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Where to find pictures of living rooms

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A home designer's guide to online pictures of living rooms and interior spaces

Paging through pictures of living rooms is a fun, easy way to gather design ideas that you can make your own. It may be the next best thing to befriending a brilliant interior decorator. Whether you’re looking for new color combinations, textures, modern uses of traditional styles or simply a way to create a beautiful, cozy living space, pictures of living rooms will inspire any project.

Living rooms serve as common space for the whole family. The decorating challenges include finding a style and furniture that suits everyone while being easy to maintain and welcoming to guests. With internet access, you can find thousands of design tips and living room pictures on blogs, design networks and photo sharing sites. 

Remember to keep a notebook handy to jot down your own ideas, and bookmark the pages that strike your fancy!

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HGTV Designer’s Portfolio has more than 1000 pictures of living rooms sorted by style from eclectic and contemporary, to transitional, tropical and Asian. In addition to highlighting latest design trends, the archive allows you to sort by designer or color scheme. Browse the member-uploaded images for a look at lived in, homey living rooms by fellow home designers.





The House Beautiful living room photo gallery includes pictures of over 50 designer living rooms featured in the magazine’s pages over the years. Summaries give a brief description of owner personalities. When you find a living room you like, click through to the full article for about 20 more images and an interview with the designer.

IVillage offers over 50 pictures of living rooms with themed décor ideas. Clicking through these images is sure to get your creative juices flowing. The featured designs vary from living rooms with strong art or retro pieces, to dark colors, bold patterns and painting an accent wall. Also check out the family friendly living room designs complete with prices and a list of where you can buy specific furniture.

Photo Sharing Sites

View pictures of real interior spaces on Flickr’s living rooms from around the world page. Here you’ll find over 700 images of every style you can imagine from luxurious and grand, to bright warm or funky. Click on images you like to view a photographer’s full album. Once you get started on your own project, consider documenting its progress on Flickr and invite feedback from fellow designers.

A quick search on Google Images will bring up over 200 million pictures of living rooms aggregated from Flickr, blogs and other photo sharing sites. While there’s no way to sort the images, scrolling through a page or two will give you a random assortment of textures, colors and artsy style combinations that you may not find on the sleek pages of design sites.

Design Blogs

Apartment Therapy is a design blog focused on urban living. This is a great place to find creative organization ideas or to browse for the one special piece to serve as a focal point. For instance, a blog post on modern bean bags features seven designer styles, as well as prices and where you can buy them. 

Etsy is an online marketplace for vintage and handmade goods. The website gives you the option to shop locally and to search for specific items like pillows, frames and rugs. This is handy if you have a general idea of what you’re looking for. If not, stop by the Etsy design blog for some design ideas and collages of items to suit different tastes including traditional, country and contemporary.

As you prepare to move from to planning to the doing stage of the project, make a collage of images from your color scheme with samples of fabrics you plan to use. Putting your design vision down on paper is a simple exercise that will help you tie the overall look of the room together.

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