Q. Our 1970s (17’ by 15′ 6″) living space needs redecorating. We have a slate fireplace that is 4’ deep as well as 6.5’ wide. opposite the fireplace is a 10’ large photo window. What must our furniture design be to balance this fireplace as well as not make the space look as well heavy? I was believing of two loveseats as well as two little chairs with a square coffee table as well as a wall unit. Also, I would like a new mantel as well as was wondering exactly how it must be embellished as the mantel is rather high. must I put a mirror on the mantel, as well as if so, what shape as well as size? What colours would look great with the oak as well as slate? Also, do you have any type of tips for window coverings?

— W.S., Victoria

A. Your slate fireplace is rather striking as well as adds an earthy, rustic high quality to the living room. To lighten up the space, recuperate the dark loveseats in a neutral material such as a natural denim or ultra-suede. add a few throw pillows in chenille or felt for some contrasting texture. Your present L-shaped design of your two loveseats works well for lounging or conversation in front of the fireplace. step your square side table between these two as well as add a table lamp right here for reading. purchase an area rug with a neutral tone background as well as soft blue pattern to pick up colours in the slate as well as assist ground the seating area.

Instead of a coffee table, two little square leather cubes would work well as well as can be utilized as extra seating when needed. To total this conversation area, to the ideal side of the fireplace add a high-backed armchair in a material deeper in colour than your loveseats.

To provide your fireplace a new look while preserving its rustic feel, replace your present white painted wood mantel with a chunky unfinished beam. inspect salvage shops in your city for reclaimed wood beams that can be cut to fit. considering that your mantel is high, instead of a mirror select one relatively big piece of sculpture or special flea market discover with an organic or hand-crafted feel. For window coverings, hang two extra-wide panels in a neutral textured linen on an oil-rubbed bronze drapery rod. These will add weight to the wall opposite the fireplace as well as assist to balance the space out. set up the drapery rod a few inches higher than the window frame to provide the illusion of height. Be sure that the drapery panels are long sufficient to just touch the floor.

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