As of 2015, a popular living room design idea is painting the room a muted red color and using neutral colors for furniture and decor, such as grey or black. Another option is mixing various patterns by using complementary colors and other solid pieces to make the room visually appealing.
White-on-white decor makes a living room feel larger and brighter. Arranging different textures, such as knits, linen, wood and wool, keeps the white space from feeling clinical or monochromatic. Another trend is to take traditional pieces of furniture, such as Chesterfield sofas, and reupholster or paint them with bright colors, such as lime green, electric blue or yellow.
A modern idea to accent a living room is to use metal accessories and reflective surfaces, such as mirrors, art frames, coffee tables, vases and knick-knacks. Oversized patterns are trendy and useful in concentrated areas. For example, the room could contain a side chair, curtains or accent pillows with oversized patterns, while the rest of the room could be decorated with solid colors of varying textures. Oversized furniture is a popular purchase for living rooms and can be balanced by placing it flush with a large wall while centering an oversized print behind it.