Hello Friends! Today I’m dishing about Living Room Design Ideas, my Design Dash room reveal and where to get the look!
( I’ve gotten so many questions about where to find the furniture and decor items in this room – all the sources are linked up at the end of the post!)
I can’t wait to fill you in on the details of my amazing experience with the La-Z-Boy Design Dash Challenge and my room design!
I’m also sharing with you 7 Tips: How to Design a Living Room from start to finish:
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It all started with a sofa….not just any sofa. A sofa I personally designed at my local La-Z-Boy showroom with my choices for color, fabric, contrast piping, accent trims and wood finish for the legs. Thank you to the talented La-Z-Boy designer, Zeina, for her help in informing me of all the beautiful options that I could give my Talbot sofa.
This is my La-Z-Boy sofa design: A gorgeous creamy, neutral beauty with coffee colored legs, silver nail head trim and…. wait for it!!!….leather piping! Say whaaatt? Yes!! It’s 5000% gorgeousness!
The design dash started with an empty room and my sofa. The challenge was to shop/dash for my living room furniture and decor in just 1 hour (!) at the two story La-Z-Boy showroom in North Carolina… and in 7 hours design my room from start to finish and add my furniture and decor accessories. All in a total of 36 hours! It was a whirlwind to say the least! 🙂
Oh yes, and this was the other part of the challenge – I didn’t get to see my room in advance of the one hour dash! So when I was dashing all that I knew was my sofa and the wall color I chose, Mindful Gray (I have this in my own home – love!)
Here’s how the challenge went:
One fun La-Z-Boy Challenge!
To design a room in 36 hours from this:
I just love my room!
It was the most FUN I have had in a long, long, long time!
Challenging? Yes! Rewarding? You BET!
Here are some more photos of my Liveable Luxe living room design and
7 tips on how to design and decorate a living room:
1. Start with a ‘Hero’ inspiration piece of furniture and a focal point for the room.
My room design began with this gorgeous neutral colored Talbot Sofa – it’s my ‘Hero’ inspiration piece of furniture that creates a statement and WOW factor. I absolutely love the shape, size and lines of it! It’s a 3 seat cushion, 3 back cushion sofa with beautiful scoop arms. It’s so comfortable! I chose a creamy chalk color Performance Fabric in ‘Hemp’, contrasting leather piping in the same color to add texture and subtle elegant detail, silver nail head trim (you know I love my metallics and bling!) and coffee colored wood legs. It’s so chic and beautiful!
My focal point for the room is this gorgeous over sized metallic gold mirror. This mirror makes a big statement! It’s the first piece I selected in the showroom and it’s what I designed the room around. It’s glam style, soft metallic finish and clean lines guided all of my other furniture and decor choices. It’s what gave my room a feel and style…I call it Liveable Luxe. I designed my room around a feeling of easy, liveable, comfortable glamour and elegance. A place to enjoy with your family and a place to entertain.
Love this Bench coffee table! So comfy to put your feet up on and lots of space to add decor and books!
2. Add Balance:
Every room needs balance. Balance in height, finishes and color. To balance the low sofa I added a tall Wall Unit Top and Wall Unit Base. It’s chrome and wood finish is so dreamy. It offers lots of storage space and lots of space to decorate! It truly is stunning!
I added even more height by hanging these 3 silver bowls above it. They were displayed in the showroom as bowls for a table but I decided to hang them for architectural interest. They remind me of honeycombs! The silver finish on the bowls balances the chrome finish on the shelving unit.
I love neutrals and styled the shelving unit with more creams (candles), whites (vases) and metallics (Gold Metal Sea Urchin accents). I also added lots of stacks of books – another decorating trick to elevate a single decor item and give it presence.
3. Choose your accent furniture
I added a silver bar cart to the back hallway – you can see it peeking out. I added this gorgeous Owl Art over it for balance.
Next I added two fabulous dove-grey leather chairs. These babies recline too! Style plus comfort all the way in my room!
These chairs also have nail head trim detail. It’s all about the details! I arranged the chairs so that they flanked the bookcase to create a separate zone in the room.
4. Add patterns:
This grey, off white and yellow area rug has a gorgeous marble-like pattern – I placed it under the sofa so that the front legs were on the rug. The graphic beaded pillows add pattern and a pop of contrast.
5. Add texture:
Next up layer in texture. I love adding LOTS of texture to my rooms. I chose this metallic side table for a hit of texture – so beautiful! A white garden stool in an openwork design adds more texture by the chairs and a place to put a drink and book. The leather chairs, the beaded pillows and the metallic sea urchin decor all add texture too.
A closeup of a geode I added to the coffee table bench – look at the texture!:
Place decor accessories on books to give them more prescence:
A weathered driftwood garland adds texture and interest to the coffee table:
More texture and metallics:
6. Choose an accent color:
Taking cue from the grey, white and soft yellow area rug I chose yellow as my accent color. When choosing an accent color repeat it throughout your room to make it intentional and create ‘flow’. I added yellow lemons in a bowl, yellow lillies in a vase, and pillows with a touch of yellow too.
7. Add some greenery.
Adding these two tall potted trees gave height and interest to my room. I believe that every room needs some greenery to give it life and personality.
I repeated the green in the room by adding green mossy spheres in bowls and the Owl Art has some green in it too.
Here’s my video about my style and my room!
I’m hoping you love creamy sofas with nail head trim, dove gray buttery leather, metallics, texture, marbled area rugs and statement mirrors! 🙂
Furniture and Decor Sources
Area rug (similar)
Bar cart (similar)
Sunburst Wall Mirror over sofa
Narrow Wall Mirror
Silver plates on wall (similar)
Potted Tree (similar)
White Vase (similar)
Paint color on walls: Mindful Gray
Shop the look! Click on the images to shop the looks!
I hope you love the room I designed as much as I do and enjoyed my Living Room Design Ideas: 7 tips on how to design your own living room from start to finish!
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Update: This giveaway is now over- thank you to everyone who entered!
~~~ …and now my friends here’s the details on the $10,000 giveaway contest! Ready? ~~~ This is a contest where you pick your favorite room! I sure hope you pick mine! 😉 Every vote counts as an entry for a chance to win $10,000 in La-Z-Boy furniture – what an amazing prize! And you can vote once per day until December 20th, 2015 when voting ends.
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Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with La-Z-Boy. All opinions are completely my own.