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Neovictorian Living Room

Build your room around a natural focal point or create one with art or furniture.

An architectural element, like a fireplace, is naturally a prominent feature. Define it further by flanking it with built-in bookcases. Dress up the mantel by topping it with a stunning piece of art or a collection of items. Here in Toronto designer Jeffrey Douglas's home, the lower box-style shelves are made from CaesarStone, making them both sleek and practical as they won't scuff — perfect for storing firewood. On the shelves, he left room to breathe around the personal collections. The geisha photograph is by Laurent Guérin.

Get more ideas in our gallery of living room design principles and watch a video tour of Douglas's home.

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