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The living room is the focal point of the home. It's where you unwind with family and entertain guests, so it needs to be comfortable and welcoming while also showcasing your signature style and maintaining a touch of refinement. The secret to achieving a lived-in yet elegant feel is all about choosing chic living room décor items that tell a story. Indeed, details and accents are what make a space your own, as they provide a finishing touch that pulls the narrative together. And once you've collected stylish pieces that speak to you, the fun part comes in: styling.
If you're starting from scratch or want to swap out some décor with fresh pieces, consider our wish list of 18 chic living room décor items your guide to covetable interiors. And since every surface area and nook and cranny deserve equal attention, we included versatile pieces with decorating tips for every part of your living room. Ready for the grand tour? Let's start on the mantel, make our way to the coffee table and walls, and finish with the floors.
For the Mantel
Unglazed porcelain introduces texture, and this Dalmatian-spotted vase also offers a subtle playfulness. Place it on the living room mantel, and fill it with a bouquet of your favorite florals for a pop of natural color.
This bookend set is proof that you don't need to spend a huge amount of money to make a stylish statement. Put your favorite cluster of books in between them on the mantel, where the fiery hue is sure to take the spotlight.
This gorgeous candelabra makes a strong case for gothic glamour. The designer, Lindsey Adelman, took inspiration from Agnes, an independent frontier woman and a worker in the 1849 American Gold Rush, defying the expectation of being a wife and mother. Who needs to light the fireplace when you have the warm glow of candles in a stunning candelabra?
For the Coffee Table
While a see-through tray doesn't necessarily scream, "look at me," it boasts an understated sophistication. This is the perfect addition to a coffee table that's minimal and modern in design or simply needs some neatening up without stealing the spotlight from other statement pieces.
What coffee table is complete without a book of breathtaking photographs to flip through? This calming cover is reason enough to display it. But wait until you see the landscape shots inside. Renate Aller juxtaposes and reconciles these two vastly different environments, so flipping through the pages can be an intellectual pursuit, but it also delights the eye and captures your imagination.
Whether you opt for a metal structure of a natural object, it's always fun to feature an item on your coffee table that's simply for looks. This California driftwood is striking in a nondescript way and also breaks up spaces nicely.
For the Walls
Sprucing up your walls is crucial to making the living room feel complete. Create a gallery wall, or feature an eye-catching piece. This Gia Coppola photograph would do the trick. Her objective for the piece was to represent the concept of "blind for love." If it reminds you of Picnic at Hanging Rock, you're onto something.
This handmade frame is composed of blush- and rose-pigmented concrete. Its personality is unique and boasts both timeless style and cutting-edge design, making it a piece of art in and of itself. Hang it above the sofa or mantel.
This marble numberless clock will instantly bring in a touch of formality. With a perfect disc shape, lacquered brass hands, and white specks, it deserves a spot on the wall.
For the Seating
In a rich blend of mohair and wool, this fluffy throw blanket looks and feels like a giant hug. This gorgeous orchid-raspberry hue is vivid and complements a variety of color schemes. Cuddle up with it on a night in, and then drape it over the back of your sofa.
If you're looking for ways to bring in more warmth and dimension, a sheepskin throw is a reliable solution. They're great accents to throw over an armchair or sofa in the living room, and this one, in particular, has a uniquely cozy vibe.
Sometimes it only takes a small adjustment to make your living room feel complete, balanced, and exciting. Bring in a new throw pillow to fit your current mood and style. This one is dripping in luxury with a rich velvet and iridescent rainbow of green.
This is probably the coolest magazine rack we've ever laid our eyes on. With undulating curves that contrast with the sleek iron material, your books and magazines would be lucky to call it home. It also comes in gold if that fits your style more.
Lean this recycled steal ladder against the wall. It looks stylish on its own, but it can also make for a great storage solution if you'd rather display your textiles and throws than the sofa when guests come over.
Even if we didn't have a functioning fireplace, we'd use this tasteful, vintage-inspired log holder in the living room. It brings instant sleek style and warmth to the floors.
For the Floors
Don't be shy about showcasing personal collections and interests when it comes to designing your living room. This mustard skateboard with a black-and-white line graphic would bring some fun to a room. Even if it's just propped up against a corner wall, it's a work of art on its own.
Though small in scale, this paperweight is enchanting. The puffy flower (which was handpicked) is encapsulated in a polyester resin that looks more like a crystal ball. Use it to prop doors open, or set it atop a stack of books.
And last but not least, we bring you this pair of large giraffe sculptures. Incorporating your character will make your living room come alive. So if you're drawn to lighthearted whimsy and wit, flank your fireplace with these playful, unexpected objects.
Share the styling tricks you use to bring your favorite chic living room décor items to life in the comments below.