Cobble Hill CondoTransitional Family Room, New York
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2. Your Shelves Are Bursting at the SeamsPutting every ornament you own on open shelves often leads to a distracting mishmash of nondescript items. Serious sorting is needed to create some focus.What to do: I recommend organizing-expert Marie Kondo’s life-changing advice of honoring items, then letting them go. Another motto may be “Beautiful, interesting or out.” Empty your shelves and create “yes” and “no” piles. You don’t have to throw items away, but this is a good chance to do the Kondo. The shelves seen here in this room by CAVdesign make clever use of space in a way that enhances every object.
6. Does your room showcase your style and color preferences? As much as neutral schemes can be calming and beautiful, accent colors and stylish furnishings can bring a room to life. In this photo, bright orange and golden yellow pillows warm up the gray sectional along with the orange and yellow accents on the shelving beyond. Wall shelves and a coffee table reveal an affinity for clean-lined furniture in light woods, while the rug and gold pillow fabric at the far end of the sofa demonstrate a fondness for graphic patterns.11 Ways to Make an Impact With Color in a Room
Add some drawers. Don’t fancy box shelves? Try slimline drawers instead. The ones here look neat in the space, and the extra wood adds warmth to the room. They’re also the perfect place to hide your knickknacks, while leaving space on the shelves for more attractive objects.
3. Use Hip, Functional Style to Liven Up a Small SpaceIn tighter rooms, laid-back bohemian style adds big personality without wasting too much space. In this New York living room, a right-scaled sectional, sweater knit pillows, a wool rug and a shelf system do the trick. Wall paint: Metropolitan AF-690, Benjamin Moore; rug: Crate & Barrel; shelves: Atlas Industries; pillows: Candelabra and Home Decorators Collection; sofa: Dune; drapes: custom; throw blanket: West Elm; table: AllModernRead more about this room
2. Warm Metropolitan Designer: Jennifer Levy of CAVdesignLocation: Brooklyn, New YorkSize: 188 square feet (17.4 square meters)Homeowners’ request: Help them decide what to keep, what to add and where to place a mix of furniture brought from a smaller apartment. Also, bring a warmer, more lived-in feeling to the somewhat cold modern space. Casualness: Sectional sofa. Mix of natural materials, plants and new textures, such as the sweater knit pillows. Warm gold and orange rug in comfortable wool. Other special features: Bookshelves with personal mementos and organic pieces, such as coral and wood sculptures. Artificial tree. Designer secret: “I’ve learned that keeping everything open can make a space feel less cozy,” designer Jennifer Levy says. “The styling of the bookshelves also made a huge difference. I suggest you remove almost everything, and then create sections with elements such as vertical books, horizontal books with objects like bowls or small vases on top, stand-alone objects like small sculptures or organic pieces, and leaning frames. Scatter these various elements throughout and you can’t go wrong.” Also on the team: Gael Georges (photographer); Manhattan Pressurized Walls; Lauren Devault (design associate)Wall paint: Metropolitan AF-690, Benjamin Moore; rug: Crate & Barrel; shelves: Atlas Industries; pillows: Candelabra and Home Decorators Collection; sofa: Dune; drapes: custom; throw blanket: West Elm; table: AllModernSee more of this home