Each of this deck's separate areas are represented through a clever mix of outdoor drapery panels, indoor-outdoor rugs and functional furniture placement. To keep everything cohesive, the same hues are used throughout, including in this outdoor living room.
A top trick by designers for making a living space feel more homey is adding a fun rug to the flooring, even when you already have carpet. You don't have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on an area or antique rug to fill the entire space. Instead, look for one in a pattern that adds pizzazz, like this cowhide rug that designer Michelle Mentzer with Miles Design Group in metro Atlanta picked up at Ikea. She also got the pictures of landscape art and the chevron and plush accent pillows on a discount at HomeGoods.
A sleek dresser that doubles as storage and a buffet area for entertaining is nestled into the arched niche in this dining room. Artwork featuring an oversized trellis pattern adds a splash of color to the space.
Just off the master bedroom in the 2014 HGTV Dream Home is this artfully decorated sitting room. Red velvet armchairs with graceful lines cozy up to a sleek modern fireplace, while a neutral rug helps to lighten the dark trim and hardwood floor. Coordinating throw pillows and drapes keep the look unified yet relaxed.
The corner of this transitional living room is a comfortable spot for reading and relaxing. The white slipcovered armchair promotes the colors of the dining room and works well with the built-in bench and introduces a cottage-style element in the room.
Punches of color give a playful edge to this family room. The built-in entertainment center and fireplace comfortably share a wall, saving space in the room. Bold-colored wall art, armchairs and checkered rug bring life to the cream walls and hardwood flooring, while a large sectional provides comfortable seating.
"These mahogany bookcases define the foyer, dining and living room area without compromising the open feel; they also provide a creative way to display sculptures and artwork. The use of pure square design is a theme you'll see throughout this room and the house — on these dividers, the windows, even the stair balusters," says Shelby Littlefield, interior designer, Siemasko + Verbridge, Beverly, Massachusetts.
The use of primary and secondary colors brings this neutral living room to life with a blue sofa and orange throw pillows. Colorful artwork and whimsical decor pairs with a metallic coffee table in the design first featured on HGTV's Buying and Selling.
Framed antique mirrors line the wall and encourage movement through this dark and light contrasted living room. The mirrors give the room a graphic punch, and the black piping on the cream sofas follows suit. The damask wallpaper and patchwork cowhide rug add texture to the space.
The high ceilings in this living room brighten and open this space. A couch and ottoman over a floral rug create one of two seating areas. A love seat and a buffet round out the second seating area in this space. The natural light from the tall windows is enhanced with a tall floor lamp.
HGTV Design Star judge Genevieve Gorder says, "Compositionally, I think the room is scaled appropriately — there's room to move, I know what I'm supposed to do in here and the asymmetry is working organically for me."