Transitional glam formal living room by Decorilla
Transitional glam formal living room by Decorilla

Ever wondered how a touch of glamour can entirely transform a home? See this home makeover that turned ordinary rooms into a stunning glam formal living room, dining area, and handsome home office. Read on for a transformation story all about elegance, style, and the magic of design. 

The Challenge: Upgraded Formal Living and Dining Room Design

A recent client had cherished their home for 15 years and hoped to transform it rather than sell it and move. And although it may have taken “a lot of convincing” on the husbands part, his wife finally agreed to enlist the help of Decorilla to accomplish this goal. With the opportunity to infuse their home with a new life, they were looking for a designer who could help:

  • Suggest creative living and dining room design ideas and colors that are “vibrant, yet soothing, and not dull”
  • Ensure a cohesive flow between all the rooms with curated paint colors, decor, and accessories
  • Arrange furniture to create conversation areas around the existing sectional
  • Repaint kitchen cabinets and center island, with guidance on finish and color
  • Design a home office following a series of specific requirements

Design Inspiration: Sophisticated Rooms with Glam Accents

Glamorous formal living room design by Decorilla
Glamorous formal living room design by Decorilla

The client was captivated by a collection of inspirational images showcasing glam formal living and dining rooms. These rooms, adorned with sophisticated furnishings, rich textures, and elegant color palettes, evoked a sense of refined luxury. However, the images resonated with the client not just for their aesthetic appeal but for the lifestyle they represented. They envisioned family and friends coming together in an environment that was both lavish and welcoming.

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Transitional formal dining room with glam accents by Decorilla
Transitional formal dining room with glam accents by Decorilla

In these designs, the client saw an opportunity to elevate their everyday living experience, blending functionality with a touch of glam interior design style. The goal was clear: to transform their home into a reflection of their aspirations, where elegance and comfort coexisted in perfect harmony.

Initial Concepts: Finding the Right Designer

Preliminary proposal from Decorilla designer, Laura A.
Preliminary proposal by Decorilla designer, Laura A.

The inspiration gallery was instrumental in helping the Decorilla team select two skilled interior designers whose styles matched the client’s vision. Each designer would prepare a unique moodboard concept, showcasing their interpretation of the project. This process empowered the client to choose between two personalized design visions, ensuring the final outcome aligns closely with their preferences and expectations.

Laura A’s moodboard presented a serene contemporary elegance with a subdued grey, white, and gold palette, offering a modern design with sophisticated hints of glamour. In contrast, MaryBeth C.‘s moodboard captivated with its sophisticated blend of neutral and blue tones, featuring unique elements like meditation chairs and layered lighting, creating an inviting yet chic ambiance. 

Glam living room design moodboard by Decorilla
Preliminary proposal by Decorilla designer, MaryBeth C.

Faced with two compelling choices, the client felt a stronger connection to MaryBeth’s design. Her moodboard not only aligned with their desire for color and sophistication but also resonated with their aspiration for a space that was both stylish and warmly welcoming. MaryBeth’s unique blend of elements offered a comprehensive vision that the client could see coming to life in their home.

Results Revealed: An Elevated Home Interior 

Design of a sunroom and a formal living room by Decorilla
Design of a sunroom and a formal living room by Decorilla

After thoughtful collaboration between the homeowner and the designer, the entire home radiates a contemporary elegance, feeling equally practical and stylish. The project was a resounding success, with the homeowners falling in love with their home all over again. They praised MaryBeth’s “phenomenal job in helping us achieve our dream of a nice clean layout and design.” 

Formal Living Room & Sunroom Ready for Entertaining

Ideas for designing a formal living room by Decorilla
Glam formal living room by Decorilla

In the formal living room, the soft, neutral palette of the walls and flooring provides a versatile backdrop for the deep blues of the furniture. Dispersed over plush velvet sofas and armchairs, these pops of color offer a harmonious blend of warmth and sophistication. The furniture is carefully selected to provide comfort and simultaneously make a statement; the classic armchair design draws the eye, while the large, cushioned sofa promises relaxation and sociability. Furthermore, the strategic placement of all elements promotes an open and welcoming feel, facilitating easy conversation while also allowing free movement.

Glam sunroom and formal living room by Decorilla
Sunroom results by Decorilla

The sunroom is a serene extension of the formal living room, where light and space are harnessed to create a slightly more casual retreat. While distinct in its purpose, this space maintains a fluid connection with the rest of the house. The floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the layout also create a seamless transition between the interior and the lush greenery outside. Patterned armchairs and a soft, textured area rug in muted tones provide a subtle contrast to the crisp, clean lines of the architecture, inviting a moment of repose. 

Formal living room design ideas by Decorilla
Formal living room design by Decorilla

Creating a Cohesive Theme

A particular design challenge, especially when dealing with open floorplans is ensuring that there is harmony between the spaces. And without a doubt, MaryBeth masterfully accomplished this. Her attention to detail is evident in the accessorizing of the space; each decorative element chosen with care. Complementary golden accents throughout tie the rooms together while juxtaposing the domination of neutral elements. In addition, wall art introduces a splash of vibrant color that contrasts beautifully with the room’s cooler tones. The continuity of style is apparent as the eye moves from the living area to the adjoining rooms, ensuring a cohesive design flow.

Elegance in the Glam Formal Dining Room

Formal dining and living room design ideas by Decorilla
Formal dining room design by Decorilla

The dining area design follows the formal living room ideas, breathing contemporary elegance with its subtle yet sophisticated design choices. A robust wooden table sits at its heart, surrounded by sleek, grey, upholstered chairs. Golden accents continue the glamorized storytelling, hinting at a low-key luxe aesthetic. A modern chandelier with hanging shell details serves a source of warm light and a striking centerpiece. 

Formal dining room design by Decorilla
Dining room results by Decorilla

The transition from the dining room to the glam living area is seamless, with the color scheme flowing effortlessly to create a sense of depth and continuity. This thoughtful design approach ensures that each area flaunts its own character but also complements the other. The overall effect achieved in return is one of understated opulence, offering a perfect setting for intimate family dinners and grander entertainment occasions.

In addition, the entire formal living and dining room area is softened by the presence of natural light. It streams from both sides through the sheer curtains, lending an exceptionally airy feel that makes the layout appear even more spacious than it really is.

Stately Home Office Design

Design ideas for a home office by Decorilla
Home office by Decorilla

The home office layout ticks all client’s request boxes, yet it doesn’t stray from the glam formal living room design. It conveys a focus-friendly workspace as functional as it is aesthetically appealing. The focal point of the room is the bold, patterned wallpaper that introduces a dynamic energy, perfectly balanced by the clean lines and simplicity of the white desk. This contrast is visually pleasing and sets a tone of professional seriousness mingled with creative inspiration. 

At the same time, the choice of classic black shelving adds a grounding element to the room. Its no-frills configuration provides ample storage and display space that helps keep the desk uncluttered and promotes a healthy focus.

Home office design ideas by Decorilla
Home office design by Decorilla

Comfort is important in a home office, and this design delivers with a sleek, ergonomically designed chair. Speaking of workspace furniture, the choice of a monochromatic color scheme allows the wallpaper to stand out beautifully and also accentuates the geometric pattern of the rug. Along with adding texture and complexity to the design, the rug’s strategic placement defines the work area inside a larger room.  

Modern home office design by Decorilla
Modern home office design by Decorilla

Natural light is utilized to great effect, with large windows dressed with soft drapes offering outdoor views. For moments of break or casual reading, a pair of luxurious blue armchairs and an ottoman provide a comfortable nook. It’s a space within a space where one can step away from work and contemplate without leaving the room.

In the end, the conversion of the entire home is remarkable, transitioning from bare, somewhat dated spaces to modern, glam showpieces. As a testament to the transformation, the homeowners stated that they “received many compliments on the new design from friends and relatives. They literally didn’t recognize the home – since it’s totally new and updated now”.

Design Details: Sourcing the Perfect Pieces

Shopping list for a formal living room design by Decorilla
Online shopping list with discounts by Decorilla

MaryBeth’s meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of the clients’ needs allowed her to expertly curate a shoppable list of home decor and furniture, complete with trade exclusive discounts – ensuring both style and affordability. The clients were particularly appreciative of MaryBeth’s dedication, noting, “She was very patient with us, since we had tons of questions and a very aggressive timeline. She also took the time to help us select furniture and accessories from multiple options and the end result is fantastic.”

To bring the vision closer to reality, the clients were provided with realistic 3D renderings of their space, allowing them to visualize the changes and make informed decisions, effectively removing any guesswork from the process. This comprehensive approach ensured a smooth and stress-free experience for the homeowners.

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Get the Look: DIY Glam Living Room

To elevate the elegance of your living room, consider incorporating pieces that blend timeless design with contemporary comfort. Check out our carefully chosen selection to find something that resonates with both your style and your interior.

Top picks for a glam formal living room by Decorilla
  1. Area Rug
  2. Side Table
  3. Wall Art
  4. Velvet Sofa
  5. Table Lamp
  6. Sideboard
  7. Velvet Armchair
  8. Glass Table

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