Since the before post, we had the fireplace installed and the drywall hung, taped, and plastered. We (I) did the priming and painting ourselves to save a little bit of money. Somehow the room grew in size even though we bumped out 21″ from the wall. I guess that's what happens when you draw the eye up and wide. Let's talk about storage for a second. Because we have a tiny 3-yr-old that has toys spilling out her nose. Someone asked why we went for non-functioning wood as opposed to cabinets below the benches. It's a really good question. This may sound crazy, but I didn't want to add anymore storage. Because when you have more storage, you fill it. And just a couple steps away, we have plenty of storage for her toys in the dining room (reveal coming soon). A couple steps more, and she can get to the rest in the office. There's one hidden spot of toys in the living room though. Underneath that side table is a basket of legos. That's it.
Lighting, We often neglect the magical effects light can have on a room. So what is it about lighting that can make a place more inviting than the next? It may seem strange, but with just a few fixtures in the right place, a room can appear bigger, taller, longer, or even cozier. It's especially important to have multiple light sources in a living room - brighter ones for larger gatherings, smaller ones for more intimate gatherings or a night in. Table lamps can bring lighting down to a human level and make a room seem cozier. So consider placing several table lamps around the room for a more intimate atmosphere. Another easy trick is to switch 'cool' toned light bulbs for 'warm' tone ones. It's a tiny investment, minimal work, nearly instant cozification.
Windows with less. With a dominant wall feature like this one, a window treatment would be superfluous. Leaving the windows bare allows the fabulous decorated wall to do the talking. Elimination exercise. When designing a room, what we put in tends to take precedence over what we leave out. Placing a coffee table between or in front of sofas is a firmly entrenched habit. But ask yourself whether it is actually essential to your living room. Would a pair of side tables work better instead? Here, the negative space created by the absence of a central table not only gives clear air to the sculptural lines of this hanging fireplace, but it also opens a traffic path to the floor-to-ceiling windows.
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