Musical Living Rooms: A Playlist Of Room Moods

We miss working with Grace. She has a twisted sense of humor, a far-reaching visual vocabulary and an incredible knowledge of music, traits which she often combined and shared in her musical posts. Since this is travel month 'round these here parts, we were going to round up places around the globe but decided, instead, to honor Grace by rounding up a selection of spaces across the site.

So, fill up your glasses, turn those speakers on, put those headphones to use -- let's kickstart the weekend with the Apartment Therapy happy house tour hour!

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We are obsessed with dark paint colors, like Farrow & Ball's Down Pipe (a grey with a hint of army green) and Benjamin Moore's Racoon Fur (a black that can read navy depending on the light) and those brown-eggplant colors, like this one, that truly fit the word "aubergine" (Farrow & Ball has one that is aptly called "Pelt"). They're the kind of colors that play nicely with hard-to-handle colors, like bright yellow, hot pink and bright turquoise, and of course, they look great with white (try them in a kitchen to really make the room pop). In honor of this room, which, with its dark walls, white rug, splashes of yellow and that bright chair, gets it right, here is a New Wave-meets-pop punk band hailing from New York (although the guy sounds like he's British, no?):

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There are rare instances when going commando on huge windows is OK -- and this could be one of them. (Before you all start commenting away about privacy issues, we should tell you that window looks out on the private terrace of a 6000 square foot home so we think they have that issue covered.) Leaving a window sans treatments is a great idea, especially given the size and placement of that window. Thanks to the light bouncing around from a window that takes up a whole wall, this living room is airy and open. Having said that, what better to pair it with than a band that everyone on the LA team -- Gregory included -- loves?

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This room is probably best described as "eclectic". There's that crazy awesome light fixture, the peeling brick walls, the oriental rug...well, we could go on. It's traditional without being boring and it's a look we definitely love. In the same vein, pop Brit singer Florence + The Machine takes an old classic and gives it her own spin.

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Look at all those pilows! They perk up the traditional brown couch without overpowering the room. To balance the couch, the formal white leather wing chair is softened by the bright orange pillow and the floral ottoman. The sun streaming in the windows makes it all bright and cozy. From one homey, folksy colorful place to another, here is an indie favorite, hailing from Scotland:

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We're always curious about how the space in a home is used. We were particularly intrigued by this home because while it's in the same building and has the same configuration as the home of two people we know and love, it puts its own unique spin on the layout. The same could be said of this intriguing version of Lady Gaga's hit.

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This is a very spartan, but chic, room: there's the leather director chairs, that rattan stool we've been coveting, the seagrass rug, the simple mid-century round coffee table, the black fireplace, the white hanging lamp. It could feel cold but it doesn't. To offset the minimal amount of furniture, its vaguely masculine feel and the strong shapes, there's a lot of natural, tactile texture in warm neutrals. A sort of simple song for a sort of simple room:




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This living room has an aura of mystery and history with its stuffed bird, old portrait painting, foreboding landscape and dark fireplace. That one of its inhabitants is from the South doesn't surprise us. That leather chair invites you to sit down and hear a complicated tale, a bourbon in hand, while a song about love gone wrong plays in the background. Here's one, a soulful song from a British pop singer who has the same vocal stylings as her other Brit contemporaries, like Adele, Duffy, and Amy Winehouse.

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Let's end this playlist with a living room in an unexpected color. The bold hot pink wallpaper is an unusual, bold and cheeky choice. For this whimsical room, how about a nonsensical tune?

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Hope you all enjoyed this little playlist pairing! Have a great weekend! 'Til next time...

Here's the archive of previous playlist posts for your listening pleasure.

Images: Trish's North Portland Nest;Nine By Design Heads West, New York; Richard & Julie's Elegant Industrial Loft, Boston; Sara & Michael's Bohemian Rhapsody, Los Angeles; The Brick House, Los Angeles; Martha & Ben's Southern Mix, Chicago; Megan & Peter's Elysian Dream. Los Angeles

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