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Living Room Inspiration – Splurge + Save

Do you ever picture something in your mind and when you see it on the computer, you want to crawl right through the screen and snuggle right in with your loved ones? That is the story behind this living room inspiration. If I could redesign my living room, this would be it. I love starting with a neutral palette that can change with the seasons and trends. Whether you plan to splurge or to save, here are a few ways to achieve this look!

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Neutral Living Room Decor Inspiration: Splurge & Save Options

A neutral living room decor mood board, including furniture options, tables, rugs, pillows, and more.

Living Room Furniture Inspiration

If you haven’t noticed by now, I have a thing for raw and natural wood. I typically incorporate at least one or two pieces into every room I design. The natural wood reminds me of driftwood, instantly bringing coastal vibes into the room.

Living room inspiration - round natural wood coffee tables. These two coffee tables are both round, natural wood. The coffee table on the left has a lighter wood stain and costs $1705. The table on the right has a dark, rich wood stain and costs $376.

I love our current sofas so I went on a search to find those for you. They are the Klaussner sofas and can be found here. In my searching, I found that Wayfair offers a very similar sofa that can be customized for less than $1000, and it comes with amazing reviews. Finally, I have included several other sofas from various retailers that are on sale at the moment.

Read more: Round Coffee Tables for the Living Room

Living room inspiration - two white 3-seater couches. The couch on the left is an off-white, cream 3-seater couch with wooden legs that costs $1191; the couch on the right is a pure white 3-seater couch that costs $869.

When using natural elements, I feel it is important to add a metal piece to your design. I found this end table from Wayfair that has a beautiful shape. It resembles a shell or reef, adding to the overall vibe of the room.

Living room inspiration - marble and gold end tables. The end table on the left has a white marble top that sits on three gold legs, connected by a ring at the base, and costs $499. The end table on the right has a white marble base supported by 6 legs that come together in a circle at the base, and costs $179.

Read More: 10 Whitewashed End Tables for Your Living Room

In this design, you have flexibility to use different pieces of furniture to achieve the coastal look. Depending on the size and layout of your room, you can swap out two chairs for another sofa. You can use a loveseat instead of a sofa. You can two chairs and one sofa. While two sofas can match, I prefer that the chairs and sofas are not “matching” but are on the same color palette. You can achieve this by using two wooden chairs or adding chairs with a muted pattern.

Living room inspiration - cane reading chairs. These two chairs are identical wood-framed chairs with cane sides and backings, with a light tan upholstered cushion. The chair on the right costs $481, the chair on the left costs $689.
Living room inspiration - cushioned reading chairs. These two arm chairs are similar with curved arms and thick seat cushions. The chair on the left is a deeper shade of khaki, and costs $1399. The chair on the left is a lighter shade of tan, and costs only $459.

Living Room Rug Inspiration

Like I said before, I typically start with a neutral base and then add color to it. Large area rugs are expensive and hard to replace as your decor preferences evolve. Natural fiber rugs are a great way to fill up a space with a smaller price tag. Typically they are not as soft underfoot for a living space. This is where you can layer a high quality rug on top, adding color to your room.

Living room inspiration - area rugs. These two almost identical rugs are both the same 8x10 size. The rug on the left is a lighter tan color, and costs $2398 from Serena & Lily. The rug on the left is a deeper tan color from Rugs USA and costs only $217.

Read More: Affordable Vintage Rugs from Revival Rugs

Living Room Accents & Other Decor

Have you seen the new art prints available at Target? Several of the abstract prints have a coastal feel without picturing the beach or the marsh. I think it is important to incorporate abstract art to keep the room from feeling overly “themed.”

Living room inspiration - landscape art prints. These two similar paintings are both of coastal landscapes in watercolor style. The print on the left is from One Kinds Lane and costs $915. The print of the right costs $69 from Target.

I am linking several decor pieces like lamps, baskets, pillows, and more. Layer books in a large oversized tray on your coffee table and add beads for texture. Select solid pillows and pair with pillows that have stripes and patterns. Remember, these are all items that can be swapped out as your style changes and you can easily use them to brighten up your space!

I hope you enjoyed this coastal living room inspiration. Next up, a laundry room and teen’s bedroom! Be on the lookout and make sure you sign up for emails so you don’t miss a post.


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