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.
Traditional Dining Room With Lavender And Gold Accents
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.
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.
In addition to functionality, it's important to consider visual balance when designing a living room. As you arrange furniture, take a step back and look at the room from several vantage points, especially from nearby staircases and landings. What may appear properly balanced from below may look cluttered from above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This beautiful, traditional chair fits perfectly between two large windows with floor-length white curtains. A sunburst mirror brings a contemporary touch to the soft room completed with lavender walls.
Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design at The Home Depot believes smaller spaces lend themselves to bold color choices. Powder rooms, entry halls or a study are great areas to saturate with your favorite daring paint color. For example, this small powder room in radiant orchid makes a stunning statement.
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.