Cherry HillsTransitional Living Room, Denver
This project was designed by Mikal Otten. Interior design by Beth Armijo (www.armijodesigngroup.com). Photography by Emily Minton Redfield.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Stools and BenchesWhen you want a decorative touch or when you will occasionally need an extra seat or ottoman, consider placing stools and benches in your layout. Stools may be 16 to 20 in. (41 to 51 cm) square; benches are around 14 to 18 in. (36 to 46 cm) deep and 36 to 60 in. (91 to 152 cm) long.
But don’t worry, the color doesn’t have to be quite that bold to have a big impact, as illustrated by the muted blue-gray built-ins flanking the fireplace in this living room. An upholstered ottoman and accessories continuing the color theme complete the design.
The smaller tray here doesn’t cover up too much of this elegant ottoman’s velvet tufting, and it provides a flat surface for a vase of flowers, with room to spare for a few books and a greenery sphere. I love the pop of organic green in this room’s subdued palette.
1. Display your favorite things without creating clutter. This is one of the most popular living rooms on Houzz, and the unique built-ins are a major reason. An open shelf, cabinet doors, drawers and glass doors compose the facade, but the wire mesh doors are the largest fronts. They tie the books and objects together in an uncluttered way — the mesh tones down the color but still gives us a peek inside. The feeling is open without complete transparency.
3. Swap Your Coffee Table for an Oversize Ottoman Large seating arrangements can feel a bit empty if there is too much distance between the sofa and coffee table. Choosing a big upholstered ottoman instead of a traditional coffee table will close that gap and add softness at the same time.
4. Blue built-in cabinetry in Denver. Built-ins were everywhere on Houzz this year, including in this popular living room. The blue cabinets add visual depth, but their gray undertone keeps the color scheme simple.
If you like the look of a pair of sofas but are afraid they seem too overwhelming, use more modern and nonskirted options to make the room feel more open — especially when the curtains reach the floor.More:Could Your Living Room Be Better Without a Sofa?Choosing the Right Sofa for Your Room6 Reasons to Float a Sofa
Too many people make the mistake of ignoring their architecture. Use your architecture as the axis on which to create balance and symmetry. A fireplace, a bay of windows or another significant architectural element can be the center point of a seating arrangement.