Infuse Your Living Room With Casual Luxury
Creating a luxurious living room shouldn’t mean that the room is filled with items that you are inclined to cover when the room’s not in use. A high-end living room can be lush and opulent without coming off as ornate. A warm, inviting room can easily be created with the right items that will encourage your friends and family to lounge.
Flooring, Carpets and Rugs
When re-designing a room, it’s never a bad idea to start at the ground level – literally. Finding the right flooring for your home, whether it’s rich, dark walnut floors or plush carpet squares, is easy since there’s a variety of items to choose from. If you’re looking for a lush carpet option, Karastan produces carpets made of wool from New Zealand. Masland has a line of 100-percent wool carpets that come in seven warm and inviting shades. Chinese designer Tai Ping’s stunning bespoke area rugs (prices vary based on request) offer rich colors and artistic modern patterns, and are knotted in traditional Chinese style. Hardwood floors speak more to style than to comfort or casualness, but hardwood aficionados are in luck as Mannington offers a wide range of elegant and versatile floors in various woods. Hallmark Hardwood Floors sells organic woods with striking textures (price upon request).
Paint and Wallpaper
Don’t think that upscale designing doesn’t extend into the realm of walls. Farrow & Ball offers a wide range of traditionally-made paints in deep colors and with matte ($95 per gallon) or glossy ($105 per gallon) finishes. They also offer wallpapers with a variety of tasteful designs and prints ($225 per roll). Devine Color also sells a wide assortment of richly pigmented paints ($59.95 per gallon). With fun names such as Humidor, Gator and Guanabana, these hues can stimulate anyone’s imagination.
Living Room Furniture
Nothing makes a room casual and inviting quite like a handsome sofa. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams offers a sleek white Chester sofa ($7,805) that will bring a touch of 1920s style to your living room. If you’re looking for a more modern look, Bloomingdales’ Savoy collection offers the Ella sofa ($6,725), which comes in top-grain leather. For those who want to tread further afield from the traditional sofa, try the versatile Duncan sectional ($8,999) from Horchow’s Haute House line. Alternately, look into the smooth cocoa-colored leather curve of the Baltic sectional ($6,499), or the Big Boy sleeper sofa ($2,599) that expands into a queen-size bed. Both are available from Florida-based company Scan Design.
Plush, welcoming chairs do wonders to make a room more friendly to guests. Horchow offers an Olive Velvet Tub Chair ($1,609), and their Gordon chair ($1,569) is sure to grab attention with its sleek leather and its edgy nailhead trim. For designers looking for a more modern aesthetic to their living rooms, consider the armless, broad Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Major Chair ($2,330), or the loop recliner from Bloomingdale’s ($3,285).
No matter the price range, people just want a pleasant place to congregate. Modloft’s Luxo line offers a number of handsome coffee tables. Be sure to check out the Fitzroy’s rustic charm ($1,470.17) or the sleek modernism of the Dean ($1000). Italian designers also provide beautiful tables that would be a great centerpiece to any living room, like the stark, entrancing colored glass sine wave of the Live ($3,000). And, of course, no list of designer coffee tables would be complete without this classic entry from Noguchi ($1,499).