A traditional-style fireplace sets the stage in this cozy living room. On top of the mantel, a pair of fluted columns reach up to the ceiling. Matching columns also frame the French doors that lead out to the screened porch. Two neutral loveseats face one another to make entertaining easy. A brown tufted ottoman sits in between a set of upholstered armchairs and a rich wood coffee table.
This condo is small in size, but the features and furnishings are high in style. The dining room chandelier is oversized, but the glass and sculpted metal look is open and perfect for this space. The round, glass table seats six comfortably in stylish chairs with sleek backs and legs. Designer tip: In small spaces, keep the flooring consistent because transitions can visually make a space seem smaller.
Candice Olson, host of HGTV's "Candice Tells All," created this living room that blends style and function. She says, "It's important to know what makes the most sense for your lifestyle and home, so don't choose colors, fabrics or even materials that won't work for your family, children or pets." This living room's rustic wood coffee table, dark upholstered armchair and patterned area rug ensure a family-friendly space.
Because the backdrop and furnishings of this New York City living room are styled in soft, monochromatic hues, designer Kathie Chrisicos was able to infuse pops of strong color in the art and accessory selections. Especially fetching is the abstract art behind the sofa in an orange-red hue, along with the vase of orange, yellow and pink roses that enlivens the coffee table. These colors add depth and drama to the design.
With a transitional white sofa, two Art Deco-style coffee tables and a cowhide and boho rug layered on top of each other, this living room is just as comfortable as it is eclectic. A teal throw pillow brings in some of the color that the owners love as well.
When Tara first started sourcing changing tables, she found herself less drawn to those with overly youth-specific styles, instead leaning towards classic pieces with adult appeal. She opted for an ultra-white changing table/dresser as well as a graphic, round geometric mirror. Once Lily gets older, the pair of pieces can be used for many different purposes in different areas of the home.
A terra-cotta-color wall brings in warmth year-round. “The tone shifts over the course of the day, like a sunset,” says Katie. The oversize art from Four Hands Art Studio makes it even more glorious. For seating, the dated brown sectional that dominated the space got replaced with a chic blue wool-blend sofa by American Leather, a curvy armchair by Taylor King, and two leather slingback chairs from Wisteria. Friends at the couple’s giant potluck dinners spill into here, so the large coffee table by Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture comes in handy. The rug is by Jaipur Living.
In the center of this home's open spaces is the living room. Here, a wicker sofa, two wicker chairs and two metal chairs provide the bulk of the seating in the space, while adding to the beach style of the home. A blue coffee table with a piece of mounted drift wood rests in the center of the space, while a rug helps to define the living room's boundaries while still keeping it a part of the open concept floor plan.
As sunlight pours into this sophisticated, modern living room, light is reflected of the white surfaces of the walls, cabinets and sofas to create a bright, light atmosphere. To give the space some color, designers added throw pillows to make the couches pop. The main feature in this living space, though, is the cushioned teal ottoman that mixes in a little traditional style with a modern twist. The ottoman not only functions as a cushy coffee table, it doubles as extra seating when the homeowners entertain.
This room was intended to be a space for dad and was created with his input and vision. The design is a bit more masculine, but it still had enough style to fit in with the rest of the home. Designers used the same neutral colors as the rest of the home, but they used darker, warmer shades to bring the masculine feel about. The furniture is made of dark, soft fabrics, perfect for relaxing and watching the game, while natural elements, such as the wood coffee table, made the space a bit more masculine.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, Sarah transformed a dark and cramped basement into a bright recreation room full of amenities for a growing family of four. Neutral blues, grays and whites are used throughout the space's decor for a style that's beautiful yet functional for all. A chevron-patterned area rug is the perfect complement to the vintage herringbone wood coffee table and its blue and gray decorative accessories.
Homeowners wanted a functional, yet stylish living room that connected with the style of the rest of their 1920s Spanish home, but had a more modern and whimsical feel, so designers added a sectional sofa to provide plenty of seating. Then, they brought in an ottoman that serves a dual purpose-a coffee table and extra seating. This piece is covered in lime green faux leather, which adds a splash of bold color, while creates a surface that is easily wipeable-perfect for a home with a teenage boy.
Create a retreat just like you would an interior room by starting with furnishings. Consider your style and budget, along with how you’ll likely use the space. If your retreat is a cherished space for reading and hanging out with family, include plenty of seating options. For a retreat that provides an escape for morning coffee, you might just need one seat and a spot to park your favorite mug. Include container gardens to give the space a touch of greenery and nature that will minister to you, body and soul. These pots sport a mix of annuals: dwarf purple fountain grass with ‘Sweet Caroline Light Green’ sweet potato vine and Intensia blueberry phlox, dark Vertigo purple fountain grass, and Blushing Princess sweet alyssum solo and with Supertunias Royal Velvet and Trailing Silver. A pot of Diamond Frost euphorbia adds a just-right blooming accent to the coffee table.
The formal living room/parlor is one of the first impressions you get to make on your guests about what your personal style is and how you like to live at home. For the entertaining spaces in this home our client wanted chic, well edited rooms with simple palettes and lots of light. Their formal living room is exactly that with transitional furnishings and original artwork created by one of their daughters. The layering in this room is subtle but impactful. Metallic wallcovering defines the niches, sheer panels, a painted ceiling and an antique mirrored platform coffee table rest on a white silk rug. All of these carefully curated details have light-reflective properties. Editing does not equate to skimping.
In HGTV Design Star season 4, Dan and Nathan painted an unexpected and bold graphical design across the walls and floor of this dining room. “I don't know if it's a pixelated map of the islands, stylized crime-scene outlines or a macro image of popcorn but I loveeeeeet!” says designer Candice Olson. “This room is a testament to the power of paint and how it can easily and inexpensively transform a space. We’re not talking simply color on the walls here but rather a big, bold powerful image (of something) that engulfs this space; walls, floor and all – wow! The lumber on the far wall is a brilliant design stroke adding warmth to the cool grays. The uniform, vertical application brings visual order, contrasting the great graphic chaos happening around the table. A Parsons-style table like this looks great but really doesn’t function well for seating lots of people. I would have liked to see a hollow pedestal table with the hole in the center used for low greens/grasses, or as a built-in ice bucket for wine and cold drinks. Right now the tall leaves in the center mean fighting your way through the jungle to see who you’re dining with. A round paper-lantern pendant or two over the table would provide beautiful light for dining and speak to the shapes of the ingenious wall-mounted light fixtures beyond. Small criticism for a room that is truly inspiring.”
Pamper yourself by transforming an outdoor space into a custom retreat. Japanese forest bathing research shows that time spent in the Great Outdoors brings significant health benefits—lower blood pressure, less stress, greater empathy. Green spaces soothe both body and brain, and you can reap the results with a spot in your own yard. Start your project by choosing an area with easy access. A small deck, porch, patio or corner of a garden provides a terrific foundation for a home-sweet-home getaway. Approach your project with an eye to design by including touches that speak to your style (retro? chic? urban?). You don’t have to spend big bucks to make it work. This welcoming retreat features a crate coffee table that blends beautifully with wooden chairs. Pots of colorful annuals bring nature near. Annuals include purple Angelonia with Raven (dark) sweet potato vine, Yellow Chiffon superbells, Royal Velvet supertunia, and ‘Banana Cream’ Shasta daisy with Vertigo purple fountain grass.