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.

  • There 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.
  • The two fabrics sewn together creates unexpected and gorgeous color and texture.
  • The homeowners want their fireplace to look sleeker than the old-fashioned brick, but Bromstad points out that in a historic home such as theirs, they shouldn't change the structure of an architectural feature for the sake of the home's resale value.
  • Most of the brick on the fireplace is covered with a removable wooden surround that has smooth, mitered edges.
  • Painting the ceiling blue, too — although three shades lighter — accentuates the molding and architectural features.
  • The brown leather sofa now sports throw pillows in contrasting floral fabrics with steely blues and browns that tie together the color scheme. © 2010 Scripps Networks, L.L.C. All rights reserved
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