Here, a sitting area sits underneath a window in front of some exposed brick. To the right, a built-in set of steel bookshelves houses books, magazines and pieces of Antonio Martins' collections. A modern, wood chair sits to the front right of this space, complemented by a set of modern coffee tables in the center of the area. A colorful chair sits to the left of the space, while an elegant brown sofa provides the space with more seating. To the immediate left of this space, two 17th Century Portuguese paintings hang, giving the space more personality.
Everything about Nikia’s style is effortless — a casual elegance that the designers worked hard to translate into her home. Small touches, like the evolving layers of geometric pattern that go from the table legs to the lamp base to the lamp shade create a subtle but palpable mix of simplicity and sophistication. On the couch, “M” — a lucky black cat named for the letter formed by the shape of his head and ears — sits across the room from the portrait that he didn’t model for, but could have.
This elegant backyard is secluded and elegant, making it the perfect place for relaxing or entertaining. The large, canvas sofa can accommodate four comfortably, and the two wicker chairs add extra seating, giving the space plenty of room for people to take a load off. The casual fabrics used in this space, such as the wicker chairs, the canvas cushions and the sealed wood tables, give the space a warm, inviting feeling, while retaining the ability to stand up to the wear and tear, making this backyard space an extra oasis for the family and their guests.
An LED TV sits in a rustic niche across from the couch. “We have a lot of fencing outside that is cedar. We brought that inside, so there is a real definite tie in,” says HGTV Smart Home 2015 designer Linda Woodrum. “We took that cedar, put it in the back of the niche where the TV is, and we painted the opposite wall.”
This show stopping living room design creates the feeling of a larger space by using the stripes to draw the eye upward. Black and white walls add a sense of whimsy while creating a bold, daring statement. Beautiful, custom gray sofas draw frame the room and create a focal point of the fireplace that is defined by a black mantel with a white, marble slab inlay that adds softness to the room's design. Finally, a long, dramatic chandelier hangs eight feet from the floor to finish the space with a feeling of intimacy and warmth.
When buying furniture for a dorm room or other small living space, choose pieces that are multifunctional. A futon is the perfect example; by day it can be used as a sofa, but by night it can instantly turn into a full bed. Here, white tables on casters are used as an entertainment center and a mobile coffee table and the cubed bookcase not only stores books and kitchen essentials, but serves as a room divider, too. Photo courtesy of IKEA
Nothing says old world magnificence like the hand-painted cathedral ceiling and two-tier chandelier of this elegant gathering room. Looking up, the room emits a feeling of Italian renaissance and splendor, while the furnishings and accessories deliver a traditional and comfortable spin on old world style. The most spectacular piece in the room is the 16th-century fireplace imported from Cyprus. Designer Lori Venners added beige Knole sofas to pull in the gold hues from the ceiling detail while also complementing the chocolate-brown draperies and dark wood furniture.
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.
Nicola and Michael are looking for a space where they can entertain friends and relax with their family. Jillian designed a space that is light, flowing and functional. The windows all around the room allow plenty of light into the space, while the canned lighting in the ceiling helps to add light. The neutral wall color helps to reflect the light, while the grey sofa and its pillows adds color to the space and softens it. The natural beam that crosses the room, the chandelier in the dining room and other wood accents add a rustic flare to the room.
This pretty living room’s neutral color palette offers a clean backdrop for the layers of traditional, modern and vintage elements in the space. Gray walls create contrast with the moulding around the ceiling and entryways. A Restoration Hardware sofa in a soft shade of periwinkle is a perfect complement to the home’s traditional bones. A pale pink rug completes the room’s palette of light pastels. The feminine color palette works in partnership with the vintage details in the room like the coffee table, featuring curved legs that have a feminine feel.
John and Anthony, hosts of Cousins on Call, removed the curtains surrounding Khloé Kardashian Odom and LaMar Odom's original home theater television. The cousins updated this home theater design by building custom California redwood shelving to frame the large screen television. The planks on the sides of the room house the speakers and surround sound and are also made of California redwood. The family can enjoy their new home theater system in the luxury of their new, plush 13 foot couch and smaller luxury love seats. The Odom family now has a spacious, modern home theater system that is great for the whole family.
This contemporary living room has lots of personality. The sofa is over stuffed and provides a comfortable place to relax and enjoy friends and family, while the throw pillows and artwork add color to an otherwise neutral space. The feather starburst on the wall adds a surprising texture, departing from the smoothness of the flat wall.
The old, outdated living room with this updated, stylish living room. The couple wanted to blend the natural, rustic style of the cabin and a more modern feel. To make this a reality, they used natural materials such as the leather ottoman and pillows and the wicker storage baskets. They then added modern, open shelving next to the television. With the suede couch, the couple now has plenty of seating.
With the sofa out of the way it becomes instantly clear that the real star of this space is art. This gallery wall combines an amazing array of patterns, shapes, colors, and even frame types to create a truly dazzling display. Tamara’s approach to buying art is simple: “If I feel it I buy it then it just all comes together and flows like music,” she says.
With five boys, the homeowners wanted to make sure their home was stylish, but could also stand up to the test of their large, rambunctious family, so designers were sure to include plenty of durable materials in all of the home's spaces. At the kitchen island, sturdy, metal barstools add seating at the breakfast bar. In the living room, a woven rug defines the space, while two sofas-one with an easily machine washable slipcover and the other crafted from a durable leather-add plenty of seating that is sure to meet the challenge of the homeowners and their boys.
In this living room, a modern sectional sofa is situated in front of a large screen television to provide plenty of seating and an optimal viewing area for screenings of the family's favorite movies. Shelving and cabinets in the far corner provide a place for storage and display, while a fireplace to the left of the television warms the space. A window lets in plenty of natural light, and recessed lighting helps to give additional light to the space. To finish off the space, designers added a neutral, grid-patterned area rug to provide definition to the living space.
Starting with an apartment-sized, three-seater sofa centered on the left-hand wall, Briana and Buzz arranged the space around it to maximize the flow of their loft's living room. They took focus off of the room's lack of space by grounding the area with an oversized area rug featuring a bold, graphic print. Instead of adding a bulky, horizontal bookcase to the spatially-challenged room, the couple opted for tall, metal book towers they placed by in the window. The vertical arrangement instantly turned their cherished photography books and novels into a sculptural focal point while still keeping the collection neatly organized.
Chris mixed modern with traditional to create a transitional design style. He paired a tailored, button-tufted, 1960s-style sofa with an ovular, bronze and glass coffee table that has more traditional lines. For rustic, masculine texture, Chris opted for end tables made of driftwood with glass tops. A pair of mid-century modern table lamps added a touch of the unexpected to the space. Altogether the furniture arrangement came to slightly over $2000. After searching for art, Chris couldn't find anything he connected with and instead had a professional photographer shoot his collectible Cutlass convertible, and then had it framed as fine art.