5 Boldly Beautiful Living Rooms | The Study

Created for a showhouse in Kensington, London, this penthouse living space by the firm Carden Cunietti conjures up the bold eclecticism of 1980s designs by the Memphis Group. “This main living room is massive and divided only by the fireplace,” says designer Eleanor Cunietti, describing the custom hearth partition made up of color-blocking metal panels. “This side of the apartment is the music room,” she says of the elegantly appointed space arranged with bright-seafoam swivel chairs and an alpaca rug. Photo by Charlie Dailey

Inside a family estate in Dallas, sister designers Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford created this spectacular gallery space that blends classical beauty with whimsical colors and witty modern art. Taking center stage is the sculpture, Baroque Egg With Bow, by Jeff Koons, who also created the Teddy Bear mirror. A Picasso drawing and Roy Lichtenstein’s Seductive Girl overlook the seating area lavished with a blush sofa, Lucite tables, and leopard-print chairs. The geometric floor was inspired by David Hicks. Photo by Max Kim-Bee

For Aileen Getty’s Ojai home, built in 1929 by Paul Revere Williams, designer Micah Heimlich of Unheim thoughtfully reimagined the house for today. “I wanted to make it appear current while retaining the well-preserved detailing,” says Heimlich. He repainted the living room’s faux-wood ceilings with white as a nod to the home’s original plaster and to “modernize the historical house,” he says. A painting by Ugo Rondinone overlooks a massive sofa by Henge07, and the revolving bookcase is by Gianfranco Frattini. Photo by Robert Ransom

For his home inside a new Herzog de Meuron building in Miami Beach, designer Robert Brown of Brown Davis filled his living room with serious vintage pieces — Vladimir Kagan sofa, Joe Colombo swivel chair, Dunbar desk, rosewood cabinet from Pace Collection — all found on 1stdibs. “I was drawn to the sexy furniture of the 1970s,” says Brown. “Since the architecture is clean and contemporary with 11-foot-tall ceilings and terrazzo floors, my vision was to add the visual juxtaposition of vintage furniture,” he says. Photo by Moris Moreno

When London designer Samantha Todhunter was tasked by her American clients with transforming a lackluster house into a vibrant, light-filled home, she happily complied — and didn’t hold back. Todhunter chose this lively color scheme, featuring sorbet hues of bright raspberry and lemon that bring a touch of Art Deco boldness, in the living room to complement the homeowner’s captivating art collection; she then brought in a sumptuous array of silks and velvets to further play up a lush and luxe note. Photo by Oliver Clarke

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