By Edda Braune. Living Room. Friday, October 06th 2017, 07:40:37 AM.
Natural tones. The fireplace mantel in this living room invites you to sit down and read awhile by the fire. The timber shelving unit ties in with shelving used elsewhere in the room – a nifty trick to prevent fireside storage that looks like it doesn't belong.
Sitting pretty. With a simple color palette such as black and white letting fireside shelving blend in rather than stand out can be a wise idea. This wall unit has been built into and out from the wall around the fireplace. The design houses the TV in style and creates a spot for recessed shelving to one side.
Off‐kilter. These floating timber shelves work wonderfully with the color of the steel cladding on the fireplace surround. The varying length of the shelves adds character.
Streamline media storage. How up to date is your media collection? If you have cupboards crammed with old VHS tapes or hundreds of jewel cases for CDs that are already loaded into your computer and other devices it is high time to purge the old stuff. For discs you do want to keep save space by removing them from the case and slipping the discs inside a binder made for the purpose. Just one or two media binders can hold hundreds of CDs DVDs and Blu‐ray discs.
Be honest about what is used in this room and make space for it. Do you craft while watching TV? Do the kids use the living room as their playroom? Stop the constant struggle to clean up these items and put them where they "belong". Instead work in some permanent living room storage space for toys crafts games and so on. If you need to make room first take out items that are not frequently used in the living room. Books that you want to keep but that no one is likely to read again anytime soon could go on shelves in a bedroom for instance.
Oversize art. If you have a large expanse of brick to cover – a fireplace that reaches all the way to a high ceiling for instance – artwork is a great way to break it up. As long as your brick is not a really bright red most artwork should work with it. If you are unsure try bringing a clear photograph of your fireplace with you when you're looking for art and check if you can bring the piece home on a trial basis before committing to buy it.
Matching lamps anchor each end of the cabinet top; they are an uncanny match to the painting. "When I found these I knew they would be key pieces to the room. They are showstoppers" Ricco says. The warm bronze on the base and hardware is part of a wide variety of mixed metals in the room while the light base stands out against the dark cabinet. The etching even mimics the artwork. The cabinet lamps and painting serve as the main focal point in the room.
Crystal chandelier. It might be all about low‐slung pendants and marquee lights right now but a crystal chandelier is never dated. More than a mere light it adds instant sparkle glamour and just a smidgen of grandeur to any space. Even a budget model – as opposed to an original French rewired antique – gives that extra je ne sais quoi. Don't automatically choose bronze by the way. The jewel‐like version here perks up a plain ceiling and echoes other colors in the room.