Decorating a Designer Living Room

A designer living room is elegant, modern and sophisticated. Dare to give it a shot? Read all about the keys to make it your reality!
Decorating a Designer Living Room

Last update: 08 October, 2018

When it’s time to design our living room, we face the “which style?” brick wall. The designer living room is a great option if you’re looking for elegance, modernity and sophistication. It’s also a simple look that’s inspired by minimalism. Therefore, you can expect a clean look with straight lines.

Taking the time to choose our living room style matters. The living room is one of the first rooms that’ll greet our guests.

You could say that it’s a room for “first impressions”. To help you choose your living room style, we’ll be talking about the designer living room as an option in today’s post.

Why a designer living room is important

As we mentioned earlier, the living room is the key room in our house. It’s normally the biggest room and where we spend most of our time.

We also receive guests in our living room. On top of that, it’s where we hold family reunions or informal and formal meetings. However, we shouldn’t forget that the living room is also a place to rest and relax.

Designer living room function

To meet all of those needs, the living room needs to cover various functions. It should give a good impression for our guests but at the same time, be a comfortable and cozy place for our family members.

A living room needs to perfectly balance good decor and functionality. 

Thus, taking the time to research and read up on different living room styles is an important step before deciding on how you’ll decorate yours.

Today, we’ll talk about the designer living room as a worthy idea to consider as it’s a style that meets both our good decor and practicality standards. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of a designer living room.


The colors that run a designer living room are neutral tones: white, black or grey.

Designer living rooms are mainly monochrome; however, you might find some with splashes of color from time to time.

Designer living room color

To add a little color and break through the monochrome scale, use pieces such as the sofa, fabrics, pillows or other small details. Adding color through select items will maintain the sober character of a designer living room.

High ceilings

High ceilings are another characteristic of this style. It might be a harder one to make a reality because in most cases, we don’t have the chance to design side-by-side our home’s architect.

Most people buy already finished homes and whatever the living room might be, it is. However, if you do have the chance to opt for a higher ceiling, go for it.

Designer living room high ceiling

A designer living room that boasts a high ceiling will allow for more light and a more spacious atmosphere. High ceilings also give us the option of using a showpiece light fixture, filling the space with light and elegance.


Designer living rooms also balance out all the different elements in the room.

These kinds of living rooms are often very spacious, meaning that small items might look “lost” or misplaced in the room.

Designer living room

As a solution, we can try using bigger-sized sofas as well as large, but low coffee tables. Lastly, add a TV to the mix that’s thin enough to pass for a painting.


In addition to the open space and tall, elegant ceilings, designer living rooms also use a certain shape for their various elements.

The designer style is inspired by minimalism. Therefore, the room’s elements should use clean, straight lines.

Designer living room clean straight lines

Furthermore, these living rooms will never have overwhelmed walls nor shelves. Remember: less is more.

Key elements

If you really want your living room to work the designer style, there are some aspects that simply must be included.

  • Paintings: one big painting works best. An abstract painting with a dab of color is the perfect way to add some color to your living room. It’ll definitely keep you from overwhelming your walls, too.
  • Designer icons: find a classic designer piece. It could be a chair, sculpture, lamp, etc. as long as it’s a designer icon.
  • Functional furniture pieces: in living rooms, the furniture pieces that hide other objects are the best selections. For example, you could use a cabinet that hides a minibar, a wall panel that hides a TV, etc.
  • Items that mix glass with wood or metal are a must.


As you’ve read in our post, a designer living room might seem easy but it’s a look that actually requires a lot of thought and details.

These key points will help you nail a designer living room and leave everyone with a good impression.

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