Install great hardware onto generic furniture to achieve a custom, expensive look. In my opinion, you really can never go wrong with brass pulls. Look for footed furniture. It might sound a little crazy, but it‘s true! When furniture sits off the ground – even slightly – it somehow seems more elegant and high-end. If your existing furniture is lacking feet and your budget is sticky, feel free to add some feet yourself. There are loads of options available, and this serves to create a truly custom piece. Add artwork – lots of it – to personalize and create a vibrant space. Keep in mind that even the humblest of art pieces (translation: your 3-year-old niece‘s watercolor of an apple tree) can look fresh-from-the-gallery when it‘s framed and presented as such. Frame smaller pieces in groups for a greater impact, or go bold with one or two large pieces. Whatever you choose, just remember that, for artwork, presentation can be everything.
Just because a living room design focuses on comfort doesn‘t mean it ignores all the other aspects. This apartment in Warsaw by HOLA Design is a really good example. It perfectly combines looks and function using elegant colors, glamorous accessories and subtle but sophisticated accent details. But usually vibrant contrasts and combinations of colors and finishes work well in smaller spaces. Larger living rooms such as the one designed by Whipple Russell Architects can benefit from a more neutral and earthy palette simply because that would allow it to feel warm and comfortable. The 77 Sentosa Cove House by ONG and ONG was designed with minimal environmental impact, four levels and a central staircase and garden encased by glass walls. This pavilion is linked to the social areas and brings in light and freshness.
This next living room combines red with white, it has a modern vibe and angled high ceilings with recesses lighting. It is modern and dynamic. This minimalist furnished space is beautiful and young, with huge windows that draw attention to the balcony. This next room has a neutral palette, modern furniture and some hints of color in the painting and chair. The main feature is the glass wall that floods the space with natural light. This contemporary Japanese-style space has low furniture, a Japanese-style ceiling, metal wall art and a media center.
The living is the most important part of the house, regardless of its size. It‘s a social area where guests are invited and where you spend most of your time when you‘re home. In most modern homes, the living room and the kitchen share an open plan which is a very smart idea. They are both social areas and by combining them you gain more space.
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