The home’s open plan living room is airy and fresh with windows that look out onto the Hudson River. On the wall, sketches of the home’s original design have been framed, a testament to how far the interior design has come in just one year. Ana Claudia and her husband took on a full-scale renovation, bringing this midcentury home fully into the 21st century. In the living room, the fireplace, once an eyesore, makes a bold statement, tiled to resemble the sidewalks of Copacabana. It’s flanked by colorful side chairs upholstered in Kelly Wearstler Graffito fabric.
This casual living room features a vintage American flag and splashes of red were reminiscent of the Americana theme. Lively punches of tangerine and kelly green merged with varying shades of cobalt and indigo blues. A heavy dose of woven sea grass added to the distinctive maritime air while an assortment of sea shells, blue-and-white pottery and a colorful collection of art came together to create a place of delight in this low-key beach cottage.
This eclectic living room makes art the focal point of the space by hanging a large painting over the neutral sofa. A mix of animal print and colorful pillows accents the artwork, while the brown and white chevron print rug anchors the seating area and adds texture.
Designing with art is often a matter of layering - alternating sizes and perspectives to create a deeper effect. Here the high-energy of a gallery wall opposite the living room is contrasted with the quiet moment of this nearly solitary piece across from the dining room. Leyden plays with sizes here by placing a single oversized piece on the wall, then crowning it with a series of smaller, more colorful images.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It, the new kitchen is located where the old, small living room previously was. The walls on the first floor have been removed, creating an open modern floor plan with views to both the living room and dining area. Updated kitchen cabinetry, new appliances, a decorative tile backsplash and the elongated central island make the new kitchen the center of life on the first floor. Finally, new window treatments, colorful pillows and updated recessed and pendant lighting give a modern and fun vibe throughout.
For Leyden and Lahzar art is as essential to their living space as furniture - and both often arrive at the home in the same way. “We collected the art and furniture pieces over time while traveling,” Leyden remembers. Opposite the living room, this gallery wall shows the couple’s full range of tastes with a variety of paintings and even a life-sized sculpture. At the same time, artistic pieces of furniture like the modern bentwood bar stool and colorful pouf play a similar role, adding notes of color and whimsy to the space.
Use a glass vase with colorful, fresh flowers and coffee table books as a cost-effective way to infuse color into a living room. Atlanta designer Michael Habachy styled this table in a high-rise Atlanta condo with a trio of books that serve as a pedestal for the vase.
The architect created a tall, grand space for the living room. To make the tall space feel cozy, all ceiling planes were covered with barn board and reclaimed beams. What really makes this space amazing is the massive fireplace, anchoring the room. With all those natural tones, the client didn't want the space to be all neutral, so a colorful rug became the starting point to build the palette, bringing in green chairs for fun.
Light blue walls serve as a neutral base in this colorful living space. A bold-striped wall adds visual interest while brightly colored accessories bring energy to the room. Orange and red pillows complement the sleek orange coffee table, and green and blue patterned chairs balance the warm color hues with the blue wall color.
Colorful, patterned wallpaper covers the walls in this Art Deco-inspired living space. A saffron orange sofa with custom pink silk ribbon trim grounds the room with playful throw pillows and sits atop a grass green wool and silk blend area rug. Two windows let in lots of natural light and feature embroidered linen curtains with watermelon pink roman shades giving this space a vibrant jewel box vibe.
This light-flooded living room with a wall of oversized windows is filled with comfortable furniture and lots of textures. Hardwood floors are covered with a large gray area rug and compliments the cushioned sectional sofa in darker gray with a faux white rug blanket. A wood and marble coffee table provides plenty of space for colorful decor in front of the white brick fireplace.
Designers wanted this spacious, Midcentury Modern living room to fell intimate despite its large floor plan, so they carefully chose textures and fabrics that would add personality, but wouldn't overwhelm the beautiful exterior views showcased by the expansive windows. Walls are painted white to reflect the views of the outdoors, while the color is added through a few pieces of modern art and colorful, patterned throw pillows on the modern sofas.
The white walls of the lower level continue to the upper level of this penthouse apartment. These white walls make the colorful pieces of this homeowner's collection stand out. Floating shelves showcase the homeowner's collection of blown glass, while simple, elegant, modern furniture highlights the intricacies of the oriental rug in the living room. The china cabinet in the back of the space displays even more of the homeowner's treasures.
This room is staged with cozy, kid-friendly furniture and a coffee table that spells out the word "LIVE". The coffee table adds an artsy, inspiration touch to compliment the inviting design. A bold orange throw pillow matches the colorful patterned rug that livens up the pale blue wall color and striped blue sofa with ruffled skirt.
Colorful accessories highlight this side table. Pops of pale pink reminiscent of the living room come from the small radio and flower arrangement. For even more relaxation, a funny book of cat poems to share with M is the perfect coffee table book. “The thing that I love most about coming home is my funny little kitty,” says Nikia. “It’s his castle and I just live in it.”
This living room area provides a playful air of visual stimulation; lively punches of tangerine and kelly green merged with varying shades of cobalt and indigo blues. A heavy dose of woven sea grass added to the distinctive maritime air while an assortment of sea shells, blue-and-white pottery and a colorful collection of art came together to create a place of delight in this low-key beach cottage.
To give this open space between the living room and eat-in kitchen practical use, it was designed as a casual, colorful breakfast nook. A round table and round rug keep traffic flowing easily between the two main spaces. Anytime you’re working with a boxy space, consider adding rounded pieces to soften the hard lines.
This open-plan kitchen, living room and dining room allows for easy flow. A bay window dining alcove and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors allow for plenty of natural light. The dark hardwood floor contrasts the gray stone accent wall. Stylish glass and metal chandeliers on chains add points of visual interest. The room features both warm and cool tones, and plenty of textures, like the brown suede and velvet barstools, white marble countertops, and colorful patterned dining chairs.