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Dramatic living room decor

When we were researching the idea of installing white floors as part of our kitchen renovation, we couldn't find an honest report on what it was like living with them. Are they a nightmare to keep clean or is it much the same as a darker coloured floor? Are damages more noticeable? Someone please just give us an opinion other than 'They're pretty!'. We're here to tell you the truth about living with white floors, see more below the jump. They brighten our kitchen and dining space more than we expected and they are really beautiful. They are also very easy to clean which is lucky because these floors attract dirt unlike any other surface we've ever seen! The photo above is all the dirt, dog hair and dust that collected on our floors in 24 hours. Only 24hrs! We're very grateful that we chose a more textured floor finish which does help hide the dirt, especially after we had been considering a high gloss white. Our advice to anyone considering white floors is to consider your environment and cleaning commitment carefully before making that decision. If you live in an apartment with a shoes off rule and no pets- go for it! If you're like us, with people constantly walking in and out with shoes on and a shedding puppy who likes sneaking sticks inside to chew, then be prepared to sweep daily and mop every couple of days. Are there any decorating dark-secrets you've learned the hard way?

Retro living room

Remember those avocado green appliances of yesteryear? Since stainless steel has been the trend in modern kitchens for the past few years, we're wondering what's next. Another white? Cruising through any appliance store, there are three basic color options for appliances: stainless steel, black and white. Like many trends, stainless steel appliances started on the high end, with the likes of Viking and Wolf, and trickled down to the masses. A number of years ago outfitting your kitchen with stainless steel appliances was like saying I have arrived. I have mid-price stainless steel appliances in my kitchen. I don't want to replace them for purely aesthetic reasons so I probably won't be seeing new appliances until I move. I'm ready for a new appliance trend but when I really try to envision what that would be I come up blank.

Small open plan living room

We admired the Tolomeo desk lamp ten years ago, purchased our first seven years ago, starting purchasing them for clients three years ago and still consider them the best all-around desk lamp going. Simple, beautifully made and sexy enough to look as good at home as it does in the office, Artemide has had such a good run with these lamps that they now make 16 different versions, including a floor lamp and a small wall sconce. Our current favorite is using the Tolomeo sconce as a reading light, mounted on the wall just over a headboard. Prices start at $175 and all can be found at Artemide USA. MGR. LINKS- All Best Products.

Living room in neutral colors

When choosing tiles for the bathroom, shape, color and texture decisions factor in immediately, but one aspect that can strongly impact the final look is often a mere afterthought. Choosing the right grout color can make all the difference, so it's worth thinking about when planning the overall look of your bathroom. Using a light colored grout, particularly in conjunction with white tiles, can produce a bright, clean look, but it is a very high maintenance choice. Because of this, dark grout has gained in popularity. Choosing a grout that is darker in color helps conceal dirt and is less likely to change in color as quickly as a light colored grout. Dark grout against a light tile can help the look from being too washed out and can help anchor the white and provide some substance to the look. Dark grout is not without its own set of issues though. While it is not necessary to clean it with the same attention to detail as you would with white grout, it is necessary to wipe it off very regularly. Dark grout can lose its color when cleaned with products that are too harsh or with tools that are too abrasive. Using gentle cleaning products and adding a color seal to dark grout can help maintain the color longer.

Contemporary living room

GO TO JOANNE'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!

Dining room with yellow walls

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Cream living room

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Living room with bold art piece and fireplace

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Living room with color coordinated fabrics

They come in a wide range of shades, and their undertones can compliment or clash with another color depending on whether the neutral is warm or cool. Wood is usually a warm neutral with red undertones, while metal has cool blue underlying it.

Vintage furniture living room

For those of us in small apartments without such luxury features, this portable fireplace is the ideal way to add some fun and function to any room. As the nights grow colder, we find the idea of some added warmth ever more appealing.... The Travelmate Portable Fireplace by Conmoto is made of black powder-coated steel and glass, and burns a bio-ethanol liquid fuel. The glass panel is held on with magnets and is removable to allow for the fire to be lit. The flames are regulated by opening and closing the stainless steel slide on the front of the fireplace. 'The Travelmate measures 20' h x 28' w x 8' d, and weighs 55 lbs. We love the way the playful suitcase shape highlights the portability of the unit, but a stand to raise the fireplace off the floor is also available. The Travelmate Portable Fireplace is now available in the U.S. for $2700 to $3200, not an inexpensive option to be sure, but certainly less intrusive than installing a true fireplace in your space.

Small tv room

COLOR PALETTE: Purple Prairie - raisin, deep brown, tan. GO TO MELISSA'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!

Sleek living room furniture

Talk about a Box office smash! Here's a stylish option to those that need an office space but don't have the room, or like the aesthetic of conventional desks. This contemporary unit looks like a small cabinet or sideboard, but it actually opens up to a fully functioning work station. It comes complete with pull out keyboard tray, file cabinet, and additional shelves. When you're done, simply fold it back up! We could see this being quite functional and non descript in a living room, dining room or loft space. Available online at Target More images after the jump.....

Romantic coffee table and sofa

Elaine wrote in just in time for the end of Bathroom Month. I thought I'd send some photos of the typical SF flat split bath set-up. One of the few side benefits of a recent apartment fire that stranded me for 6 months was my landlord let me pick the new paint colors for my entire 11 room flat.... ...I went wild with a pink sherbet in the tiny, sunny lavatory and periwinkle blue shower room.

Living room with frames on the wall

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Casual living room with leather sofa

These story stones are the kind of toy that we would enjoy as much as our kids, and we can imagine them staying in family circulation for generations to come. Emily Neuburger sells her story stones at her etsy shop, red bird crafts, and she shares her latest projects on a blog by the same name. She has generously detailed her story stone making process here. We want lots of story stones for play time and think that larger scale story stones would be a beautiful design element in a child's room.

Minimalist retro living room

If we smushed a La-z-boy and the Eames Lounge chair into one piece, we suspect it would look a little like this Danish Modern Lounge Chair. This could be a cozy addition to your den, perfect for reading a book or plotting world domination-all for $375! Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF..