This sunken living room was cluttered and devoid of personality. It was time for a total overhaul!
Before – the white walls, furniture, and windows all detracted from the fireplace’s ability to really stand out as a focal point.
A complete renovation of the fireplace was definitely in order.
By removing the dated gold fire surround, and the cabinets on either side, we were able to face the fireplace surround with a natural stone and add a gorgeous raw edge wooden mantel. The hearth is covered with slate tiles that match both the interior and exterior tiles in the entry, providing continuity to the space. We then highlighted the stand alone wall by painting it a deeper teal than the rest of the room. A beautiful “Tree of Life” tapestry in warm colors matching the stone, was centered above the mantel. When all was finished, the fireplace was officially the focal point it deserved to be.
The original floorplan consisted of several levels, the entry/dining room level, the sunken living room level, and and even lower office space behind the fireplace.
We brought the living room up to the level of the entry and the dining room. We also removed some of the posts separating the two spaces. To further tie the spaces together, we pulled the aqua color that the homeowners loved from the faux finish on the dining room walls, and used it for the living room walls as well. The end result is a more open and seamless space.
The exterior of the home also needed some refreshing. The body of the home was painted a light sage green with a deeper green on the trim. The slate tile that we used on the inside entryway floor replaced the old concrete outside to pull the two spaces together.
The end result is a cohesive, functional and beautiful space highlighted by the dramatic fireplace.