Living room

Ideas for creating inviting living spaces that are stylish, comfortable and functional for every occasion.

Designing Around the Television

The television integrates into this room design
Most homes today have at least one television.  Designing around the television can sometimes pose a challenge when the room is used for more than just screen entertainment.  You can either integrate the television into the room design, conceal it when not in use or simply hide it in plain sight.  Here are ways to take the challenge out of...

Improving Your Lifestyle With Open Plan Living

Open plan living is a modern style of interior design, which is also a lifestyle choice as well as a style decision. It is essentially opening up certain areas of the home and allowing them to be in one open space, with specific function areas as opposed to rooms. Open plan living is so popular because it opens up the...

Well Blended: Transitional Interior Design

Transitional is a blend of traditional and contemporary design style that results in interiors that are classic and timeless.  Transitional interior design presents a very clean and sophisticated room that complements a wide range of architectural styles. Upholstering traditional shapes and styles of furniture in contemporary fabrics is one way to make the transition.  Mixing contemporary furniture with traditional is...

Various Ways to do Blanket Styling

No matter where you live, you're bound to have quite a number of blankets. Sometimes blankets can be bought for comfort, style or as a decor item. No matter which you choose for your blankets, there's bound to be one laying on your couch or a near-by chair. Rather than just throwing your blanket (or possible blankets) onto your...

Space Saving Pet Toy Storage Ideas

There comes a point when your lovable pet begins to create some pet peeves that will drive you bonkers. Most homeowners come to terms with several as they present themselves over time. What's the biggest pet peeve your adorable fur friend can cause? Well, let's just say it revolves around his unlikeliness to not only create many messes, but...

Luxury Indoor-Outdoor Rooms

Luxury indoor/outdoor space
Today's architects, builders and designers are creating luxury spaces that combine indoor with outdoor living.  Indoor spaces quickly transition to outdoor with the slide of a door.  Outdoor living spaces are sheltered and become part of indoor spaces.  Here we explore luxury indoor-outdoor rooms to inspire. Outdoor rooms are being created that can be enclosed during inclement weather and form an...

Sculptural Elements in Interior Design

A blend of actual sculpture and sculptured furnishings bring interest to this room
Sculptural elements are everywhere in interior design.  They are in the gentle sloping curve of the sofa, in the sharp lines of the coffee table, or along the edge of a doorway.  In some homes, however, sculptural elements are more pronounced and they give a space character, drama and interest.  Let's explore the various sculptural elements in interior design and how they impact...

Tips for Finding the Perfect Rug

We've all been there: the wood has begun to splinter or the tiles are freezing cold in the winter and you're beginning to wonder if there is any way to save your feet from the elements while having a stylish floor. Carpeting seems to be too extreme, plus who wants to worry about staining a carpet? Refinishing the wood...

A Lighter Touch – Decorating with Pastels

Photo above - designer Susan Glick If you are ready for a lighter, brighter home that embodies serenity and calm, consider pastels.  When you think pastels, broaden the scope to the more evolved pastels.  There is more to this color palette than just baby blue and pink.  Pastels are simply less saturated colors that can give a room a very...

Refresh Your Living Room with Florals

Break free of the winter doldrums and infuse a little brightness into your living room with florals.  This year’s runway is overflowing with bright, fanciful prints that take you on a journey through the garden.  Extend this colorful trend into your home by incorporating floral fabrics and accessories to liven up your living room and bring the freshness of...

Floating Shelves Inspiration

With space becoming a rarer and more precious commodity in Interior Design, and in people’s lives, using walls as storage space has become a must. In fact, whereas one would traditionally place most of their surplus objects and trinkets in cabinets or wardrobes, shelves are now been increasingly used to ‘gain’ extra secret space around the house. In fact, when...

Different Ways to Improve Your Living Room with Wallpapers

The living room represents the heart of the building. It is the place where you will spend most of your time when you are at home. Your living room should offer a conducive environment. It should be attractive to the eye; a sight that elevates your mood after a long tiresome day. So, how can one enhance the outlook of...

Swoon-Worthy Nooks for a Relaxing Lifestyle

In today's hectic world where work takes the front seat, it can be easy to forget the little things. Suddenly mugs of hot coffee become on-the-go paper cups, a good book and a blanket become an e-book on the subway, and bubble baths with relaxing music become quick showers in silence. That is where these cozy little nooks come...

Upholstered Walls for Sophisticated Glamour

Upholstered wall
There are many ways to update your walls.  You can paint, paper, panel or install murals.  To achieve a look of luxury, you can upholster your walls or simply use fabric to cover one wall for an accent.  Here is a selection of upholstered walls for sophisticated glamour in your home. One way to achieve the sophisticated look of upholstered...

Curved Sofas for a Cozy and Welcoming Seating Area

Curve sofa makes for a cozy room
Curves are a pleasing shape in the home - the soft curve of an arm rest or a chair, the curve of bent wood or even the walls of a certain room.  Curved sofas appear welcoming and cozy.  They are graceful and charming or modern and hip.  If you have a living room that is challenging to arrange or...

Metallic Wallpaper for Dimension and Shimmer

Chic and sophisticated metallic wallpaper
Metallic wallpaper is trending this year and the selection of styles and patterns is better than ever.  Glistening metallic enlivens a space and gives it dimension and textural appeal.  Whether it's for the living room, dining room, bedroom or bath, metallic wallpaper sets the tone for a chic aesthetic.  Here are examples of metallic wallpaper for adding shimmer, character and...

Mural Wallpaper Designs for 2015

Wallpaper is used worldwide to decorate interior walls (and sometimes furniture) in homes, shops, offices, and public spaces. The style, price, and appearance of different wallpapers will vary dramatically, and as a consequence different styles will be popular at different times. Most shops will differentiate their wallpapers on ‘stripes’, ‘plain’, floral’, ‘polka’, ‘damask’, and ‘conversational’. Most distinctions will also be...

Open Fireplace Designs to Warm Your Home

Open fireplace design
In today’s time, a fireplace serves a dual purpose. Beyond just providing warmth to a home, it’s also one of the areas where a focal point in a room can be made. It also adds to the overall design element to a room.  There’s also the added challenge for architects and engineers to ensure that the fireplace continues on giving...
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