Readers' Choice: Area of 2011 Living

In 2011, Houzz readers wanted smart and simple strategies on the best way to redesign their principal living spaces. Great rooms have been huge this season — each room in the house has become multipurpose. Living rooms also played with distinct seating areas, and numerous layers of light. Houzz users loved spaces with daring light accessories and metallic fittings, and any area that contrasted bold and neutral color palettes.

Have a peek at the 20 most popular living rooms added to the website in 2011. Which fabulous living space would you want to lounge in?

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Laidlaw Schultz architects

1. This year, Houzz users loved to see collections and knickknacks exhibited in living spaces. The built-in metal bookshelves in this area add such a great personal touch, and we love how the patterned fabrics work with the all-white furniture. Obviously, a stunning view does not hurt either!

Heather Garrett Design

2. The designer’s mix of a soothing and neutral palette with glamorous and eye-catching lighting prompted users to produce their own classically elegant living space.

Niki Papadopoulos

3. Although it’s subtle, the diamond pattern on the pillows is echoed on the carpet in this area — a smart design decision that really ties the room together. The light in this area is perfect, and makes the light gray walls seem nearly silver.

Michelle Hinckley

4. This spacious living and dining space was a hit among users for its straightforward but statement-making layout. The items in this area are all pretty affordable — a huge plus — and they are also simple to maintain. Fundamental couches are extended a little bit of spice with patterned pillows, and cute portraits of the client’s children add a great personalized touch.

Tanner Vine – 2Go Custom Kitchens Inc

5. Constructed bookshelves were just another favourite style element among Houzz readers in 2011. We love this bookshelf receives a gallery seem in the painted wall behind it. And, needless to say, that rolling library ladder is so superb.

Studio William Hefner

6. Dark wood with a visible grain proved to be a trend we saw in virtually every room in the house this year — especially the living area. Houzz users gushed over the wall and ceiling paneling in this Southern California house. The brown tones of the simply designed furniture and bronze fireplace surround add a much warmer feeling to the space.

Beckwith Interiors

7. Although this living area is at a poolhouse, there are a great deal of great design components that Houzz users bookmarked for the living rooms in their houses. The double sitting areas as well as the adjoining dining area make this a great space for entertaining. The different light fixtures layer the light, which makes it perfect for diningtable, playing games or having an after-dinner glass of wine.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

8. This floor-to-ceiling bookshelf is the best way to turn part of a living space into a library. Houzzers loved the rolling ladder along with the clever addition of built-in screen shelves to show off collections or other tchotchkes.

Maria Killam

9. Contrasting tones of green and purple were a frequent theme in Houzz consumers’ beloved living rooms this season. The layout of the purple and green area retains all of the entertaining areas in precisely the exact same space, however the green walls and sofa help define the areas with colour.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

10. A great fireplace can frequently take a well-designed living space to the next level. This very simple and contemporary fireplace surround creates a major statement in this area, without detracting in the exquisite furnishings and finishings.

Michael Abrams Limited

11. Readers loved this living area is at the center of all, but still manages to feel as its very own cozy refuge. Classically designed bits in soft neutral colours make this a comfortable and approachable but innovative layout.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

12. Houzz users fell in love with pretty much every detail of the soothing living room. The designer’s combination of natural substances with industrial accessories and lighting produces a modern rustic look. The dining table with an built-in bench on one side is a stylish customized piece that produces extra seating.

Ana Williamson Architect

13. The cozy little nook in this living area was the primary motive Houzz users bookmarked this particular photo. An awkward corner at the space was cleverly transformed into a built-in daybed. The drape makes it into a impromptu sleeping place, allowing for privacy in case dinner guests opt to spend the evening.

Kitchens & Baths, Linda Burkhardt

14. While many of the textiles in this living space are the exact same colour, the gap in textures and layout gives dimension and depth to this spacious and airy living space.


15. The built-ins on either side of the fireplace have been a big point of interest for Houzzers who bookmarked this popular photograph. Users also commented about the step-up side table along with the candle sconce hung alongside the sofa.

Elizabeth Gordon

16. While this living area is unquestionably high end, it is chock full of great design ideas for almost any home and any budget. Users bookmarked this photo for the soothing color scheme, mix of prints, the mirror on the ceiling as well as the amazing displays that shoulder the fireplace.


17. This living area was a great example of how to make a large living room feel cozy and comfy. A long space was broken up into distinct seating areas, which is very good for entertaining or for when the customers are home alone. Plush soothing and upholstery gray-and-blue fabrics make this space feel elegant and serene.

Kate Jackson Design

18. Located off a big open kitchen, this modern living room makes great use of a long living room. Consumers loved this space combined recognizable goods from CB2 and Restoration Hardware, but with touches of personal style.

Signature Design & Cabinetry LLC

19. This beige living area was given touches of colour with blue-and-yellow pillows. Houzz users loved the built-ins around the fireplaceand the magnificent starburst-style driftwood mirror.

Inc, J Designs

20. The spacious patio at the conclusion of the silvery gray living room gives this modern space a new, light texture. The designer’s use of metallic and purple accents provides a little bit of glam without moving ahead.

All these 20 living room photos were added to the most ideabooks by Houzz users this season. Tell us Which you prefer?

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