I know I picked on this room last week because of the 90s features, but I want to show you how it can be salvaged into something beautiful and timeless. Yes, timeless!
I already mentioned I would cover up the "bookcases" on the wall with drywall. I would also buy a large mirror to cover up the window over the fireplace or use wainscoting for a more permanent solution. The flooring is also a problem. It would have been nice if the wood (or laminate) continued into the kitchen.
But, what I think could make this room look amazing are transoms. This is what I see when I look at the opening between the living room and kitchen, especially with the columns.
I'm sure a lot of people would be completely daunted by this idea because of the cost. You might be surprised. Remember my transom I installed over my study doors?
Guess how much? It was only about $100 and it was custom ordered! I think three transoms separated by two columns like in the inspiration picture would completely change this room.
I know a lot of people aren't a fan of two story ceilings. I think they can be dramatic and beautiful if done correctly.
A large scale chandelier like this one from Lampsplus.com would be an eye catcher, especially if hung low enough to be reflected back in the mirror over the fireplace.
I love the drama it creates!
Next, this room needs some character added to the walls. I love the "Something's Gotta Give" living room. It's a two story living room, but still cozy.
It would be way too expensive to wrap the room in batten board or plank the walls. Adding the moulding to the fireplace area, around the transoms, and using trim to visually divide the ceiling from the walls like they did here would help get this look.
Are you starting to see it?
I wonder how much this house was again...