Living rooms are definitely the hardest working room in the house. We believe that a house must express the owner’s soul, as clothes express the personality of the person who dresses them. Thus, we brought to you 12 rooms to show you how to maximize your interior spaces. Take a peek at our suggestions, and be inspired by these living room ideas.

Evaluate the Scale

You don’t need a huge space to have a great room. In fact, in apartments, sometimes you need to combine your dining and living areas. To make this work, opt for a smaller bistro table and use a banquette on the other side of the kitchen island as a place to sit and hang out as well as a dining area.

Photo by Simon Watson

Use a Bright Rug

Draw the eye to the spaces that you want to give more prominence. In this great room designed by Arent & Pyke, an eye-catching orange rug gets the job done.

This family home adheres to the notion of comfortable and practical sophistication. The material and furnishing palette are both highly detailed and distinctly modern. Everything conspires to create the Pavilion House in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

Photography: Anson Smart
Photography: Anson Smart
Photography: Anson Smart

Pack It All In

In this beach house, designer Alexander Design gave a new life to this once dark beach-side home, transforming it into an ethereal, open retreat full of low-key glamour, soulful materials and modern furnishings that create a layered and cozy respite.

This great room truly has it all, from a dining area to a formal hang out spot and even a pool table.

Source: Alexander Design website
Source: Alexander Design website
Source: Alexander Design website

Give Each Zone Distinctive Qualities

This room serves as both a formal dining room and a living room and is the ultimate space for guests. The solid blue rug helps unify the space as it extends from the dining area to the living area. The darker dining chairs and light sofa and coffee table, on the other hand, help to distinguish them from each other.

Photo by Simon Upton

Make It Family-Friendly

For a space that is both cozy and timeless yet fun and contemporary, take notes from this Studio Life/Style-designed great room. This layout is also perfect for a family, as the adults can be in the kitchen and still be near the kids. Everyone together in the same division, but with their own tasks.

Photo by Studio Life/Style

Let Art Anchor the Space

Get inspired by a statement-making piece of artwork. In this stunning room designed by Studio Ashby, the gorgeous abstract painting infuses the entire space with color.

The rest of the neutrals throughout the lIving room in this Soho apartment complement the painting without competing with it.

Source: Studio Ashby
Source: Studio Ashby
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Use Consistent Colors

Color climbs all the way up to the high rafters in this living room designed by Thomas Jayne and William Cullum. All put together, the room feels traditional and formal, country chic and casual. And the color scheme is austere throughout.

Photo by Francesco Lagnese

Separate With a Sofa

In a great room, layout is everything. The clean lines throughout this living room designed by Robson Rak make it hard not to feel relaxed just by looking at it.

Even the detail and symmetry of the vertical window pane that extends down to the cushions of the sofa is reassuring. Then the green nesting tables with their rounded shapes and varying heights bring in some contrast. The white-painted shiplap walls make the room seem more homely and accessible.

Photo by Lauren Bamford

Stick to the Classics

Here is proof that minimalism is not synonymous with austere, modern interiors. Elegant, sleek, and right in the middle between modern and traditional, this great room designed by Hecker Guthrie is a jack of all trades. The classic layout encourages conversation and coziness, while the island extension eases the transition from the kitchen to the living area.

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Source: Hecker Guthrie

Conceal the Kitchen

A tight, neutral color scheme keeps things flowing smoothly. When the open kitchen overlooks the entryway and main living areas, as in this space designed by Leanne Ford, choose materials that won’t distract and opt for integrated appliances and features.

Photo by Reid Rolls
Photo by Reid Rolls
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Don’t Be Too Matchy-Matchy

Emily Henderson matched the throw pillows with the green cabinets in the kitchen, but that’s about the only color consistency between the two “rooms.” It’s a great way to make sure they don’t feel completely separate or incompatible but also not looking too matchy-matchy.

Photo by Sara Tramp

Go All Out

If you’re a maximalist at heart, you don’t have to play it safe with neutral colors in the great room. In this Arent & Pyke-designed space, the elegant houndstooth sofa pairs well with the black media credenza in the distance and pendant lights above the dining room, while the pistachio wall complements the color-block rug.

Photo by Tom Ferguson

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