In our formal living room, the fireplace and bookshelves take up an entire wall. The previous owner stained all of the woodwork a rich, dark cherry color. I like the warmth of the woodwork, but adding the larger overhang on the new porch blocked a great deal of light into this room. We have decided that painting the fireplace and surrounding built-ins would completely lighten up the space.
The marble would need to be changed out with something lighter.
Here is the living room now:
The door and window trim would all remain stained.
Here is what I have envisioned for this room:
White fireplace and book shelves with blue and white accents
Light fireplace with stained trim everywhere else
stained trim with warm, rich tones
via Ralph Lauren Home
Creamy White Fireplace with marble surround
And then there is the whole idea of bookshelves!!
At Christmas, I purchased all of the grasscloth wrapping paper I could find to line the backs of my bookshelves.
Or maybe I should paint the back a different shade
or just leave them neutral?
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