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Decorate your living room using ideas from our favorite spaces. Browse photos of living rooms to discover new decor ideas, fresh color schemes, and smart furniture arrangements. Then start creating a living room that suits your needs, whether you want a calming space to relax, a room to have fun with family, a well-appointed space for entertaining, or a space that serves a combination of activities. From the grandest living rooms to the most intimate family rooms, you'll find looks in every decorating style: traditional and classic, modern and fun, cottage and sweet, plus ideas for Tuscan, country French, and eclectic living rooms. Discover ways to bring color into your living room, and find rooms and color schemes starring your favorite colors, including green, blue, red, and beyond. Plus, get ideas on how to pull a room together and how to choose furniture, colors, accessories, window treatments, and flooring that will come together to create a beautiful room that you'll love to spend time in. Living room decorating is easy when you draw inspiration from our favorite spaces.

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A Vintage-Inspired Makeover

See how simple DIY projects transform this dated home into a cozy, sophisticated retreat.

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    • Before: Dated Dining Room

      The dining room's surfaces hadn't seen an update in a generation or more. Worn carpeting, dated wallpaper, and a tired light fixture conspired against the room's simple charms.

      The Solution: Surface updates -- tearing out the carpet, wallpaper, and chair rail -- let the period windows become the room's focal point. Mixed textures of woven grasses, rustic woods, and nubby linen provide a backdrop for the couple's ever-changing accessories.

    • After: Dashing Dining Room

      To bring a more modern look to the dining room, the standard-issue chair rail and brass chandelier were replaced with chalky blue walls and a simple oil-rubbed bronze fixture.

      Editor's Tip: Keep dining room decor understated to allow centerpieces and table settings to shine.

    • Dressed Up

      Tag sale treasures and vintage-inspired art give this dining room a personal and casual attitude.

    • Simple Nooks

      An arched display alcove opposite the buffet in the dining room stands out thanks to contrasting paint colors.

      Editor's Tip: Lighten the interior space of a deep bookcase by wrapping a few dark books in white or softly colored vellum covers. Layer small mirrors for extra sparkle.

    • Lovely Living Room

      Inspired by examples they saw in Europe, the homeowners designed shutters for windows on the front of their home. The recessed-panel, bifold-door design is quaint yet practical.

      Editor's Tip: Use foam-core board and tape to create a variety of shutter templates. This way you can see how much light they would block and confirm dimensions. Using your template, cut MDF boards, trim with molding, and install hinges.

    • Before: Bland Fireplace

      A long oak shelf gave the fireplace area in the living room a low-slung, horizontal look. The 1980s mirrored wall and brass fireplace doors also felt at odds with the character of the 1912 home.

    • After: Perfect Nook

      Solution: The new fireplace, complete with built-ins, lighting, and an arched soffit, is better suited to the home's vintage look. It also creates a brighter, more comfortable spot for talking or playing board games. To complete the conversation area, two worn-out $20 chairs were revived with new slipcovers. The chairs' simple patterned runners can easily be changed each season.

      DIY Tip: Before buying (even if it's a steal!), ensure an old chair has a solid frame. Then rework it to meet your needs. In this case, collapsed cushions gave way to lofty feather ones, creating the necessary height to sit comfortably at the table.

    • Create Custom Bookcases

      To create your own custom bookcases follow these simple steps.

      Build the bookcases. Use MDF boards for the bookcase structure, then embellish with clear white pine trim. Simple purchased bookshelves provide the same look -- sans major power tools.

      Add doors. Use the same trim material to build doors for the upper shelves. Skip this step by ordering doors at a home center. Glass panels were cut to fit the frames.

      Spray it with paint. For a smooth look, spray the built-ins with one coat of primer and two coats of white paint.

      Apply the finishing touch. Sconces and knobs with an oil-rubbed bronze finish complete the design.

    • Art Perfect

      Artwork doesn't have to be expensive to look great. Flea market paint-by-number masterpieces and even empty frames create a stylish entry. For unity, look for common wood tones.

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      Vintage Finds

      Shop the garden shed for entryway decor. Here, small plants and simple fern clippings are covered with glass cloches to help them thrive in the dry winter months.

      DIY Tip: Put little-used items such as platters and pretty cups to decorative use. A mix of materials such as terra-cotta, wood, silver, and china suggest a look that has developed over time.

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      5 Upgrades to Try in Your Own Space

      Try these simple DIY tricks to give your home a boost.

      1. Refinish your floors. Rip up old carpet and refinish your floors for a rich glow.

      2. Add architecture. Thoughtful architectural detail, such as this home's new fireplace cove, lend a home a sense of place.

      3. Make practical fixes. The home's old wood-burning fireplace filled the living room with drafty air and a smoky smell. Retrofitting the firebox with a convenient, efficient gas unit solved those problems.

      4. Mix up the furnishings. A brushed-twill sofa combines with a wicker ottoman/coffee table, a jute rug, a bamboo side table, and a vinyl footstool for an eclectic personal look.

      5. Add your personal touch. Layers of favorite books, found items, and flowers make a home feel intimate and comfortable.

    • Give Your Living Room a Makeover
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      BONUS: Another Makeover!

      See how the living room in this historic home went from overlooked and tired to classic and polished. 

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      Next Slideshow Formal Dining Rooms

      Formal Dining Rooms

      There's something romantic about a formal dining room. Perhaps it's the thought of having a room completely devoted to eating and entertaining, or the idea of enjoying a sit-down dinner with family and friends. Whatever the reason, here are some ideas for bringing dramatic style to the space.
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