Like fashion, makeup or other forms of self-expression, home decor is often a reflection of your current mood. And lately we’ve noticed that dark maximalism has been a dominant living room design trend.
Maybe we can blame it on the time of year—after all, daylight saving time is ending and it will be getting darker sooner. Maybe you listened to Taylor Swift’s new sultry, synth-driven album “Midnights” on loop. Either way, if you’re looking to revamp your living room and are looking for design inspiration, we encourage you to head to the dark side.
This week we scoured Instagram and bookmarked five living room images that portray the perfect balance of moodiness and comfort. To help you replicate the look, we’ve gathered tips from interior designers as well as products you can buy now.
1. Corduroy couch
Who says corduroy is just a fabric for clothing? Above, @dennisvonnazareth shows off the ultimate lesson in corduroy home decor with a sofa upholstered in the soft fabric.
“Corduroy sofas – or corduroy sections – have become increasingly popular because of their contemporary feel,” says designer Benjamin Ibanez from FCI Interiors. “If you’re in two minds about buying a corduroy couch, I recommend starting small with corduroy cushions or a throw. It will help you get the feel for it first.”
Get the look: Bring in some cozy contemporary vibes with this corduroy cut.
2. Maximalist rug
Moody decor and the maximalist trend go together quite well in the living room, and we were particularly drawn to this maximalist rug from @retrochicdesign.
“Many homeowners can’t bring themselves to commit to bold paint colors or patterned backgrounds, but a maximalist rug with color and pattern still lets you make a statement,” says designer Samantha Black from Freemodel.
Plus, laying down a maximalist or large-scale patterned rug is a great option for renters to use color in a way that’s not permanent, Black adds.
“While the specific patterns and colors of rugs may change with trends, using your floor as a space to show your personality is a trend that isn’t going anywhere,” she says.
Get the look: Make a statement without painting the walls by purchasing this maximalist area rug.
3. Macrame plant hangers
We’ve extolled the benefits of houseplants, and these design-forward macrame plant hangers from @caropeony will take your living room decor to new heights.
“The luxury interior design industry has changed significantly in recent years with a greater focus on products made from natural elements, and macrame is one of them,” says Ibanz. “Just make sure you invest in strong, high-quality plant containers.”
Get the look: Bring in some quality natural elements with these macrame hangers.
4. Wall-mounted reading lamp
When you think of a reading lamp, this one from @noranilpferd probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But a wall-mounted reading lamp can help you set the mood in the room – and change it easily.
“Wall lighting is a great way to make a statement and add to the mood of a room while creating directional lighting,” says Black. “Accent lighting is also essential to creating a cozy space, and can also be added to accentuate wall art. Bonus: You don’t even need an electrician when the lamp is ready.”
Get the look: Enjoy an instant mood lighting boost with this plug-in wall sconce.
5. Teal blue paint with white trim
In this look from @se9_edwardian_terrace, we see firsthand how well the teal walls and white trim complement a timeless maximalist design.
“Teal is one of the most popular colors in the jewel tone revival,” says Black. “Homeowners often prefer deep teal over other jewel tones because it’s a calming color that brings mental comfort to a room—it makes a bold statement in a room you can actually relax in.”
Get the look: Strike the balance between bold and relaxing with a can of Teal by Benjamin Moore.