Living Room Design Board

We've already shown you the design plan for entry of this home.  Today we want to share the living room with you. Here's the befores.

This is a pretty long and narrow room with a fireplace in the center.  There are two doorways in the room and the traffic pattern needed to stay clear. Here's a really quick sketch of the proposed floor plan.Music is a very important aspect of this family's life.  Each of their kids play an instrument and this room needed to do double duty as a music room.  We suggested introducing an older baby grand piano in a warm wood tone.  We also provided a nice seating nook for violin and cello practice.  Because the main seating group is floating in the center of the room, we needed to figure out a way to bring lighting into the room.  Since the carpet was being swapped out for wood, we had the electrician run conduit in the subfloor so we didn't need to worry about running ugly wires to the much-needed table lamps (there is no ceiling fixture in this room).  A sofa table rather than end tables helps keep the traffic pattern clear.  Beyond the main seating group, we added a game table that can double as a homework station.  Our next design challenge to tackle was the tv.  Because there is already a lot going on this space, we felt the best place for the tv was above the fireplace to eliminate multiple focal points.  Again, we had the electrician run conduit for the cords and cables so we could keep everything nice and tidy.  The homeowner was adamant that the tv needed to be hidden.  We suggested building a cabinet around the tv with shutters to tie into the shutters throughout the house.  We also suggested simple bookcases with storage below for media components and toy storage.  For a little contrast, we'd like to paint the back of the bookcases in an accent color.  Here's the concept board for the space.Again, the goal was to create a soft and inviting space that a family can really live in.  To personalize the space, we suggested printing a bird motif onto vintage sheet music.  The plan is to create a gallery wall on the wall opposite the fireplace with each family member selecting their favorite songs. Here's the color palette we're suggesting.We kept the walls a soft warm gray to contrast with the crisp white molding.  The accent color in the cabinet is darker version of the wall color.  To really make the crown molding pop and become more substantial, we recommended a contrasting color on the ceiling. We selected one of our favorite most versatile colors: Sherwin Williams Rice Grain.  The ceiling also helps to warm up the space because gray rooms can become a bit icy if you're not careful.  All of the fabrics are casual cottons and linens with a garden motif.  We kept the color palette pretty monochromatic to create the soft and inviting space we were hoping for.  The final design plans for this home will be coming next week.