A mixture of modern, traditional, and farmhouse design elements make this timeless living room an absolute showstopper. Neutral grays and whites are accented beautifully with contrasting wood finishes. Attention to detail is found in everything from the gallery lighting highlighting the custom built-ins to the unique wood legs of the coffee table. Combining furniture and decor from several different styles gives the living room personality while also creating classic harmony.
This timeless living room is from this traditional style home built by RC Dent Construction and designed by Remedy Furniture and Design Center. Ready to style your own timeless living room? Find out how to ‘Get This Look’ with our six design tips and decor shopping picks below.
We’ve also included some helpful DIY tutorials so you can build yourself a similar coffee table and side table without breaking the bank. Read on for all our tips and details!
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How to Style a Timeless Living Room
1. Install gallery-style lighting
Gallery style lighting above the built-in bookcases is the kind of attention to detail that makes this living room timeless. Not only do the modern farmhouse sconces provide extra light, they also draw attention to the expertly styled shelves. Who doesn’t love a little something extra to help elevate a room?
Related Reading: How to Build Built-in Bookcases (including corner bookcases)
2. Use books and decorative items to style your shelves
When it comes to styling shelves, it’s all about balance. Here a combination of vases, potted plants, books, and framed art in neutral colors are all placed throughout the space to add depth and flow. For more shelf styling advice, check out Courtney’s five ways to style bookcases post on A Thoughtful Place.
3. Buy or build a wood coffee table with turned legs
A mix of farmhouse and traditional styles, this wood coffee table with turned legs anchors the entire room. It provides functional display space while also making a statement. Build your own coffee table with this modern farmhouse bench or coffee table tutorial (with plans) from Abbots at Home.
4. Build a DIY side table
If making your own coffee table feels a bit overwhelming, why not start with a DIY side table? Our DIY Planked X Farmhouse Side Table post includes free building plans and a step-by-step tutorial. For a similar X-base round side table style, our X-Brace Side Table tutorial has all the details — you can easily swap the concrete top featured there for a wood top as pictured. And don’t forget to add a statement table lamp to your finished piece!
5. Find neutral sofas in slightly different styles
Here the designers chose neutral beige sofas in slightly different styles. The shared color palette creates harmony in the space without the need to purchase a matching love seat and sofa combo or buy two sofas that are exactly the same. Not only does this design strategy provide you with more sofa options to choose from, your living room will also feel more put together and styled if you follow this formula.
Related Reading: Our Picks for Beautiful Sofas for Every Budget and Style
6. Add mid-century modern arm chairs to create contrast
A pair of mid-century modern arm chairs really pull this timeless living room together. Wood frames in a similar finish as the coffee table make the room feel cohesive without being too matching or stuck in one style. Contrasting leather upholstery also adds texture and variety to the space. Linen or velvet upholstery offer additional options to achieve the same effect.
Related Reading: The Do’s and Don’ts of Mixing Decor Styles
Our Timeless Living Room Shopping Picks
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Interested in paint colors and finishes? They are listed over in the home tour post!
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