It’s great to have a large living room to spread out in. However, it’s how you use the space that counts. If the space is stuffed with an overabundance of small furniture items, it looks cluttered and badly planned. If an open plan living room doesn’t have clearly defined zones, furniture seems to float unnervingly in the emptiness. So, how do you avoid these layout pitfalls and create a scheme with superior style? To help you on your way, we’ve put together this collection of 40 large living room ideas that make great use of space. In this gallery, we’ve included a wealth of inspiration for lounge furniture, lighting, statement walls, and more.
Visualizer: Daniel G. Lopez
Create a dark feature ceiling to increase the cosy factor in a large layout. These dark wooden beams inspire a matching built-in bookcase as a dining room backdrop.
Visualizer: Lucas Schaefer
This eye-catching feature ceiling is atmospherically lit around the edges to accentuate the beams. The combination of mood lighting and wood grain creates wonderful visual warmth.
Visualizer: Maggi Samir
Draw the eye up through double height living rooms by installing elegant panel moulding. Floor-to-ceiling wainscotting builds a beautifully tailored aesthetic. Crown with an enormous crystal chandelier to complete a spectacular neoclassical scene.
Visualizer: Dima Karma & Anton Krat
In this double-height living room, a unique chandelier swirls through the void like liquid fire.
Visualizer: Yaroslav Serdyuk
As an alternative to one large chandelier, hang a group of smaller living room pendant lights. These can be spread far and wide to perfectly fit the space.
Sectional sofas fill a large room with seating without the clutter of numerous pieces.
Visualizer: Shahan Saheed
Get creative with zoning. Here, we see how two structural columns become posts for a granite shelf. The stone slab serves as a way to divide the lounge from the dining area. It’s also a decorative surface for ornaments, or a raised hearth for a modern fireplace.
Visualizer: Dezest Design
Focus attention at the heart of a large living space with a high contrast black and white colour scheme. This concept demonstrates how to spotlight white elements at the centre of the room, whilst black perimeter decor falls into shadows.
Visualizer: GRAPH Visual Studio
Make any living room appear much larger by sandwiching the layout between two walls of full-height windows.
Visualizer: Recent Spaces
Even uber stylish furniture can look lost in a large area. Employ larger focal pieces like a statement fireplace wall or a lighting installation as substantial visual anchors.
Visualizer: Alessandro Zecca
Paint with light. This abstract living room chandelier is complemented by a bespoke back-lit feature wall.
Visualizer: 3 VISION
Create a cohesive colour story to tie multiple sofas together in large lounge areas.
Incorporate display shelves and concealed storage units into a statement fireplace wall. Luxe limestone and smooth wood grain give this piece beautifully contrasting texture and tone.
Visualizer: Amany Atef Fahmy
Huge walls call for huge works of art.
Photographer: Scott Basile
Decorate a large mid century modern living room with a vibrant palette. Bold colours are highly effective in breaking up and defining different areas.
Designer: Studio Arthur Casas
Avoid the headache of choosing paint colour and wall art, and let Mother Nature decorate for you instead.
Visualizer: Bogdanova Bureau
Soften a square room with a circular furniture layout. Mirror the arrangement with an oversized circle chandelier.
Visualizer: Young Just Vision
Split a double height living room design in half to tackle the massive area in more manageable chunks. Here, a marble TV wall holds together the lower half of the scheme, whilst a modern chandelier and classical ceiling treatment showboat above.
Visualizer: Taha Estabar
A consistent colour scheme holds this double height living room together. A wooden ceiling is tonally matched by a tan sofa.
Visualizer: Thais Dias
Pivoting shutters make the most of generously sized walls. The panels break to reveal the garden, creating a wide-open outdoor feel.
Visualizer: Sara Viana
Face two large sofas into the centre of the room to create a welcoming, conversational feel.
Visualizer: 吴 振宇
Construct a half-height TV wall to subtly split a long living room into a separate lounge and dining area.
Visualizer: NH STUDIO
Create interest across massive walls with a textural, limewash paint finish. A sputnik chandelier will project light in every direction to highlight the effect.
Be loud with colour. A fuschia pink statement sofa, a rainbow of modern art, and a plethora of accent chairs will pepper a big room with moments of extroverted personality.
Visualizer: Stephen Tsymbaliuk
Use sofa modules to construct a bespoke seating arrangement. This flexible seating option can be configured to face in every direction, making it a great choice for rooms with a wraparound view.
Visualizer: Matheus Passos
Utilise a modern staircase design as a sizable focal point in the living room. Cantilevered treads construct a sculptural feature wall.
Visualizer: Studio M6
Dedicate some of that excess space to nature. Install an indoor courtyard design, filled with majestic outstretched tree branches.
Visualizer: Ewelina Makosa
Colour a massive industrial loft space with key colourful pieces, and leave the rest of the room raw.
Visualizer: Nguyễn Thủy
Anchor lounge furniture on an eye-catching large living room rug.
Visualizer: Idunic Studio
Add sofa tables behind couches to build a more substantial border. Tall table lamps elevate the look.
Visualizer: Mustafa Emnaina
Don’t shy away from a black decor scheme. There’s no danger of making a massive living room appear claustrophobic under a dark palette.
Visualizer: Dwarf Studio
In this black living room, a warm brown sofa acts as a magnetic focal point.
Visualizer: B10 Creative Studio
Light up a black living room with chic designer table lamps, and a mesmerising modern fireplace.
Focus on standout moments. This spacious room is brought to life with rich yellow accent panels, deeply tufted furniture designs, and a quirky statue.
Visualizer: Alaa Magdy
Frame huge windows with bold drapes to emphasise their size.
Visualizer: Yuliia Marchenko
A rustic living room should be filled with texture. Think exposed brickwork, rugged stonework, and solid wooden beams.
Visualizer: Sitnik Vladimir
In an industrial living room, red brickwork walls offer great visual heat. On this red brickwork, a colossal propellor makes an awesome talking point.
Visualizer: Kvadrat Studio
Send a bolt of energy through a wide living space with a series of electric blue accents.
Combine counteracting styles to relax the look. This uber comfortable sectional sofa makes soft contrast with a luxurious, sleek white marble fireplace wall.
Photographer: Nickolas Sargent
Source: Douglas Elilman
Say a warm hello to houseguests with bright furniture and a rainbow rug. This space is finished off with an adorable giant daisy-shaped coffee table.
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