Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Design Dilemma: Asymmetrical Fireplace

We were recently given the opportunity to redesign a living room for a busy family. It was definitely a challenge, but we're up to it!

Our clients are an active family that want their space to work as hard as they do, but they didn't know where to begin. 

Some of the dilemmas are: 
  1. Where to put the TV when it's competing for the main focal point in the room: over the fireplace?
  2. I have so many openings and traffic patterns, where do I put the furniture? 
  3. How do I remove a fireplace hearth that we never use and don't want?
  4. What can I do with an asymmetrical built-in that is too deep and awkward in the room?
  5. How can I utilize both sides of my long, narrow family room?

The homeowner chose our most popular service,  "Some Like it Haute".  This service provides a fresh perspective with the flexibility to implement the design as time and budget allow. Click on the link to read more about this. It makes an excellent Christmas gift too! 

There were some great inspiration rooms to motivate us:

narrow buit in next to fireplace, stools around coffee table

stone fireplace, asymmetrical tv fireplace

Finally we suggest eliminating the hearth all together to make a more modern, streamlined design similar to this:

We suggest facing the brick with a gray slate and extending the mantel across the built-in. After removing the existing built-in, our contractors would dry wall the upper portion and reinforce the wall to support a tv arm mount that would allow the tv to swivel and extend for better viewing. 
asymmetrical fireplace marble modern tv

Here's a peek at the whole design plan with paint colors, furniture selections and accessories.
With our design service, we provide a detailed spreadsheet with product selections and "clickable" links to purchase all the included items seen on the mood board. How cute are these purple stools?

For the client's second room (it really is a separate space), we suggested turning it into a gaming area for the kids. 

When finishing the session with our client, we go into greater detail about furniture placement, sources and costs. But, we hope you enjoy a small glimpse of how we address one client's design dilemma! 

If you would like your own consultation and custom mood board, contact us today! We can visit your space within the Triangle or consult with you virtually.

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  2. The examples of tv's off to the side of the fireplaces look disjointed and clumsy. But I guess to each his own. 😊

  3. I love the idea of combining the fireplace and niche into one piece! I have a similar setup in my home and have been looking for ways to redo this space. Thank you for sharing


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