Dusty purple sectional sofas provide ample and comfy seating in the living space of this contemporary home in Newport Beach, California. Nearby, a second conversation area features an arrangement of casual, but equally comfortable chairs. Throughout the house, white walls serve as a backdrop for earthy neutral tones in textiles and furnishings. Broad windows provide great views of the bay.
A spare approach to the furnishings in this apartment living room allows the architecture, space and light be the rightful stars. The natural light fills the room and highlights the spacious room. Low-back gray sectionals add a dark color contrast to the white walls and neutral rug. Heavy fabrics on the throw pillows bring pleasing textures to the design, and the tree adds a pop of natural color and warmth.
In a pale, neutral room the slightest variation of color or value can add a level of designer-style sophistication. This bright living area by Denise Davies is an object lesson in the technique: The greenish tinge of the off-white walls contrasts ever so slightly with the taupe-ish tone of the sleek sectional, for a look that’s subtle and elegant. A few rich blue accents nod to the coastal setting, without heading into kitschy territory.
This stylish Philadelphia studio utilizes every inch of space without making the room seem busy. The neutral walls and bedding keep the space controlled and balanced. "I tried to separate the space with organic textures, eclectic accessories, shiny metallic objects, soft draperies and unique lighting schemes," HGTV fan greendesigner says. To quickly hide the bedroom from the kitchen and dining area, he added tall draperies as an easy room divider. Tip: Downsize the furniture to expand the space — buy a loveseat instead of a large sectional. If you like to entertain, invest in small barstools: They take up little space and provide plenty of seating for guests.