Relaxing Rooms

Make your rooms feel more relaxing with our simple decorating tricks to marry effortless style with carefree splendor.

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    Laid-Back Living

    When a room has a great outdoor view, let it lead the way. A soft, coastal-inspired palette paired with rustic finishes and abundant natural light gives this living room a sense of relaxed sophistication. Woven textures layered underfoot and fuss-free furnishings make this space a cozy family hot spot.

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    Bohemian Flair

    Block-print patterns, plump seating, and layers of accessories make this small bungalow's living room comfortable enough for everyday living. White walls and built-ins surrounding the stucco fireplace visually expand cozy quarters. Kick up the contrast in an all-white room by painting window frames black.

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    Happy Colors

    Though this bedroom is filled with white, it's anything but a washout. Vivid colors in the bed linens and artwork accessorize this cheerful retreat and supply a relaxed, casual vibe.

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    Dressed in Layers

    Create coziness, depth, and detail by varying types of textures -- smooth, coarse, and fibrous -- in small rooms. In this living room, a mostly neutral scheme gains interest by marrying luxe fabrics with honey-hue tones. Unexpected hits of color such as a pillow or a throw enliven the space and can be changed out cheaply.

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    Choose a Color Palette

    Instantly relax rooms with a new color palette. Use these expert tips to find the best hues for your home.

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    Streamlined Serenity

    Begin and end each day in a soothing space that practically disappears into the surrounding landscape. Earthy materials and spa comforts such as honed limestone flooring, a walk-in glass enclosure, a soaking tub, and a soaring ceiling take this narrow master bath to new heights.

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    Sit a Spell

    At the end of a long day, there's nothing better than coming home to a serene setting. A living room awash in natural light, layered textures, and earthy hues does the trick. Leggy furniture helps this room feel light and airy, not boxy.

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    Cottage Calm

    A crisp white room is gorgeous on its own, but adding slipcovered furnishings and a few flea accessories is a chic way to give your hangout space a casual air. Use textiles to bring in color and pattern; here, simple blends of pillows take this cottage setting to a whole new place.

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    Open for Gathering

    For rooms that are meant for relaxing and gathering, keep comfort top of mind. Encourage impromptu hangouts by arranging furniture for conversation -- and don't forget to pile on the pillows!

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    Timeless Design

    Classic but relaxed details produce a sense of timelessness in this relaxing, light-filled kitchen. Tried-and-true materials such as white subway tile, a mercury glass pendant, and oak flooring give this airy kitchen its kick-off-your shoes feel.

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    Light and Airy

    Use an airy mix of furniture to foster spaciousness in a small living room. Woven elements in the window treatments, furniture, and area rug further the ambience while adding a casual patina. Large planes of neutral color wrap the room, while pops of peachy pink and sunny yellow strike a happy note.

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    Industrial Flair

    In this dining room, timeworn pieces mingle with contemporary finds to create a tranquil space packed with personality. Brick walls and rich wood flooring add natural texture and warmth to the tone-on-tone color scheme and balance industrial-style dining chairs. In place of small pieces of art, a large framed map creates a dramatic focal point above a storage bench.

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    Coastal Cues

    Touches of dark wood and creamy woven elements nod to this home's coastal locale. Crisp white walls and pared-down window treatments offer a clean slate for watery views to take center stage. A mix of coral and chocolate brown pillows calls to mind combing tropical beaches for seashells.

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    Soothing Surround

    Barely-there gray walls introduce a whisper of color to this dreamy, light-filled bedroom. A band of eclectic accessories unites to fill the space with quirky, whimsical charm that invites guests to sit a spell.

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    Garden Charm

    Repeating a color throughout a room makes it look polished. A coat of sage green paint splashed on walls brings the room together, marrying the gardeny greens and yellows found in the upholstered ottoman, striped area rug, and accent pillows.

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    Stylish Solutions for Awkward Spaces

    In case you haven't heard, awkward is the new cool. Embrace that small corner, uneven nook, or shallow mantel with these stylish tricks that will make you wish you thought of them sooner.
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