Remodel Living Room With Fireplace

Remodel Living Room With Fireplace

The space planning for this modern living room focuses seating around the dramatic fireplace. With its heat-resistant glass windows and suspension from the ceiling, this fireplace looks like a sculptural work of art. Photo courtesy of CF+D, Custom Fireplace Design
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Remodel Living Room With Fireplace

The homeowners wanted their fireplace to be a focal point in their living room, but the fireplace was too small. Nothing in the space coordinated, preventing it from having any design aesthetic.
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Remodel Living Room With Fireplace

If you’re designing a wood-burning fireplace, consider carving out a space for the firewood. This fireplace stands out as the star of the room — its materials and colors contrast with the wood-paneled ceiling and walls behind for a contemporary, rustic aesthetic. Design by Uptic Studios; photography by Shaun Cammack
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Remodel Living Room With Fireplace

In a modern glass home overlooking the sea, you don’t want a fireplace to obstruct the picturesque view. This minimal, white fireplace adds a cozy touch to the serenity. Photography by Spark Modern Fires
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Remodel Living Room With Fireplace

Fit a fabulous fire surround – This comfortable living room has a unique focal point in the form of a fireplace finished with copper sheets. The soft, glowing colour of the copper makes an almost matching frame for the flickering flames, and draws the eye without dominating the space.
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Remodel Living Room With Fireplace

HGTV fan Remodelando la Casa wanted to add height to her living room, so she extended her fireplace mantel to the ceiling. She kept the mantel accessories to a minimum to open up the space, but she added a signature piece of art as a bold focal point.
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Remodel Living Room With Fireplace

Starting with the fireplace, we decided on white cararra marble to go with the white mantle we picked out.  I wanted the room to feel light and open, and I thought adding a dark marble to white built-in bookshelves would separate the wall unit.
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Remodel Living Room With Fireplace

With two walls longer than the shorter walls at both ends of the space, a long or rectangular-shaped living room can feel narrow and claustrophobic. But with strategic planning, you can make this type of living room feel welcoming and user friendly.
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First, we took out a small portion of the hardwood in order to set the marble hearth level with the floor and make the fireplace feel more custom-built.  Using some of the remaining wood planks, we then created a frame around the hearth to enhance the customized look.
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An unused fireplace niche in the bedroom adds a sense of charm. Stock it with firewood, cut to fit neatly inside, for a graphic, modern design. Design and photography by Andrew Sidford

“Go for vignettes instead of two sofas flanking a fireplace,” says Rybock. “Creating different seating areas makes the space feel a bit more intimate, since open floor plans can be overwhelming.”

“My living room is actually a long, narrow rectangular space,” says designer Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. “Really think about how you will be using the room. Instead of just putting things in the room to fill the space, find pieces that are both fun to use and help create function.”
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Design elements in a traditional-style space are prominent and sophisticated. This living room showcases bold details and dramatic architecture on a grand scale. For a similar effect in a small space, add white crown molding around the perimeter of a room and paint it to match the ceiling. This creates an illusion that the ceiling is larger. To increase the height of a room, use wainscot to draw the eye up.
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Design elements in a traditional-style space are prominent and sophisticated. This living room showcases bold details and dramatic architecture on a grand scale. For a similar effect in a small space, add white crown molding around the perimeter of a room and paint it to match the ceiling. This creates an illusion that the ceiling is larger. To increase the height of a room, use wainscot to draw the eye up. Photo By: HOWARD TUCKER 216-696-4616
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Adding warmth and creating an inviting atmosphere can be a challenge for square living rooms. When all of your furniture is pushed up against the wall, which leaves seating far away from each other, you can make the space feel cold. But you can also make your square living room feel crowded or awkward if all the furniture is forced into one corner. Instead, float furniture away from the walls.

Thinking about the function of the room will help you make smart layout decisions. An open living room often serves as a hub in the house, so make sure any floor plan includes comfortable spots for everyday activities like watching TV, eating or socializing.

Within the first week of moving into the house, we decided the living room was the first place we wanted to update.  The previous owners were in their mid-90’s and had a very interesting taste to say the least.  Mirrors, colored carpet, flocked wallpaper everywhere, etc.
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Warm up inside – Once the outdoor festivities are over, your guests will really appreciate a cosy space inside where they can warm up. Prepare your living room with plenty of cushions and blankets. Make sure you have enough seating by providing extra pouffes, stools and large floor cushions.
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One of the best ways to make sure your living room looks and feels inviting is designing a layout and floor plan that works for your space, not against it. The right layout allows you to entertain guests, relax with family, and do activities like watch TV or play games in comfort.
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Fenimore believes adding a built-in bar, bookcases, shelving or even a workspace that are similar in style to your furniture can pull the look of a long living room together. Make sure to take note of doors, heaters, outlets and windows before you plan your layout — the location of these items can limit furniture placement and be problematic if not considered before final floor plan decisions are made.
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“Pulling furniture pieces off the wall and tying them all together with an area rug, balancing with ottomans and adding extra seating will visually balance out the room,” says Fenimore. “Stick with one main paint color so the open spaces do not fight each other, which can cause the room to look cluttered.”
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An abundance of natural light and cool hues makes this sizable morning room an elegant retreat. In the tiniest spaces, lighting makes a big impact. Exposed bare windows visually enlarge a space by bringing the outdoors, along with natural light, into the room. Design by Marika Meyer
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Think Big: Casual Chic An abundance of natural light and cool hues makes this sizable morning room an elegant retreat. In the tiniest spaces, lighting makes a big impact. Exposed bare windows visually enlarge a space by bringing the outdoors, along with natural light, into the room. Design by Marika Meyer
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Wood finishes, timber ceiling beams and leather sofas portray a sense of comfort in this spacious great room. When re-creating a similar vibe in close quarters, focus on layering textures and avoid overcrowding the area with bulky furniture. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Aron Photography
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Contemporary style showcases clean lines, eclectic elements and embraces nature. When designing with limited room keep furniture simple and functional. “Armless furniture is used in small spaces to keep the eye flowing throughout the space, uninterrupted,” says Flynn.
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A sectional adds definition to this 10×10 area without overpowering it. “L-shaped sofas maximize seating along one concentrated area, making the room feel much more spread out and providing additional floor space to be used,” explains Flynn.
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HGTV 2012 Green Home uses refined, neutral furnishings, pops of color and industrial elements in this quirky, down-to-earth great room. Take the same approach from an ancient small-space design rule by sticking with cool colors to give the illusion of spaciousness. Add interest with funky art and shapes.
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Contemporary style showcases clean lines, eclectic elements and embraces nature. When designing with limited room keep furniture simple and functional. “Armless furniture is used in small spaces to keep the eye flowing throughout the space, uninterrupted,” says Flynn. From: Tineke Triggs
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Make It Work A sectional adds definition to this 10×10 area without overpowering it. “L-shaped sofas maximize seating along one concentrated area, making the room feel much more spread out and providing additional floor space to be used,” explains Flynn.
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HGTV 2012 Green Home uses refined, neutral furnishings, pops of color and industrial elements in this quirky, down-to-earth great room. Take the same approach from an ancient small-space design rule by sticking with cool colors to give the illusion of spaciousness. Add interest with funky art and shapes. Photo By: Eric Perry