I’m currently working on a project for some young homeowners. The plan:
We’re taking a more traditional, Mediterranean-style house and making it more clean-lined, up-to-date, and fresh.
One of the project’s highlights:
We’re remodeling this fireplace wall in their living room. (right)
Seriously, there’s nothing wrong with liking this style; but in our neck of The Woodlands, Texas this look can be found everywhere. Also, my client isn’t into muddy tones, or all that wood and faux Old World look.
Aside from removing the fireplace mantel and installing a vein cut limestone tile to the ceiling on the fireplace (which, btw, will make a dramatic difference), we’re removing those upper cabinets on the bookcases.
This is a small living room — 12’ deep to be exact - and those cabinets are a little overbearing. To make the room feel more open, I want that wall to recede, yet also still provide them with some shelving so they can have a place to display items when they move in.
Here’s what we’re going to do to give them just that:
Install floating shelves.
We’re removing the upper cabinets and countertops; painting the base cabinets a dramatic black/brown color; installing limestone slab counters to match the vein-cut limestone tile on the fireplace’s face; and installing two floating shelves above the counters on each side.
This will make their wall feel more open and less in-your-face, so eyes can more easily be drawn upwards towards the best attribute of the room: the high ceilings. (That’s where the cubic footage is.)
We’re now under construction with this project.
I can’t wait to see the end result, and neither can our clients!
Oh, and in case you suddenly have a urge to get a similar look… Check out the images below to gain some inspiration. Then, of course, call me! ;-)
DESIGNER: Alice Lane Home Collection
DESIGNER: McElroy Architecture
DESIGNER: John Lum Architecture
DESIGNER: Laura Kirar Design
PHOTOGRAPHER: Michelle Drewes
DESIGNER: W. David Seidel
DESIGNER: Jenny Baines
DESIGNER: Rock Paper Hammer
DESIGNER: Kati Curtis Design
DESIGNER: Bill Mace
DESIGNER: Studio One
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