May 22, 2024
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Play With Pattern and Color

green living room
Phil Crozier

If you’ve got a bold personality, design a living space that reflects that. Take note from Reena Sotropa of In House Design Group and don’t fear more than one statement piece. Think a wallpapered ceiling, moody wall color, statement lighting and trendy furniture, like a green couch.

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Create a Collected Look

a living room with a fireplace
Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Accumulate furniture and accessories that bring you joy, even if that means mixing design styles. Designer Caitlin Higgins invested in a few pieces, like swivel chairs and a classic area rug, but the majority of the room is filled with vintage furniture, thrifted finds and hand-me-downs.

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Use Bold Fixtures to Make a Statement

neutral living room with tassel chandelier
Katie Charlotte
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Install Floor-to-Ceiling Shelving

living room with high built in shelves, built ins, bookcase, white walls, ladder, storage, library
TORY WILLIAMS

Maximizing every inch of a soaring ceiling, design-firm JAM builds a two-story bookshelf that doubles as an eclectic accent wall. It’s filled with a vast array of books, pottery and art, leaving some negative space to highlight stand-out pieces.

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Embrace a Coastal Design

a white living room with a fireplace and white sofa
Raquel Langworthy

To achieve a relaxed, beach-like style, designer Christina Kim weaves in natural materials (think light woods and wicker) and sticks with a nature-inspired color palette (like bright whites, sandy beige and calming blues).

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Decorate With Greenery

living room full of plants
DAVID A. LAND/OTTO

Hard-to-kill houseplants are an affordable way to breathe life into your living spaces. Here, designer Anjie Cho decorates with a mix of small, medium and large potted plants.

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Find Accents That Double as Art

a living room with a couch and a bookcase
Courtesy of Sarah Stacey Interior Design

Hunt for furniture and accessories that tell a story, whether it’s with new purchases or thrifted finds. For a pop of color, designer Sarah Stacey paints built-in bookshelves a teal green.

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Infuse Japandi Style

a living room with a large glass window
Justin Chung

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Layer in Loads of Texture

living room ideas
Amanda West
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Paint the Walls Mustard Yellow

living room ideas
Julian Abrams
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Don’t Forget the Fifth Wall

living room ideas, tray ceiling in room with globe lighting and turquoise couch
Brittany Ambridge/OTTO

This New York City apartment, crafted by Kati Curtis Design, features a tray ceiling that beautifully accentuates the Sputnik globe chandelier and adds depth to the layout. What’s more, the mix of light and dark hues create a striking 3D effect.

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Invest in a Cloud-Like Couch

a living room with a cloud like couch and a round black coffee table
Lindsay Brown
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Hang Curtains High

a living room with a chandelier and a table and plum brown curtains
Angela Newton Roy Photography

Create the illusion of a larger room by hanging sheer drapes at least six inches higher than the top of your window frames. We love that designer Kristin Harrison of Bungalow 10 Interiors chose a plum brown shade.

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Paint Open Shelving a Dark Hue

living room with black bookshelves and floral armchairs
SUZANNA SCOTT

A wall of black bookshelves creates instant drama, and it’s the perfect place to display cherished items. Here, designer Regan Baker showcases books, art and dishes, plus a rolling ladder that blends seamlessly with the backdrop.

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Pair Crisp Whites With Wood Accents

living room ideas
Katie Charlotte

Warm woods and fresh whites make a cozy, refined combination. In this dreamy interior, designer Cortney Bishop adds wood elements (namely, the coffee table) that complement the wood ceiling.

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Mix Complementary Colors

a living room with a blue couch and a table
Justin Jordan

Opposites on the color wheel, shades of yellow — like mustard — pair beautifully with light and dark blue tones. The power of opposing color combinations is evident in this striking space from Bethany Adams Interiors.

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Bring in Warm Whites

white living room
Carina Skrobecki

White interiors are timeless, but there are so many shades to consider. Here, designer Jessica Nelson leans toward warm and creamy tones for a more inviting space.

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Play Up Natural Stone

large stone fireplace with mounted tv
Christa Tippmann Photography

Add a warm, rustic feel to your living room with a large stone fireplace. Forge & Bow opts for a cut-out to store extra fire wood and open shelving on each side.

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Blend Modern With Vintage

kelsey leigh co warm modern home tour
Emily Hart
Headshot of Monique Valeris

Monique Valeris is the home design director for Good Housekeeping, where she oversees the brand’s home decorating coverage across print and digital. Prior to joining GH in 2020, she was the digital editor at Elle Decor. In her current role, she explores everything from design trends and home tours to lifestyle product recommendations, including writing her monthly column, “What’s in My Cart.”

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Alyssa Gautieri (she/her) is the associate lifestyle editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers all things home and interior design. Prior to joining GH in 2022, she wrote for publications including ELLE Decor, Chairish, BobVila.com, Unique Homes Magazine and LODGING Magazine, in addition to crafting product copy for home brands like BrylaneHome and VIGO Industries.

 

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