As seen on season one of Sarah Sees Potential, this once plain living room got a much needed modern makeover. Designer Sarah Richardson chose vintage furniture and decor in muted blues and greens to fill the neutral space and framed the large window with a custom-built cornice and sheer retractable curtains. Cozy knit poufs provide extra seating or a spot to kick up your feet.
Golden baubles, high-end finishes and metallic trees are all excellent ways to bring your Christmas decor into the 21st Century. Moving beyond the traditional red and green is a big step toward embracing a modern color palette. Here, small green, blue and silver decorations add holiday sparkle to this cozy living room without being too overwhelming.
This midcentury modern living room features a large round mirror, a wagon wheel chandelier, a faux animal skin rug, two leather-and-wood armchairs, and a metal-and-glass coffee table with matching console table.
Layers of blue in this modern living room's furnishings make the turquoise accent wall in the adjoining dining room look sophisticated. The colors are echoed throughout the connected spaces to create a unified design.
This Asian-themed living room features a silver tray filled with rocks, three candles and a silver pot filled with red roses positioned on a wooden table. The large windows give an added feeling of height and spaciousness. Wicker furniture completes the look.
This modern living room features a large tile accent wall over a white sectional sofa. In the middle of the room sits a Noguchi coffee table on a shag rug, defining the sitting space from the dining area in the corner.
This open concept living room flows out to the deck with ocean views or into the dining room. Neutral, low-profile furniture doesn't distract from the beachside views. A dark wood frame makes the TV less noticeable.
For a coastal-inspired living room, the accessories can easily be replicated at discount home decor stores, says designer Robin LaMonte of Rooms Revamped Interior Design. Look for colorful bowls and plates for under $100.
This coastal cottage is decked out with all the colors of the sea. Neutral walls and pale floors allow the bright blues and yellows of furnishings and artwork to pop. Slipcovered upholstery has a casual vibe that fits the laid-back locale.
A palette of pineapple, charcoal gray and soft white lends a sophisticated, urban sensibility to the living room of the HGTV Green Home 2011, illuminated by a diffused fabric light designed by Tobia Scarpa. A floor lamp with marble base and stainless steel telescopic stem illuminates a seating area. Snow Bush, a framed photograph by Bruce Zander, anchors the nook and adds visual interest.