An Elegant, Balanced Living Room Design

Designer Kristen Pawlak creates the right scale and color palette for a challenging living room space.
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

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Before: Dark and Dreary

The dark color choices and oversized furniture made the living room seem small and dreary before.

After: Vibrant and Balanced

A lighter color palette and properly scaled furniture creates a space that feels more balanced and welcoming.

Extra-Long Entertainment Center

An extra-long entertainment center balances the length of the oversized leather sofa on the opposite wall.

Wall Art Lends a Finishing Touch

Coordinating artwork creates visual flow between the design of the living room and the adjacent kitchen and unites the overall design.

Semi-Custom Throw Pillows

The budget could not accommodate custom pillows, so ready made pillows were purchased and customized instead. Their color helps break up the look of the extra-long sofa.

Funky, Fresh, Floral Upholstery

Armless chairs upholstered in a modern floral fabric offer the homeowner the contemporary design she was seeking.