Spacious Great Room With Inviting Furniture Layout
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.
Throughout this Spanish Colonial Revival home, the warm earth tones play a major role. However, a surprise awaits in the guest bathroom. Purple hexagon and diamond tiles bring a cool and bright touch through the floor and backsplash. Elegant cabinetry is topped with marble countertops.
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.
This serene nursery has hidden animals throughout creating a soft, understated design. A cat around the mirror, giraffe in the lamp, silver dog bank on the nightstand, and plenty of talking animals in the books on the bookshelf are all ready to welcome baby.
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.
This bold office space is full of character and charm from the black crown molding to the houndstooth matching chairs and rugs. Light gray walls with purple accents in the curtain and cork boards give this space the extra color and lightness it needs to be a perfect work area.
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.
In a living room where space is at a premium, there may not be enough tabletop surface to add framed photos or treasured objects. To inject personality into a living room without taking up valuable tabletop space, consider a gallery wall grouping. Here, a tall wall features nine oversized black-and-white prints of the family with a steel console placed below to anchor the space. When adding a console table to a living room, stick with a maximum depth of 18 inches to keep from impeding traffic flow.
Pale Lavender Nursery With Gray Crib and Furniture
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.
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.
Coffee tables can make a huge impact on the look and functionality of a living room. With their lack of sharp edges, round coffee tables or ottomans are great for living rooms used by children; however, they can result in wasted space when placed next to square or rectangular sofas and chairs. To outfit a seating area with plenty of useable tabletop surface (or multipurpose occasional seating), consider grouping two or three round coffee tables or ottomans together.
Walk-In Closet With Purple Wallpaper and Mirrored Table
Genevieve Gorder designed a large and spacious master suite closet with an elegant chandelier for improved lighting. A mirrored island reflects the light throughout the space and provides extra storage in the closet. A wood ladder makes effective use of hard-to-reach spaces above the built-in storage unit.
Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design at The Home Deport recommends threading your signature color, throughout your home, either in big way, by painting an entire room, or using it as a subtle accent, like a candy dish or vase. For example, this dramatic dining room is painted a pearly violet, the homeowner's favorite hue.
Furnishing a living room with a nearby staircase can present a traffic flow obstacle. Similar to hallways, it's best to think of staircases as high-traffic areas requiring at least 36 inches of clearance. Rather than outfitting the walls around a staircase with heavy furniture, try using them to showcase art or accent pieces, such as sculptural chairs or occasional seating in the form of ottomans or lightweight benches.