An Elegant, Balanced Living Room Design

Designer Kristen Pawlak creates the right scale and color palette for a challenging living room space.

Before Shot of Family Room Redesign by Kristen Paw COPYRIGHT, 2010

Before: Dark and Dreary

The dark color choices and oversized furniture made the living room seem small and dreary before.

Gray Transitional Living Room With Grand White Fir

After: Vibrant and Balanced

A lighter color palette and properly scaled furniture creates a space that feels more balanced and welcoming.

Gray Transitional Living Room With Soft Yellow Cur

Extra-Long Entertainment Center

An extra-long entertainment center balances the length of the oversized leather sofa on the opposite wall.

Gray Living Room With Comfortable Contemporary Sea

Wall Art Lends a Finishing Touch

Coordinating artwork creates visual flow between the design of the living room and the adjacent kitchen and unites the overall design.

Leather Sofa With Orange and Gold Colored Throw Pi

Semi-Custom Throw Pillows

The budget could not accommodate custom pillows, so ready made pillows were purchased and customized instead. Their color helps break up the look of the extra-long sofa.

Transitional Style Accent Chair With Modern Floral

Funky, Fresh, Floral Upholstery

Armless chairs upholstered in a modern floral fabric offer the homeowner the contemporary design she was seeking.

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