As we all continued to figure out what our “new normal” was in 2021, our homes remained more important than ever. And no room was quite so used in most of our homes than our living rooms.
Living rooms continued to be a place for relaxing and unwinding after a day of video calls and a space for movie or game nights with the family. And, as we slowly started entertaining again this year, our living rooms served as a place for small gatherings with friends—though it certainly looks a little different than before.
To celebrate these multipurpose spaces in our homes, along with the end of 2021, we’re rounding up the best living room designs of the year! Take a walk down memory lane to revisit (and shop) your favorite living rooms of 2021.
1. 70s-Inspired Glam Living Room
Meet Modsy designer, Hope, the talent behind this stunning space! As part of a Modsy design challenge, Hope designed this glam living room, full of some 1970s vibes. It’s stylish and chic—but also cozy and comfortable. The mustard velvet swivel chairs and burl wood side table is a stunning combination of materials, and perfect for a glam space. And did you notice that teal cloud wallpaper in the corner? Perfection.
2. Minimal Glam Living Room
The curved furniture trend is on full display here! From the curved sofa and armchair to the rounded coffee table and ottoman, we’re loving all the soft, modern lines in this space. It creates an understated yet playful living room that’s full of personality. And the earthy pastel palette lets the furniture forms do all the talking.
3. Moody Modern Rustic Living Room
This living room was one of our most popular spaces of the year. Don’t you just want to crawl inside of this room? There’s not much color to speak of in this living room, but the space comes to life through the contrast of light and darks, along with the use of varying textures and materials. We’re talking about those pops of natural material (the wood coffee table and dried pampas grass), along with the sherpa pillows and sheepskin rug, that enliven the space with texture.
4. Cali Cool Living Room With a Rustic Twist
Fans of the Amber Interiors design style, rejoice! This rustic living room design is mixed with California Casual and a dash of the eclectic for an absolutely stunning space! We love the mix of patterns, like classic-style rug and folk-inspired ottoman. And natural wood finishes add an organic and casual touch to the space. Built around the desire for a conversation space, we maximized seating not just a sofa, but also various chairs and stools.
5. Modern Traditional Living Room
Here’s another dream room design—this one from Modsy designer Angela Lee! This beautiful living room embodies timeless design, with a mix of furniture styles ranging from classic to modern and eclectic. While it has a more formal vibe, the layered rugs add a cozy feel. We love how the neutral palette is punctuated with green accents—from the velvet chaise armchair to the use of plants and flowers throughout the space. This is another layout that’s great for entertaining and conversing, with tons of cozy seating options.
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6. Nantucket Coastal Living Room
If you gravitate toward a classic, preppy, and streamlined look, then this is the living room for you. This space has a more formal look, but the plush furniture is comfort-forward and inviting, and natural materials bring in some warmth. The classic blue and white color scheme, along with that use of natural materials, make the design of this living room undeniably coastal and summery. It has us dreaming of an escape to a seaside cottage in the summer!
7. Cozy and Layered Scandinavian Living Room
Scandinavian design meets the comforting nature of hygge in this living room, which is filled with layers of coziness. Natural, rich materials add a lot of texture and bring depth to the space. That use of natural materials, along with the neutral palette—contrasted with the moments of black accents—helps ground the look in Scandinavian style. And a plush sectional offers a perfect place to lounge around and get cozy!
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8. Modern Eclectic Living Room
This living room was another dream room design, by Modsy designer Shelly Sutton. Full of global eclectic style, this space has a lot going on—in the best possible way. A maximalist’s dream, the mix of patterns—from the zebra print rug to the marble and floral wallpaper—helps break up the otherwise neutral color palette. And the charcoal walls add a dramatic touch that acts as a backdrop to the light furniture. The use of plants and natural wood throughout the space adds an organic feel that helps temper the drama of this living room design.
9. Cottagecore-Inspired Living Room
The Cottagecore trend grew in leaps and bounds in 2021. Cottagecore style is inspired by the idea of simpler life, when things were slightly more rustic and idyllic. Basically, it embodies some major English countryside cottage vibes and celebrates the look of handmade items. To bring this look to life, we opted for oversized furniture to add a cozy place to lounge and relax. While the furniture style is a mix of classic and rustic, the bold use of color and pattern adds a dose of the eclectic to this space.
10. Modern Coastal Living Room
This living room design comes to life through a mix of modern and coastal styles. The blue and white color palette brings out the coastal side of this style, while leather sofas add a cool, modern touch to the space—along with richness to this lighter color palette. The symmetrical design is a nod to the formality of classic coastal design, but the furniture shapes and patterns in the space make it feel more casual. The layered rugs also add to that casual vibe while also grounding the large space to make it feel more intimate.
11. Modern Industrial Living Room
A mix of modern and contemporary furniture adds a fresh look to this industrial space. The color palette is cool with its use of blue, gray, white, and black. But we brought in warmth with the use of a natural wood coffee table and leather sectional. The crystal chandelier adds an elevated touch to the space without clashing the overall casual vibe of this living room.
12. High-Contrast Living Space
Contrast plays a big role in this living room, adding visual interest with the limited color palette. The accent wall behind the fireplace draws your eye into the space, contrasting with the white fireplace and sofa. You can also see this contrast come to life in the use of textures throughout the space—from the jute rug and stool to the textured throw pillows and cane chair. And the vivid geometric rug, bold artwork, and patterned pillows bring further depth to the space through the use of pattern.
13. California Modern Living Room
This living room design is from our musings of where the original Gossip Girl characters would live today. This is what we think Serena and Dan’s apartment would look like—an embodiment of California Modern style, with eclectic accents sprinkled throughout. The space features a simple-but-cozy color palette, with earthy green and neutrals. And we love the conversational seating set-up, with the sectional and chairs centered around the fireplace and coffee table.
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