The living room is one of the most popular and central areas in a home. And a few easy updates can instantly transform it into an inviting space.
Apartment Therapy recently interviewed interior designers to learn some of the latest trends in living room design. Here are a few trends they noted:
1. Offer up a more relaxed vibe.
The living room is getting less formal in its design, moving away from some of the modern straight edges that have been dominating in recent years. “This year, you’ll see living rooms that feature furnishings with relaxed, natural textures (read: a whole lot of rattan and cane) and whimsical, organic shapes, such as curvy or rounded edges,” Caitlin Murray, founder and interior designer at Black Lacquer Design, told Apartment Therapy. “Light, airy fabrics like linens and sheers will be layered in and the outside will creep outdoors a bit by way of botanical and floral patterns.”
2. Go for earth tones.
Natural elements are being infused into more living room designs. That means more wood floors, and organic materials and lots of plants. Try adding more natural textures, such as rattan side tables, untreated woods, natural fiber textiles, and live edge wood surfaces, says Amber Dunford, lead stylist at Overstock.com.
3. Mix it up.
Don’t get too matchy with your decor. A variety of chairs is better than coordinating ones. “These days it’s all about the mix,” says Donna Garlough, style director at Joss & Main. “We’re definitely moving away from matched living room sets and pairing streamlined sofas with funky safari-style leather-and-wood chairs or low-slung armless chairs.”