Living Rooms – After bedrooms, the living room should be the most comfortable space in a home. But unlike a bedroom, the living room is more frequented by friends and family, and therefore should look welcoming and stylish.
The following are the most-saved living room photos this year showcases how to get that balance right.
1. Soft Symmetry
Designer Tara Voigt of Voigt & Co says it’s the natural symmetry that made this living room in Charlotte, North Carolina, a success. “Those elements already existed with the lovely arched built-ins and the alignment of the fireplace on the back wall,” she says. “It is the scale and proportions that made this room so pleasing.”
A monochromatic theme, including white walls with a pink undertone (White Sand by Benjamin Moore) and an emphasis on texture, create a soft, relaxing vibe.
2. Muted Marvel
This airy San Francisco living room from Kirley+ Architecture is all about the subtle colors. The walls are a matte white-gray color called Fleur de Sel by Sherwin-Williams and the trim is Snowbound by Sherwin-Williams in a satin finish.
Framed color-blocked art and clean-lined furniture pieces create a simple yet sophisticated style.
3. TV Twist
Beautiful millwork, floor-to-ceiling built-ins, and other architectural features painted in crisp Super White by Benjamin Moore create a bright, breezy living area in the great room of this newly built home in Edina, Minnesota, by Swan Architecture and Martha O’Hara Interiors.
But the feature that really captivated Houzz users is the panel to the right of the fireplace that pivots 180 degrees to hide or reveal a flat-screen TV.
4. Classic and Casual
For a renovation of this 1920s neoclassical house in Austin, Texas, designer Anne Grandinetti of Mark Ashby Design highlighted the original architectural details while adding fresh, contemporary touches through paint, upholstery, and decor.
A flat white paint covers the original fireplace mantel, molding, and walls. A lacquer finish on the ceiling draws the eye up. A pair of newly upholstered club chairs in the navy blue face a pair of antique slipper chairs covered in black-and-white-striped silk. A round convex mirror above the fireplace and a silk damask Roman shade on the window to the left of the fireplace finish off the look.
5. Condo Chic
Designer Tamu Green of Lux Pad Interiors renovated this condo in New Rochelle, New York, for a single woman who works in finance. For the living room, she introduced subtle patterns that add depth to a neutral color palette. Abstract-pattern fabric covers a large club chair and ottoman, while the cream-toned area rug has a relief pattern to give it depth.
Green covered the floor-to-ceiling column behind the white sectional sofa in a wallpaper that looks like tree bark. On the television wall, she hung a pair of framed African masks. “The homeowner grew up in Africa and amassed a large collection of masks, statues and other art from there,” Green says,
6. Boho Vibes
Soft colors and well-chosen design details make an inviting living room in this bungalow in Hollywood, California. A rounded wood screen design on the fireplace and a gold leaf screen establishes a subtle but powerful focal point and nod to the Hollywood Regency style.
Casual wood-frame furniture pieces and a plush rug bring in a bit of bohemian style fitting for the location.
7. Serene Sanctuary
Designer Heather Blue Harkovich of Heather Scott Home & Design also used a simple, coordinated color palette for this living room. Three main colors — black, white, and wood tones — and effective use of symmetry create a calm, serene space that puts the focus on the mountain and river views surrounding this home in Ennis, Montana.
Paint: Silver Lining (walls) and black (window frames), Pratt & Lambert Paints
8. Palette Perfection
Interior designers at Everything Home employed a simple but effective color and material palette in this living room in Indianapolis. Plus, coordination was key.
Dark-stained beams complement a chocolatey upholstered coffee table. A pair of creamy sofas work with the white-stone fireplace. And a rough-hewn wood mantel enhances a distressed light-wood cabinet.
9. Wonder Wall
Some designers say painted accent walls are over. This Los Angeles living room by Megan Blu of Blu and White might change those designers’ minds.
What works well here is the way the vertical nickel-gap shiplap gives a bit of texture and dimension to the charcoal wall (Iron Ore by Sherwin-Williams) in a way that paints alone couldn’t achieve.
Plenty of Southern California sunshine, a jute rug, and floors of extra-wide 11-inch plank bleached oak provide the right amount of balance to the dramatic wall color.
10. Laid-Back Lounge
Interior designer Kelly McGuill arranged four light-gray linen-upholstered chairs in a circle in this Boston living room to facilitate conversation or reading.
There’s also a cushioned window seat between two tall bookcases, making this room without a doubt a popular lounge space.