Mixing up the ceiling levels give this apartment a loft-like, airy feel. Huge windows let in tons of light and a streamlined metal-and-wood staircase with lots of open space doesn't block sightlines across the room.
Open Concept Floor Plan in Elegant, Contemporary Home
To give more space to the living room, Karen and Mina, of HGTV's Good Bones, removed the walls that used to enclose the space. Now that the barriers are gone, this home has an open concept first floor with a line of sight from the living room into the dining room and kitchen. Each of these spaces, then received an elegant, contemporary design, creating a contemporary, updated space.
Transitional Open Plan Living Room With Sectional and Blue Accents
This light and bright living room features a pair of brown wicker armchairs and neutral sectional with blue throw pillows. A glass coffee table sits atop a blue area rug, while the room's open floor plan allows for easy transition to the nearby dining room.
Thoughtful Layout Turns Living Room Into Multipurpose Space
The layout of the living room accommodates different activities, creating a true multipurpose space. The primary seating area includes an intimate arrangement of the sofa and two armchairs for gatherings of family or friends. The sofa has a comfortable view of the television, which is mounted above the fireplace, for nights when the homeowners choose to stay in and watch a movie. A bistro-sized table and chairs near the window offer a space to have a drink, play cards or even work on a laptop with a view of the TV.
Open, Contemporary Living Room With Waterfront View
This open plan living room features comfy taupe armchairs positioned around a frosted glass coffee table. A mint green accent wall adds a pop of color to the dining room, while a wood burning stove provides rustic warmth. Large, wall-to-wall windows provide a view of the picturesque waterfront.
Comfy Striped French Chairs in Multipurpose Family Room
If your multipurpose room doesn't allow for a sectional sofa, try pairing a three-seater with a pair of comfy armchairs. To keep the overall look from becoming disjointed, look for armchairs that are no more than three inches taller or shorter than the back of the sofa. Keeping one consistent height among the seating elements adds balance.
Bright Colors Enliven Living Room in California Home
Originally intended as a chic bachelorette pad for a high-powered woman in the California tech industry, this Marin residence evolved into a new family home when the homeowner met her future husband during the design process. Designer Annie Lowengart married the couple’s individual styles to create a fresh, youthful residence enlivened by bold color.
Transitional Family Room With Stained Glass Windows
Stained glass windows and classic wainscoting set a traditional backdrop for this comfortable family room. Contemporary furnishings enliven the space with fresh style, and a blue sofa provides the main source of color.
Using careful groupings of furniture and objects, you can create distinct niches, even in smaller spaces. Designer Michel Boyd uses an ultrasuede-covered couch and bookcase to create a reading nook in his home, and this chair and pillows framed by a cut-out portion of wall is its own unique vignette.
"One of my favorite tips is to paint the crown and the trim the same color as the wall and I don't change the finish" says Boyd. He prefers a flat, matte wall surface for a more gallery-like ambiance. Especially when metallics are in the mix, as in Boyd's living room, you don't want shiny walls and shiny surfaces.