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.
Spacious linen sofas and a strict organic-colored palette bring surprising calm to this mountainside living room. Even the large architectural beams appear soft and subdued.
In the Houston living room shown here, a pair of custom velvet sofas, an extra-large coffee table, floor-to-ceiling drapes and a sizable fiddle leaf fig plant help bring down the scale.
In the dining room of this condominium in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, design firm Vincere used Holly Hunt’s Great Plains window sheers to bring a soft glow to the space and create a neutral backdrop for the room’s Asian-inspired elements.