style

As you can tell by its name, this is your everyday Americana decorating style, brought to life through a red, white, and blue color palette and the use of flags and stripes as decor. This is likely the type of room that comes to mind when you think of an Americana theme in your home. It has that classic, traditional-but-timeless vibe to it, with nods to the simplicity of days gone by. And, while it feels particularly fresh and relevant in the summer months, it’s a style that can be used and celebrated year-round.

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Americana designA neutral color palette makes this living room a bright, cozy, and inviting space, while varying shades of red and blue are used as accents to make the design pop. With a focus on comfort and livability, this is definitely a family-friendly approach to Americana decorating. (Even with a white sofa! Many parents swear by white slipcovers, which you can just bleach in the wash and keep it sparkling clean!)

You’ll notice rustic design influence throughout Classic Americana homes, with raw and natural wood tones and textures, along with various natural fibers, like the linen sofa slipcover and the jute rug. A room like this also demands some nature-inspired touches, like using greenery as decor, along with simple, everyday items like apples on the coffee table and wood in the fireplace.

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Along with rustic elements, Classic Americana design also has noticeable coastal interior design influences—of the Nantucket and Cape Cod variety, specifically. You see that in the use of furniture with caning, the natural materials throughout, and the white and light blue color palette, especially in the striped pillows. The room above even has some subtle nautical touches, like  the art prints on the built-in shelves.

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Americana designClassic Colonial Americana: AKA Grand Millennial

The most unexpected Americana decorating style of the bunch, Grand Millennial is a very particular brand of Americana style. With some serious Colonial American vibes, it definitely leans formal and classical in its design influences. You’ll see that come through in dark wood furniture, woven textures, and ornate decor—like the scalloped mirror in the living room design above, or the brass accents throughout.

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Americana designBut, where this style steps out of Colonial Americana and into Grand Millennial is with the colors and patterns. Florals are a big part of the Grand Millennial look, along with other vintage-inspired patterns, like chinoiserie, toile, or the wallpaper used in this room.

Grand Millennial Americana has a collected but polished look, and celebrates a thrifted or vintage vibe. Trinkets like a scottie dog figurine, small vintage paintings, and other collected objects give this style curated eclecticism. Stylize these decorative objects on a bookcase or console to really show off your collections!

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Ultimately, Grand Millennial Americana decorating is all about the mix of old with new. Along with decorative objects, think about the furniture as well. So, a chesterfield sofa with modern blue velvet upholstery, or a vintage-inspired coffee table with modern design elements.

And speaking of furniture, in a Grand Millennial living room, opt for sophisticated seating. Go for a comfortable but conversational set-up, where you can enjoy reading or afternoon tea just as much as conversation with friends! As for a color palette, pastels rule in Grand Millennial design. But make sure to incorporate pops of bright colors for a new millennial vibe!

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Americana designIndustrial Americana

As the name Industrial Americana implies, this style has some major industrial interior design influences. It’s ideal if you can use the architecture of your space as a foundation for this style—whether that’s high ceilings, brick walls, or exposed ductwork. Anything that gives off an industrial and rugged feel.

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Americana designThen, use natural materials used in a bold way to help your Industrial Americana designs come to life. In the living room above, we did this through an overstuffed leather chesterfield sofa and club chair, along with a mixed material coffee table and a metal bookcase. An edison bulb and piping floor lamp, along with other rustic metals throughout the space, add to the industrial vibe.

Overall, Industrial Americana decorating is very utilitarian. But it has a more sophisticated spin with the leather furniture, color palette, and decorative objects, which give it a bit of a cigar lounge vibe. But what places this style in the Americana camp rather than being strictly industrial is both the focus on comfort and the color palette.

While the room above has a darker color palette, which mostly comes from the natural materials throughout, classic American hues are used in a subtle and traditional way. This faded vintage-inspired rug infuses red, white, and blue into the space in an unexpected way, and you’ll also notice those colors in traditional patterns in the throw pillows.

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Americana designThe decor also has that folksy, collected Americana vibe in a way that is simple but rugged. In the living room above, we achieved this through pieces like a wood-carved ram head, iron dice, a vintage car, globe, maps, vintage prints, a vintage-style clock—all of which subtly speak to American ingenuity and exploration.

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Pride Month

Pride at Modsy: Bringing Pride Home with Interior Design

June is Pride Month, and here at Modsy, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate.  Traditionally, Pride celebrations are a time for LGBTQIA people to gather in the spirit of love and diversity, look back at their shared history, and plan for a better future. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Pride gatherings have been canceled nationwide.

Because people are still stuck at home, the folks here at Modsy thought it might be fun to find a way to bring Pride home to our LGBTQIA followers and team. With this in mind, we decided to focus on the most iconic aspect of Pride, the RAINBOW FLAG. Below you will find a bevy of designs that celebrate the different Pride colors and their unique meanings. But before we take that stroll down the rainbow road, let’s dive into a little bit of history on the fabulous flag.

Pride MonthHistory of the Pride Flag

Inspired by the Wizard of Oz song “Over the Rainbow,” the first Pride flag was designed by veteran Gilbert Baker in 1977. Interestingly enough, the flag made its debut after Baker’s friend Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official, challenged him to create a symbol for the gay community.

Baker’s original design was hand-sewn and featured eight colors, each representing a different aspect of LGBT+ culture But demand for the flag soon grew too large, and Baker couldn’t continue to create each flag by hand. Instead, he began using a  rainbow fabric that was only available in six colors, as a way to create more flags in a quicker way. The new consolidated version of the flag was the one primarily used during LGBT+ Pride parades. That is, until 2017 when black and brown were introduced as additional colors to the flag in order to represent and include BIPOC members of the LGBTQIA community. The following year, three additional colors, light blue, pink, and white, were added to the flag to represent transgender men, women, and non-binary people.
Pride Month

Before we go full technicolor on you, we’d like to take a moment to highlight the work of some fellow interior designers within the  LGBTQIA community. Each of these individuals is skilled at their craft and represents a small fraction of the queer-BIPOC and trans communities working in the interior design field.

Pride MonthAdair Curtis

Widely known for his starring role in the Netflix reality TV series, Styling Hollywood, Adair Curtis is an interior designer and husband of famed stylist Jason Boldin. Curtis began his career working for Def Jam Enterprises as a brand manager in the mid-00’s and after meeting his husband he embarked on a path into interior design. He has designed homes for many Hollywood elites, creating designs for the likes of “Bring it On” star Gabrielle Union.

Explore more of Adair Curtis’ work here!

Pride MonthSawyer DeVuyst

Sawyer DeVuyst is a New York and Los Angeles based model, actor, and furniture designer. DeVuyst’s acting work has helped bring wider visibility to the trans and gender non-conforming communities. Meanwhile, his design work has also developed an impressive following. DeVuyst has made beautiful pieces for the Wythe Hotel, Etsy Headquarters, and his work has even been sold in West Elm.

Explore more of Sawyer Devuyst’ work here!

Now without further ado… Here are our rainbow rooms to bring a little pride inspiration to your space.

Pride MonthRed: Life

Red means many things to many people. It can symbolize passion, lust, rage, and caution, but in the Pride flag, red means life. Perhaps Baker chose red to represent life because it is the color of the human heart. At Modsy,our customers are at the center of our work and we always strive to lead with the heart which is why we chose this lovely office space to represent life.

Speaking of heart, this design has tons of it. The attractive terracotta color of the walls is soothing and not aggressive (as red walls often are). The sweet red butterfly print adds a touch of soulfulness to space. Finally, the Eames desk chair is equal parts iconic and comfortable, making it perfect for a long (and impassioned) day at the home office.

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Pride MonthOrange: Healing

Orange represents healing on the Pride flag, which makes sense when you think about it. Orange recalls sunsets, the warm glow of candlelight, and healthful foods like carrots and, well, oranges. And what space do we do more healing in than the bedroom? After all, the bedroom is where we repair ourselves after a long day with a good night’s rest.

Like red, orange can often feel a little intense in the world of home decor. That’s why we chose subdued earth tone hues for the walls and balanced them with some crisp whites and neutrals. To keep things from feeling too “beige,” we incorporated a vibrant tangerine color side chair in sumptuous velvet. We also added some decorative pillows with a lively sense of geometry. The lovely orange oasis like this has you feeling refreshed and repaired in no time!

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Pride MonthYellow: Sunlight

Yellow is the symbol of sunlight on the pride flag, and we don’t think that requires much explanation. When choosing a space to represent this concept, we knew as surely as the sunrise in the east that there was no better space than a breakfast nook! After all, it’s the ideal spot to start the day with a delicious meal (we’ll take our eggs sunny side up, thank you) while perusing the news (like this historical Supreme Court ruling) or chatting with loved ones.

To really play-up the sunny disposition of this space, we chose an inviting butter yellow for the walls. Then we picked some statement-making wall decor like the starburst mirror, which really lets the sunshine in!

Let the Sunshine In

Pride MonthGreen: Nature

If you think the meaning of yellow on the Pride flag is a no brainer, we’re sure you can come to a NATURAL conclusion about the meaning of green. That’s right, the green stripe symbolizes nature! From the leaves of trees to the grass on the ground, green dominates the lion’s share of color in the natural world. With this in mind, we thought there would be no better way to celebrate the diversity of nature than with a stunning green entryway complete with a nature-inspired gallery wall.

For this space, we really wanted to highlight all that mother nature has to offer, so we brought together an assortment of pieces to represent its variety. We selected images from the sea, the earth, and even the stratosphere to really showcase nature’s bounty. However, because our entryway isn’t the size of the planet, we wanted to keep this collection feeling curated, so we chose wall art that felt slightly antique and vintage.

Go Green

Pride MonthBlue: Harmony

Blue is the symbol of harmony on the Pride flag, and we understand why. In visual language, harmony is defined as being pleasing to the eye. Harmony between people means a shared experience and a sense of alignment. What better way to represent these concepts than with a beautiful blue nursery. One of the iconic examples of harmony in human relationships is between a loving parent and their child.

For this soothing nursery space, we selected a rich assortment of blue hues in dark tones. The effect is restful and calming, making it the perfect place for a quiet read while your baby is down for their afternoon nap.

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Pride MonthPurple: Spirit

Purple is best known for being the color of royalty, but in the context of the Pride flag purple is symbolic of spirit. For us, the two meanings go hand-in-hand because if spirit is the essence of who we are as people, aren’t we all deserving of a little royal treatment? That’s why we decided that the living-room was the perfect spot for our purple paradise. It is the center (or soul) of most homes and the place where we want to showcase our style like the royalty (hey queens) we all are.

When bringing this space together, we chose classic and soothing hues of purple in luxurious fabrics like velvet and faux-fur. We went with strong silhouettes that are both bold and spirited. For the wall decor, we chose ethereal artwork to add a touch of lightness and whimsy to this regal and soulful space.

Get Royal Treatment

We hope this post put a little pep in your step and brought some joy to your hearts. Before we bid you ado, we wanted to share some links to some LGBTQIA organizations near and dear to us that work to raise awareness for LGBTQIA rights and equality.

Human Rights Campaign

Transgender Law Center

The Trevor Project

Thanks for taking this little journey with us over the rainbow. Happy PRIDE!

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Get The Nook Look: 11 Ways to Design A Comfy Reading Nook

If you haven’t heard, we’re major reading nook fans! Who doesn’t love the idea of a cozy place to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea or just a little corner to snuggle up with a throw blanket and a glass of wine at the end of a long week? Now more than ever as we hunker down at home, carving out space for a designated reading nook isn’t just a good idea, it’s totally necessary.

If you don’t think your space makes sense for a reading nook, think again. The best thing about reading nooks is that it’s really up to you how you want to design them. You can simply anchor one corner in your bedroom with a comfy armchair and side table to turn it into a reading space or if you have a window seat, you can pile it with throw pillows and blankets to really make it the perfect spot for snuggling up with a book.

Of course, finding the essential furniture pieces is key to building out a stylish and functional place to read, whether it’s the choosing the perfect chair, a side table at the right height, a few poufs to use as footrests, or having all the cozy finishing touches like a soft rug and plush pillows. But once you’ve nailed down your furnishings, all you need is to do a bit of clever arranging to create your perfect place to read.

To inspire and show you how you can easily fit a reading nook in your living room, bedroom, home office, or even kid’s room, we’ve rounded up some of our best reading corner ideas in a range of interior design styles and spaces. Read on to get our tips and see how you can bring the ideas into your own rooms.

A Boho-Chic Reading Area

There’s no rule saying that reading nooks have to be tucked away. Take a cue from this eclectic boho corner where a high-back chair, pouf, and accent table create a cozy nook-like spot.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Pair a colorful pouf with a small side table for a footrest and a practical place for coffee.
  • A faux fur rug adds softness underfoot and will define the zone for your reading nook.
  • Place a chair, like a wingback or a birdcage style, by the window to capitalize on natural light.

Great For… any unused window corner in a living room, and if you love the eclectic boho look. This is also one of our favorite nook ideas for people living in a small home or working with a small living room since it doesn’t take up a lot of space but still has presence.

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A Classic Reading Nook

If you have a random window nook in your home, turn it into the perfect place for curling up with a good book. All you need are some pillows, baskets, greenery, and a rug to warm up the otherwise unused space.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Lean into symmetry by hanging art on the walls and opting for accents in pairs.
  • Add layers of pillows to a deep window ledge to build out a comfy resting spot.
  • Play up a serene scene by keeping to a neutral palette of soft greens and natural hues.

Great For… anyone trying to maximize use out of an awkward alcove or window seat. We can picture this in a traditional elegant family house that has open areas along wide hallways.

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A Cozy Bedroom Spot

When it comes to bedroom essentials, a deep armchair that gives you an instant cozy reading nook ranks high on our list. Take after this bedroom and opt for a clean-lined modern armchair.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A sheepskin is a must for a bedroom reading spot that’s all about chic comfort.
  • Baskets are a necessary storage piece for holding pillows, blankets, and books.
  • Focus on armchairs versus side chairs because you want this to be a curl-up corner.

Great For… those looking for stylish bedroom seating ideas that bring more comfort and function to the corners of the room. It’s also perfect if you love to read your favorite book before getting into bed at night.

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An Industrial-Chic Reading Nook

With bold elements like a large ornate floor mirror, a black faux fur rug, and a towering sculptural bookcase, this industrial-chic nook approach combines comfort with edgy design.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A mid-century leather swivel chair makes for a cozy and design-forward anchor piece (AKA the perfect spot for lounging)
  • Bold details, like a gold mirror, lucite table, and brass floor lamp are key here.
  • A tall and sculptural floor lamp is both a style statement and a practical light for reading your book.

Great For… city-dwellers who love the urban-chic aesthetic or anyone living in a loft-like space. If you live in a city apartment with modern interior architecture, this mix of furnishings is perfect.

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A Modern Rustic Office Nook

For a modern rustic take on a reading spot, this home office corner has it all. The wingback chair, ottoman, drum accent table, and floor lamp lend big comfort while also setting a cool rustic vibe.

Essentials For this Reading Nook:

  • A high-contrast palette mixed with warm wood tones establishes the modern rustic vibe.
  • The statement rustic wood bookcase provides storage as well as major visual texture.
  • The fringed oval rug distinguishes this reading nook from the rest of the room.

Great For… any WFH office in need of a little cozy spot for unwinding and reading. If you have a shared home office, this is the ideal way to give both people a place to take breaks during the day.

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A Contemporary Reading Area

A common challenge is making sure your reading area feels separate but also part of the larger living space. This chic spot nails that balance with its contemporary-cool palette and furnishings.

Essential For this Reading Nook:

  • The gallery wall behind the armchair makes this reading spot feel like it’s own space.
  • A versatile pouf works wonders here as a footrest or extra seat for the larger living space.
  • A floor lamp with small eye-catching details is best here for a chic and practical accent.

Great For… a reading spot that’s clean-lined and seamlessly integrated into your living space. This approach is also perfect for open living and dining space in city apartments.

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An Under-Stair Reading Nook

The space under your stairs is full of design possibilities. Our favorite idea is to repurpose it into a cozy reading spot. All you need is a simple chair and a few practical storage accent pieces.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Lay down an area rug to define this area as its own spot from the entry and living room.
  • Tucked away floating shelves add practical storage and keep clutter out of sight.
  • Instead of a floor lamp, hang a pendant light to maximize floor space.

Great For… homes with an awkward staircase alcove or corner that can fit a chair and some small accents. If you also work from home and need extra reading and storage space, this approach is for you.

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An Eclectic-Cool Reading Nook

An easy way to create your own reading space within a larger room is to decorate it as its own room, like this corner. The armchair, table, and layers of accents make it feel like its own space. If you have space, you could even swap in a chaise lounge for a more “home library” vibe.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • The foolproof pairing of an accent table and a pouf add instant comfort and versatile style.
  • Opt for an always-chic tufted armchair that can work with a range of eclectic accents.
  • Layering a sheepskin with an area rug sets off the space and adds a cozy, homey vibe.

Great For… those who want a place in the home to call their own within a larger living space. This can also work in a family room where one side is used for watching TV.

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A Traditional Reading Area

Sophisticated and refined, this corner for two is the definition of a classic reading nook. Perfect for a master bedroom corner, it’s as elegant as it is simple with a pair of elegant armchairs.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • Traditional swivel chairs make for a great matching set in any conversation area.
  • Don’t underestimate luxe accents like a faux fur or cowhide pillow that add bold texture.
  • Fewer but more traditional accents, like a bird print, add the most impact in this instance.

Great For… a master bedroom suite with room beyond the bed for lounging. Or this can also work as a second seating area in a spacious living room corner.

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A Nursery Reading Nook

If you’re a new parent, having a comfy and relaxing spot for nursing and napping in the nursery is non-negotiable. The best part is that it also functions as a cozy reading spot by default.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • A glider or rocker is a nursery anchor piece, so make sure it’s comfy for parent and child.
  • A pouf can easily be moved, is lightweight, and is non-hazardous for a baby’s room.
  • Keeping to a neutral color palette with earthy flairs adds a serene and calming feel.

Great For…  new parents who want an all-in-one nursery and kids room that’s made to handle all types of activities, from nursing to nap time.

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A Boho Window Nook

With any awkward nook or open space that’s too small to make a full room, turn it into a private reading space. Simply pull in a chair, add a rug and pouf, and layer in some lighting.

Essentials For This Reading Nook:

  • An area rug will help define the area as well as add color and soften up the wood floors.
  • An outdoor chair, like this rattan one, is an airy yet comfy alternative to armchairs.
  • Candles and a hanging pendant make for different sources of lighting that add ambiance.

Great For… a seating area that’s off to the side in the house or an empty space that can be transformed into a private hideaway within the home.

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April Edit: Best Living Room Designs of the Month

Living rooms… they’re one of the most important spaces in your home, but can also be tricky to design. Living room updates are a great way to revamp your home styling when you’re in need of a change of scenery. Maybe you’ve had the same living room furniture and style for ages and want to totally refresh your living space with the help of a designer. Or maybe you just have a couple of new home decor ideas for living room upgrades, like a cool modern coffee table, new floor plan, or other design tweaks. If you’re looking for living room inspiration, we create hundreds of living room designs every month! We rounded up some of our April favorites to show off living room ideas of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Read on and get inspired by April’s best living room design ideas for your home!

living room designsWest Coast Casual

This living room design blends California Bobo with a casual-cool coastal living room look to create a laid-back and welcoming setting. It has a casual feel with lounge chairs, a deep sofa, and a wicker coffee table. The rug anchors the space and, paired with the complimentary patterns on the pillows, ties the whole color scheme together into a vintage feel. This is a great example of using minimal living room decor ideas in a way that’s still impactful.

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Modern Minimalism

Living room designs that blend minimalist and mid-century modern style are all about creating a clean and crisp look. This space has a casual layout with furniture that makes a statement! The large pouf and modern daybed give it a lounge feel and stay in line with the low coffee table and neutral color palette. Pops of blue throughout the room pair well with the beautiful distressed rub and shibori patterned swivel chair. And the balance of modern and organic shapes feels ultra serene and stylish.

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living room designsEclectic Energy

We are really digging this eclectic living room with a vibrant, multi-color palette! The blue wall sets the stage and pops of reds and yellows from the rug are mimicked in the wall art and pillows. The floor plan is open and airy, one of the best living room ideas for creating an inviting space. All in all, it’s a casual but curated look that will make your guests feel right at home.

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Rustic Ranch

This living room style blends eclectic furniture and art with a rustic color scheme and decor. The design definitely has a global flair with Moroccan-style carved tables and a woven basket wall. Warm color tones on the neutral furniture create balance. The large billowy sectional alongside the cozy floor pouf create a casual living room lounge feel.

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living room designsBoho Eclectic

Another example of a great eclectic design, this living room uses a warm neutral color palette and a variety of textures to create an inviting, laid-back living space. Rattan chairs and coffee table give it a bohemian design vibe and furniture is arranged in a conversational setting in front of the fireplace. The contrast comes in from all the patterns and varying textures—and we love the funky art!

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Rustic Mod

This living room makes a bold statement with the dark green walls and fantastic mid-century living room furniture! The sofa and chairs are very much mid-century forms and the side tables and coffee table add organic balance with a rustic touch. The color palette stays somewhat monochromatic even with the bold blues, greens, and soft pink neutrals. And the layout design feels formal with L-shaped seating that’s still great for conversation.

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Modern Industrial

For a funky living room design that ups the ante on style, check out this modern industrial look. It has an open and inviting layout with formal symmetry, but the low furniture keeps it casual and cool. A black and white color palette keeps it interesting with varying patterns and sculptural tables. And the large wall artwork adds a definitive focal point!

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living room designsRustic Contemporary

We love the calm and balance of this rustic contemporary living room design. An earth-toned color palette keeps it extra sophisticated and the vintage rug adds a little bit of a boho touch. The rug also anchors the seating area and creates an intimate, welcoming conversation setting. Double coffee tables give the space a very stylish vibe while also adding a formal touch.

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living room designsContemporary Calm

This living room style is contemporary, rustic, and minimal all at once! A neutral color palette grounded in warm tones keeps the look clean and fresh with an inviting brightness. The woven rug and patterned coffee table create an intimate area in front of the fireplace, the focal point of the room. And the styling is minimal with decor that is simple and impactful with a welcoming circle for conversation.

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living room designsRetro Relaxation

This blend of retro and mid-century modern styles creates a super stylish aesthetic we love. The playful color palette features iconic mid-century colors like blue and deep mustard yellow to spice things up. And the iconic retro furniture shapes like the slingback chair and Noguchi coffee table add visual interest to the room. And we love how simple decor pieces like the artwork, cactus, and layered mirror still makes a strong mid-century statement.

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Refined Rustic

This living room design is rustic in style with sophisticated touches like the classic blue and white lamp and carved side table. The blue color scheme features neutral shades and gets lots of warmth from the leather ottoman. This living room design is super casual with lots of room on the sectional and the ottoman taking the place of a coffee table. And lots of windows and open archways give the room a spacious and airy feel.

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Subtle Sophistication

Contemporary and mid-century modern always make a great pair! This living room features the two styles in a formal layout with lots of decorative accents in ceramic for a little drama. Cooler tones in the neutral color scheme are warmed up by the hide rug and wooden sideboard. And the conversational seating features solid furniture with a contemporary feel.

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Cozy Contemporary

This living room pairs elements of contemporary and coastal styles to create a bright and cheery space. Pops of yellow provide an accent against the neutral base and the inviting layout makes the room even cozier. The jute rug, jute pouf, and sea-themed decor create cool, coastal vibes and the extra layers of pillows add extra comfort to the sofa.

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Year In Review: The 17 Best Living Room Designs of 2019

best living rooms 2019We can’t believe that 2019 is almost over. To celebrate the end of another amazing year, we’re looking back at some of our best living room design ideas, which are the most popular rooms among Modsy customers!

Take a peek at some of the best living room designs we’ve put together in 2019, and see why we just can’t get enough of these spaces!

The Look: Perfectly California Casual

We’re starting with THE living room of the year. This Cali Casual living room was one of the most-popular Modsy designs of the year, and we can see why. It’s comfortable yet trendy, has a good neutral mix of patterns, textures, and materials, and it feels laid-back California but still family-friendly.

Why We Love It: It gets the California coastal blend of chic and chill totally right.

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2019 best living roomsThe Look: Desert Minimal

This Desert Minimal living room was the perfect introduction to the organic modernist style. With its cool and bright eclectic furnishings, earthy accents and materials, and edgy mid-century designs, this space definitely ranks high on our list of super-chic looks. If you want color without going too bold, this living room design is for you.

Why We Love It: It’s our idea of the luxe eclectic look perfected.

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The Look: Contemporary & Formal

Speaking of organic modern style, this contemporary living room painted in Sherwin Williams’s 2020 color of the year, Naval, offers a slightly formal take on the look. It’s a space that plays with neutrals and dusty blues in an elegant way that we didn’t expect. The sophisticated furniture arrangement and unique pieces also all came together in a balanced way.

Why We Love It: Formal doesn’t always mean traditional and this proves it!

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best living rooms 2019The Look: Lake House Modern

While we love the cozy cabin look to no end, this modern lake house living room offered an updated take on the style that instantly captivated us. It’s modern farmhouse style with a twist in all the right ways—organic patterns, natural materials, comfy foundation pieces. And it’s all done in a way that feels thoroughly modern.

Why We Love It: A cool take on rustic that keeps up the cozy cabin vibe is always a plus!

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The Look: Tropical Boho

If we’re talking over-the-top winner, this tropical boho living room takes the prize. It’s the ultimate haven for color and pattern lovers and there are textures galore. Think of it as the upbeat, very opposite cousin of Desert Minimal. With all the layers of poppy prints, punchy hues, and tactile materials, this is for all the maximalists out there!

Why We Love It: If there’s a room that captures our love of 2019’s maximalism trend, this is it.

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The Look: Traditional With a Glam Edge

Chesterfield sofa in a citrine velvet? Yes, please! This living room with a tad of trad showed us how a major velvet piece can really dial up the glamour in a room. We (and many of our customers) were instant converts of the idea! And when it’s done in this palette of ochres, yellows, and mustards, it’s just perfection.

Why We Love It: Velvet used in a big way like we’ve never seen before—and we’re all about it!

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The Look: Classic Farmhouse Elegance

Inspired by the Waco, Texas, lifestyle of Chip and Jo Gaines, this sophisticated living room is basically all our farmhouse style dreams come true. It’s classic rustic beauty. There are refined furniture and accents but the room still feels comfy and inviting, and the rustic elements (woven accents, natural woods, white upholstery) are beautifully balanced. 

Why We Love It: This is master class farmhouse decorating! It’s an elevated style that’s made to feel none too precious for family living.

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The Look: Mid-Century Boho

This curated living room captured a new way we saw the mid-century trend play out in 2019. It consisted of more earthy, organic, and boho elements all mixed in with the streamlined simplicity of mid-century. Looking at it again now, we’re certain this is a look that’s here to stay.

Why We Love It: Mid-Century Modern style with just the right amount of boho and organic touches. What’s not to love?

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The Look: Dreamy Rustic Warmth

We can probably talk about rustic living rooms painted in cozy neutral and white all day long. But we’ll always come back to this warm and bright living room that has everything we can’t get enough of. There are plenty of natural materials (the baskets and rugs), cool eclectic and boho details (the trunk), and the perfect comfy furnishings (sofa and pillows). You can find us here all winter!

Why We Love It: You can rarely go wrong with white on white on white in a rustic space.

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best living rooms 2019The Look: Laid-Back Industrial

Calling out city lofters! This industrial living room duplex design is urban apartment living goals. It’s livable and bright and the eclectic furniture mix warms up the sleek interior architecture in all the right ways. The minimal leather sofa instantly cozies up the room while the tribal patterned rug, graphic pillows, and black-and-white art add a cool edge.

Why We Love It: Cool, colorful, and collected, this is what city living dreams are made of!

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The Look: Global Chic

There’s no denying the simple-chic look of velvet in pastel shades. In this well-curated living room, a pink velvet sofa takes center stage amid a global mix of furniture and graphic contemporary art, which proves that big bursts of pastels can actually have gorgeous neutral appeal.

Why We Love It: The channeled back on the sofa is an elegant detail that truly shines here and we’re predicting it will be a huge trend in 2020!

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The Look: High-Contrast Cool

As much as we love a welcoming city loft, we’re all about this edgy, high-contrast space that gets the modern black, white, and grey palette right. The sectional arranged with the super-slender coffee table and black-leather armchairs make for a seating area that’s cool and comfy. And there are plenty of patterns and textures that add warmth and make this open, airy space feel incredibly cozy and livable.

Why We Love It: A modern space with a modern palette made warm. We’re there!

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The Look: Eclectic Rustic Comfort

Rustic with an eclectic furniture mix that adds tons of warmth, this cozy living room look scored high marks among our Modsy customers. It has all the right comfy foundational furniture pieces along with woven accents and farmhouse details that truly make a house a home.

Why We Love It: Relaxed but colorfully curated, this is family-friendly style upgraded!

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The Look: Nashville Bohemian

When we looked to Nashville for style inspiration, we happily found interiors with lots of eclectic art and classic furnishings. It’s also a classic yet boho look that showcases traditional furniture in shapes and colors that are totally unexpected. All to say, it’s a bright and bold look that we still find endlessly inspiring.

Why We Love It: A room with a colorful gallery wall always wins our approval for best living room.

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best living roomsThe Look: Bold Classic Elegance

One of our most-loved rooms from the year, this classic living room shows how layering texture on texture can make for a super bold and inviting look. Even though the large room is outfitted in mostly neutral and white, the natural materials and the playful pops of patterns help keep it feeling full and cozy.

Why We Love It: There’s just no arguing when pattern and texture add impact like this.

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The Look: Monochrome Chic

One room, one color can go in any direction, really. But this glamorous monochrome living room in shades of saturated green is far from one-note. The luxe furnishings manage to feel at once minimal yet bold. Also, green isn’t an easy color to decorate with, but here it’s layered in a way that feels chic and comfortable.

Why We Love It: Emerald green is a jewel tone with timeless appeal, so this is monochrome brilliance if you ask us!

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best living rooms 2019The Look: Curated Modern Farmhouse

The bright and curated modern farmhouse look was one of our top styles of 2019, and it’s obvious why. The look mixes all the best trends together in one room, from layers of natural textures to a mix of industrial and mid-century furniture to clean lines and cozy neutrals. This light-filled modern farmhouse living room sums it all up beautifully.

Why We Love It: The window panes, the round mirror above the stone fireplace, the perfect display cabinet. This is our modern farmhouse dreams come true!

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