If you want a living room that's worthy of showing up in a home décor magazine, you need to start with a good color scheme. It's not all about the color you choose for the wall. You want a look that's well-balanced throughout the space, paying careful attention to how colors in the furniture, floors, walls, and artwork all complement each other.
The 45 Best Living Room Ideas for Every Style. In the living room of Steven Gambrel's Chicago apartment, the custom sofa, in a JAB Anstoetz fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a Dedar fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in Arabel fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer-and-shagreen sideboard is French,
Greenery makes even the smallest space feel fresher and lighter. If you don't have room on the floor, try a hanging plant instead. (Speaking of casters: To make an oversize plant mobile—so you can easily roll it out of the way to vacuum or to protect it from too much sun—all you need is a piece of precut bluestone from a landscaping center set on a wheeled caddie.)
"Creating a modern living room that feels chic and layered is all about mixing textures and styles; think brass and mixed metals. And bringing in vintage. Paired with luxe fabrics, like velvet and a neutral, but warm, color palette, no way you can't create an interior you love," says interior designer Nate Berkus.
Clean lines and a subdued color palette define this home in Newport Beach, Calif., creating a soothing retreat right on the water. Against the far wall, sliding glass doors give the owners access to a private patio and dock, where they can host dinners and watch boats drift along the harbor.
For an even more stylish push, pick a rich color, like the hunter green of this room, and add molding to polish off the custom look. (Image credit: Esteban Cortez ) More images like this >> The power of the tuck