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7 Lovely Living Areas To Inspire You

Let these spaces inspire you to update one of the busiest areas at home with easy hacks and pocket-friendly ideas

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Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photo)

When we think about the most used area at home, many of us immediately think of the kitchen and the different tasks we do in the space. Did it ever cross your mind that the living area comes as a close second? Not only do we use the space to entertain guests, we also hang out in the area to watch movies, read a book, study, and even enjoy meals.

Since the living area is a flexible space that serves multiple functions, you may want to work on a few decor upgrades to keep it pretty and welcoming. Take note of the ideas we loved in some of the living areas found in our featured homes:

1. A compact living area with a tufted wall


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Who wouldn't want to stay in this corner for hours? It has a pretty tufted wall adding a luxe touch to the nook, with the daybed having a pull-out bed underneath to instantly transform the area into an extra sleeping space when needed. Achieve something similar by defining your living area with a wall accent or a double-duty piece to keep it functional.

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2. A cozy space with a vintage-meets-industrial feel


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Found in a loft-type bachelor pad inside a spacious family home, this bedroom can rival any condo unit. It has a sleeping area, a living area, a home office, and a walk-in closet. We love how inviting the living area is even if it only has a Chesterfield sofa, a cowhide rug, and an ergonomically designed coffee table with extendable top. If you have a tiny living area, choose space-saving functional pieces to maximize the space.

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3. A neutral playground


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With a sofa as inviting and spacious as this, entertaining friends will surely be a breeze. If you're the type who loves having friends over, opting for minimal accessories and investing in sturdy furniture pieces can create a welcoming living room. In this home, interior designer Kimi Manuel chose a gray sofa that complements the all-white palette of the home. It's also the perfect choice for the owners who love to hang out in the space to watch movies and play games.

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4. Tropical with rustic influences


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Wooden touches can make any space cozy and inviting. If you're thinking of revamping your space, consider creating an accent wall behind the TV to achieve a rustic-inspired nook—as seen in this home designed by archiect Pierre Briones of BRIOArc Studio. Pair it with woven accessories, a comfy couch, and fresh blooms for a tropical upgrade.

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5. An industrial-inspired space with contemporary flair


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Most living areas are furnished with a sofa, a center table, and only a few accessories. Take your cue from architect Alistair Sadie's home—he only has a sofa, a tiny coffee table, and a bunch of pillows to keep it inviting. Adding a potted plant makes it extra refreshing, too. Make sure you use light-colored or sheer white curtains to let in natural light.

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6. A bright and airy living area


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A living area without a TV and other gadgets? You can make it happen, too! Create a space meant for meaningful conversations, quiet time, and simply lounging around. In this home designed by interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo, the living area is defined by a gray accent wall, chic furniture pieces, and wooden touches that add warmth to the space. It also helps that the living area directly leads to an outdoor nook—giving the owners and their guests a calming view and a feel of being in a posh resort.

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7. A homey industrial nook


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We're used to seeing neutral-colored sofas and tropical-inspired furniture in most living areas. Have you ever considered going bold with a blue one? In this loft-type industrial unit, the blue sofa serves as an accent piece in the living area. Making it extra homey are the unique table with wheels as base, quirky accessories, and soft furnishings that make it extra snug.

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