Whether you are looking for a calming space to relax, a room to have fun with family, a space for entertaining, or just an area in your home that combines all of these functions, then perfecting your living room is your best bet. Before you are able to plan for the proper layout, aesthetic, color scheme and furniture choices, a concept must be created. Most interior designers do not attempt to work on a space until a there is a pre-established purpose, mood and design feature assigned, most commonly known as the wow-factor or an impactful characteristic.
Get some great ideas below on how to pull a room together and how to choose the right way to make an impact:
Not only does this spectacular modern home have floor to ceiling windows that span the entire first floor, the combination of materials such as the wood porcelain flooring and concrete-style tile flooring in addition to a wood draped ceiling makes quite a dramatic impact at first glance.
This Modern Miami home tackles the wow-factor by highlighting oversized artwork at the ceiling wall feature, which would have otherwise been a blank, let’s say it, boring wall. Specifically commissioned for the client, these art pieces not only add color, texture and warmth to the space, they add a great personal touch.
Continuing with the concept of impact in this Miami home, Dkor Interiors highlights the tall, open wall space by adding a beautiful wood tile in combination with a marble and highlighted by a hanging pendant light fixture which helps the eye focus on upwards.
This hollywood regency style home has a lot of color, pattern and texture incorporated in the design through a fun and funky area rug, throw pillows and decorative accessories. To take the design over the top, the designers accented the ceiling with a beautiful wallpaper and Murano glass turquoise ceiling light fixture.
This South Beach apartment is limited and space but you would never know due to the craft design! A concept of approachability and sophisticated beach vibes was beautifully brought to life through this wall design feature of wood tiles and acrylic shelves added to house a carefully curated selection of accessories.
This modern home is designed around a concept of minimalism and sophistication. Without overwhelming the space, streamlined furniture and wrapped ceiling feature of wood planks add the perfect touch of impact.
This cozy living room space is accented with warm woods strategically placed on sliding doors that open to a bar area and carry up to the ceiling. Without detracting from the beautiful sofa an side chairs, the impact is subtly evident.
This gorgeous penthouse located in Fort Lauderdale is designed around the concept of combining old world beauty with new world beauty. The installation of this entry foyer light fixture creates an immediate connection to the divine.
When you enter further into this Fort Lauderdale home, the incorporation and wow-factor of ancient artifacts, from the client’s personal collection, are a beautiful way to transpire into the old-world appreciation.
Continuing with the theme of ancient artifacts, this spectacular art piece was chosen to hang above the living room sofa lounger. Contrasting against an otherwise all wide custom carpentry piece, the painting immediately inspires an awe moment.
This contemporary home located in South Miami was designed around the concept of approachability however through a ceiling application of inter lapping columns with wood-like porcelain tiles, an interest is created without overwhelming the client’s desire for sophistication.
Continuing this need for impact, Avanzanto Designs incorporated plush and vibrant cushions for the wrap around sectional sofa to break up any monotony in the cream furniture.
Miami based Pfuner, uses her childhood growing up in Europe as motivation behind her sophisticated and cosmopolitan aesthetic. An otherwise narrow living room full of white furniture is accented by a well laid-out ceiling design feature.
Continuing into the next living room space of this home, Renata wraps a thick piece of wood from the custom carpentry TV wall unit through the ceiling and on the adjacent wall. A sure fire wow-factor!
This otherwise calm and serene interior mixes a dark sofa with a white one and optimizes storage by wrapping a low grade cabinet with a marble top around the dark sofa. This is a great example of how to subtly create an impact without taking away from the serenity of the space.
As we’ve seen throughout this article so far, highlighting a ceiling is a common way to make a statement when designing around an otherwise stark and sleek space. This pop of blue accentuates the home’s natural characteristic and creates a rustic feel, balanced against a minimal incorporation of furniture.
Marble, marble, marble! The natural stone is in itself a definitive way to make a wow-statement in any home! If you are lucky enough to incorporate this beautiful material into your design, applying it to a fireplace wall, like in this modern interior, will immediately create an elegant and impactful mood.
When challenged with low ceilings, create the illusion of height by making a statement! This home carved out a space within their existing walls to store logs for their incredibly designed modern fireplace. When sitting in the minimalistic room, your eye is immediately drawn to that spacial feature.
The spectacular views in this home speak for themselves. Interior design by OKHA Interiors of South Africa was created on the concept of relaxed ambience, accented with high end finishes for a punch beyond that view!
A wall flanked by mirrors creates an immediate draw of the eye. The ultimate perception in luxury and romance, this design feature is a sure fire way to create an elegant and strong mood.
A serene mood is established at night in this spectacular home with views of the Cape Town sunset. This vision alone sets the mood for extravagance but in order to create a feature within the interior design, DWR “random lights” are placed above the sprawling living room to fill the large height of the home.
This home in Italy was created to showcase the high end furniture company, B & B Italia so the sole purpose of the living room design is to make an impact for it’s customers, however the Italian company is known for it’s subtle design and neutral color palette. Through the use of strategic pops of color, such as this brilliantly designed lime green ottoman, the space is immediately brought to life!
Modern and Contemporary design often include the creative use of color! In spaces that are typically designed around whites and taupes, it is necessary to be smart when incorporating color. This pre-fabricated home hides it’s punch factor tucked away inside the lining of the living room bookshelf.
Brilliant design is not only about proper space planning and color selections. An impact is also easily created through gorgeous and unique design of furniture pieces. This side table/ottoman/storage unit manufactured by B & B Italia is a perfect example of functional design that when placed in a room with not much else happening around it, will still make an impact and create a visual interest.
Finally, this showroom space for the Italian furniture manufacturing company is complimented with taupe leather sofas and ottoman/coffee table. White walls and a dark area rug leave little to the imagination, however through the innovative pops of color in the bookcase design and side table, an element of surprise is curated and enjoyed.