Top ideas for living room

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Have you ever looked at a room and thought, “Wow! How did they do that?” We understand that question (we ask it all the time). And just as we love sharing inspirational images and interior design trends with you every week, we’re always on the lookout for ways to give you a little something more. Composition is a breakdown of our favorite interiors, the pieces that hold them together and why they work so well.

The best rooms are made up of a perfect blend of elements – color, pattern, original art and global objects – but that’s just the beginning.

This Scandinavian home shot by interiors photographer, Jonas Ingerstedt, caught my attention this week for the Composition post. The open-plan living room and dining area has the perfect mix of modern, global and artsy elements that make Scandinavian interiors so beautiful. What’s also unique about this living space is how absolutely comfortable it is. With cool kid elements dotting the living room environment, I’m thrilled to dive into what makes this living space work so well.

When decorating a living room with stark white walls, it’s important to inject some personality. Art is one of the best ways to do that because each piece so clearly projects a point of view.Gallery walls maximize both space and impact by putting pieces together for a room-defining statement. The homeowners of this space inject their personal style with a range of cool accessories, and a stunning black and white gallery wall that takes center stage in the space.

The photography has been simply framed in black and wood-tone frames that keep the look cool and minimal. The frames are a perfect complement to the other streamlined black pieces in the space including the mid-century modern sofa. On the other walls of the living room, art continues to inject personality with a well-formed personal collection that is the wall decor this space needs.

Strategic Pops of Color

The decor in this living room and dining area is a well-executed example of a modern, minimalist style, complete with white walls and sleek furnishings. To take the room’s decor up a notch, bright pops of color have been added throughout. Red, persimmon and tangerine are all present in the space, and the bright hues add a wonderful amount of much-needed warmth. The dining area features persimmon Eames chairs around the dining table for a strong pop of color while using art to bring the color story together.

These warm red tones continue throughout the space in the cushions on the sofa, additional wall art, and the vibrant red rug that brings the open-plan living area together.

Global Elements

An overdyed Turkish rug is the ideal global piece in this modern living room. The dark, crimson rug brings the entire space together, unifying the warm, red color palette that runs through both the living room and dining area. The rattan side chairs and a crisp, white pouf also add a global flair to the space. This space is a perfect example of how a cultural touch can go a long way in improving the look and feel of a room.

The global pieces add texture, warmth and a little personality to the interior, moving it from a plain, white box, to a well-traveled and beautifully sophisticated living area.