Living Area: Glass-Encased Penthouse in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Gray walls, gray tile floors and a gray concrete ceiling create a tone-on-tone color palette in the living room. The sauna is visible through a large corner window, enhancing the penthouse's open concept design.
Aged Brick Wall, Thick Curtains Lend to Urban Feel in Townhome
Thinset mortar, paint and stain were used to artificially age the brick wall in this Atlanta townhome, giving it a more urban feel. The thick, extra long curtains may be drawn to completely block out the natural light, adding to the moody feel created by the warm interior lighting.
Family-Friendly Living Space Perfect for Game Night
Built-in bookcases provide open storage, as well as hidden organization in sleek drawers below. The glass round table is paired with contemporary roller chairs for a game area or dining spot that overlooks beautiful views of San Diego.
The owners of this Atlanta townhome wanted a look that married their modern and steampunk style preferences. The steampunk look is especially prevalent in the eating nook, thanks to an ornate mirror frame that was painted black and a leather-covered love seat.
"In the world of tile we are seeing an explosion of sizes, shapes, materials and patterns," notes Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors. Particularly popular these days, he adds, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12" x 24" and even 36" x 36" — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12" x 12" tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean. Dean cautions that large-format tiles are heavy, requiring a perfectly level substrate and a professional installer for the job to come out right.
The owners of this Atlanta townhome wanted to blend their favorite design styles -- modern and steampunk. Modern elements like the abstract artwork and sleek club chair meet steampunk elements such as the tufted leather sofa, warm lighting and brassy accents. The moody color palette easily unites both styles.
In this urban living room, neutral colors and rich textures are used to create a space that is fresh and hip. Custom hand-blown pendants hang above the bar to add a splash of color. A wall-mounted mirror expands the feeling of the space while a silver-and-white wall graphic runs from the kitchen out onto the balcony, featuring a downtown skyline.
The design of this living room picks up the architecture's urban edginess—exposed beams, metal ducts—and incorporates them into the look. A spiral staircase leads between the two levels. The barstools and coffee table are metal, the sofa black leather with nailhead trim.
The owners of this Atlanta townhome often select artwork in their world travels. Here, black, white and metallic pieces help carry the home's color story into the living room. The scale of the artwork help ground the two-story space, making it feel more intimate.