Erica inherited a living room with a sponge-painted fireplace and an olive paint job. She had planned a pallet wall, but realized the time (and tools) it would take was not realistic. Until she found a quicker solution:
It used to be that the hearth was the center of the home, the spot that everyone gathered around at the end of a long day. Then along came central heating, and then the television, which has usurped the fireplace's role as the center of the home. But the days of tube dominance may be slowly drawing to a close. There are plenty of other ways to consume media — and plenty of reasons your living room might be better off without the box.
Q: So, a relative recently bought me this brown sideboard. I love it, however the rest of my living room has a color scheme which consists of blacks, greys, and whites! Please help! As it was bought for me I can't really sell it...
If you can't decide on a style for your living room, why not make it every style? Nothing brings life to a room like a healthy mix of pieces from different eras and inspirations, as these ten living rooms prove.
Q: When we watch TV we are serious. We enjoy lounging and make it an event (with popcorn!) in doing so. With that being said we got a huge couch to accommodate our TV watching requirements, however it makes the layout of our small space a challenge...
A sofa under $500? Yes, it is possible. A while ago I set myself to the challenge of creating a roundup of attractive sofas for less than 800 dollars, and was pleasantly surprised by number of appealing options I found. So this time I thought I'd up the ante a bit, and drop the price even lower. Check out what I found.
We talk a lot about streamlining. Minimizing. Cutting back. Paring down. And we really think that's good. But it's not always best (for you or your style). Sometimes "busy" decor, rooms bursting with things you love and that inspire you, is the right choice for your home. Take a page from these "busy" living rooms to learn lessons on how to make a full, exciting living room work for your style, without overwhelming everyone who spends time in it.
I live in a one bedroom apartment that's about 625sqft. My style is definitely eclectic, as I like to blend several different styles. It was very important to me that my apartment reflect the personality of my fiance and I, which is fun and very carefree.
Furnishing an apartment from scratch is daunting, especially when you're just starting out and there's little left over in your paycheck after rent and food. One of our 5 Strategies for Outfitting Your First Apartment is savvy shopping so here's an example of the basics of a whole living room for a little more than a thousand dollars. It's still a lot when you're on a tight budget, but perhaps seeing a smartly shopped room broken down will make the effort seem more do-able.
Minneapolis designer Jay Nuhring has another no-shopping makeover for us. This time, his client has a huge living room, three of the same sofa, and a wall of books that looks a bit bland. Jay applied the use-what-you-have motto and created a whole new space within a space!