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Living room

Outdoor entertainment area

What if you live in a small, dark apartment? There are ways to lighten the space and open it up. Click below to see them.... In general, light walls make a small room feel larger. There are exceptions to this rule: a dark accent wall can bring definition and scale to a small space and bright colors can definitely help to enliven a small room. Unless you're going for a cloistered, cozy feeling avoid dark chocolate browns on all four walls. If you can paint the floor white, it's a good trick for making a small space appear larger. By painting white floors and white walls, he was able to make a very small space seem open and airy. You can make a window appear larger by flanking it with floor-length curtains that visually extend into the wall. Don't fill the room with too much furniture, and choose pieces with a small footprint that are visually lightweight. Low-profile furniture or pieces with legs will make a room seem larger.

Pink sofa and wallpaper

My room makeover:: The first part of the project started with painting the kitchen cabinets white. We added crown moulding to the contractor grade cabinets to give them a 'Higher end' look. We replaced the laminate kitchen countertops with John Boos butcher block. We replaced all the appliances with stainless steel and converted the electric stove to gas. After the kitchen was finished we hired a contractor to remove a couple walls in the entry way to open up the space. We had reclaimed barn beams installed to give it the modern rustic look we love so much. The contractor hand made us a set of rustic barn doors to replace the old bi-fold doors in the front closet. All the trim was ripped out and replaced with a nice thick craftsman trim. What I love most about my new space:: We love how open the space is now. Before the renovation the dining room was never used because it was too closed off.

Minimalist living room

GO TO JENNIFER'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!

Living room with fireplace

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Living room with fireplace

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Living room with tv unit

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Classic living room

When I saw Lindsey Bond's modern day Birmingham cottage featured in House Beautiful, I fell in love. A mix of various shades of white with small pops of color, it's a nice example of calm decor. She's created a live/work nook that provides a surface to write a letter without taking up too much space.

Blue living room

If you're remodeling a smaller bathroom and feel a bit hemmed in, then take a look at these blah tiny bathrooms that still manage to pack in plenty of style. Blogger Emily from The Pink House didn't let the small size of her upstairs bathroom keep her from pulling off a gorgeous remodel. Showers are a popular choice for smaller bathrooms because they take up less space. Opting for a minimal glass enclosure can mean that the shower almost disappears, like in this bathroom from Studio LS. The clever setup of this bathroom from Apartment 34 means that there's no need for a bulky shower curtain. Minimal detailing and simple colors give this bathroom from Homedit a spaciousness that belies its small size. A clawfoot tub can actually be a good choice for a small bathroom, like this one from Domino. Although this modern bathroom from Homes to Love isn't particularly small compared to some of the others, it is a great example of how you can fit both a tub and a shower into relatively little space. Bold color can be a great choice for a small space, as evidenced by this small bathroom from Katie Martinez.

Large tv unit

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Living room

Influenced by his work in the offices of legendary designers Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Kevin Roche as well as the movement toward a more expressive form of Modernism in the 1960s, Warren Platner designed his sculptural table base made from steel rods in 1966. Well known for his elegant and refined design sensibility, Warren Platner studied architecture at Cornell, received the Rome Prize in architecture in 1955 and was inducted into Interior Design magazine's Hall of Fame in 1985. As modernism began to shift in the 1960s, Planter took advantage of the new mindset: 'I felt there was room for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful design that appeared in a period style like Louis XV.' Focusing on wire, Platner used the metal as well as space to create his sophisticated Dining Table that resembled a glistening sheaf of wheat. The table construction required nearly 1,000 welds of its metal components and was then finished in a clear lacquer protective coating. This table looks just as at home in this playful countryside chic dining roomdesigned by Jonathan Adler for Liz Lange as it does in more modern spaces. After the success with his collection with Knoll, Platner continued to explore different areas of design. More than any of his other projects, his use of 'Sensuous modernism' to design the interior of the famed Windows on the World restaurant garnered him significant public notice. The Platner collection, available from Design Within Reach, also includes a side chair, lounge chair and stool and is available finished in either bright nickel or metallic bronze.

Chair and many art pieces

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Living room

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Living room

GO TO PAUL'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!

Living room with great view

This renovation of a typical Australian 70's flat with low ceilings, has successfully tackled a potentially crippling lack of room height. While most of us would love soaring high ceilings, we don't all get that lucky, so we were pleased to see that it is possible to create a sense of space despite ceiling height. The main objective in dealing with low ceilings is to counteract the claustrophobic feeling they can produce by creating a sense of space and openness. In this apartment the designers have, in their own words, produced 'foreground and background vistas creating an internal landscape', nice words for creating a sense of space and distance by knocking down some walls to open up the rooms to each other. They have also stuck to a neutral white colour for the walls and ceiling - this visually blends them into one space which creates a sense of openness. Have a look here to see the opposite of this idea: bold colour used to make a high ceiling room cosier. The large bold coloured floor rug in the living area focuses the eye down rather than up. The lighting also cleverly illuminates the ceiling, which makes it seem higher.

Living room round coffee table

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Living room

With the nights getting chilly we're starting to dream about being tucked away in a cozy cabin on a snowy hillside. Later this week we'll be featuring some woodland inspired housetours but it's wednesday evening, the light is getting low and we're feeling a little bit sleepy and would really like for that vacation to begin now. These images are of stylist Robin Glaser's vacation cabin as posted on Emma's Blog. It does a good job of showing exactly the vibe we would be going for if we a) owned a cabin or b) had the wherewithal to put something this great together. It has the right mix of 'casual cabin' and 'fancy cabin'. Surprisingly the knotty pine was left as-is instead of being painted white as we ourselves have advised people to do. Leaving the wood exposed helps to make the place feel warm, cozy and inviting. With the addition of some modern pieces and a simple palette of whites, creams and browns the cabin takes on a bit of sophistication without feeling pretentious. We know that taxidermy can be a passionate subject for many, so we'll leave that to you.