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SwatchPop! Dream Home: Living Room

​Welcome to week 4 of SwatchPop! Dream Home! This is a social media series where we present a collection of inspiration photos and you vote for your favorite. The winning inspiration photo will be featured right here on our blog with tips for getting the look in your home. Week 4 featured a collection of living rooms. Take a look at the collection that was voted on:

Dream Home Living Room

  1. Lauren Conrad
  2. Change & Co.
  3. Talbot Cooley
  4. Tamara Magel

Living room #4 from Tamara Magel was the winner! This design is absolutely stunning with a casual, yet sophisticated, look. Read on to see how we approached this inspiration room and find tips on how to get this look in your home. The trick to decorating using inspiration photos isn't to copy the design exactly. Instead, the key to using inspiration photos is to incorporate some of the details from the inspiration that will complement your home.

Dream Home Living Room

We divided this room into 3 categories: pops of black, modern white furniture and accessorize with texture. All of these categories work together to create this amazing space that is inviting, sophisticated and approachable. Here we go!


1. Pops of Black

The inspiration room has a neutral color scheme with lots of white which makes the black pieces in the room really pop. The sectional is black, kid-friendly and oversized while other pieces are sleek and modern. This high contrast between these styles work perfectly together. This look doesn't have to start with a black sectional either. Start by adding at least 2-3 items in your room that are black. These items could be the window frames, mirrors, picture frames, accent chairs, curtains, lighting, pillows or even a painted accent wall or ceiling.

Dream Home Living Room

  1. Design Within Reach
  2. Joybird
  3. Sherwin-Williams
  4. Joss & Main
  5. Joss & Main
  6. Houzz
  7. Loom & Decor
  8. Loom & Decor

2. Modern White Furniture

To allow the black pieces to really pop, start with a crisp, white background by using furniture that is simple and sleek. Lacquer and high gloss pieces are perfect examples to use. Not every piece of furniture in the room needs to be modern and white, but the large, main ones are a good place to start. If custom built-ins aren't in your budget, start with the TV stand or entertainment center or if the TV is above the fireplace, try console tables, coffee table or bookcases.

Dream Home Living Room

  1. CB2
  2. IKEA
  3. Overstock
  4. Joss & Main
  5. Wayfair
  6. Houzz
  7. Houzz

3. Accessories with Texture

The first two categories may seem very cold and stark by themselves so this last category is very important to achieve the overall look and feel we are striving for in this room. The finishing touches need to be full of texture to add warmth to the space. Velvet, knits, rattan, and other natural or cozy items instantly add dimension to the room and make the space inviting.

Dream Home Living Room

  1. Pottery Barn
  2. Houzz
  3. Houzz
  4. Crate&Barrel
  5. Williams Sonoma
  6. Crate&Barrel

Thank you for voting along with our SwatchPop! Dream Home series! Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram for Week 5 featuring kitchens!




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