50 Formal Living Room Ideas For 2020

Formal rooms are filled with pieces of furnishing and decor that are the height of elegance. A formal living room can feature anything from gold decor to lush couches to regal artwork. To help you plan your room, check out these ideas for how to decorate a formal living room.

From ideas for rooms with high ceilings to small formal living room ideas, there are living room designs here that will look wonderful in every house. Use the filters to find your perfect formal living room design and begin planning a formal living room that will astound all your guests. Make it even more unique with personalized home decor items like large canvases, vases and more.

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Add a glam touch to a coffee table in a formal living room by using pieces of gold decor.

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Monochrome is a great choice for a formal living room's color scheme. For inspiration, take a look at this room's shiny black coffee table and black and white chandelier.

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Create a cohesive look in your living room by using two of the same couches. For contrast, also include one couch in a different color.

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Wingback chairs are a classic choice for a formal living room.They look wonderful paired with an antique coffee table.

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Add a pop of color to a mostly white living room by hanging up a bright painting.

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If your living room has high ceilings, fill the space with a low-hanging chandelier and a large painting.

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A silk sofa is an elegant addition to a formal living room. You can also pair the sofa with silk decorative pillows to give the room a unified look.

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The beautiful vase and the delicate bird figurine are the stars on this coffee table.

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Pair gold paintings with gold decorative pillows for a truly glamorous formal living room.

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Encourage conversation in your formal living room by placing couches and armchairs in a circle around your coffee table.

Source: Lori Morris (House of LMD)

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Give your living room a unique look by using an interestingly shaped coffee table, like the hexagonal table in this room.

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Create a cozy seating area by your fireplace by placing white fur decorative pillows on your armchairs.

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An ottoman is a great choice for a coffee table in your formal living room. Use one in a color that matches your couch.

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Make a statement by using a bold piece on your mantel, like this lovely silver flower mirror.

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Everything in this formal living room matches perfectly, from the Delft vases on the mantel to the blue and white decorative pillows.

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The sideboard in this formal living room displays wonderful symmetry with its matching lamps and similar vases.

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An antique bookshelf is a beautiful piece of formal living room decor, and it can be decorated with lovely vintage pieces.

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Mirrored ceiling panels and a shining silver chandelier add modern twists to a formal living room.

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Highlight the gold accents in your sideboard by pairing the sideboard with pieces of gold decor.

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An abstract painting featuring the same colors as the furniture and decor is the perfect finishing touch in a formal living room design.

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Incorporate a mixture of modern and classical decor into your formal living room design, such as ceramic vases or a marble bust.

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If you need small formal living room ideas, take a look at how this room expertly matches their couch and paintings to create a cohesive look.

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Gold handles add a pop of color to an all-white sideboard. For even more color, hang illustrations above the sideboard.

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A regal purple rug and gold chandelier pair well together, adding brightness to a formal living room.

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Gold is used subtly in all different ways in this living room, from the gold stapler on the coffee table to the golden decor on the shelf.

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This living room expertly pairs together bright paintings with a muted color couch to provide the perfect balance of colors.

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This living room features beige furniture and strategically placed plants to add a pop of brightness to the room.

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The piano is the highlight of this formal living room. The large silver mirror above the instrument draws your eye to that corner.

Source: Kristen Rockwood

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Green and gray is a wonderful color combination for a formal living room design. You can pair flowers and plants with muted gray armchairs.

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Create a gallery display on your mantel by pointing lamps at your favorite framed illustrations.

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The blue decorative pillows and vases add the perfect subtle pop of color to this black and white living room.

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An all-glass coffee table is an elegant addition to a formal living room, and it looks lovely with this room's velvet couches.

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Add some color to your living room by using orange as an accent color in your decor and your decorative pillows.

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Create even more brightness in a room with natural light by using white furniture and a light brown coffee table.

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Choose two statement pieces in complementary colors to be the focal point of your coffee table.

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This living room shows how to expertly use classic pieces in a formal living room. The paintings go perfectly with the patterned armchairs.

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Place comfortable armchairs in a circle around an ottoman to create a lovely sitting area for your guests.

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Make your paintings come to life by matching them with your decor, like this living room does with its gold embellishments.

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Gold, black and white are a classic color scheme that work wonderfully in a formal living room design.

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Looking for decor for your sideboard? Consider using a mixture of family photos and elegant decor, like this golden bust.

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If you have a favorite painting, make it the focal point of your living room by placing it right above your couch.

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Combine a mirrored golden tray with an orchid in a glass vase for an elegant coffee table centerpiece.

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If your couch comes with matching decorative pillows, place those pillows on your armchairs to make your room cohesive.

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If you have a large living room, fill the space with cozy couches, colorful vases and bright armchairs.

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Get a modern glam look by decorating with black and white illustrations and a black couch.

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Create a curated look by decorating your shelves with a few carefully chosen pieces of decor.

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Bright yellow pillows pop on a white armchair. They also look beautiful next to a white side table.

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Light up your living room with a bold geometric lamp featuring a gold base and white shade for contrast.

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Pair a painting of the ocean with seaside decor, like a beautiful piece of coral.

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Add a regal element to your formal living room by using an ornate gold mirror.

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A clear glass lamp is a wonderful addition to a formal living room. It contrasts beautifully with this room's dark walls.

Source: Ali Budd Interiors

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If you're planning on doing a lot of entertaining in a small formal living room, fill the room with large couches and armchairs.

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Pair patterned armchairs with a solid colored couch for the perfect balance in your formal living room.

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If there's an empty corner you're trying to decorate, consider using a small shelf filled with a mixture of antique and modern pieces.

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A brown couch and blue decorative pillows complement each other nicely in a formal living room design.

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Give a classic gray armchair a modern feel by using a cheetah print decorative pillow.

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Create a different kind of fire in your fireplace by decorating with large white candles. The candles pair nicely with a black fireplace.

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A dark green sofa pairs well with a natural-looking wooden coffee table and a yellow decorative pillow.

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Add a pop of color to your formal living room by using a dark blue lamp and a few bunches of fresh flowers.

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Bring brightness into your living room by using white shutters, gold lamps, white patterned armchairs and pink pillows.

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Gold accents are a great choice for a mostly white living room. Check out how this room uses a gold-rimmed coffee table and gold lamps.

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The cushioned bench with unique metal legs is the star of the show in this living room. The bold piece pairs nicely with the classic white couch.

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This living room beautifully pairs neutral items, including a beige coffee table, a white couch and a lovely antique map.

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Go modern in your formal living room with a black and white striped side table. Pair the table with gold accents.

Source: Emily Henderson

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Transform your living room into a museum with gorgeous marble busts, classic paintings and abstract works of art.

Source: Brady Tolbert

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