Back in May, I helped a client with a design plan for their family room. When we started the project, the TV was on the opposite wall from the fireplace and the furniture was facing in with the fireplace and TV as opposing focal points. This really limited the amount of seating in the space.
In my design plan, I placed the TV in the bookshelves to really opened up the space and allow for additional seating. Sorry for the blurry image! I snapped these with my phone, and I'm no photographer.
I wish I had taken a before of the fireplace. It was stone all the way to the ceiling, and my clients were never really happy with how it looked. The dark grout and stones made the room feel heavy, and dark. So, rather than tear out all the stone work, I suggested we leave it and cover the upper portion of the stone with some architectural detail. Here's the result.
By reducing the amount of stone work you see, it becomes a lovely focal point adding great texture and interest to the space. Also, the painted trim work above the mantle really lightens up the space and gives the entire room a less rustic more traditional feel which is in keeping with the rest of this beautiful home.
We also painted the backs of the bookshelves a darker tone to help "blend" the TV into the bookshelves and ground that entire wall.
I then restyled the bookshelves for balance and interest.
Just love this flying pig!
Lastly, we kept this well loved leather chair in the room, and I think it looks fantastic in it's new spot. The patina of the leather really adds lots of character to the room.
Hope you enjoyed the tour. I'm going to try and remember to take more pictures of my projects in the future even if it's only with an iPhone! Hope you have a great day. M.