Shake things up, move things around—nothing has to be sacred in your living room. Snag a cute retro lawn chair and bring it inside, setting it next to your every day sofa. Soften it up with a throw pillow. Moving a piece of furniture gives it new life.
Somehow a fringe underskirt on a couch with armrests would look outdated, but remove the arms and voila, a perfectly contemporary couch with a twist.
The combination of purple and yellow with gold undertones is about as regal as it gets; keep it royal chic by adding modern pillows on the couch and retain some drama with floor-to-ceiling drapes.
A garage-sale daybed piled with oversize pillows is a lounger's dream in this living room, while a small dining set offers a sunny spot to eat. Worn textiles—Navajo rugs, a grandmother's patchwork quilt—provide an overall theme.
In this sun-drenched California bungalow, the living room boasts creamy walls, a tufted white sofa and Asian elements: a vintage bamboo chair, a faux bamboo light fixture and nesting tables with bamboo-inspired metal framing.
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. If you have kids or pets or rowdy friends, opt for easy-to-clean slipcovers on furnishings and durable sisal rugs underfoot.
To give this formerly stuffy cottage more personality, this homeowner went to town splashing color, pattern and texture wherever she could. From the Moroccan graphic on the formerly beige sofa, to the touchable ottoman to the mash-up of blues and reds, strong colors and textures inject a sense of fun.
In Cara Scarola's living room, she hung her favorite pieces of artwork, including a black-and-white charcoal piece by Janet Lippincott above her sofa. The bold ottoman was professionally upholstered.
Floral fabric, Romo
Side table, Arteriors
In this refreshing lemonade-hued room, cheery yellow walls create a soothing canvas for fabrics and furnishings just a shade or two brighter. The rug, wood floor and bright white sofa play off the warm sunshiny vibe of the room.
Mix up vintage and new pieces in your living room, like this glamorous Tetrix Apartment Sofa from Carter Furniture juxtaposed with reupholstered vintage French chairs, and an animal print rug against a sleek wood floor.
Tetrix Apartment Sofa, Carter Furniture
Throw pillows, Perch
White Truffault Lamp, Kenneth Wingard
White keeps an open floor plan feeling fresh and spacious so that the walls of books can reign as the topic of conversation.
Instead of choosing matchy-matchy pieces, mingle different furniture styles—new with old, modern with tradition, flea-market with high end—to add texture and interest. This living room pairs a club chair with modern seating and vintage Bertoia children's chairs from eBay.
Gray wood paneling sets the landscape for a room with many personalities that can be calm and peaceful or modern and sophisticated with a sumptuous couch for relaxing.
Sprouts of magenta on a white landscape transform a living room into one collective blossoming flower with the pure white couch as the planting bed.
Tone on tone works well in this light brown living room—choose plants saturated in color to add luminosity to blank palettes.
Earthy greens and grays hug inhabitants of this casual living room with soft textures and warm tones.
Compliment large two-toned leather couches with overly-sized companions such as a low-sitting cubed coffee table and decorative plant life.
A carved mantle brings a classic touch to a rustic brick fireplace placed opposite a stately leather couch.
Shades of yellow effect a sandy beach feel under sweeping windows complimented by rugged wooden beams.
Earth-toned valances help the room seem less tall and create a cohesive Georgian feel anchored by the wooden writer’s desk and adjacent chairs. The main sitting area is composed of a printed couch with accents of brush strokes.
A cushy green couch looks in harmony centered below a bright window shining just enough nourishment on fresh flowers.
A classically designed stone fireplace sits pristine in white juxtaposed by the worn, exposed brick of the interior.
Cool gray cement is softened by spicy colors, a woven-framed couch and a branch sculpture centerpiece hanging over the kitchen.
When working with expansive uninterrupted wall space, you can turn to a piece of abstract art, which draws focus but doesn’t have the confines of creating a theme for the room.
Exposed brick walls counteract the modernity of an L-shaped couch engulfing a petite glass bistro table nestled atop a tripod stand.
A natural stone fireplace with hints of yellow dominates this relaxed living room in grand scale and towers over the media center that the eye almost misses.
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