In this Toronto living room, a couple of elements are at play. A slim fireplace allows a large TV to sit above it without too much neck strain by viewers watching from the sofas or chairs. Also, a dark (possibly marble) surround keeps the TV from creating too much of a black-box effect in the space.
In tighter rooms, laid-back bohemian style adds big personality without wasting too much space. In this New York living room, a right-scaled sectional, sweater knit pillows, a wool rug and a shelf system do the trick.
To allow the living room in this new Carpinteria, California, home to double as a media room, design firm Lafia/Arvin, A Design Corporation, chose floor-to-ceiling motorized drapery to make the transition to movie viewing seamless.
Designer Gil Walsh used scalloped valances and drapes to create a rich look in the living room of this stately three-story Georgian home, choosing fabrics with colors of cocoa, burgundy and teal to echo the Oriental carpet, which was the foundation of the room's design.