There are many ways to design a living room. But if you’re looking for a shortcut to a stylish and comfortable space, take a few cues from this countdown of the most-saved living room photos uploaded to Houzz in 2021. You’ll find approaches that succeed by mixing colors and materials, offering plenty of seating, adding some display space and leaning heavily on a palette of white and wood.

TVL Creative Ltd.

10. Bold Black Touches

Rather than trying to hide the black void of the TV in this Denver living room, interior design firm TVL Creative celebrated it with a recessed niche and shiplap siding. Black window frames, ceiling trim and other black details complement the TV, making it feel like part of the design.

A perfectly sized sectional, a pair of leather armchairs and a Moroccan leather ottoman pouf offer style and comfort.

Judith Balis Interiors

9. Rough and Radiant

Designer Judith Balis created a living room in Eagle, Idaho, that’s both rough and radiant. White walls and a white custom sectional keep the space feeling airy and bright, while reclaimed beams for the ceiling and mantel provide a rugged look that adds character and warmth.


8. Tufted and Pleated Perfection

Rich and refined colors define this Atlanta living room by Amy D Morris Interiors. It also has multiple seating areas, making it an ideal space for conversation. A long, narrow coffee table offers anyone sitting on the nearby velvet sofa a place to rest a drink without blocking foot traffic. The tufted leather ottoman doubles as a coffee table for the nearby armchairs. To complete the elegant scene, floor-to-ceiling pleated curtains perfectly complement the black-framed windows and doors.
Amy Bannecker Design

7. Brass and Blue Accents

While this Washington, D.C., living room by Amy Bannecker Design has lots of white — walls, fireplace, sofa and area rug — it’s the brass and blue accents that make it sing. Brass curtain rods, lighting and table legs add glitter and glam, while saturated blue pillows and art add a bold splash of color.
Pineapple House Interior Design

6. Entertainer’s Delight

This Atlanta great room by Pineapple House Interior Design is built for entertaining. Before and after dinner at the 14-seat table in back, guests are likely to be drawn to the living area and its pair of large sofas, handsome armchairs and a tufted cocktail ottoman with a modular surface.

Floor-to-ceiling paneled windows and doors overlook a pool area. And custom wood ceiling beams add architectural interest and highlight the grand scale of the room.

Seth Romig Architect

5. Shiplap Showstopper

The shiplap-covered built-in is the star of the show in this Chicago living room by Seth Romig Architect. Integrated wood shelves on either side of the TV hold books and other decor. The shelves can be raised or lowered as the owners see fit.

The base of the built-in has a row of cabinets used to keep clutter at bay and store unsightly electrical equipment. The shiplap adds dimension and texture and visually breaks up the large wall.
Frahm Interiors - Burlington ON

4. Fantastic Fireplace

A floor-to-ceiling slate fireplace demands attention in this Toronto living room by Frahm Interiors. Built-in wood bookshelves that flank the fireplace add warmth and display space for art and accessories.

Other highlights include an abstract-patterned area rug, contemporary furniture and a polished aluminum coffee table that introduces some sparkle to the space.

Cornelius Homes, Inc.
3. Light and Bright Looker

Cornelius Homes took full advantage of the tall ceilings and large windows in this Kansas City, Missouri, living room. The light and bright space includes recessed bookshelves with glass doors. The round convex mirrors above the bookcases fill the void and reflect light.

A limestone fireplace surround, chic modern furniture and a potted tree add an organic touch.

Tamara Rene Designs

2. Beautiful Blue Skies

A landscape painting above a fireplace sets a blissful tone in this elegant and cozy Orange County, California, living room by Tamara Rene Designs. The blues in the painting are picked up in the area rug, pillows, furniture upholstery and the textured wallpaper that covers the back of the built-in bookshelves.

Tays & Co Design Studios

1. Great Room With Grand Views

The most popular living room photo of 2021 features grand design and grand views. The Minneapolis space by Tays & Co Design Studios is open to the kitchen and includes a massive stone fireplace wall, a double-height ceiling and black-framed windows with gorgeous lake views. The large white sectional beckons one to kick back, ponder the water and warm up by the fire.

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