Sunny Transitional Living & Family Room by Lauren Muse
Lauren Muse combines these elements in this transitional living & family room: beige; beige area rug; beige coffee table; beige paint; beige pillows; beige sofa; beige walls; blue armchairs; blue pillows; blue table lamps; blue vases; built-in bookcase; french doors; traditional sofa; white vases. Read more
Mix and match patterns, embrace bold colors, layer rugs, and so much more! Try these tips to create a pretty space to enjoy conversations with friends and family.
Hang Art Casually
Scour thrift stores and estate sales for unique accessories. Here, brass tacks are used to hang unframed vintage art school portraits casually. Read more
Classic ceiling treatments for your living room remodel
Update a Barrel-Vaulted Ceiling
This living room features an updated barrel-vaulted ceiling treatment, one that complements the room’s modern streamlined style. Stained laminated beams soar above the space, offering a contrast with the cabinetry’s lighter tones. The gently bowed arches lend a protective, sheltered feeling to a room designed for informal gathering and relaxation. Read more
Whether it’s for reading or relaxing, the right lighting helps us do all our living better. Add instant style and function to your living spaces with these ideas for accent lighting, chandeliers, sconces, and more.
Create Layers of Light
Light layers should be placed to bounce illumination throughout a room and eliminate shadows from corners. In this living room, a burnished metal chandelier supplies overall light and visual interest. Twin sconces supply soft accent lighting and define the area around the fireplace and mirror. A scrolling floor lamp offers task lighting for the seating area. Read more
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
Living rooms are typically designed and furnished to create an atmosphere of elegance or sophistication. Prominent formal styles include traditional, colonial and Victorian. Flooring and furnishings often emphasize symmetry and balance, using orderly geometric shapes and patterns. Examples are parquet floors, striped upholstery and diamond-patterned wood inlays. In most cases, floors should not introduce dramatic or wildly different patterns or colors. Read more
Explore these beautiful open living room designs and learn tips for defining space with furnishings, architectural elements, and flooring.
Wide Open Living Spaces
Comfort has no boundaries in modern living. Big, open, airy living spaces are ideal in an age where friends and family move freely between the couch and the kitchen. Read more
Designer J Allen uses a neutral color palette and sophisticated furnishings to create a minimalist living space.
by Chelsey Bowen
The condo originally featured four separate rooms, but designer J Allen removed walls to create one large open space that embraces the beautiful view of Washington D.C. Two separate yet intimate seating areas make the space perfect for entertaining. Read more