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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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Masculine Living-Room Looks

Get the right look for the "guy hangout" in the home.

The classic hangout for men.

When married couples undertake a remodeling project, sometimes a battle between the sexes ensues with lines drawn over architecture and interior decorating.

A potential compromise is to make at least one room in the house unmistakably masculine -- a guy space.

 

The classic hangout for men is a den, billiards room, or smoking lounge, often tucked away in the basement or off the main floor's beaten path. But it's not the function or location that matters so much as the look.

The room pictured here shows many of the decorating elements common to classically masculine spaces -- warm colors, comfortable seating, and put-up-your-feet casual style.

Colors and Patterns: Deep, solid, earthy colors -- think brown, navy, burgundy, forest green, or even a certain amount of black -- fill out a room and clearly define its bounds for a feeling of secure and predictable enclosure. Again, choose simple and subtle patterns -- geometrics, stripes, or checks, for example -- if any at all.

Wood: There's a strength, solidity, and masculine character to rich, dark wood. A room can acquire this ambience from paneled wainscoting on the walls, exposed beams on the ceiling, rugged planks on the floor, or thick wood in the arms and legs of furniture. Detailing in the wood should be subtle and geometric, not elaborate and frilly.

Decor: Simple, uncluttered surfaces are the way to go. Keep walls, shelves, and tables generally free of knickknacks, accessories, and purely decorative items. For most men, fussy throw pillows are a useless nuisance. Avoid them.

Think function: A wall is a place to hang a clock, shelves are for storing books, a coffee table is a place to set food, drinks, newspapers, magazines, or feet. Decorate with personal mementos and signs of achievement, such as trophies, diplomas, certificates, photos of travels and ceremonies, and collections.

Keep the electronics in view or at least close-at-hand.

Furniture: Large, comfortable furniture such as a leather recliner or a long, cushy sofa makes it easy to stretch out, kick your feet up, and even nap. A few muscular pieces of furniture will be more effective than several wimpy ones.

Fireplace: Even if it doesn't burn real logs, a fireplace adds warmth and visual attraction to the room and makes a fine focal point for any guy room.

Electronics: Don't hide the high-tech. Whether it's a flat-panel big-screen TV, DVD player, sound system, or computer -- electronic gadgets should be visible and accessible. Don't bother trying to conceal the TV in an armoire or the computer in a rolltop desk. Let an attractive entertainment center dominate one wall, or devote one corner to stylish office space. And -- perhaps most important of all -- whatever you do, don't hide the remote control!

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