5 Living Rooms To Inspire Your Next Upgrade

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Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to rummage through your closet, unpack your floral dresses and update your living spaces. This year we’re throwing out the eclectic clutter and cool grays of winter and putting in velvet furnishings and natural elements to create fresh jubilant vibes. Here are five haute living room ideas to inspire your next upgrade.


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If you’re only looking to upgrade one element in a living space, New York interior designer Highlyann Krasnow, founder and creative director of The Design High, suggests updating your couch. “There’s nothing more impactful than a beautiful couch. Invest in a well-made sofa, accessorize with statement pillows, and build the room around it,” she said. This gorgeous velvet couch is the hero of this living space and is right on trend for this year. Krasnow and her team staged this living room at LEVEL, a luxury waterfront enclave in Williamsburg.


Summit New York

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Renowned French furniture brand, Ligne Roset, creates a colorful and textural living room at the Summit New York in Midtown East. If you have a space that is unique in shape, see how Ligne Roset uses clever space planning and the right scale of furniture to make the area feel large and spacious. The greys and neutrals are accented with vivid jewel tones, and work in harmony with the skyline views. The added natural element also helps to liven the room and bring a little of the outside in.

12 East 63rd Street

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Photo credit: Will Ellis of Donna Dotan, courtesy The Corcoran Group

Do you have a large living room, but don’t want it to look cluttered? See this stunning interior design by Thierry W Despont LLD in an Upper East Side architectural masterpiece by Pierre Yves Rochon. The $67 Million listings, 12 East 63rd Street, by Corcoran has a generous living space, which Despont utilizes to create a sophisticated, uncluttered room. The high ceiling allows for long rectangular shapes, filled with leather-bound books and mirrors. The round balcony overhead interrupts the rectangular shapes and gives way to curved furniture below. Again, velvet furnishing adds opulence and pop of color.

277 Fifth Avenue

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If you have floor to ceiling windows that frame the Manhattan skyline, then this living room design is for you. Designed by renowned interior architect Jeffrey Beers, this unit in 277 Fifth Avenue, is an open-layout floorplan. Beers create flexible entertainments areas sectioning off the living room from the dining and kitchen area with a large rug. The solid walls are perfect for adding sizeable pieces of art for a pop of color and culture. The refined palette of natural materials including American white oak flooring evokes a warm and inviting atmosphere for residents and guests.

22 West 74th Street

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Photo credit: David Paler, courtesy The Corcoran Group

This luxurious Neo-Georgian limestone and brick mansion was originally designed by Percy Griffin in 1906 and includes a grand living room. The room’s ceiling soars just under 13 feet, and Jacqueline Segura takes advantage of the height with a stunning wall piece that co-exists with a rig of a similar pattern. The powder blue and cream colors are soft and fresh, perfect for this season, and vintage elements are in this year. If you’re looking to add a touch of old world meets new, this living room on the Upper West Side is the perfect inspiration to draw from.

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