This is a dated 70s house that we are looking to modernize. The layout must flow well, and function is more important than form.
Things we'd like design help with:
Where to put the television and couch so it is easily viewable and centered, and the seating doesn't block any walkways
Whether to update the fireplace stonework (and if so, how?)
How to update the stairway railings
What color/type of track lighting should be used in the living room with the vaulted ceiling
What type of flooring (hard surface preferred) we should choose (to match the exposed beams). This will also be put on the stairs
Wall colors (nothing too bold)
Determine if another seating area can/should be created, given that the living room is quite long. Want to maintain a sense of openess.
Chandelier ideas in the stairwell
Tearing out the wet bar in favor of a reading nook with storage space/shelving (See links for inspiration). How will that look?
Things to consider:
We plan to put recessed lighting in the dining room
We are open to tearing down the wall between the living room and dining room (not load bearing) - will it help with the layout?
Whatever flooring is selected will flow through the entire house (except the kitchen)
We don't plan to paint the exposed beams; they will remain as is.
We like the mid-century modern style. The stores that we like most are Design Within Reach, Room & Board, West Elm, and Blu Dot.