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How to Put Together the Perfect Kid’s Room (That Your Little Ones Will Love)

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Kid’s rooms need to meet both the parent’s and child’s needs. Image: Fastighetsbyrån

Designing a kid’s room can seem like a daunting task at first glance. After all, there are so many factors to take into account. On the one hand, the room needs to be a space where the child feels comfortable and believes his or her personality is reflected. On the other hand, the space needs to be functional and have elements that will stand the test of time.

That said, checking off all of these boxes is far from impossible. With a little planning, you can absolutely put together a room that feels appropriate for today, yet still has the potential to grow with your child. Keep reading to learn how can find the ultimate middle ground.


A theme can be excellent design inspiration. Image: Studio Peck LLC

Consider a theme

When you’re not sure where to start designing a kid’s room, choosing a theme can be a great first step. First, it will help you cater the room to the child by connecting to his or her individual interests. Then, it will provide a ready-made template for you to follow as you make your aesthetic choices.

If you decide to go this route, keep the theme fairly general. Zeroing in too much on specifics — for example, catering to a favorite team, TV show or toy — runs the risk of shortening the room’s relevance. Broader topics like animals, sports or even fairies have a better chance of keeping the child’s favor over the years.

Once you’ve decided on a topic, build the room around it. Let that dictate your color palette, your choices for wall coverings and your bedding. Then, add specific nods to the theme throughout your accessories.

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Keep the furniture neutral. Image: Sand Bar Contractors

Keep furniture neutral

Whether you’ve decided to go with a theme or are just looking for some design inspiration, one rule of thumb holds true: Keep your furniture as neutral as possible. In the grand scheme of things, furniture is your big-ticket item. Since it’s an investment, you want to make sure it can be reincorporated if you redo the room as your child ages.

Your best bet is to choose pieces that come in either a plain white or wood finish. Stay away from any extreme colors or detailed finishing that may lend itself to a particular design style. Look for pieces that can be easily matched, if need be, at a later date.


Make sure there’s plenty of storage. Image: Finch London

Don’t forget storage

If there’s one truth about kids of all ages, it’s that they come with a lot of stuff (and “a lot’ might be an understatement). Parents should make sure children have plenty of room to store their belongings. Plus, ideally, those storage solutions will continue to be useful to them as they grow and their interests change.

Every room setup is different, so we hesitate to give hard-and-fast rules here. As you determine which storage solutions will be appropriate for your space, we encourage you to err on the side of more-is-more. Take the photo above, for example. In that single frame you can see an armoire, a set of drawers, a desk, shelving and a bookcase — plenty of opportunities for your child’s things to find a home other than on the floor.

For practicality’s sake, we also suggest that you steer clear of using too many open storage options, where the items are not concealed. Open storage only works if the display is consistently kept neat, and sometimes parents may want to have the ability to hide a mess from plain view.


With kid’s rooms, accessories matter most. Image: Christopher Burns Interiors

Accessories, accessories, accessories

In truth, kid’s rooms are all about the accessories. They are the great equalizer. These items pack a huge punch of visual interest and infuse a sense of your child’s personality into the space. They’re also pretty cost-effective; it won’t be too much of a hardship to replace them out as your child’s tastes mature.

As for what counts toward this category, textiles are a natural choice. Bedding, extra blankets, throw pillows and area rugs play a big part in pulling the room together, yet can be swapped out in seconds. Wall art, smaller lighting elements like table lamps and desk lamps, as well as any strict décor items also fit the bill.

Selecting accessories together is also a nice way to involve your child in the design process. If your child is old enough, letting him or her choose the items that will decorate the room helps foster a sense of independence and ownership over the space.

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Keep these tips in mind as you design your kid’s room. Image: Workshop Design + Architecture

Believe it or not, creating the perfect kid’s room can be harder than it looks. The challenge is that these spaces need to please both the kids and the parents, who more than likely have two different sets of priorities. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Keep these tips in mind the next time one of these rooms is on your design to-do list. We’re sure they’ll help you find some common ground.

Have you ever decorated a kid’s room? What helpful hints can you share from your experience? Leave them in the comments below.

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Everything You Need to Know About Saturated Colors, the New Year’s Trend

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Get ready to see saturated colors popping up everywhere. Image: Kati Curtis Design

If you’ve been following our reporting on 2018 interior design trends, you know that stark, minimalist spaces are a thing of the past. We’ve been seeing more and more saturated colors recently — and, boy, do they look good!

One thing’s for sure, though — when you’re dealing with bold hues, you need a deft hand. So, if you’re thinking of jumping on the bandwagon, let us guide the way. Below is a list of some of the most common applications for how to use saturated colors in your interiors and tips on how to pull them off like a pro. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on this one.

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Consider an accent wall. Image: Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc.

Tackling the walls

When thinking about adding color to a room, the obvious choice for many is to look to the walls. In the scheme of things, color is cheap. You can buy paint for pennies on the dollar compared to most design elements, and it will have a huge impact on the overall look of the room.

However, before covering all four walls in the bold hue of your choice, consider the following: Is the room the right size to stand up to such a strong color? Since saturated colors are so bold, they need a room that’s large enough that added color won’t make it feel closed in, but small enough that the visual impact won’t be too overwhelming. Usually dining rooms, office spaces, and formal living areas fit the bill nicely.

If you’re worried painting all four walls may not be the best idea, consider adding an accent wall. To do this, you’ll just want to put your pop of color on one wall — ideally, the one that catches your eye when you enter the room — and then paint your other walls a lighter, more neutral shade.

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Think about using a statement piece of furniture. Image: Marion Alberge Décoration

Incorporating furniture

For those who want to think beyond the walls, adding a piece of color-forward, statement furniture is always a solid choice. Remember, if you choose to go this route, you’ll want this piece of furniture to be the first thing that catches viewer’s eyes, so it should stand out. It’s also crucial to make sure that your design elements stand out in a good way.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Placement: Statement furniture works best in a grouping, and should visually play off of contrasting pieces. For this reason, composed seating areas often work best, but a statement dresser in a bedroom or dining table would also suffice.
  • Color: Whichever saturated color you choose, you should still make sure that it mixes well with the other colors in the room. Neutrals or opposite colors on the color wheel often match best.
  • Size: A statement piece of furniture needs to be sizable enough that it can carry a room and command attention. Make sure that it is in scale with, or larger than, the rest of the pieces in the room.

Add pops of color with accessories. Image: Tara Seawright Interior Design

All about the accessories

Let’s face it: Furniture can get expensive and paint, though affordable, does take some effort to redo if you’re unhappy with the results. What if you want to take a subtle, noncommittal approach to the saturated color trend? Then it’s all about the accessories.

As always, accessories are the small details that really drive the room’s aesthetic. They are throw pillows, area rugs, blankets, bedding, décor pieces and plants that round out your space and make it look intentionally designed, rather than purely functional. Plus, these items have a relatively low price point, so they can often be switched out much more easily than other design elements.

Our advice is not to limit yourself too much by only searching for solid color accessories in the hue of your choice. Mixing and matching patterns is often one of the best ways to make accessories pop and, even if your chosen hue is only one of the colors in a particular pattern, it can still make a strong impact.

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Make the most of your wall art. Image: Kimberly Demmy Design

Don’t forget wall art

Great wall art is a must-have element for many, and thanks to the freedom of expression that this medium allows, it becomes a natural choice for those looking to sneak a bold pop of color into their home. However, if you find yourself struggling to commit to a piece of art that’s fairly loud, don’t worry. Here’s how to do it the right way.

If possible, make sure to purchase the wall art first. Since art is such a subjective thing, there are no firm rules on what to buy, but we do know that it will be much easier to match the rest of the room to the color palette provided by the art than the other way around. Ideally, like the furniture, it will be large enough to be a focal point for the room and your hue will be prominently featured.

After choosing your piece, mirror the shades found in the artwork throughout the room. In this case, the saturated shade will become your accent color. Use it in bold pops throughout your accessories, like the ones listed earlier.

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Consider this your how-to on using saturated colors. Image: J NORD WOLFE General Contracting Inc.

If you’ve been following any of our trend reporting for the new year, you know that interior design is about to take a turn for the ostentatious. Chief among the changes that we’re seeing is a propensity toward saturated colors. If you’re ready to get in on the trend, this guide contains everything you need to know about going bold the right way. Keep it close at hand for your next project.

What do you think of the saturated color trend? Will you be jumping on the bandwagon? Tell us in the comments below.

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Complex Music Studio in Canada Triggers Artistic Inspiration

Newsam Construction and MXMA Architecture & Design recently announced the rebirth of “La Hacienda Creative,” a music studio in Montreal, Canada. The designers succeeded in paying homage to the center’s historic past while envisioning a vibrant future.

Upon entering, visitors are welcomed into a large open reception space that gives off living room vibes. Wall-mounted instruments serve as design elements that help convey the spirit of La Hacienda to every guest that enters. The large windows add to the vibrancy of the space, and along with the communal sink outside the washroom, help convey an atmosphere of sharing and connection. The kitchen area, with its large island, is designed specifically to host events. 
On the other side of the entrance is the Satellite Room, named for its historic role as the birthplace of Canada’s first satellite. Bleacher seating allows teams to work in a reflective space away from their desks. The space also promotes open-air meetings and musical performances, as does the open staircase.

Under the mezzanine, the repairs and transformations of instruments are carried out in an open workshop. Once dark and gloomy, the MXMA team transformed the space into a bright and lively place through the integration of new windows overlooking a terrace to the south.

In addition to providing an abundance of natural light, these windows offer stunning views of the historic building, also visible from the bleachers, like a window on the past of a great era for the sound industry. Information provided by Newsam Construction + MXMA; photo credits: Annie Fafard.

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Luxury Kids’ Rooms

Luxury decor inspiration can be found in spades when it comes to sophisticated master bedrooms, spa style bathrooms and regal reception rooms, but what about when it comes to making a space fit for a young princess or prince? Luxury kids’ rooms are a special niche but we’ve put together a detailed selection of five amazing kids spaces. These high-end interiors include fabulous bedrooms with dedicated study zones/art desks, plus kids’ ensuite bathrooms that have bags of style mixed with a cool young vibe. Colour schemes of blush with monochrome, blue teamed with chestnut, pale grey spiked with lime green, and sweet pink neutralised by a smooth taupe.

Visualizer: TOL’KO interiors  

Blush tones soften the bold contrast of the busy black and white backdrop here. Sections of plain white wall and built in cabinets break up the scheme. The desk is also a solid white, though it’s backed by wood tone to neatly tie in with the ceiling treatment. A chrome designer table lamp adds a little sheen to the work area. This lamp is the iconic AJ Lamp by Arne Jacobsen.

Floor tiles are streaked in a black vein and monochrome houndstooth covers cushions but it’s the subtle understated pink hue that grabs attention.

A grey deep pile area rug acts as a transition between the colours of the room, pulling the scheme together. It also provides a plush warm path on which to pad barefoot around the bed.

The muted pink sections over the padded headboard and bespoke storage solutions are complemented by a large area of light warm wood tone panelling across a sloping ceiling, almost like a canopy. Circular lights of varying sizes have been mounted to the ceiling in a cosmic effect.

The desk has been worked into a bespoke storage system with integrated shelves. This is teamed with a stylish desk chair to provide a comfortable place to complete studies, or arts and crafts.

The wall opposite the bed harbours two main doors and a bank of built-in storage that are all camouflaged by stripes of colour that match wall paintwork.

In the ensuite bathroom the blush and monochrome colour story continues. The busy tiles filling the shower area make it look like a Jackson Pollock painting. A flash of green is added over in the decorative plant stands.

A black faucet is mounted directly into the mirror behind the basin.

The bathtub has a matching black freestanding tap.

A small side table by the tub matches the faucet.

An array of lotions and potions can be stashed by the basin in this built-in shelving unit.

A relaxing view over private grounds can be enjoyed from a bubble bath.

A small grey stool by the vanity makes this into a dressing table too.

Visualizer: TOL’KO interiors  

Our second luxury kid’s space has a strong blue and brown colour scheme.

Along one wall, a bank of white storage units has been built into the eaves. Extending from one of these units is a study desk.

An upholstered desk chair makes a comfortable study spot.

The storage at the other side of the room is solid blue. This is matched by cushions on the sofa bed and a neat geometric table.

The floor is a fashionable herringbone design, made even more trendy by the addition of randomly painted panels, picked out here in a solid chestnut hue. A set of wallbars, for suspension training and fitness band exercises, match the natural tone of the floor, as does the rattan basket.

The scheme continues cohesively in the ensuite bathroom.

A unique pegboard style installation creates multiple, changeable, options for hanging face towels and mounting small shelves for toiletries.

The modern towel heater matches the diagonal chestnut design of the floor.

A tall basin stands on a low mounted vanity unit, which incorporates a padded seat.

Visualizer: Stephen Tsimbalyuk  

Kid space number three is a bright white vision with punchy lime green accents found just in one pillow and one knitted pouffe. A couple of soft grey pieces balance out the citrus tone. Everything else in the space is pure ice white, including the cabinets, bed, headboard and bedside table lamp, which is the Atollo lamp.

The bedside tables run in line with the panels of the oversized headboard.

The storage cabinets in this room have been mounted high off the floor, providing a neat stow away area for the only occasionally used knitted pouffes.

Drawers under the bed provide an added area for hiding away belonging.

Hidden lightning warmly illuminates the space beneath the wall mounted cabinets. A bedside pegboard acts as an adjustable display area for treasured items.

Another giant pegboard backs the desk.

This time the board also holds a set of drawers and acts as a headphone stand.

Visualizer: Stephen Tsimbalyuk  

Our fourth luxury kids’ room is a beautiful pink and taupe visual that incorporates cute woodland animal art prints.

Extra pops of colour lift the sweet scheme. This giant wall clock makes a really fun addition.

The single four poster bed looks fit for a modern little princess.

The room has a nice balance of study, rest and play areas.

Visualizer: Visable  

Lastly, our fifth space is pretty in pink and white.

Three heart shaped stools make a sweet sociable area for tea parties.

Huge cut-out butterflies glide over the ceiling.

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50 Modern Living Rooms That Act As Your Home’s Centrepiece

The place where we all gather, laugh and play is undoubtedly the living room. The focal point of a home, its place between kitchen and bedroom acts as a natural centre, drawing guests from morning wake-ups to after-work nights in. These fifty modern living rooms show stretch in a variety of substrates and styles. Centre modern furniture around a cubic rug. Forge a concrete paradise with living walls astride couches. Go futuristic, with colourful clocks that shine metallic. Design your lounge creatively, using these fifty modern living rooms as examples.

Visualizer: Roman Kolyada  

Using pops of red and blue upon black and grey, this modern eclectic living room is coloured under baubles. Eastern pieces in a Turkish rug and wooden table cube give it character.

Visualizer: Svyatyuk Stanislav  

Settle into an oasis in orange and grey. This modern lounge keeps it interesting using different shades of grey, a metal coffee table and figure canvas.

Visualizer: Anjey Babych  

Scandinavian style can be ultra-minimalist. Block couches in grey play with light wooden stools, a swing chair and brighter lemon light in this relaxed scene.

Visualizer: Tero  

Centre your living room with a unique rug. This 3D-illustrated piece is met by other squares in three lounge sets and a fireplace. A wooden-panel partition and glass-barrier staircase frame the space.

Visualizer: Arturo Hermenegildo  

Make a splash in your lounge with a multi-colour rug. Paired with teal cushions and floor lamps, this retro-inspired look uses wood, cream furniture and an elephant drawing to evoke modern India.

Visualizer: Delightful  

Go pastel in your next lounge design. Upon a floor in lino and wall in light wood, pops of pastel green, pink, light terracotta and blue mingle amongst a swing arm wall lamp and laddered bookcase.

Visualizer: Erriadbey Kerimov  

Looking for living rooms for book-lovers? This relaxed grey design features a cosy marble fireplace, brown leather feature chair and most unusual bookcase, which writes ‘Read your bookcase’ using each cubby hole’s spaces.

Visualizer: Hatice Unsal  

Make concrete living rooms greener. This fusion of industry and nature is created with two living walls, grey linen furniture and a scattering of pot plants to tie it all together.

Visualizer: Roman Pravnik  

Don’t want a stark look? Make it cosier with white and wooden walls, a fluffy rug and monochrome abstract – and token living wall, naturally. A whiskey decanter or two invites us further in.

Visualizer: Yo Dezeen  

Make your living room breathe the industrial look. Replete with factory-inspired extractor fans, a one-wheeled coffee table, metal staircase and leather sofa, this lounge just screams bachelor pad. Check out our modern industrial-style living rooms post for more inspiration in this style.

Visualizer: Javier Wainstein  

A stunning artwork can be your lounge’s focal piece. Framed by large Japanese windows, an exposed brick wall and Scandinavian school chairs, this funky living room exemplifies great loft-style design.

Visualizer: Kò Ng  

Make your lounge sophisticated. Lit by a cacophony of circular hanging pendants and designer table lamps, such as the Flos IC T2 here, this living room uses white, brown and denim blue to make relaxing look easy.

Visualizer: Alena Bulataya  

Monochrome living rooms are timeless. This modern design joins black and white together in a row of low bookcases, a wood stack, exposed brick and L-sofa. Check out our post for more black and white living rooms.

Visualizer: Dzhemesyuk Design  

Have a heritage wall you’d like to use as a feature? Black living rooms can give old walls new life, as with this lounge seating a grey sofa, black and white sketch and round coffee tables.

Visualizer: Maks Marukhin  

A brick wall living room is the envy of many. Pair yours with sleek, smooth materials, like this lounge’s black wall, no-fuss rug and mushroom leather couch. Inset shelving and a framed abstract add interest.

Visualizer: Maksim MT3Dvis  

Don’t like the look of a plain black facade? Insert LEDs throughout its lifting edges, like this living room peopled with zig-zag cushions, a geometric rug and floral door art to the side.

Visualizer: Natalia Vergunova  

In love with a large wall clock, but not sure where to put it? Make it your lounge’s central feature. This room’s space-age vinyl couch, silver cushions and stunning acrylic centrepiece is accessorized with a mirrored door and semi-industrial metal fixtures.

Visualizer: Andrew Sokruta  

Sculpt your lounge. A cracked feature wall and sculptural chairs, here the Q1 lounge chairs, are provided space by high, grey-curtained windows and a bronzed floor and panel.

Visualizer: Alessandro Zecca  

Rather be up high? This living room’s ornamental ceiling feature and geometric staircase panel have set our dreams on fire. Check out our wall texture ideas for living room post for more inspiration.

Visualizer: Gaurav  

Think of shape and form when designing your living room. Peopled by a spot mural, patterned wallpaper and a range of rugs, cushions and vases, this eclectic living room uses muted colours to make the mis-matched work together.

Visualizer: Oporski Architektura  

Love the minimalist look? This black and white lounge couldn’t be more simple, with its contoured stairway, walls and suite straight out of a magazine. Check out our 40 Gorgeously Minimalist Living Rooms post for more ideas in this style.

Source: Ligne Roset  

Want something with a bit more colour? This gorgeous living room uses Japanese influences to create a low-down look with futon couches. A row of white French windows and pops of mustard and light pink accent the style.

Designer: Lotta Agaton  
Photographer: Pia Ulin  

Missing that little bit of green outside? This Scandinavian living room livens up its interior with small trees peppering its black, white and wooden space. Check out these indoor plants for some low-maintenance choices.

Designer: Nordico  
Photographer: Hey!Cheese  

Want a lounge and office all in one? A partition doubling as a TV-holder keeps this living room light and bright, with wood and grey furniture bordering an office on lino. A modern accent chair in navy looks out to the view outside.

Visualizer: Catherine Manokhina  

Let marble form the backdrop. Lit by a bauble chandelier and floor reading lamp to one side, the greys in the wall, curtain and seating colour this lounge in shades of grey.

Visualizer: Naira Omar  

Build the living room of your dreams. This marble plinth bordering an indoor pool is the latest in stylish conversation pits. Cut in quilted seating, a central fireplace and a tree or two for a perfect place to socialise.

Visualizer: Yaroslav Serdyuk  

Looking for the latest in double-height living rooms? Bright, open and spacious, this white living room is afforded a fireplace by a middling copper plinth. Store ornaments in its inlets to showcase world treasures.

Visualizer: Cosmocube Studio  

Love the look of wood panelling? This living room takes its ceiling to its architectural limit, with an array of dangling bubble lights over a suite in grey.

Visualizer: Home D  

Draw an animal stencil in your lounge. Black, white and divided almost in two, its large-shaped elements are strung by two rows of camera lights.

Visualizer: wottan  

A splash of colour can make your living room come alive. Looking out to a flowering tree, two sunshine-coloured seats add pizzazz beside an abstract in grey.

Visualizer: Kaer Architects  

Those lucky enough to own a window corner lounge should add block sofas. This grey version cuts its seats into checkers, whilst a marbled kitchen bench offers similar patterning.

Visualizer: Vizline Studio  

Not brave enough to own an indoor living wall? Provide a view to one outside, like this grey-hued lounge bordering foliage and a bookcase.

Visualizer: 365 Design  

Outdoor living walls can come from top and bottom. A row of bridal creepers covers the roof, a hedge the lawn in this sophisticated living room lit by hollow circular pendants. A marble floor and taupe couch introduce more cool.

Visualizer: Nikita Borisenko  

Why not look to a tree instead? Set beside a marble fireplace, the large glass pane of this living room’s window has us thinking of Christmas.

Visualizer: Olga Podgornaja   

A yellow accent living room doesn’t have to be bold. The subtle lemons of this cosy space lie in a scattering of cushions, painting strokes and jars in the background kitchen.

Visualizer: Federico Cedrone  

Build yourself a mid-century modern living room. White walls, a pale blue rug and classic brown leather seating offer a look the discerning designer will admire.

Visualizer: Third Aesthetic  

Differentiate your pieces by a shift in texture. This living room offers a rug in suede, a couch in linen and an accent chair in quilted grey.

Visualizer: Ekaterina Domracheva  

Let your living room own a colour. This pea green set is complemented by a twig-and-berry chandelier, LED-lit wooden panelling and a stencilled glass table.

Visualizer: Polyviz  

A room segue could be your lounge’s feature. This lit hallway provides a warm background to this laid-back lounge in grey. A glowing wooden feature and origami art piece help tie the look in.

Visualizer: Mario Mimoso  

Love rectangles? Design in them, using this lounge’s framed prints, fireplace cavity, marble tables and upholstered sofa.

Visualizer: Rina Lovko  

A dash of pink can really pretty up the place. This lounge pairs it with soft grey, an indoor tree and a bevy of black magnetic lights.

Visualizer: Evgenia Aborina  

Looking for more variation? This pastel pink sofa is met with chairs in berry, ottomans in blue and a series of art pieces in complementary shades.

Visualizer: Imade Pastel  

Pastel room decor need not be childish. The Scandinavian themes in this compact space show in a wooden crockery stand, patterned couch cushions and geometric rug. A vintage photograph tells a story.

Visualizer: Darina Ivanova  

Looking for living rooms with large wall art? Look no further, with this grey and wooden room made tropical by its canvas.

Visualizer: Ace of Space  

Have only a small space to play with? Make like this living room, and frame your pastel art with grey couches, light wood and white-wall bookcases.

Visualizer: Ekaterina Docheva  

Hipsters can’t go past this living room. Decorated with cushions in pastel, a white brick wall and beautiful plant stand, the hanging bike on its wall is its central feature.

Visualizer: Bui Ni  

Looking for more natural art? Try wooden wall decor for size, like this grey and white living room with coloured wood at its centre. A pipe-inspired light and potted orchid finish the look.

Visualizer: Jenya Lykasova  

Get a taste for travel with this modern rustic living room. With its rattan chandeliers, driftwood framing and large potted ferns, how could you not feel away on vacation?

Designer: Giannetti Home  

Lovers of the countryside will favour this modern farmhouse living room. A caged chandelier, French windows, faded Turkish rug and traditional marble fireplace all add to the feel.

Visualizer: Maria Fadeeva  

The modernist has a place for this colourful living room. A series of oscillating bulbs, pop pastel hues and circular artwork offer signature elements.

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