When it comes to designing the living spaces in a home, it’s all about personal choice and how you live, which makes these rooms the most versatile spaces in the home. From quiet parlors to cozy dens, the possibilities abound. Depending on your needs, you could opt for a formal living room designed for welcoming special guests. Or, you could eschew formality and take a more casual approach, creating a laid-back family room where pets, kids, and all who enter feel at home. No matter the type of room you choose—or if it’s one of each—these are spaces where being yourself is the only requirement.
Although it certainly makes a space feel cozy, a fireplace isn’t just for adding warmth. It can also be the focal point of a room. Whether you choose a decorative mantel or a wall-sized surround, a statement-making fireplace might be just the spark your space requires.
Sure, you could save your peppy patterns and bold colors for the throw pillows in your pad, but why not let your large-scale seating get in on the action? When it comes to upholstering couches, settees, and lounge chairs, don’t be afraid to take a chance on a vivid hue or spirited print.
Designer Joseph Minton channeled British decorator Syrie Maugham in the late Betty Blake’s art-filled apartment.
Why it works: The rare Maugham sofa and chairs, which feature rosettes and loops of ribbon, pay tribute to a legend, and that’s never a bad thing.
Homeowner Regan Carlile found her couch at Ceylon et Cie, then reupholstered it in a graphic-patterned fabric.
Why it works: Pairing the eye-catching sofa with chairs in neutral tones means there’s no fear of clashing patterns.
When it comes to incorporating color into a space, there are several schools of thought. We prefer those that make a statement. One option is to go tonal, using the same shade throughout a space—a dramatic way to make an impression, especially when the hue is as bold as it is beautiful. Our other favorite method is adding pops of vivid color against a serene backdrop. If you want to use color but can’t commit to a single shade, consider introducing vibrant bursts in the artwork or accessories.
Using the same shade throughout a space is a dramatic way to make an impression, especially when the hue is as bold as it is beautiful.
If you want to use color in a room but can’t commit to a single shade, consider introducing vibrant bursts in the artwork or accessories.
Whether you’re a lifelong collector or just starting out, the art you display in your space says more about your personal style than any other piece. It’s also an ideal starting point for designing any room. Be it contemporary or rococo, consider letting your art set the tone for all of your design decisions.
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They say what’s old is new again, but we say: What’s old was never out to begin with. Old World pieces offer history, style, and fine craftsmanship, so when you decorate a space with only antiques, it means every item will have a story to tell. That all-in approach works beautifully in Cathy Kincaid’s living room. But lest you think antiques are only appropriate in certain settings, think again: Blending contemporary pieces with fine antiques creates a striking mix that lets you honor the past while embracing the present.
Old World pieces offer history, style, and fine craftsmanship, so when you decorate a space with only antiques, it means every item will have a story to tell.
Blending contemporary pieces with fine antiques lets you honor the past while embracing the present.
Everyone knows reading is fundamental, so give your books the home they deserve. Libraries can take many forms, from floor-to-ceiling shelves packed tight with decades of collections to well-styled nooks displaying only a few favorites. What’s important is to house your tomes to fit the way you live.