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Tommy Smythe's Eclectic Living Room

Use white to keep diverse styles cohesive.

White walls are a crisp foil to aged antiques and darker finishes. "This is the first really white living room I've ever done," admits Tommy — associate designer with Sarah Richardson Design and co-star of HGTV's Sarah's Cottage and Sarah's House — whose past homes were distinguished by dark, dramatic walls. "The windows are this home's best feature; white shows off the light and makes the room feel big." Since the sofa is also neutral, it blends in and doesn't overpower the small space. "White is also the perfect backdrop for layering in strong colours, which I chose to give the room a youthful, happy feel."

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