Home design ideas: Tips for designing a multipurpose living room – The Boston Globe

Laura Pierce’s clients, a young family of five, tasked her with turning the main living space of their Charlestown duplex into a room that looks good and works hard. “It’s where they entertain, watch television, and hang out with the kids,” says Pierce, the principal of Keeler & Co. Concealed storage and family-friendly fabrics were key, as was a flexible floorplan. Pierce also had an eye on the future. “This is not a forever home so we selected timeless furniture that they can bring with them,” the designer says about the sofa with versatile, solid-blue upholstery. “They will be able to easily reinvent it.”

1 Pierce provided an alternate layout in which the sofa faces the television. “If they want to center their lives around the TV, they can put a chair on each side and still have a good flow,” the designer says.


2 She turned a closet into a pretty built-in where they can hide toys, mix drinks, and display treasures. The Cole & Sons Narina wallpaper and trio of flush-mount lights ensure it’s a focal point.

3 Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light color on the walls feels fresh and