Bubblegum pink and baby blue are often associated with juvenile spaces, but if you get the mix of elements right, it can fit almost any age group or style. Here, molded plastic chairs in a muted shade of robin's-egg blue are a bit more grown up than baby blue, and a toned-down shade of bubblegum pink is introduced with grommeted drapery panels.
Pops of bright green throughout this living room recall a fresh, spring day. The chairs are antique, painted white and recovered with alligator print fabric. The coffee table was handmade and painted by a local artisan. Wall paint color: Sherwin-Williams Narce SW6154
A combination of built-in open shelves and contemporary cabinets provide much-needed storage in this comfortable living room. Dark woods contrast against the clean white cabinets and furniture, which is a mix of deep, cushy sofas and chairs. Houseplants add a touch of life to the space.
For day-to-day use, this space is used for laid-back, casual dining. The cool pastel palette keeps the room looking young and fresh and the unexpected use of kitchen island lighting over the dining table helps keep the spot brightly lit after dark.
Almost any outdoor spot can be transformed into a functional living space or lounge with the proper use of dead space. While the narrow 5-foot-by-14-foot landing outside this home office is too awkward for sofas or love seats, it's verticality lends itself perfectly to taller seating options like basket chairs suspended on sturdy steel stands.
The most effective way to use any outdoor area maximally is with perimeter seating. Here, a modular sectional sofa is configured to conform to a corner of this welcoming courtyard, putting every square inch of the area to use. For optional flexibility, consider sectional sofas without arms since the armless modules can also be added to elongate a straight-lined sofa.
One of the best ways to maximize your money when furnishing one space for several uses is to consider an eclectic style. This creative workstation is made of a mashup of midcentury modern and coastal cottage side chairs, a transitional white painted table, a geometric rug, industrial-style lighting and playful touches.