The studio/pool house is actually a freestanding structure, but it feels connected to the main house because of a wood-clad accent wall. Pergolas cantilever out over the deck providing shade and visual interest.
Gallery walls will always be timeless and classic, but interior designers continue to find new ways to decorate spaces above living room sofas. From flags and rugs to oversized art, many options are low cost and involve very little effort.
Open, Urban Basement Features Cozy Seating Area by Brick Fireplace
Walls were removed to open the basement space and add light. Polished concrete floors add texture and depth, while custom Alder cabinetry and a built-in bar create a dramatic backdrop. A cozy seating area surrounds a brick fireplace, completing the urban design.
A new rear facade with enlarged doors and windows adds life and increases the living space of this traditional Brooklyn brownstone home. A new deck off the second story provides a spot for outdoor dining while offering cover for the patio below.
Even on an open terrace in a city setting, it’s possible to create a feeling of intimacy. Here, designer Magdalena Keck used perimeter plantings — a combination of evergreens and climbers in simple wood boxes — to soften the edges of the space and block exterior views. “We chose glass and steel for the furnishings to echo the city structures,” she says, “and to connect the inside of the apartment with the urban landscape outside.”
Minimalism is key in this white dining space. A simple rug gives the dining area a sense of separation in the open-plan urban home. Contemporary art adds a few colorful top notes to warm the space and infuse it with life.
Dark wood cabinets and floors and black accents come together for a sleek and formal look in this spacious, modern kitchen. Striking, modern pendant lights and mosaic-tiled cabinets are eye-catching touches in this classy, urban space.
The flat projection aluminum awning over this balcony makes the space feel like an additional room. A metallic coffee table is positioned between two gray barrel chairs and a reclaimed wooden bench, while a metal wire railing encloses the space.
Contemporary Living Room With Large Picture Windows
Large floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the city skyline and allow tons of natural light to flood into the room. Situated around a round tripod coffee table, tufted green chairs add a pop of color to this neutral space.
Here's a trick made popular by New York City designers: if you don't have lots of wall space in your living room
but have a large collection of art, consider hanging pieces directly in front of windows that don't offer great views.