Adding French doors to a living room creates indoor-outdoor functionality and supplies the space with natural light. Before adding French doors to your living room, consider which direction they'll need to swing. If seating will be placed within 36 inches of the doors, it's best to choose an outward-swinging style for optimum traffic flow. If the space just inside the doors will be unobstructed, an inward-swinging option will work well. Most home improvement stores offer inward- and outward-swinging doors for the same price.
When choosing a sofa table for your living room, it's important to get the height and length right to keep the space from looking disproportionate. Opt for a table that's at least two-thirds the length of sofa and with a height between 32 and 36 inches. This offers enough surface to accommodate a pair of table lamps, plus the proper height to keep the top of the table level with the back of the sofa.
If your living room lacks the square footage to accommodate end tables, consider forgoing them in favor of a table positioned behind the sofa. Here, the empty space on each side of the sofa allows for proper flow to and from the nearby kitchen; however, the sofa table still allows enough tabletop surface to display decorative objects and table lamps.
Soft lavenders, a light gray-painted crib, sheer flowing curtains, a white with soft silver-patterned area rug, and a comfortable gray linen-upholstered rocking chair bring a cloud-like serenity to this newborns nursery.
This traditional dining room features lavender painted walls, woodwork, and upholstered dining chairs, traditional dining table and gray painted sideboard, a crystal candelabra chandelier, and gold accents throughout.
Curtains are hung from cornices and trimmed with fabric that mimics the damask design of the wall and headboard fabric, offering an unusual interpretation on the more conventional canopy bed in the 2006 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.
When "floating" furniture in a living room – or positioning it away from the walls and centered around a focal point – use a measuring tape to ensure at least 36 inches of space is left between the central seating and any pieces placed along the perimeter. This will allow for ideal traffic flow throughout the room.
Genevieve Gorder designed her dressing area with an elegant chandelier, doors imported from Morocco and plenty of shelves for clothes and shoes. A large mirrored island reflects the light from a sparkling chandelier throughout the plum-colored space space.