Rearrange Your Living Room
“With plenty of seating and luxe details, a formal setup is a special-occasion spot—the focus is on entertaining rather than everyday life.” —Elizabeth Bauer, interior designer
Squared-Off Floor Plan
The furniture, all at right angles, seems to stand at attention. Wide spacing makes the room feel grander than it is. The rug defines the seating zone, but because it’s an unfussy material (jute), it sends a welcoming signal.
Multiples, in Furnishings and Art
The room has a sense of structure and organization, thanks to sets of chairs, tables, and lamps as well as themed art hung in a crisp grid. Almost every detail has a partner.
Sophisticated Palette and Textures
Neutral tones with one pastel (lavender) used sparingly feels refined. Silk drapes, tufted velvet, scalloped edges on a leather daybed, and mirrored surfaces add up to lushness.
Where to buy: Belle sofa, $2,630, mgbwhome.com for stores. Tufted storage ottoman, $2,700, johnderian.com for stores. Putty bench, $8,240, ochre.net for stores. (Similar to shown: Krefeld bench, $3,206, dwr.com.) Hanna armchairs, $2,525 each, olystudio.com for stores. Jute bouclé rug, $199 (8 by 10 feet), westelm.com. Faceted mirror tables, $199 each, westelm.com. Parsons console, $349, westelm.com. Tom Dixon Base table lamps, $515 each; and floor lamp, $1,100: abchome.com. Giclée Insect prints by Garry Wade, $100 (small) and $620 (large), artwade.net. Cascade shade, $243, theshadestore.com; with pleat drapery, $292 for two, theshadestore.com. Silk-and-velvet pillow covers, $29 each, westelm.com. Renaissance Stripe pillow (on sofa, center), $105, michelevarian.com.