Use these living room design ideas to make your living room a comfortable, inviting place to gather with family and friends.
1. Set the Mood with Color
The colors you choose for your living room will affect how guests feel in the space. Colors can energize or relax the space, depending on how intense they are and how warm or cool they are.
A serene scheme of soft blue and white makes this spacious living room feel calm, cool, and collected–a gracious setting for elegant gatherings. A light tan carpet underfoot warms the space and keeps the cool tones in balance. Read more
These kitchen designers have seen it all, from stainless-steel overload to poor-quality cabinetry. Here they share the dos and don’ts of kitchen design.
Do: Have one element that’s fun or creative.
Don’t: Be boring.
“The best kitchens have a soul or a spirit that’s warm, inviting, and personal,” designer Mick De Giulio says. “Every project is a chance to do something new and creative. It’s not just about the cabinets and countertops — the whole room has to sing.” Adhering to that principle, he updated an Illinois kitchen in an old barn by keeping the architecture of the horse stalls, adding a tongue-in-cheek stovepipe to the range, and installing a pot rack that resemble a wagon wheel. Read more
These readers traded sweat equity for high-end fixtures and finishes that evoke the silvery glitz of 1930s Tinseltown. Here’s your ticket to transforming your bath without the movie-star price tag
by Gillian Barth, This Old House Magazine
Frank and Janice Go to Hollywood
“If we were going to do this bath, it had to be magnificent.” —Janice and Frank Gingerelli, Bloomfield, New jersey
After 30 years of enduring their master bath’s busy orange-and-fuchsia wallpaper, dingy beige tile, and dim light from one puny window, Janice and Frank Gingerelli wanted the opposite for their remodeled space. They made it bright and airy by installing a new leaded-glass window and exposing the ceiling rafters. Read more
Do It in Style
Can more than 2.5 million votes be wrong about what makes a beautiful master bathroom? That’s how many ballots were cast on the DIY Network’s site as part of the annual Blog Cabin contest, which awards one lucky viewer a revamped home — this year, overlooking lush Woodstock, NY (yes, that Woodstock). Good Housekeeping developed three luxe bath looks, and voters picked a favorite. Read more
Bedroom placement takes into consideration the needs of both the guests and the homeowners.
Sleeping Spaces: The Original Concept
When mapping out the sleeping quarters, house planner Jack Thomasson and architect Corey R. Solum considered the second floor as a space dedicated to bedrooms and the master suite. “So you had your typical layering with living space on the first floor and bedrooms upstairs,” says Corey. Read more
The Home for Life tool integrates design principles that enable aging in place
by Rich Binsacca
The vast majority of boomers — 84 percent — want to stay in their current house during retirement, but only 16 percent have taken any steps to adapt their home for retirement, a new survey by AARP finds. The Home for Life, an online virtual home produced by Remodelingmagazine, showcases subtle yet effective universal design principles that enhance convenience, comfort, safety and value while lowering monthly costs and maintenance chores. Here are the top five tips for aging in place in style and with confidence. Read more