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Are you designing a black living room and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Design Challenge designed by B Andrews
Design ChallengeDesigned by B Andrews
Sabai Design Challenge designed by Sona Mansharamani
Sabai Design ChallengeDesigned by Sona Mansharamani
Vintage vibes designed by Sona Mansharamani
Vintage vibesDesigned by Sona Mansharamani
LuxStudioApt designed by Ashley McCain
LuxStudioAptDesigned by Ashley McCain
Living Room Layout designed by Hilah Stahl
Living Room LayoutDesigned by Hilah Stahl
Living Room Vibe designed by Lauren Thorp
Living Room VibeDesigned by Lauren Thorp
Scout Design Studio entry designed by Miranda Beck
Scout Design Studio entryDesigned by Miranda Beck
wip: Living room designed by Virginia Ibarra
wip: Living roomDesigned by Virginia Ibarra
Living Room designed by Katie Penicook
Living RoomDesigned by Katie Penicook
Living Room designed by Jasmyne Muir
Living RoomDesigned by Jasmyne Muir
Mosher Living Room Mood Board designed by Kelly Bromm
Mosher Living Room Mood BoardDesigned by Kelly Bromm
Mastr. bd Feature Wall designed by Janel Washington
Mastr. bd Feature WallDesigned by Janel Washington
Fireplace Room designed by suaad hansbhai
Fireplace RoomDesigned by suaad hansbhai
Living Room Mood Board designed by Brigid Duncan
Living Room Mood BoardDesigned by Brigid Duncan
Flower Power designed by Ally Hanson
Flower PowerDesigned by Ally Hanson
Fancy Girl Fall designed by Cimon Greenfield
Fancy Girl FallDesigned by Cimon Greenfield
HOMEBODI Livingroom designed by Maria Palantino
HOMEBODI LivingroomDesigned by Maria Palantino
Flower Power designed by Lindsey LaPrime
Flower PowerDesigned by Lindsey LaPrime
San Junipero Textile Studio Design Challenge designed by The Graymill
San Junipero Textile Studio Design ChallengeDesigned by The Graymill
Living from couch designed by Lyss Wallace
Living from couchDesigned by Lyss Wallace
Untitled designed by Kylie Hartwig
UntitledDesigned by Kylie Hartwig
Forest Green & Rust designed by Liz Nevil-Smith
Forest Green & RustDesigned by Liz Nevil-Smith
Mood Board designed by Joy Montgomery - Sandy Schargel Interiors
Mood BoardDesigned by Joy Montgomery - Sandy Schargel Interiors
Living Room designed by Carley Rudd
Living RoomDesigned by Carley Rudd

Design tips for decorating a black style living room

Here’s how to achieve the black aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a black living room?

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. But if you ask us, the living room gives it a run for its money since it’s likely the most used room in your house. From entertaining guests to lounging around reading a book to watching way too much TV (no judgment here), your main living space has to be both comfortable and functional. Open-concept living spaces may also include an eating area or a full dining room for easy living.

Whether you're in the process of a living room remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the living room and complements the style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Sofa, Couch, or Sectional: A staple of any living room, the sofa or couch provides a comfortable seating option for relaxation and socializing. The sofa should be the functional focal point of the room. When creating the furniture plan for your living room, start with the sofa as the largest piece of furniture and plan the rest of the room around it. If you have a small living room, you may want to select a sofa with a shallower depth or a L-shaped sectional to maximize your seating space. If you have a large living room, you may want to consider multiple couches to take advantage of your space.
  • Armchairs: These individual accent chairs offer additional seating and can be placed strategically around the living room to create cozy conversation areas. In addition to leaving space around furniture groupings, make sure to also leave space around each piece of furniture. This allows people to move freely using various routes within the living room. It's important to strike a balance between creating a cozy seating area and providing enough room for easy navigation.
  • Coffee Table: A central piece, the coffee table sits in front of the sofa and provides a surface for placing drinks, books, and other items. Pro tip: The recommended distance between a coffee table and the sofa in a living room is roughly 15-18”. This allows for enough space to move around comfortably and ensures that the coffee table is within easy reach from the seating area.
  • Side Tables and/or Ottomans: Placed next to sofas or armchairs, side tables offer a convenient surface for placing lamps, drinks, or other small items. Ottomans are even more versatile and can serve as a footrest, extra seating, or even a side table or coffee table when paired with a tray. Choose side tables or ottomans that are proportionate to the furniture they accompany. The height of the side table should be similar to or slightly lower than the armrest or seat height of the sofa or chair.
  • Console, Entertainment Center or TV Stand: This furniture piece typically houses the television and often includes additional storage for media devices, gaming consoles, or to display decorative items. Ensure that the size of the media console is proportionate to the size of the screen it will be supporting. Even if you don’t plan to include a TV in your living room (we support your decision for less screen time!), a freestanding console or built-in shelving unit is great for storage and organization. You can hide (or replace) your TV with a large piece of wall art.
  • Area Rug: It’s common to include an area rug in a living room for extra warmth and coziness. If possible, all furniture pieces should “live” on the rug in your living room. If your rug doesn’t really allow for that, then at least the front legs should be atop the rug. This ensures the furniture doesn’t look like it’s floating in the room.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Typically in a living room, you’d want a flush surface mount light or chandelier on the ceiling and wall-mounted sconces or table lamps placed around the room for mood lighting.
  • ** Decor Accessories**: Decor in a living room can transform a living area into a vibrant tapestry of textures, colors, and forms, creating a welcoming and personalized environment that reflects your style. The strategic placement of books, vases, and candles on coffee tables or shelves infuses the room with character and warmth. Throw pillows and blankets introduce texture and color helping to make the space feel cozier. Wall art helps to ground the space and showcase your personal taste and interests. Mirrors can amplify light, making the room feel more expansive.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the living room.

Get creative and have fun with your living room makeover! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Living Room.

How do you decorate with black?

Black can be both a bold statement and a subtle accent in a living room. When using black in your decor, it's important to consider balance and proportion. Too much black (or other dark colors) can make a large space feel heavy or overwhelming. Consider using black as an accent color or incorporating it in smaller doses throughout your space. A black feature wall, floor, or ceiling can create dramatic impact, making the space feel grounded and expansive without overpowering. Black accent furniture, such as a sleek sofa, a lacquered table, or matte chairs, can serve as elegant anchors in a room.

Black pairs beautifully with pretty much any other color. For a bold, contemporary look, pair black with vibrant primary colors like red, yellow, or blue. For a softer, more timeless palette, combine black with pastel shades or warm neutrals. To prevent black from making a room feel too dark or heavy, balance it with lighter elements and varied textures. Pair black with whites, creams, or light grays to create a striking contrast. Black and white patterns can add a dynamic layer to your room whether it’s through a bold striped rug, geometric tile, or an intricate wallpaper design.

Lighting plays a crucial role in how black is perceived in a space. Ample natural light can soften the intensity of black and highlight its elegance. Consider using black as a backdrop for mirrors or metallic accents. Incorporate materials like glass, metal, or textured fabrics to add visual interest and depth. The contrast between black and reflective surfaces can create a sense of depth and add a touch of glamor. Incorporating different lighting sources like pendant lights or table lamps can create a warm and inviting ambiance against a black backdrop.

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