Best of Designers' Portfolio: Living Rooms

Ready to remodel your living room? Whether you want bright colors or clean neutrals, traditional furnishings or modern pieces, a family space or a sleek place to entertain, these 30 living rooms are sure to inspire.

Living Room Vaulted Ceilings Create Open Aura

A soaring vaulted ceiling with wood-beam detail creates a dramatic effect in this elegant living room designed by Christopher J. Grubb. The open space is divided into the library and living room by a large fireplace. Photography by Dana Hoff.

family room warmed by red walls

The stone fireplace surround with flat-screen monitor is the focal point of this family room. Extra-cushy loungers allow for long movie viewing in comfort. Beyond the sundried tomato wall with the pocket doors lie the guest bedroom and home office. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

traditional study with reading alcove

This study is a cozy yet masculine space for the owners. The library has a wall hosting the literary treasures collected over a lifetime. This is a space to entertain a client or just watch a game or have a drink with a pal while playing a friendly game of chess. Design by Phyllis Harbinger.

The beautiful view in this room was expanded even more by removing lower wall cabinets and replacing them with windows to create a floor-to-ceiling view. Design by Nicole Sassaman.

colorful accents pop in neutral living room

Neutral wall colors and main furniture make the red accents pop. Drapery panels are light and airy, in contrast to the soft chenilles and fringe trims. Design by Amy Bubier.

Living Room With a Touch of Hollywood

Modern whites and grays with chrome kidney tables sit atop a flokati rug in this modern space designed by Erinn Valencich.

Vintage/Modern Blend

A mix of vintage and modern pieces creates this one-of-a-kind space. Bright pink chairs and turquoise walls make for a fun and sophisticated color palette. Design by Judith Balis.

contemporary living room has broad appeal

Add an element of traditional to a contemporary setting and you'll have a room with more character and depth. Design by Douglas Dolezal. Photo by David Duncan Livingston.

living room blends traditional with contemporary

Using two colors, brown and tan, gives this living room space a calm, transitional style. Design by Kenneth Brown. Photo by Mayer Bowden Photography.

Living Room With Leather Furniture

Exemplified in this traditional living room by Judith Balis, a dark, rich wall color can add instant warmth and drama to a very large and otherwise overwhelming space.

living room embraces contemporary style

Designer Erinn Valencich incorporated punches of yellow in this monochromatic living room for a modern, clean feel. Greenery softens the look while metallic accents add shimmer and sophistication.

rich gold toned living room

This traditional living room designed by Phyllis Harbinger uses a palette of warm reds, sage greens and gold. The focal point is the gold-leaf paper on the ceiling, which creates a dramatic effect when the light reflects off the metallic surface at night.

Beautifully Modern Living Room

Designer Trish Beaudet chose a soft color palette to accentuate the dark wood tones in this modern great room.

luxurious modern living room

Dusty amethyst Venetian plaster walls provide a lustrous backdrop to showcase modern sensibilities in this Minneapolis penthouse living area. A hand-knotted antique wool area rug, flokati throw and wall sconce add texture and grandeur to this unique entertainment space. Design by Shelly Riehl David.

contemporary combination living area

Punches of orange and colorful artwork pack a punch in this contemporary living room. Design by Andreas Charalambous. Photograph by Geoffrey Hodgdon.

neutral furnishings vibrant accessories

The neutral area rug in this eclectic living room helps ground the vibrant upholstery panels and accessories. Design by Grace Sielaff.

sophisticated traditional living room

The custom limestone mantel anchors this room, creating a focal point for this casually elegant living space. Design by Annie Speck.

unique living room frosted block windows

Simple window treatments and lush exotic pillows combine to add a subtle Asian influence to this living room. The overall result is casual, comfortable, sophisticated and inviting. Design by Candice Olson.

inviting living and dining

The simplicity of the space is its strength. The outdoor deck is at the same level as the indoor living areas, thus becoming an outdoor extension of the living room in warm weather. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

inviting traditional living room

In a room this spacious, use symmetry to create a proper balance of furnishings and accessories. Design by Loretta Willis.

traditional style in formal living room

This formal room uses sumptuous fabrics to achieve a rich look. Design by Jill E. Hertz.

The living room in HGTV's Dream Home 2009 is designed for social gatherings. But far from formal, the space invites all those who enter to grab a seat, kick off their shoes and relax. Design by Linda Woodrum.


Designer Judith Balis says she added some funk to her client’s tired brown and beige living room by changing out the paint colors and adding a few new colorful accessories. It was a complete makeover for under $500.

Contemporary Living and Dining Rooms

This contemporary beach apartment in Miami's chic South Beach is a soothing yet exciting retreat for an out-of-towner. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

Balis Wood and Leather Living Room

Calm the eye by breaking up harsh, angular architectural lines with soft curvy pieces and accessories like these opposing camel-backed sofas and round copper mirror. Design by Judith Balis.

added color energizes living room

This colorful space allows the furnishings to float in the room yet remain anchored in their placement with a bold, geometric area rug below and red chandelier above. Design by Jaymes Richardson and Don Raney.

elegantly furnished solarium

The octagonal shape of this room and the floor-to-ceiling windows allow the sun to stream in and provide a warm glow. Design by Phyllis Harbinger.

Sitting Room Enlivened by Color

This family room was designed to provide a playful yet elegant space for an active family. Enameled beamed ceilings, green grasscloth wall covering, faux crocodile upholstered side chairs, button-tufted ottomans and palm artwork help create this dynamic space. Design by Shelly Riehl David.

Colorful and Eclectic Living Room

The living room where classic meets contemporary features beautiful modern furnishings and antique pieces. In order to create harmony in the home, a vibrant Paul Smith rug was added to finish the presentation. Design by Alia Meyer.

custom lounge chairs central to rooms appeal

Formal chaises find a home in the lounge area, which is sectioned off by a sisal-style nylon rug. Picture windows shine a spotlight on a carefully edited collection of countertop accessories.

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