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Whether you're building a new home, remodeling an existing living room or simply rearranging furniture you already have, laying out your living room is best done with a plan in mind. It might seem like a simple matter of rolling a chair over here and squishing the couch over there, but even the most straightforward parts...
9 Fashionably Cool Living Room Color Palettes
You've seen them everywhere this fall, showing up in fashion, housewares and home interiors — colors on the cool side of the spectrum, like vibrant greens, bold...
Good Spaces: Mastering the Open Floor Plan
Most people love to pick out colors, fabrics and finishes when remodeling, but I love the first step: space planning. When done right, it can produce a finished room that feels larger and performs more efficiently. A few of steps will help you decide...
Divide and Conquer: How to Furnish a Long, Narrow Room
If the only thing distinguishing your living room from a bowling alley is the lack of red lines and pins, then you know how challenging it can be to decorate a long, narrow space. How do you fill the room without seating people too...
Lay Out Your Living Room: Floor Plan Ideas for Rooms Small to Large
One of the first things I do when I see a room for the first time is study the options for furniture arrangement. Sometimes there can be more than one great option. Occasionally, things like windows, a fireplace or doorways can limit options and stump...
20 of the Coziest Living Rooms on Houzz
“Living room" used to connote a formal, sophisticated space full of precious textiles and accessories — a no-kids-or-pets zone used a few times a year. But today's homeowners have realized that a too-formal approach to a living room is a waste of...
Things You Need to Know About Buying a Sofa
A sofa is one of the biggest furniture investments you'll make — and one of the most permanent. Even if you're just buying one for a temporary fix, it'll eventually get demoted from the living room to the family room to the basement and, finally, the...
7 Ways to Rock a TV and Fireplace Combo
Putting a television and fireplace on the same wall requires a delicate balance. These two focal points need a precise plan for them to feel warm and welcoming instead of out of balance or out of scale. Be careful to consider the size of each when figuring...
Why You Should Forget About the Usual Coffee Table
Being bound to the singular coffee table is a rule worth breaking. Instead of fussing over a table that takes up all your floor space, or trying to decide which side tables will work with your coffee table, think in multiples. Incorporating two, three,...
11 Design Ideas for Splendid Small Living Rooms
The thing to remember is that you really don't need much room in a living room. A living room is for socializing, for gazing at the fire or for watching TV. Mostly, it is for conversation. You do not need space to do yoga in the living room. In fact,...
Could Your Living Room Be Better Without a Sofa?
Do you have a living room where it seems impossible to place a sofa? Lately it seems that even in large homes the formal living room is getting smaller. Many of them are designed so that all four sides of the room have either an entrance, a window, a...
14 Fabulously Fanciful Living Rooms
We can't all be subdued and traditional. For some people a living room is not simply a place for relaxing or chatting; it's an expression of their true selves. It's a canvas awaiting their artistic imagination. Whether they go for bold color,...
8 Living Room Layouts for All Tastes
A successful living room layout depends on two factors: room shape and client lifestyle. While some may find a symmetrical space to be perfection, others may prefer the gentle chaos of multiple seating areas. But no matter if your living room is small,...
Room of the Day: Just Right for 2 and a Crowd
This townhouse, on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, is the result of some magical design kismet. “About two years before we started this project, one of the homeowners and I took a home tour together,” says interior designer Jenni Leasia....
Living Room Features That Never Go Out of Style
They’re the simple pieces that stand the test of time. Never in or out of fashion, the items in this bunch are classically chic and tasteful, and eternally look good (so you won’t be forking over money to replace them in two years’...
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