How to turn a small, open space into a comfortable place to read and watch television.

Hardwood floors, clean lines and neutral colors breathe new life into a tired space.

Colorful art, great lighting and carefully chosen furniture create a dramatic foyer.

A central grouping of comfy chairs and a round coffee table anchor a cozy living room.

Neutral colors and geometric patterns are the backdrop for a soothing masculine retreat.

Designer Christie Leu uses paint and a variety of seating to create a comfortable and inviting outdoor living space.

A colorful sofa and swivel chairs create a comfortable but sophisticated space for relaxing and entertaining.

A comfortable, relaxing living room starts with a large sectional and ottoman, and soothing colors.

A versatile room starts with multipurpose furniture, including comfortable upholstered armchairs.

For maximum impact, go with a lighter palette and durable, versatile furniture that can serve multiple purposes.

Designer Annie Elliott uses colorful accents and clean lines to refresh a dark and dated space.

A neutral palette and additional seating combine to create a comfortable hangout.

Designer Sarita Simpson adds a craft station and a cozy reading nook to complete a space suitable for kids and adults.

Bright colors and modern accents make a functional room fun, too.

A comfortable sectional anchors a seating area, while bar stools and console tables add functionality around a pool table.

A comfortable sectional and modern accessories and colors bring the space into the current century.

A cohesive look starts with versatile pieces that can serve multiple functions.

Even awkward, dated architectural elements can work with the right color palette and furniture.

Designer Barbara Margolis transforms a Chantilly family room by updating the color palette and furnishings.

A neutral palette, varied textures and a blend of styles give a rental a sophisticated vibe.

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