Style Guide: Editors' Favorite Living Rooms

Home Editor Jennifer Kopf shares editors' picks for the best living rooms of Southern Living.


[MUSIC] Hi. I'm Jennifer Kopf, home editor at Southern Living. Whether you call them living rooms or family rooms, these seating spaces are meant for gathering. So even the most formal examples, should be inviting, comfortable and personal. Attention to details can elevate a room from so-so to oh wow. This formal living room uses both strong colors and custom details. To achieve a real wow factor. Simple trim applied directly to drywall, creates a crisp white frame for all the color and pattern. While a neutral grasscloth wall covering, dresses the walls between the grids of the added moulding. The bold floral fabric on the side chairs defines the pallete for the entire room. Those colors are mimicked through the pillows, artwork. Accessories and even the insides of the recessed shelves. Stock trim was applied in a diamond pattern to the fronts of the built in cabinets. And fabric trim was added to the bottom of the stock sofa. Both offer subtle details that provide affordable, yet custom looks. For a living room that can easily change with your tastes, start with the basics and then layer the personality. This idea house living room started with a crisp neutral background. That included white washed walls and white and tan solid upholstery. [MUSIC] Easily changeable accents such as pillows. Curtain trim and even custom painted lamp shades. Were then added for playful pops of color. Comfort is key when it comes to family spaces, but you can still achieve this with style. Comfy leather sofas anchor this cozy family hangout. The enveloping sage green walls, bring instant warmth and character to the brand new room. While the white woodwork keeps it feeling fresh. A coffee table with an open base, a light colored rug. And colorful silk pillows, keep the room from feeling too dark and heavy. Unique accents such as artwork and vintage vines, ensure the room feels personal. Traditional doesn't mean stuffy. As proved by this classic South Carolina space. Which is filled with architectural and design elements that are undeniably Southern. Recycled heart pine floors provide authentic age and warmth. Cypress boards butted together line most of the interior walls, for subtle texture. Triple-hung windows, a true Southern icon. Flank the fireplace and allow easy access to the surrounding porches. A mix of antiques and comfortable upholstery, complete the room. And make for an inviting and personal arrangement. When used successfully, color is a sure way to make a statement. In this cheery living room, bright and bold hues interplay with the furniture, art and accessories. The upholstery of the cozy seating group, echoes the range of hues found in the patterned drapes. The house's original exposed stone fireplace adds a rugged presence to the otherwise formal setting. Contemporary artwork and playful pillows, add even more personality to the room. You can see more of our favorite living and family rooms in Southern Living Magazine. And at
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