Find Your Living Room Style
Quirky and Deliberate
Are you constantly rearranging to fit in your latest tag sale find? Are you afraid to commit to one style or time period? Then try a look similar to stylist Peter Frank's living room. Here, an 18th-century Korean screen takes center stage, and a comfy slipcovered sofa hangs out with a cowhide rug. This kind of personal style gives him freedom to change things up whenever he pleases. To mix eras, styles, and sizes, he says, "It's all trial and error. My best advice is to admit your mistakes and try again." He also recommends contrasting items: mixing hard with soft, square with round, and blocky with leggy.
Natural and Polished
Would you describe yourself as laid-back and casual? Do you like soft, neutral tones? If so, check out this design by Dana Abbott and Kim Fiscus. This casual California-style living room has a comfortable and earthy feel. Brown and beige tones dominate the color scheme, but textures and materials are layered so the overall look isn't boring. The pair also recommends using furniture with legs, since it gives lightness to a room.
Modern and Easy
Are you neat and orderly? Do you dislike clutter? Then a sleek white living room like designer Lindsey Bond's may be the right fit for you, too. Her style is "pristine white, clean lines, symmetry, neatness," she says, evident in her 1950s Birmingham, Alabama, cottage. To get the look, take a cue from Bond and remove moldings from the mantel, hang curtains from the ceiling, slipcover chairs, and try mounting free-floating shelves.
Formal and Romantic
Are you drawn to fanciness and grandeur, but also have a wild side? Designer Melissa Rufty's New Orleans living room may suite you. "Decorating should exude a sense of place," she says. The charm and sultry attitude of New Orleans is reflected in her living room and throughout the home. But don't get too carried away — to make this room kid friendly, Rufty covered the furniture with outdoor fabric.
Classic and Worldly
If you spend a lot of time antique-shopping, browsing art galleries, and dreaming of your next vacation, you may like this look by designer Daniel Sachs. He decorated this New York living room for an owner who loves contemporary art, antiques, Indian designs, and tribal textiles. Don't be afraid to decorate with your favorite finds and souvenirs — the result can be a sophisticated yet friendly space.