Liven Up Your Living Room

Wooden cupboard and white sofa in a living room interior with heather

A little refresh goes a long way in any room, but there’s definitely an art to a living room redesign. Follow these simple steps for a well-designed living room.


Beautiful living room interior with hardwood floors and fireplace in new luxury home.


Determine the best furniture placement based on room traffic, taking into consideration fireplaces, TVs and outdoor views. Start with upholstered pieces like a sofa or sectional, followed by chairs, ottomans and benches.


Blue Suede Mid Century Modern Couch in Minimalist Apartment Setting


Based on furniture and upholstery, select a rug to serve as a foundation for the space. Consider rug-to-room size ratios, and that upholstered items should sit on the front of the rug.


Table lamp next to comfy sofa in modern style living room


Now that seating and rugs are placed, it’s time for tables. Most rooms require end tables and a cocktail table, while a credenza is perfect for below the TV.


Modern scandinavian living room interior - 3d render


When tables are situated, good lighting comes into play. Choose the scale and style of lamps based on both natural and necessary light.


Living room with metal chair


Complete your room with art and décor. Add color and character with glassware, trays, books, candles and art of all forms.

How to Pull Together a Room With Symmetry

By: Laura Gaskill
Human faces, snowflakes, violins, the Eiffel Tower — so much of our world is symmetrical, it’s no wonder the eye is drawn to things with a mirror-image quality, including interiors. No matter your decor style, embracing symmetry can help your space look its best. Whether you’re bringing grandeur to a small space or doing more with your art collection, here are 10 reasons to work symmetry into your rooms.
1. Symmetry can make your dining room feel fancier. Formal symmetry (where two sides of a room are close to mirror images of each other) dresses up a space. In the dining room, try hanging framed artworks on either side of a large mirror for a classic, elegant look. Or place matching lamps, sculptures or vases at either end of a buffet table — the more objects repeated on each side of the room, the more formal the space will feel.

2. Symmetry makes mixing up the dining set easier. Mixing and matching dining chairs is simple when you stick with a symmetrical arrangement — a pair of slipcovered armchairs at the ends and wood chairs along the sides, for instance. Even though the chairs at the heads of table are completely different from the others, the look feels well balanced.

3. Symmetry can deliver a big statement on a small budget. If you want to make an impact without spending big, choose budget finds arranged symmetrically. Here, bold black stripes painted on the wall (a project you can do yourself) set the tone for a chic black and white scheme. A simply framed, blown-up black and white poster centered above a settee and flanked by matching end tables and lamps completes the picture in mirror-image style.

4. Symmetry can do wonders for your art collection. If you have a piece of art you love, but it’s too small to stand on its own, try surrounding it with smaller, identically framed art, as shown here. What could have been a canvas swallowed up by too much wall is instead into a focal point. Other sure bets in arranging include an evenly spaced grid or a vertical column of art in matching frames.

5. Symmetry help balance strong architectural features. If your room has a large or an especially striking architectural feature (like a fireplace or bay window), using it as the center of a symmetrical arrangement is a good way to bring balance to the room. Here a large fireplace is flanked by a pair of matching chests, lamps and mirrors.

6. Symmetry can turn a doorway into a passage with presence. Passing through a plain doorway becomes an event when a pair of sculptures on pedestals stands guard. And although the art around the doorway here is more salon style than a perfect grid, it still adds to the impression of balance.

7. Symmetry can make a small space feel important. Sneaking in symmetry where you can is a great way to bring a bit of grandeur to a compact space. Here a set of floor-sweeping drapes and a pair of artworks frame the window, while a pair of matching armchairs and matching pillows bring a pleasing sense of order to the seating area.

8. Symmetry can help downplay a tech feature. Surrounding the TV with pairs of identical items — in this case chairs, topiaries and graphic curtains — helps the eye travel around the space, instead of instantly settling on the “big, black box.”
9. Symmetry provides an anchor for eclectic collections. Keep vintage treasures and eclectic art looking good by starting with a base furniture arrangement with some symmetry. Even if you don’t have identical items, you can still approximate the look by using what you
have. In the space shown here, two sofas facing each other look balanced (even though they are not the same), matching lamps help nonmatching tables fit in, and identical shades on the windows help tie everything together.
10. Symmetry pulls together a living room like nobody’s business. If your living room seems to be missing something, have a look around and see how many pairs of identical items you can count. If everything is a one-off, the feeling of the room may be a bit scattered. Try adding a pair of matching table lamps, a set of matching pillows on the sofa or a pair of armchairs upholstered in the same fabric. Of course, having pairs is not enough — be sure to position your matching items across from each other to create symmetry that pleases the eye.


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Love Where You Live: Living Room

On the second day of our Love Where You Live series, we’re taking a closer look at the luxurious, two-story living room at 17203 Earthwind in Dallas. A living room should be stylish but cozy, inviting but clean and this space is all those things.

Love Where You Live: Living Room

We love this room for so many reasons- from the ceiling height and two-story, brick fireplace to the rich use of color and attention to detail. This room is located just off the entrance of the home but it’s also connected the gorgeous kitchen, the well-appointed wet bar, and has French door access to the back patio. It features hardwood flooring, a beautiful, cozy sectional, pops of color, and an eclectic mix of decor. The accumulation of all of these things is what takes this room over the top and makes it an obvious one to highlight in this series.


In whole, this home is a four-bedroom, four-bath residence that also features an updated kitchen with marble countertops, a covered deck perfect for year-round entertaining, and a pool with a water feature that backs to a wooded, creek lot. It could all be yours for just $695,000. Get the full tour here.


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Room Re-Do: Pops of Yellow

On this edition of Room Re-Do we’ve made an effort to recreate the super-chic living room at 5614 Mercedes Ave. in Dallas’ M-Streets neighborhood. Using hues of brown and pops of silver and yellow, this room provides a cozy and beautiful atmosphere that is so on-trend right now.


Some of our favorite items are the wall sconces and the fun yellow pillows, which both add interest and style to the space. Additionally, these pieces have a feminine-masuline juxtaposition that makes the room inviting for all audiences. See how you can get this look for yourself below…

Room Re-Do: Pops of Yellow

1. Lamp  2. Sofa  3. Mercury Vase  4. Wall Sconce  5. Console Table  6. Coffee Table  7. Side Table  8. Pillow  9. Chair

10 Living Rooms to Lust After

The living room is the energy hub of a home. It’s a place to gather with your family, friends, and loved ones throughout the week. Living rooms offer a space for memories to be made, whether it’s of family board game nights or solo nights reading by a cozy fire. Check out these 10 living rooms that could be the new backdrop of your future memories. From country-chic to contemporary-cool and Carrollton to Colleyville, we’ve got living rooms to please every design style all over North Texas.

10 Living Rooms to Lust After^2216 Sinclair St., Carrollton

10 Living Rooms to Lust After^9018 Arborside Drive, Dallas

10 Living Rooms to Lust After^2408 Victory Park Lane #1133, Dallas

10 Living Rooms to Lust After^1004 Windsor Drive, McKinney

10 Living Rooms to Lust After^ 2537 Enclave Drive, Frisco

10 Living Rooms to Lust After^8321 Club Meadows Drive, Dallas

10 Living Rooms to Lust After^2100 Stonehill Court, Arlington

10 Living Rooms to Lust After^4536 Elm River Court, Fort Worth

10 Living Rooms to Lust After^504 Wagonwheel Court, Colleyville

10 Living Rooms to Lust After^ 5829 Red Wolf Lane, Plano

University Park Room Re-Do

This edition of Room Re-do is inspired by a living room in the heart of University Park. Located at 3437 Rankin Street, this room is part of a gorgeous, two-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath, 1,237-square foot townhome. The home has 10-foot ceilings, a gas-log fireplace, hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, and a private patio. The style of this room is a classic mix of elegance and comfort. Filled with hues of brown and centered around a lovely stone fireplace, we couldn’t help but try to recreate this look! Take a look at what we found…

Room re-do 3437 Rankin



1. Media Solution 2. Throw 3. Clock 4. Fireplace Screen 5. Wooden Table 6. Recliner 7. Glass Table 8. Lanterns 9. Pillow Covers 10. Sofa 11.Rug 12. Ottoman