Vintage Style Living Room
Dominique Vorillon

Vintage Style

This casual living room invites guests to relax. Get the look with a simple, slipcovered chair and a playful, vintage poster. Short stools under the window sill provide extra seating for adults or little ones.

Timeless Appeal Living Room
Laurey W. Glenn

Timeless Appeal

This living room is decorated with casual pieces that complement its formal architecture. The neutral palette -- accented with soft blue pillows and accessories -- has the timeless appeal of a sepia-toned photograph.

Textured Living Room
Dominique Vorillon

Rules of Texture

Warmth in this living room comes from the mix of textures, from the burlap curtains to the white linen slipcovers and the hide stool to the rough-hewn mantel on the local-stone fireplace.

Sunshine Day Living Room
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Sunshine Day

Cheerful and energizing, yellow brings warmth to a room. It enhances and maximizes natural light and can brighten a space with few windows.

Gold Living Room
Chris Everard

Gold Glamour

Soften the look by using the full spectrum, from yellow gold to mink, blending pattern and finish.

Coastal Living Seawatch Idea House
Tria Giovan

Soothing Setting

Perfectly balanced architecture and furniture make a room feel comfortable and serene. Start with a central focal point, such as a fireplace, and build around it.

Simple Palette Living Room
Paul Whicheloe

Simple Palette

A simple white, brown, and wheat palette adds texture and interest without distracting from the view of the gulf. Three sets of French doors framed with linen floor-to-ceiling drapes accentuate the high ceilings and beach.

Quirky Living Room
Laurey W. Glenn

Quirks Work

Simple furnishings and accessories create a serene setting in this living room, but the homeowners spice up the mantel with a bright, graphic dog print.

Garden-Inspired Living Room
Jonn Coolidge

Outside Comes In

Simple decor in Chafee Braithwaite's Atlanta living room keeps the focus on the garden beyond the windows. Inexpensive white quilts were made into slipcovers and curtains. They are easy to throw in the wash and brighten with a little bleach.


Laid-Back Living Room
Tria Giovan

Tangerine Living

A zesty orange front door makes a fantastic first impression. Orange accents are reinforced throughout the living room with pillows and throw blankets.

Modern Marvels
Tria Giovan

Tall Order

The double-height family room is the center of family activity. It is separated from the kitchen by a floating wall so that it can also serve for entertaining company.

McMillan applied large-scale metallic wallpaper over one wall of the family room. “It is expensive,” says McMillan, “so I only used it on one wall.” The large-scale lampshades help fill in the tall vertical space. Resilient fabric on the sofa makes the ro
Tria Giovan

Wall Art

Large-scale lampshades help fill in the tall vertical space, and resilient fabric on the sofa makes the room kid-proof.

teal and orange
Polly Wrenford

Jade and Coral

Offset a highly decorative wall with a clean-lined modern sofa for maximum impact. Zing it up even more by upholstering it in a vivid, block color. It's all about the contrast!

modern living room with traditional elements
William Waldron

Timeless and Tasteful

Mix different styles of antiques and vintage furniture to avoid a style cliche. A well-edited room should look as if it's been collected over time, not shipped straight from the showroom floor. In this living room, a Swedish-style sofa and French rounded-back armchair combine with a low coffee table, graphic pillows, and funky ceramic garden stool for a layered and sophisticated look.

black, white and turquoise living room
Jeremy Samuelson

Not Just White

In this living room, accessories are key: A contemporary, ebony-stained coffee table and bold rug blend well with a tufted ottoman and metal Campaign-style side table.

chairs in linen slipcovers
Tim Street-Porter

Leather Bound

This living room accentuates its simple furniture pieces and colors with the rich textures of leather.

living room with neutral tones
Roger Davies

Taking Shape

A deep, high-backed sofa in the middle of the room anchors the space and visually divides the living and dining areas. An overscale floral made of weather-resistant outdoor fabric protects it from everyday wear and tear.

Coastal Living Seawatch Idea House Study
Tria Giovan

Nurturing Neutrals

Raise the eye in a low-ceilinged room by wrapping the entire space with a lively fabric like this vine one. Bright lavender brings a pop of color to an all-neutral room.

Cozy Textured Living Room
Thomas J. Story

Texture Test

Basic shapes and colors serve as decorating cornerstones in this living room. A modern sofa, bubble lamps, and an acrylic coffee table balance colorful, eclectic accessories.

Room for Reflection
Van Chaplin; Charles Walton IV

Room for Reflection

Read a book or take in the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from one of this room's three walls of windows. Don't miss the ceiling of the room -- it's unexpectedly clad with flooring for a fresh look.

Living Room
 Roger Davies

Deep Blue

In this living room, the sofa anchors the space with its charcoal pin-striped fabric and giant wingback chair design. To complete the look, accents of blues are brought in with the upholstered chairs.

Multi-Colored Living Room
 Roger Davies

Saturated Color

The striped fabric on the curvaceous 1970s chair inspired this living room's palette. A pleated skirt on the bright green sofa hides casters that were added so the piece can easily swivel to accommodate larger crowds.

Exotic, Comfortable Living Room
Laura Moss

Exotic Meets Comfortable

The vintage, blue arabesque tile is the main attraction in this casual, coastal living room. Paired with comfy couches and chairs, the striking space isn't over the top.

Family Room Fun
Laurey W. Glenn

Family Fun

Comfortable furnishings, such as an upholstered ottoman, soft area rugs, and a cozy fireplace, encourage family time. Wall-to-wall built-ins provide plenty of storage for media components, games, and books.

Brown and hot pink sitting room
Thibault Jeanson

Punch of Pink

This room's striking hue is paired with a rich chocolate brown for balance, proving that there's no need to fear bold colors.

A yellow room

Happy Go Lucky

Sunshine Yellow is proven to boost your mood, so why not infuse your living room with energy-boosting colors? This living room features traditional, clean furniture with bright yellow upholstery.

Brown Living Room
Dominique Vorillon

Texture Test

Shake up an all-brown room with lots of patterns and textures. An ottoman hidden under a coffee table provides extra seating but tucks away when not needed.

Coastal Contrast Living Room
Roger Davies

Coastal Contrast

In this Malibu living room, dark furniture makes a big statement against off-white walls and brings balance to this living space. The large sliding doors are framed with rich wood and draw attention to the beach view.

Comfy Cottage Living Room
Jean Allsopp

Comfy Cottage

A bar with black stools opens the kitchen to the comfy living room. Fresh green cabinets, accent pillows with natural themes, and fabrics with interesting textures make this living room a comfortable space to enjoy the company of friends and family.

Disguised Desks Home Office
Megan Thompson

Disguised Desks

Sliding shutters allow the living room to accommodate a pair of offices that can be concealed when company comes. Rather than being relegated to a dreary corner, these home offices live at the heart of the house.

Nautical Living Room
Tria Giovan

Natural and Nautical

This living room combines traditional coastal style with modern building sensibilities: glass panels at the base of the windows open like trapdoors to admit a breeze. Two built-in sofas were reupholstered in blue and accented with striped pillows.

Pattern Play Living Room
Van Chaplin; Charles Walton IV

Pattern Play

The chairs' floral print grabs the attention in this living room. They also dictated the room's palette; the sofa's pillows and trim accentuate the bright colors of the side chair's fabric. Designer Mallory Mathison balances out the bright color with a neutral grass cloth wall covering.

Amp It Up Living Room
Tria Giovan

Amp It Up

Spice up a bold paint color, like dark eggplant, with funky art objects and bold window treatments, but keep large pieces of furniture simple to balance the space.

Fabulous Focal Point Living Room
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Fabulous Focal Point

Even when it is too warm for a blazing fire, you can use your fireplace to create atmosphere by adding candles or even white sting lights. For an extra touch, lean a mirror against the back wall to add extra dimension.

Great Divide Living Room
Thomas J. Story

The Great Divide

This ranch-style house has been revamped into a sleekly modern lake retreat. The living room's sliding glass doors open onto the lake. A limestone-and-steel wall separates the stairwell from the living room and provides a tidy place to store firewood and electronics.

Coastal Living Room
Laurey W. Glenn' Robbie Caponetto

Laid-Back Living

This relaxed coastal living room provides a welcoming gathering spot for a family. The ocean, sunset, and beachside location inspired the white, aqua, and persimmon color scheme, which emphasizes the room's spectacular views of the beach.

Pretty in Pink Living Room
Tria Giovan

Pretty in Pink

Use furniture and a statement-making rug to create a room within a room. Pull the palette all the way through a room -- essential for cohesion in an open space. Here, a poppy-orange chair and plum pillows echo the stairwell and den beyond.

Sectional Chic Living Room
J. Savage Gibson

Sectional Chic

A sectional sofa makes room for a party crowd or a quiet night indoors. Bright colors set against neutrals make this living room fun and able to withstand sand and salt water.

Sunny Spot

Sunny Spot

Large windows and a tall mirror over the fireplace create a sunny atmosphere in this small living room.

terrace sitting room
Keith Scott Morton

Sweet Pink

In this sitting room, the soft colors and subtle fabrics contrast with concrete floors and the statement-making antiqued mirror behind the sofa. The room could stand alone without the floral-printed slipper chairs, but it is much more interesting with them.

Living Room
Keith Scott Morton

Monochrome Home

Tone-on-tone wallpaper and paint and fabric in the same shade create an intimate space. The shag rug adds some interest, and pops of white (on the accent chair, art, and sconce shades) break up the monochromatic palette.

Eco Goes Glam
Thomas J. Story

Eco Goes Glam

This glamorous, modern living room turns eco-friendly into style-friendly. The warm colors of the sofa are balanced by the abundant sunlight coming in through floor-to-ceiling windows.

High Style Living Room
Southern Accents, Erik Kvalsvik

High Style

High style is no problem for this living room with its incredibly tall ceilings. An exuberant limestone mantel and Beaux Arts furnishings don't overwhelm in this spacious living area.

A modern and open living room with a couch and chair.
Thomas J. Story

Make It Modern

In this living room, the furniture is kept simple, so the architecture can make a statement.

Bold Yellow Living Room
Thibault Jensen

Bold Color

Infuse your living or family room with energy by decorating with bold color. This space uses red and yellow to create balance and interest.

Symmetry and Focal Point
Michel Arnaud

Simple Symmetry

We love this room for it's perfect symmetry. Two side tables flank the sofa, creating a focal point in a space without a fireplace, the traditional focus of a living room.

Exotic, Natural Living Room
Thomas J. Story

Exotic and Natural

Clean, modern lines and exotic accessories give this living room a Bali-inspired, open-air vibe.

Neutral Living Room
Roger Davies

Not Just Neutrals

Even though the colors in this living room may be simple neutrals and whites, the space gets big personality with texture and the occasional punch of blue. Interesting accents -- cool lamps, side tables, a rustic wooden mirror, and art objects -- bring in a collected feeling.

Emphasize the View Living Room
Lisa Romerein

Room with a View

Clean slipcovers of washable denim make this coastal living room family-friendly and beach-view-friendly.

Keep It Real Living Room
Jean Allsopp

Keep It Real

A living room should reflect your personal style and read as collected rather than decorated. Proudly display family photos, books, and items with sentimental value. Raid your yard or garden for big, gorgeous greenery you can show off inside.

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