2011 HHL FireplaceContemporary Living Room
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Blue and black. An often overlooked but absolutely valid combination, blue and black makes people stop and think. Prabal Gurung employes it to great effect in this fall look, and I think it translates beautifully for the home. If you've already got the groundwork in place (a blue rug, sofa or curtains) introduce black accessories or chairs and tables with black frames.Have you pulled a look from the runway into your home design? Tell us how you made it work in the Comments section.More Fashion-Forward Tips:Gianni Versace StyleCoco Chanel StyleRalph Lauren Style
The main living room's high ceilings are emphasized by long window treatments, subtle trimwork and the large painting that extends high above the mantle. Toile on the contemporary chairs is a nod to traditional style, while the zebra rug and perfectly clipped topiaries add some pop pizazz.
While many shudder with the thought of totally white walls, they can actually work to your benefit when trying to keep a space bright. Keep your room from appearing too monotone by accenting the white walls with pieces that pop, like this gorgeous navy couch.
EW: Many tend to love the idea of a two-story great room, but are intimidated by the ceiling height. Can you give us a few words of advice when tackling tall rooms? CE: 1. Unless you have a great art collection, use painted moldings throughout to add depth to walls. 2. Dress tall windows in full height drapery panels. 3. Create a welcoming seating area to encourage conversation.