Today’s living room has become smaller and more formal, while the family room has become the place for family and friends to gather for entertainment and fun. Design New England, the magazine of splendid homes and gardens, celebrates the region’s best interior design, architecture, and landscape design. This room walks that line spectacularly with an array of shapes, sizes and colors that make it look like someone lives here already. There are so many ways to introduce the brown palette in the living room – from the floor and finishing to accessories and fabrics. Many people, for instance, didn’t believe a stone fireplace would look good with wood paneling around, but still managed to combine them into the homiest and warmest setting ever. And this style comes in various shapes, from the modernist one which tries to be more and more minimalistic, but uses furniture with contrasting colors in the room to the traditional interior designs which give the feeling of room crowding. It would be strange for me to choose any living room other than my own as being my dream space.
Plenty of living room furniture ideas use pieces in multiple ways, like a desk or table as a craft station or homework spot, and a window seat as a go-to reading or nap station. Give your room a collected, eclectic look with varied patterns and wood finishes.
The custom sofa in an 1850s home , designed by Suysel dePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster, is covered in a Schumacher velvet and the Ballard Designs ottoman in a Rogers & Goffigon tartan. Try taking our Design Style Quiz to get a sense of what home design style is right for you. If there is another space for the family to sit around in an informal way like a TV room or a Family Room, the Living Room is designed to be formal. On the wall behind the sofa, the chinoserie wallpaper and golden mirrors work together to give the room a touch of flash without overstating their presence and drowning the sofa out. Remember to leave plenty of room for any furniture with doors or drawers to open properly.
If you’re starting completely from scratch you should first think about where the static elements of your sitting room will be – the fireplace, plug sockets, TV aerial port, phone socket, doorways etc. A surfeit of square footage thankfully is not essential to an elegant design, as this cozy living room in the Atlanta home of designer Lori Tippins proves. The colors you apply should clearly contrast the neural palette applied on the walls and floors, depending on what you planned to be the focal point in the room.
Introduce the vibrant tones as solid-color lamps, vases, trims, and furnishings so they contribute a sense of vibrancy without overwhelming your design. Country superstar Ronnie Dunn’s living room features towering white wingbacks and an impressive antler chair which demonstrate the home’s cozy-and-inviting meets rough-and-tough aesthetic. You don’t want to have arranged all your living room furniture and decor only to discover you’ve placed your whole media centre on the opposite side of the room to the aerial and sockets. Stark, sleek lines combine well with open space, strategically placed carpets and seating to simplify the living room as much as possible.