Traditional Living Room Ideas

Traditional living room ideas and inspo.

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Entry Mood Board v2 designed by Kim Loftis
Entry Mood Board v2Designed by Kim Loftis
Untitled designed by Jendalyn Cohen
UntitledDesigned by Jendalyn Cohen
Buffet Station designed by Jendalyn Cohen
Buffet StationDesigned by Jendalyn Cohen
Photo Moment updated designed by Jendalyn Cohen
Photo Moment updatedDesigned by Jendalyn Cohen
Photo Moment designed by Jendalyn Cohen
Photo MomentDesigned by Jendalyn Cohen
Dining room rugs designed by Katie Carpenter
Dining room rugsDesigned by Katie Carpenter
Moroccan Boujad Rug Red/Brown/Orange designed by Becca Hill
Moroccan Boujad Rug Red/Brown/OrangeDesigned by Becca Hill
april 1st designed by Bhuvana Lakshmi Dharani
april 1stDesigned by Bhuvana Lakshmi Dharani
Traditional designed by Jessica Notter
TraditionalDesigned by Jessica Notter
Wedding Vibes designed by Ananya Ashok
Wedding VibesDesigned by Ananya Ashok
Light blue antique designed by Kendra Ijeoma
Light blue antiqueDesigned by Kendra Ijeoma
Living Room Mood Board designed by Ramona Manea
Living Room Mood BoardDesigned by Ramona Manea
Untitled designed by Rosa Villanueva
UntitledDesigned by Rosa Villanueva
Art designed by Roxana Perez
ArtDesigned by Roxana Perez
Kitchen + Living Room designed by Nora Abramov
Kitchen + Living RoomDesigned by Nora Abramov
Primary Bedroom designed by April Taylor
Primary BedroomDesigned by April Taylor
Living Room designed by Sarah Ellis
Living RoomDesigned by Sarah Ellis
Living Room designed by Katia Gailas
Living RoomDesigned by Katia Gailas
Untitled designed by VIVIAN CUESTAS
UntitledDesigned by VIVIAN CUESTAS
Untitled designed by rachel avonne
UntitledDesigned by rachel avonne
Untitled designed by Zainab Qayyum
UntitledDesigned by Zainab Qayyum
Untitled designed by Allison Van Houten
UntitledDesigned by Allison Van Houten
Mood Board: Traditional Home designed by Sarah Meyer
Mood Board: Traditional HomeDesigned by Sarah Meyer

Design tips for decorating a traditional style living room

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

What’s the best way to design and decorate a traditional 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 traditional 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.
  • Traditional 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 traditional 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 traditional living room makeover! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Living Room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a traditional living room design?

Don’t let anyone tell you traditional interior design is synonymous with boring. A traditional design style exudes elegance and comfort, drawing inspiration from the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe and America. It's characterized by classic details, sumptuous furnishings, and a sense of orderly decor. Rich wood tones, decorative moldings, and an emphasis on symmetry contribute to the style’s formal and refined aesthetic. The traditional style creates a timeless and inviting atmosphere, where every piece tells a story of heritage and sophistication.

To achieve a traditional aesthetic in your living room, start with a neutral color palette for the walls and layer in rich textures. If you are set on a darker color, consider richer earth tones like chocolate, maroon, or navy, or a mix of colors in a patterned wallpaper for a more luxurious feel. Chenille, silk, brocade, and velvet are great fabric choices for upholstered furniture and window treatments. Bring in decorative elements that are more ornate like gold picture frames, chandelier light fixtures, oil paintings, and vintage rugs and textiles.

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