Thursday, December 2, 2010

Decorating Ideas for a Living Room

Whether you call it a living room, family room, or den, this room is a place to unwind, recharge, and spend time with family and friends.

Living room pinkPink Living Room

This thoughtfully composed yet comfortable design scheme of pink-white-pink establishes an orderly decorating plan. Count on pink to maintain its joyful presence, and include a generous helping of white to keep the feeling light and airy.

living room cottageFrench Country Living Room

A Montecito cottage living room that includes not only reds, but also turquoise blue and mustard yellow French bergères, and an 18th-century French coffee table, make it true French-country style.

living roomOutdoors Meets Indoors

A mix of eclectic furnishings and vibrant sky- and meadow-inspired colors bring the airy room into comfortable scale. Rustic fabrics dress down formal wingback chairs and the camelback sofa. Tree-trunk end tables playfully contrast with a modern steel chair.

living roomNautical Living Room

Bold stripes and quirky navy accents give this room a fun, nautical feel.

living roomUnique Archway

Vintage furnishings in opulent fabrics perfectly complement the elegant architectural details of the room, like the unique archway.

living roomWhite and Cream Living Room

Textures and shapes are enhanced against white. Subtle but significant details such as the original paint of a vintage fireplace mantel and the bold lines of an 18th-century American cupboard get their due when displayed against a backdrop of plain white walls.

living roomNatural Tones

Bamboo green curtains and blue leaf-print pillows add splashes of color to the natural tones of grass cloth walls and a faux sisal rug.

living roomWater Colors

Shades of blue and green bring a sense of water into this airy room. A striped couch and blue-cushioned chairs are framed by a water-themed painting, plants, and colorful pillar candles.

living roomRelaxed Luxury

A mix of practical and precious — upholstered ottomans and silk curtains, respectively — create a look that's lived-in yet luxurious. Many of the furnishings are new, but have the warm patina of age.

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