A temporary room divider is a great option if you live in a studio or one-bedroom apartment. The wall will provide nighttime privacy for a better night’s sleep — something you and your guest will both appreciate. Don’t have a room divider? Get crafty, and make one.
Furnishing a living room with a nearby staircase can present a traffic flow obstacle. Similar to hallways, it's best to think of staircases as high-traffic areas requiring at least 36 inches of clearance. Rather than outfitting the walls around a staircase with heavy furniture, try using them to showcase art or accent pieces, such as sculptural chairs or occasional seating in the form of ottomans or lightweight benches.
Mint green walls give a soft base to this living room and provides a beautiful complimentary color to the coral details. A coral chandelier with natural stick texture hangs between ceiling beams over the large tufted coffee table. A pair of armchairs echo the coral shade in their wavy striped pattern. A simple white sofa is brought to life with decorative throw pillows, and a large textured area rug covers the floor.
As seen on Home Town, the Watts Residence has been fully renovated by Ben and Erin Napier. The new kitchen no longer has the dark cabinets that closed off the room. Wood veneer cabinets were added to the bottom to tie in with the existing brick floor and lighter white cabinets where added on the wall to brighten up the room. The kitchen now opens to the dining and into the living areas creating a more open floor plan.
To make the space feel larger, designers created the front of the home with an open concept design. The design includes white shiplap on the walls and ceilings, which lends to the feeling of a beach cottage, and high pitched ceiling that adds a feeling of openness. The front spaces include a living room with a beautiful beach view, a dining area and a functional kitchen.
As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott removed the wall between this kitchen and the adjacent living room, creating a more open and efficient space. The new island is outfitted with quartz countertops, maple cabinetry and a sink. The stainless steel pendant lights hanging over the island offer a contemporary take on a traditional style.
Large wood coffee table lettering spells out "LIVE" as the focal point of this room design. Faux shutters frame the windows, adding a creative look to the large wall. A cozy sofa is finished with a blue striped fabric and ruffled skirt. Orange throw pillows pop against the pale coloring of the sofa and pull out the rich tones in the patterned rug. Word wall art keeps with the motivational theme of the coffee table.
The Craftsman style of the home remains evident in the trim, front door and cabinets in the kitchen and dining room, yet contemporary style is infused into the space through sleek light fixtures and furnishings. A slate wall divides the entryway from the living spaces without losing the open feel of the floor plan. A large kitchen island not only provides more counter space, but also a spot to eat and extra storage.
Rough-hewn wood and rich, dark walls turn this cozy corner reading nook into a showpiece. Wood beams reflect the character of the historic farmhouse, which underwent a top-to-bottom renovation that opened up the space and turned its formerly small, dark rooms into a livable and family-friendly country home.
The Klingshirn residence after the kitchen and living area renovation by licensed contractor Chip Wade in Atlanta, GA. The renovation included removing a number of walls to give the floor plan a circular and more open layout, but also respecting the era in which the house was built. The kitchen is outfitted with plenty of modern cabinets, new appliances, moveable kitchen cart and a coffered ceilings, as seen on HGTV and DIY Network's Elbow Room.
Minimal furniture and ample natural lighting in this uniquely shaped living room give it a spacious and light feel. A neutral leather sofa blends beautifully with the white surrounding walls and neutral floor rug. A burnt orange chair cushion, built in wood shelving unit and hardwood flooring adds warm tones to the bright design. A tall, curved floor lamp and guitar pick shaped coffee table add shape to round out the look.
A spiral staircase winds down from the yard to this hidden outdoor living room space. Stone walls enclose the space while an open ceiling allows sunshine down into the area. Circular shaped furniture creates a beautiful and interesting aesthetic. The sofa features a red weaved bottom, mating the four coffee tables, and a purple cushion adding bright color to the design. Large planters bring plant life into the space to connect it to the yard above.
An outdoor living room features a mix of design elements, from the reclaimed woods on the coffee table and ceiling beams to the clean, contemporary lines of the woven and upholstered seating. The space is sited to take advantage of the sweeping coastal views, and it also opens to the indoors via a wide retractable glass wall that slides into a pocket door. Traditional lanterns light the space, giving a nod to the Mediterranean architecture.
This elegant, understated living room gives the homeowners a comfortable space to relax with family and friends. Providing plenty of seating, a white, sectional sofa complements the neutral design of the space. Two contemporary chair and a halfs and white bench add extra seating. A large coffee table gives all guests a place to set their drinks or put their feet up. At the front of the space, a gas fireplace gives warmth to the room, and a television is centered along the front wall to meet the family's entertainment needs. To add color, a soft gray and purple painting hangs opposite a wall of windows that let in plenty of natural light, illuminating the space, completing the elegant feel.
As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott designed this living room to match the homeowner’s bright personality. The original cement flooring was stained a warmer color and dark gray paint was added to the walls, while the one wood-clad wall was kept as a feature. The large metal storage unit resembles an old set of lockers, which brings an industrial feel to the space. Two vintage side chairs and an old leather sofa were reupholstered in bright colors and prints, and a star-shaped light bulb installation was mounted on the wall as a finishing touch.
"This garage remodel was designed for a UCLA professor who wanted a stylish home office," says Ron Cohen, CEO of Pearl Remodeling. "Because of zoning restrictions at the time of the remodel, we could not legally convert the garage into a living space, so we kept the garage door operational and updated the interior so it could still be enjoyed as a workspace. We installed new drywall on all walls and ceiling, and light-colored flooring and paint to brighten up the room. Open shelving with complementary decor give this study a modern touch with lots of room to personalize the space."
From the narrow entryway the space opens wide into the living room, a space made even bigger by the massive windows that look out to Manhattan. This space epitomizes Tanika’s “laid-back luxe stye” combining mid-century modern furnishings with modern accessories for a casual yet sophisticated look. The soft, neutral color palette in this space adds to the relaxed feel while making full use of the light that the room receives. At the same time, light yet meaningful moments of pattern are added to the space through the rug and woven art feature on the wall.
As seen on HGTV's House Hunters Renovation, with the help of interior designer Jorge Da Rosa, the home owner's created an open, functional kitchen-to-living-room space perfect for entertaining. Warm-toned brown walls and medium-dark hardwood floors contrast with the crisp white ceiling and grey and white kitchen cabinets. Occasional splashes of color, like the green tiled backsplash and the yellow inside the cabinets add contrast and visual interest.