Perk Up a Bare Wall Bring the outside in with pieces that takes you to the beach, just as blogger Camille Styles did in her chic living room. Surround Your Fireplace with Built-Ins An inglenook is a space next to the fireplace that often includes seating. Try a great idea from the past. Use Bold Accessories A geometric flat weave is more casual and youthful than a heavy Oriental or wool rug. Small Dining Room Arranging Squeeze more out of your small dining room with these arranging tricks and
Keep your furniture comfortable and durable-it is sure to be the most used in your home. Here, a collection of turquoise lighting elements stands out against the cream walls and plays off of the colors in the large painting. If you have space, create a separate, more intimate seating area in your living room for quiet conversations. Crisp whites combined with punches of bright colors immediately transport you to the coast.
Whitewashed horizontal shiplap planking evokes the feel of old Gulf-front beach houses. Even after the window treatments, upholstery, and pillows there was plenty of leftover fabric to be used down the road as seat cushions on new finds, lampshades, and even place mats or a tablecloth. Asymmetrical arrangements can be intimidating, but formal symmetry is easy to pull off and adds a calm balance to a room.
The simple arrangement above this fireplace is clean and elegant. Layer a variety of patterned rugs over a neutral sisal rug covering for an exciting floor treatment. Add architectural interest to your living room with a ceiling treatment. The coffered ceiling in the room creates a striking structural feature to the space.
This armchair is re-covered in a botanical print fabric. The legs are painted white to lighten the visual weight of the piece.
Tucked into a corner of the living room and paired with a set of nesting tables, the chair is a perfect spot for reading. Decorating is not like doing the laundry. Lights and darks go together just fine. The mismatch works because, even though one table is a white Asian-inspired look and the other is a black step-like design, both tables are the same height.
A sleek brass reading lamp pairs nicely with the simple white table, while a large silver-leaf table lamp fits with the more substantial black table. These homeowners wanted to let their guests be the color to their space, so they painted all of the background surfaces, including the brick fireplace, a clean shade of white.
A vintage advertisement and an Arkansas license plate hang on the wall. The casual furniture is covered in washable slipcovers for easy cleanup when inevitable spills happen.
White or off-white walls and slipcovers stay the same even as this homeowner flirts with new obsessions. She tires quickly of things, and has gone through phases with several different colors, so she tries to change things up with pillows and throws. Draperies do more than block out the sun. Window treatments can transform a room, adding personality and character. These ceiling-to-floor draperies make the space seem taller and more grand.
They also aligned the doors and windows at the same height to draw the eye up and create the illusion of more space. Flip tradition and paint your ceiling a bright color while leaving your walls white.
Bring the color down into the space with coordinating accessories like window-coverings and pillows. Tortoise and conch shells accessorize this coastal living room, while starfish adorn the mantel. Vases of palm fronds simply picked up from outside complete the tropical decor. Everything this home can work in most any room in their house.
Everything in the living room—the sofa, two club chairs, and two armchairs—has lived and functioned in other areas of the home. Repeating patterned fabrics in adjoining spaces is a great way to tie them together. Here, the dining chair upholstery is repeated in accent pillows on the living room sofa. Its coral hues are repeated in fabrics and accessories. Wallpaper remnants are placed inside the built-in glass cabinets to hide DVDs and toys and provide an inexpensive style fix.
Anchor a room with a traditional rug and accessories, and then juxtapose them with modern art for a fresh feel. The hues of this heirloom rug play off of the colors of the bottle-cap portrait above the fireplace. These homeowners flanked the hearth with an additional bookshelf designed to accommodate the television.
This homeowner painted an outdoor lantern and wired it for indoor use. Hang art above cased openings to draw the eye up and make the ceiling look even higher. Here black and white photographs play off of other black and white patterns in the room. A sectional sofa covered in a khaki Sunbrella sailcloth floats in the center of this room. Mixing patterns is a great way to add interest to a room. To keep the look cohesive, use patterns from the same color family and vary their scale.
This living area contains leather swivel chairs that can be rotated to face the kitchen or the TV and fireplace. The long upholstered ottoman does double duty as a coffee table and a bench. Created with the feel of a warm and cozy den, this front room contains rich upholstery and textiles, dark-stained furniture, and a leather wing chair. Above the mantel, this homeowner displays an ever-changing arrangement of artwork and accessories.
An avid flea market and antique store shopper, as he finds new collectibles, he likes to bring them in as a quick way to change up the look. In this living room, rolled-arm sofas are sized up to fill the airy space. For a coffee table, the homeowner had a Duncan Phyfe dining table cut down a few notches to a comfortable height for playing games or propping feet.
This contiguous space is the heart of their house. Local artwork is a meaningful accessory. Family photographs instantly add warmth and personality to your home. Take them out of the attic, off your computer, or out of the infrequently viewed albums on your bookshelves, and enjoy them every day. Pick a wall, corner, or entire room. If your chosen spot already has picture molding found in many older homes , your job will be easy. If not, adding new molding is not that complicated. A stacked fieldstone fireplace takes center stage in this family room.
Rather than just a sheer wall of stone, the exposed chimney is designed with a central recess for artwork, along with tapered edges on either side, to keep it from appearing too overpowering. Sconces mounted directly to the stone are an attractive way to shed plenty of light on the antique timber mantel. This vaulted ceiling has a rough-hewn wood treatment that warms-up the feeling of the room. This pool house living room sports sherbert-colored hues and feminine flourishes.
Quirky cobalt table lamps from Stray Dog Designs and an eccentric teak table serve as foils for the sofa's old-fashioned fringe. See more of this Tropical Pool House Retreat.
Cozy built-in cubbies provide the perfect place to display antique collectables and heirlooms in this living room space. In this living room, the heart-pine flooring came from a South Carolina textile mill.
It has the original nail holes, and if you look closely, you can still see oil stains from factory weaving machines. Built-in bench seating in this small sitting room provides a lot of seating and storage for books and games. Can't find the exact table or chest that you need?
Just add your own touches, such as a paint finish or unique drawer pulls, to convert an available piece into a one-of-a-kind item. The designer of this living room set a piece of custom-cut stone on top of the wooden coffee table in the family room, giving it a more durable surface. Several small tables in this living room offer enough room for drinks and can even be used as additional seating when necessary. How do you make a gigantic room look cozy and appropriate for today when it's actually an old Virginia cow barn?
Steven Gambrel, one of America's top-tier interior designers, recently had a chance to consider the question. Although he lives and often works in the most urbane precincts of Manhattan, Steven grew up in Virginia and still has ties there.
When the owners of a Middleburg horse farm asked him to convert one of their barns into a place for large, casual parties and just hanging out and watching TV, he took it on with relish—his first barn, and on home turf.
A geometric flat weave is more casual and youthful than a heavy Oriental or wool rug. Balance it out with a large piece of modern art framed in a simple white gallery frame. Finish with blue glass lamps or a pretty bowl to add sparkle and dimension. Barn builders used post-and-beam construction in rough-hewn yellow pine. Linen curtains with vintage trim add elegance to the rustic room. The homeowners combined several shades of blue, from almost-black navy to royal, in the light-filled living room.
The hand-blocked batik print on the curtains and bench is by John Robshaw Textiles. Reclaimed-wood beams ground the airy, white space. A large but delicate chandelier with a burnished brass finish helps anchor the room, while a vertical custom metal-framed mirror emphasizes the room's height. A pair of oval mirrors bounces more light around the bright white room and draws the eye up, underscoring the lofty ceiling height. A tufted chesterfield sofa covered in family-friendly Sunbrella fabric adds scale and traditional style.
A large sofa needs large pillows—ours are 26 inches square. Reinvent vintage finds in a new setting. Here, an old flat file cabinet works as a coffee table. A range of textiles including velvet, wool, linen, and cotton adds texture and keeps the muted hues of the C. Laine upholstery from falling flat. Interior decorator Phoebe Howard balanced the rustic elements with color.
With the multihued curtain fabric as her jumping-off point, designer Ashley Whittaker splashed an amped-up version of pink in three places in the living room—the footstool, the contrasting pillow welt, and the slipper-chair trim. She pulled off the cozy yet elegant vibe by grounding the sun-and-surf palette with serious touches, such as the antique demilune tables. Layers of classic patterns and bold prints connected by a warm palette of brown, ivory, and green give this D.
An inglenook is a space next to the fireplace that often includes seating. These built-in window seats provide extra seating and are a comfy place to read. Try a great idea from the past. When the two lower sashes are raised, the openings serve as passageways to the screened porch beyond.
Editor's Favorite Living Rooms. The antique desk in this room gives a sense of history. Layer floral and geometric patterns on casual furniture for a cozy, cottage feel. Punch up your floral patterns by pairing with them with fresh flowers in mismatched vases. Take your decorating cues from your surroundings. This home is on a lake surrounded by trees. Moss greens and mushroom browns paired with a twig-and-bark side table truly bring the outdoors in. Use large-scale pieces in unexpected places.
This distinctive coffee table is constructed using the base of two columns and a stone slab. This living room has a please touch, no fuss feel. Hand-rubbed finishes on furnishings lend vintage appeal. A simplified, white color scheme allowed decorator Alana Woerpel to add controlled shots of blue into this bright and airy living room. Home Home Home Decor Ideas.
Coastal Lowcountry Living Room Materials that connect to the location are key to character building. Forgo the Chairs These oversize sectionals allow everyone to sit, without touching each other. Modernize Heirloom Pieces The settee in this room was given a modern update with wild fabric, while neutrals were used for the curved vintage sofa and rounded swivel chairs.
Mix Instead of Match Fabrics The designer started with fabric selections to set the room's happy mood and a bright color palette of pink, turquoise, and chartreuse. See the Vibrant Sunroom Makeover. Invest in Antiques As your budget allows, invest in one fine antique per room. Mix Up the Seating Seating shouldn't be limited to club chairs and sofas.
Tour this Sea Island Beach House. Visually Divide a Great Room Use architectural details, like the cedar ceiling beams in this room, to help visually divide and define the rooms in the open space of a great room. See this Internationally Influenced Great Room. Mix Your Styles You can mix old and new, formal and casual, neutral and bold to make an inviting and comfortable space.
Layer Neutrals for a Relaxed Look "To give Country French my minimalist spin, I avoid the expected ruffles and plaids and keep it about the painted antiques and white linens," says homeowner and designer Regina Lynch. Get the Gallery Look Give a random collection of art pieces museum-worthy treatment by hanging them together on a single wall.
Accessorize with Historic Elements Use a flat-top trunk as a coffeee table to bring a sense of history to a room. See this Cozy Den Redo. Blend Elegance and Comfort Comfortable and formal can go together. See this Classic Charleston Living Room. See this Cottage Home. See this Louisiana Home. See this Modern Nashville Home. Create a Faux Fireplace Give your living room a focal point by creating a faux fireplace with an antique mantel.
Let the Light In Short on windows to capture natural light? See this Cabin Redo. Pick a Favorite Time Period This living room was designed to resemble an earlys library; the living room contains a wall of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Let In Lots of Natural Light This living area has floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that fill the room with light. See this Modern Bungalow. See this colorful North Carolina Home. Know When To Save or Splurge This sofa with its supreme comfort, rich color and fabric, and clean lines is definitely a forever piece, so it was worth spending a little more money on.
Look for Inspiration in Unexpected Places This homeowner found inspiration for her walls in a bag of gourmet marshmallows: See this renovated Alabama Cottage. Look for Unused Spaces This living room is a genius use of often-overlooked space; the upstairs landing was transformed into a small den that makes an inviting, casual family hangout.
Add Interest with Decorative Trim The designer of this room added trim to the bottom of a basic sofa to dress it up and used a mix of custom pillows to pull colors from around the room.
See this Georgia Mountain Home. Decorate with Memories Make your living room unique and nostalgic by using heirloom pieces. See this Vintage-Style Cottage Bungalow. Accent with Red Use bright colors and strong patterns to punctuate an otherwise neutral space. See this Lakeside Cabin Makeover. Get Patriotic You can pull off a patriotic color scheme without being kitsch.
See this Country Cottage. Fake a Tall Ceiling Ceilings look taller when the baseboard and crown molding are the same color as the wall. See this Restored Farmhouse. Get Inspired by a Favorite Textile Use a fabric pattern to inspire the color scheme and style of your room. Create a Keeping Room Since guests typically gather in the kitchen, a keeping room is ideal for overflow and comfort.
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