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Creating A Comfy Home For This Summer

If you could only choose one room in your home to put your heart and soul into designing, the living room would top the list. It’s that treasured (and often off-limits) space that sets the tone for your entire decorating style.

 

Seeing Red

The secret to taming a fiery red? Balance it with pops of white. A smattering of dove white wall accents with the white fireplace, chair rail, and coffee table keep the bold color in check.

 

Pattern Play

Trellis, ikats, florals—oh my! The trick to mixing patterns is to pick a color theme—here, reds, browns, and blues—and to use big swaths of solid color (the brown sofa, red chairs, and green ottoman) to anchor the space.

Interior design by Hillary Thomas Designs.

 

Light and Airy

You can pack a lot into your living room—even a dining set—if you keep furnishings from weighing the space down. Lucite dining chairs, an open-weave coffee table, and an unobstructed wall of windows keeps this room from feeling cramped.

Interior design by Lisa Sherry Interieurs.

 

White on White

You can’t go wrong with an all-white space. To prevent it from feeling like a hospital room, introduce different textures. A crocheted throw, a rough-hewn linen sofa, and a nubby rug all add depth to a monochromatic look.

Interior design by Lisa Sherry Interieurs.

 

Reading Nook

Carve out a quiet moment in your living room to entice a little reading time. Drag a cozy chair over to a window or next to a bookshelf and be sure to provide ample light for late-night page turning.

Interior design by Lisa Sherry Interieurs.

 

Updated Prep

Give tradition a twist and try a living room filled with old standby silhouettes—a Chesterfield sofa, bamboo side chairs—in super-saturated colors (ocean blue and lime green).

Interior design by Annsley McAleer.

 

Touch of Trend

Update your living room as you would your wardrobe—with a few new accessories each season. This neutral room is an easy canvas for a few pops of color and pattern—an aubergine throw, a zebra pillow, and a metallic side table.

Interior design by Frances Herrera.

 

Silver Accents

Cool metal touches give this room a sophisticated air. The scrolling mirror, the legs of the coffee table, even the fireplace andirons are all glossed in chic silver.

Interior design by Frances Herrera.

 

Flower Power

Here’s a bloomin’ brilliant idea: Keep oversized patterns in check by limiting them to well-defined spaces (here a bouquet of blue flowers covers an occasional seat and an oversized roman shade). It will keep the powerful pattern from taking over the room.

 

Cabin Chic

A rustic retreat gets a pop with slipper chairs covered in a tribal ikat. It gives the outdoorsy cabin a feminine spin.

Interior design by Tilton Fenwick.

 

Accent Wall

Swathe one wall in a cheery wallpaper to warm your space. Choose a print that picks up other colors in the room.

 

 

– Article by Mary Kate McGrath

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