As you might be able to tell from the house tour so far, the main floorplan is wide open. You can see each area from everywhere. We loved it when moved in and we still like it, but it’s added some challenges in terms of design. I’ve had to be really intentional and creative making the design flow nicely without too much visual clutter.
We’ve kept the colours light and bright to create a cohesive first floor. We can see right into the kitchen and dining room, so it’s important to keep the colours, textures and finishes somewhat cohesive. For example:
- the legs of the living room chairs match pretty closely to the camel pillows in the dining room banquet
- the grey-beige wood stained dining table complements the grey sofa and chairs in the living room
- the dining room chairs coordinate with both the white coffee and end tables/cabinets, and the wooden armchair legs
- the throw pillows on the chairs are made of the same fabric I used to cover the entryway bench, which ties those two (visible to each other) areas together as well
Art & Focal Point
Over the sofa, I wanted to create a simple display that takes up space but doesn’t compete too much with the TV gallery wall. It took a few attempts to settle on this picture ledge arrangement. I really like that I can hang some pictures and place some pictures and decor items on the ledge. The art here is mostly Juniper Print Shop. I love that I can purchase digital files and either print at home (for 8×10 and below prints), or send them to a printer for larger formats. The starry sky print is from The Night Sky and is the actual star placement on our wedding day.
Our tv wall is the focal point of the entire first floor, it’s visible from everywhere. When our last tv stopped working, I knew I wanted a Samsung Frame TV. We had a gallery wall surrounding the TV before, and the Frame allowed us to integrate the TV into the gallery. I love changing the artwork every once in a while and with the seasons. I would definitely consider purchasing another Frame TV if our other TV stops working. The fireplace is a basic model from Canadian Tire, that we added trim and a solid wood “mantle” to. The black paint creates the only real drama in the room which I love. I was inspired by @arrowsandbow and their old home’s fireplace.
From this angle, you can see just how open the room is to other areas in the house, and how it relates to the guest bathroom. Below, you can see how it all relates to the entryway and why it was so important to us to create a unified space.
I have lots of ideas for this space coming up and I can’t wait to get started!
Up next, my ideas for the Living Room update!