Living room design

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They Follow a New Rule of Threes

When you walk into your living room, you’ll want to have something textured, something wooden and something unexpected. Zillow Digs, a resource for home design inspiration, analyzed its most popular living rooms, and found that 47 percent were contemporary, and just about all of them featured that mix. The textured item was often a cashmere throw or plush rug; the wood element a credenza, coffee table or exposed ceiling; and the “unexpected,” an item from a completely different design style, like an ornately carved, traditional side table or llama-shaped throw pillows.

Living room design

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They Go Beyond the Tear Sheets

When you pin images and tear out magazine photos of rooms you love, says