21 Styling Tricks to Get the Living Room You Always Wanted

21 Styling Tricks to Get the Living Room You Always Wanted
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Sometimes the key to giving your home a luxe-looking update isn’t a giant overhaul or a costly renovation but small yet effective additions to improve what you already have. And no room is easier to spruce up than the living room, since it’s typically the only space in the house that’s forward-facing, so infusing it with your personality is key.

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From adding thoughtful details like a vintage trunk in place of a side table to swapping out chairs for matching upholstered stools, these 21 living room decor ideas will help you get the space you’ve always wanted.

 

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Choose a chair in rich crushed velvet rather than standard leather or fabric.

Photo: Jenny J. Norris Interiors

This rope knot draped over a chair makes the look.

Photo: Aubrie Pick 

Create symmetry with two matching chairs and two matching lamps.

Photo: Tessa Neustadt

If you love color, really go for it—this red lacquer coffee table and bright painting look incredibly stylish, not garish.

Photo: The Design Daredevil

Live in a studio? Make your vanity area double as a desk.

Photo: The Design Daredevil

Don't be afraid of interesting wallpaper—so much more captivating than a plain white wall.

Photo: Jenny J. Norris Interiors

If you have the space, place a sconce light over the TV.

Photo: Tessa Neustadt

Replace a standard side table with a vintage trunk.

Photo: Kate Marker Interiors

Framing kids' drawings looks pretty incredible.

Photo: Aubrie Pick 

Add greenery to a rustic space.

Photo: Remodelista

Double up on rugs in the same shade.

Photo: Jenny J. Norris Interiors

Place bright flowers and books on a Lucite tray and set on your coffee table.

Photo: Kate Marker Interiors

Go big or go home with your lighting.

Photo: The Design Daredevil

Remove the center drawer from a console to display items.

The Beetleshack

Photo: Emily Beetleshack

Mirror the wall behind your couch to make a room look bigger.

Photo: Kate Marker Interiors

Skip one big coffee table and use two or three small ones instead.

Photo: Jenny J. Norris Interiors

Don't be afraid to mix patterns in black and white.

The Beetleshack

Photo: Emily Beetleshack

Make books the focal point of the room.

Photo: Aubrie Pick 

A little kitsch goes a long way when done right.

Photo: Elle Decor Espana

Don't shy away from loud accessories if you have a statement couch.

Photo: Song of Style

Two small stools can absolutely replace one big chair.

Photo: Ryan White Designs

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