Lindsay EB Atapattu of LEB Interiors designed this formal living room for someone looking for a polished space that still feels approachable. The overall aesthetic is traditional but is suitable for any age. The floral pillows and dark-stained wood furniture give it a “grandmillennial” vibe, while the grass-cloth rug keeps it from feeling fusty.
For families, Atapattu recommends performance fabric for upholstered pieces to make them kid- (and party-) friendly. The armchair and sofa shown here are from Highland House and available through the designer. As for color and texture, go for variety. Here, Atapattu punctuates the scheme with blue velvet on the chair.
For accents, bring in the floral patterns your grandma loved, but be sure to update them with lighting and tables in clean lines. The skirted table is another nod to grandma’s generation, plus it’s an inexpensive way to add color and softness to a corner. Finally, consider a grass-cloth wallcovering (natural or vinyl for those with kids) to surround the room with interest without going overboard.
Books You’ve seen the bookshelves arranged like a rainbow on social media. Did you know you can buy books by color online? (From $36 at etsy.com/shop/thecolorcoder)
Lamps This porcelain lamp with a crackle glaze and sculptural base makes a quiet statement in the corner. The classic empire shape of the shade spreads light well, too. ($569 at Circa Lighting)
Mirror Hinting at ornate without being schmaltzy, this gold-framed mirror looks antique without the price tag. ($348 anthropologie.com)
Pillows These linen Lee Jofa pillows infuse a touch of chintz, a must-have ingredient in grandmillenial style. ($147 at stuckonhue.com)
Rug A seagrass rug takes the room’s traditional bent down a notch. You can customize the size and color of the binding. (from $28 at potterybarn.com)
Round table A skirted table adds softness to the corner. Top it with a pretty lamp and a stack of color-coordinated books. (from $217 at ballarddesigns.com)
Coffee table Brown is back; do it with clean lines. The bottom shelf can display a collectible or store your favorite board games. ($1,375 at rh.com)
Tray This pretty rattan basket tray brings texture to the top of your coffee table, echoing the natural fibers underfoot. ($60 at chairish.com)
Marni Elyse Katz blogs about design at StyleCarrot.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @globehomes. Subscribe to our free real estate newsletter — our weekly digest on buying, selling, and design — at pages.email.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp.