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Living room design: Graphic elegance

Living room design: Graphic elegance

Image by: Ashley Capp

Living Room & Dining Room

Living room design: Graphic elegance

A living room gets a cosmetic makeover, taking it from girly and pink to graphic and sophisticated.

A style aficionado streamlines her girly living room into a more sophisticated space perfect for both entertaining guests and spending time with the family.

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Living room design: Graphic elegance

Changing styles

"Once pink and girly, my style has evolved," says homeowner and designer Christine Dovey. "In my living room, I wanted to simplify the look, change the layout to one seating area and give centre stage to a couple of recent art requisitions."

Image by: Style at Home By: Christy Wright Source: Ashley Capp

Living room design: Graphic elegance

Cosmetic makeover

The makeover was purely cosmetic: painting the soft pink walls a crisp white and investing in new furniture.

Image by: Style at Home By: Christy Wright Source: Ashley Capp

Living room design: Graphic elegance

Gallery-like space

The gallery-like space deftly balances masculine and feminine style. "I love how the art creates focal points," says Christine. "The room is simple but graphic; feminine but still strong and edgy."

Image by: Style at Home By: Christy Wright Source: Ashley Capp

Living room design: Graphic elegance

A layout for entertaining

The TV was banished to the basement to give the living room a more formal feel, and the sofa and settee were reconfigured with new chairs to create one large seating area in place of two smaller ones. "Now it's more suited to entertaining and gives the kids a lot more space to move around," said Christine.

Image by: Style at Home By: Christy Wright Source: Ashley Capp

Living room design: Graphic elegance

Makeover materials

By scrapping overly embellished items - like faux-fur-covered chairs - in favour of more sculptural and graphic pieces, Christine achieved the simplified look she craved. Meanwhile, gold accents lend a glamorous effect.

Image by: Style at Home By: Christy Wright Source: Ashley Capp

Living room design: Graphic elegance

Artful DIY touch

An artful DIY touch: Christine gave her big-box coffee table a bespoke look by having the base redone in a gold-leaf finish. "I styled it with some books, a brass deer sculpture and a vintage vase that I patterned myself with a black Sharpie!" she says.

Image by: Style at Home By: Christy Wright Source: Ashley Capp

Living room design: Graphic elegance

The results

An elegant space perfect for entertaining, that's as sophisticated as a gallery, but still comfortable for the family.

Image by: Style at Home By: Christy Wright Source: Ashley Capp

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