10 Imaginative Living Room Ideas From the AD Archive That Will Make You Want to Redecorate Now

An All-White Living Room in Miami Beach

“I wanted to create a fresh, very bright beach home,” designer Charles Allem said to AD in 2006. He was speaking of his own pied-à-terre in Miami Beach, Florida. Seen here is the entrance to the living room. “The sculptural forms help maintain the feel of continuous flow throughout,” he noted.

The swinging mood of the 1960s (and early 1970s) is well captured here.

Photographed by Leland Y. Lee, Architectural Digest, Spring 1970

One Futuristic Palm Springs Abode

Architect John Lautner and interior designer Arthur Elrod worked together to create this circular home in the Palm Springs desert. In the living room, which includes a fireplace and overlooks a pool, an Edward Fields carpet helps unite the space. The flooring is black slate. 

Plants add a greater sense of life to this abode.

Photographed by Leland Y. Lee, Architectural Digest, Winter 1967

A Blue-Tinged Room Fit for a Winter Cover

For their Winter 1967 issue, the editors of Architectural Digest chose this living room image to grace the magazine’s cover. Located in Pasadena, California, the room belonged to Ken Carmichael. The blue of the Metropolitan sofas, which were designed by Charles Lewis, was further accentuated by the cover’s border choice. 

Here, two upholstered seats face off.

The Traditional L.A. Living Room That Made AD History

This cover dates back all the way to Spring 1964. Interestingly, it marked the last time that the magazine used a black-and-white photograph for its cover before switching to color images for the Fall 1964 issue. The living room pictured here was designed by the Barnett Brothers firm, and was located in Los Angeles.

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