Cara Scarola from Ore Studios blew up one of her photos, had it printed on nylon and hung it from galvanized piping. It hangs in her living room, above a dresser she found at Goodwill and repainted a bold yellow. A modern Tolomeo lamp sits on top.
Tolomeo lamp, Artemide
A striking three-armed light fixture in this renovated cottage's living room provides a sleek, modern touch to an otherwise traditional space.
In this sun-drenched California bungalow, the living room boasts creamy walls and Asian elements: a vintage bamboo chair, a faux bamboo light fixture and nesting tables with bamboo-inspired metal framing.
A dangling star light unites this intimate seating space but doesn’t outshine the natural light flooding through french doors.
Sprouts of magenta on a white landscape transform a living room into one collective blossoming flower that comes to life under a matching white floor lamp.
Low sitting black leather couches amid patterns, airy paintings and sitting under a convex ceiling light balance one another out in a cafe espresso motif.
Non-working fireplaces can still house flames; insert candles, which can burn for hours and drip onto the fireplace floor.
The homeowners built in these low-lying bookshelves in the living room, and painted a few unexpected splashes of yellow and persimmon at the backs. Painting the brick surround instantly brightened the room without compromising the cantilevered cement hearth—one of the original architect's signature designs. Two modern pendant lamps provide enough light for reading.
French doors cast light on the black accent wall and charming fireplace enlivened by two overhanging pictures rather than a typical mantle.
Earthy greens and grays hug inhabitants of this casual living room with soft textures and warm tones.
Complement large two-toned leather couches with overly-sized companions such as a low-sitting cubed coffee table and an overhanging shell light.
White walls—and furnishings in this case—provide a crisp background for any decorating style. To make white work, layer on chic accessories to really boast its personality factor. Pink and animal print pillows and a shapely modern table lamp infuse a splash of glam into this neutral family room.
A carved mantle brings a classic touch to a rustic brick fireplace.
The cascading fireplace, reminiscent of adobe, brings Sante Fe flare to the room kept cool by a wooden ceiling fan.
A natural stone fireplace with hints of yellow dominates this relaxed living room in grand scale, which is subtly illuminated by recessed lighting.
To easily balance out a space, choose a shape and employ it in various ways—here, brown cubes are central to the tiled fireplace, the mirror frames and the checkered rug. Counteract all the squares with circular hanging lamp lights.
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