(Photo: Christopher Baker)
Think you can’t decorate with white? Find out how top designers decorate living spaces that are both functional and fabulous.
Simply Southern Living Room
"No fuss" was designer Lynn Morgan's mantra when she decorated the living room of this Savannah, Ga., rowhouse. "I wanted it simple, clean-lined, and inviting, with a little bit of glamour and a lot of comfort." An ottoman in Zig Zag by Alan Campbell lends modern oomph between a pair of Louis XV–style bergères. To highlight the architectural details, she painted moldings in high-gloss white. A David Hockney lithograph hangs above an antique mercury glass mirror. Garden stools from Emissary.
Calming Living Room
Symmetry is restful to the eye and contributes to the feeling of calm in this Arizona living room, designed by Dana Lyon. A new sofa was made to match the graceful lines of its Louis XV counterpart. Both are upholstered in Ralph Lauren's Halstead Linen.
Modern Living Room
In this dramatic and modern East Hampton living room, designed by Kerry Delrose, an Akari light sculpture from the Noguchi Museum Shop hangs above a Luxe console and leather-and-chrome lamps from Ralph Lauren Home.
Neutral and Natural Living Room
Antique meets modern in the living room of a San Francisco Victorian. Designer Ken Fulk chose a black and white palette, softened with neutrals and natural textures. The chimney breast is papered with Ralph Lauren's black Yacare Crocodile, and a Ralph Lauren Peyton ottoman sits on a cowhide rug from Frank's Leather & Hides.
Regal Living Room
In this San Francisco house, the 16' x 32' living room is divided into two seating areas. Designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy arranged a pair of Tiplady Knole sofas from George Smith to face each other in front of the fireplace. The same Todd Hase silk, Rice, is on all the upholstered pieces in the room.
Relaxed Living Room
In the living room of an Austin, Texas, house, designer Sara Scaglione updated traditional upholstered pieces with slipcovers in Hamilton Adams Belgian linen. A gilded French mirror, an antique chest, and a Lucite side table are a compatible mix of styles and periods. Curtains in Donghia's Debutant in Birdie add a touch of luster to the room. Walls are painted Pratt & Lambert's Silver Lining, a soft, milky white.
White Living Room With Wicker
To give the California cottage living room an air of casual elegance, designer Lindsey Reid furnished it with "unpretentious" wicker pieces, and she painted the walls Benjamin Moore's White Dove "to convey a lightness of spirit." Adding a pretty punch: garden pinks and pale greens on cushions in Kent-Bragaline Chinese Lattice, and an ottoman covered in Celerie Kemble's Betwixt for Schumacher. Greek key hurricane from Hollyhock. Tamara Clark crab print.
Lively White Living Room
The living room of this New Jersey house is made for entertaining: "I can go from cocktails to dessert in the same space," designer Frank DelleDonne says. He hosts small dinners at the round table, a reproduction of an 18th-century piece by Barton-Sharpe. The camelback sofa, three-piece "sectional," and coffee tables are by FD Interiors. Betsy Eby painting, Willis Lee photographs.