“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”
Bold Accents Brighten White Transitional Living Room
Bold orange and teal accents brighten this transitional living room, drawing attention to the two neutral sofas. Three rectangular wooden wall sculptures add unexpected texture to the creamy white walls, while the mixed patterns of the rug and upholstered chair create a relaxed, yet stylish look.
This bright, lively living room is perfect for relaxing and watching TV. Deep seating and a warming fireplace make it comfortable, and the bright colors and patterns become the focal point for the room.
White Midcentury Modern Living Room With Pink Accents
This white midcentury modern living room features a number of midcentury elements such as the chandelier, wall mirror, occasional chairs, coffee table and console table. Pink pillows and a pink patterned area rug help soften the look of the space.
Contemporary, White Dining Room with Bold Blue Accents
Bold, blue artwork defines this high-drama dining room, which features white walls and a coffered ceiling with a unique, angular design. Slipcovered chairs offer crisp, yet comfortable seating that invites guests to linger. A wine cellar is surrounded by smoked glass, giving visitors a peek at the bottles stored inside. A built-in sideboard next to the wine cellar is functional and stylish, and offers a perfect nook to display dramatic artwork.
Dark and bold colors actually make a small space appear larger and more dramatic. Paint the walls, furniture, and crown molding in a saturated color, then pair your monochromatic color scheme with something unexpected, like this white Lucite coffee table that lights up from within.
White Contemporary Living Room With Pink and Orange Accents
Natural light is the name of the game inside this Spanish-style living room. Two large arching glass doors provide access to a garden and patio area, while a comfortable white sofa is decorated with several pink and orange throw pillows.
Contemporary Blue and White Living Room With Coastal Accents
A blue and white striped area rug adorns the floor of this contemporary living room. The room features coastal accents like a sailboat and seashells sitting above the mantel of the fireplace. Blue throw pillows add a pop of color to the space.
Beach Cottage Living & Dining Room with Blue and White Accents
Bright whites and nautical blues paired with a natural stone fireplace create a seaside feel in this cottage-style living room and dining room combo. The pinstripe sofa and slipcovered armchairs are casual and relaxed beside a cozy dining nook.