Traditional Living Room Gets A Modern Twist

See how rich colors and textures can accentuate architectural features in a traditional living room. Designer David Bromstad puts a modern twist on this classic style.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThere are no window coverings, and hence no privacy. The couple's leather sofa has the traditional style and the clean, sleek lines that they like, but it's the wrong color.
Homeowners Rob Brass and Tina Vu have a classic home with a living room they want to update. They're prepared with magazine cutouts and pictures showing colors and styles they like. Host/designer David Bromstad sticks to the colors they've chosen — blues and chocolates — for the color inspiration and shops for traditional items with a modern twist.

When he enters the living room, Bromstad immediately notices that the sofa is against the window, blocking the view, and is not facing the fireplace.