Living rooms are meant to be spaces where you can entertain and relax, meaning they must, at once, be pretty and practical. Today, local talents walk us through eight stylish living spaces that are versatile and inspiring. From indoor-outdoor spaces that seamlessly flow together, to small spaces packed with pattern, these living rooms are designed to fit the needs of the families who occupy them, all while portraying their personal style. Take a look!
“This family has a background in a traditional home and a love for more contemporary. We wanted to mix all of their furnishings together, old and new, to show an appreciation for both,” says Roger Higgins of R. Higgins Interiors. The layering of differing design styles showcases the homeowners’ personal style. The fireplace is a standout feature, while the clean, contemporary lines and architectural interest make it a work of art.
Indoor meets outdoor
The interior family room opens to a screened porch via large bi-fold doors that can fully open and bring the outdoors into the home. “Most of our clients are now looking for living spaces where they can easily flow between the interior family room and the screen porch,” Paul Hammond of Hammond & Brandt Builders explains. On the screened porch, warmth was added through the addition of rich wood on the ceilings and beams. Misti Fahr with Design Hive handled the interior design and thanks to her thoughtful choices, the space is somewhere the family can easily relax and entertain.
“This beachfront property is not only a beautiful place to visit, but it was designed to hold up to the constant salty sea air, wet bathing suits and large family gatherings where spills are inevitable,” explains Joanna Goodman, Director of Interiors at Christopher Architecture and Interiors. The circular design of the room means you can view the ocean from just about any spot. “The room is surrounded by a curved infinity edge swimming pool. To maximize views, embrace the ocean breeze and take full advantage of this unique feature, we designed motorized curved door panels and drapery to be able to open up completely and stack behind a wall with a flip of a switch.”
Practical and pretty
Derek Van Mol of Van Mol Restoration reminds us that asking what the space will be used for and how can it function well is the perfect place to start. “Don’t design for what you might do, design for everyday use,” he says. “Pretty is great, but if your room is filled with furniture and knickknacks and is difficult to navigate, your goal of creating a warm and inviting space has failed.” In this living space, pretty meets practical.
Character and color
“Selecting items that fit your lifestyle almost always guarantees that you will enjoy your space. Find foundational pieces that are quality and durable that you will love in 10 years. Use accessories, art and linens to add character and color – these are items that can easily change with whatever season of life you are experiencing,” J&K Design Studio owner Karrie Seaton suggests. Karrie incorporates unexpected items, such as books used in creative ways, into every space she designs.
Two spaces become one
“Anything that makes for indoor-outdoor living is, to me, luxurious,” shares Marcelle Guilbeau. These adjoining spaces share a fireplace, which ties the rooms together. “You can enjoy the firelight and the company indoors and out – or both!” Marcelle says. The two gathering places offer a unique design perspective with simple finishes and contemporary lines.
Elegant and warm
Warm neutrals soften the space and thoughtful finishes give it depth. Trey ceilings, wood floors and beautiful lighting complete the living room design. “A variety of lighting will enhance the accessories that make the room visually pleasing and ‘pretty,'” Kathleen Evers of K. Evers Interiors shares. The focal point of the room is the chandelier, which is reflected in the mirror that sits over the fireplace.
“Stick with neutrals, and let pillows, artwork and accessories do the talking. That way you still have the flexibility to swap items out seasonally, but the bones of the space stay the same. Planning and coordination are also key,” Kimberly Schmunk, Focus Builders‘ interior designer, tells us. “By incorporating linen, velvets and both small and large prints, there’s a lot of pattern play. It’s a wonderful place to both relax and entertain.” The all-white foundation of the design allows the decor accents to shine.
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