With supplied materials, photographs, and wall discussions (which were somewhat colorful), we have analyzed and listed certain issues which we thought of as relevant for this particular project.
The space is well lit, which is one of the most important postulate of any interior design, and in this case is the most important element of the entire room. Given the view and the size of the window, we decided to treat it as a central décor element, and basically submitted the rest of the elements to it. On the negative side, and in spite the available light, the room is very dark and extremely bleak. The color scheme is not suitable for daily activities or relaxing, and it tends to visually eat up the space.
With your expressed desire not to change structural elements of the house, and with some elements which are already present (TV, fire-place), we have decided to rather spend less money and make a workable design/update of the room, rather than a half-designed/half-implemented layout which could not be fully functional without certain structural changes. Also, in a defense of our design, the photos you have supplied us with tell a great deal about the habits and the way you tend to use the space as it is.
When speaking about the layout, with the proposed furniture set, you can re-arrange the living room into two layouts (listed as LAYOUT ONE and TWO). Layout #1 is an improved version of your present layout, which we found as most suitable since it is both new but yet familiar and it shouldn’t interfere with your present habits. Layout #2 is a version which is more suitable for gatherings and entertaining (which, as you have said, does not happen often, but is still might be useful).
In the dining area, we changed the dining table. The new table seems a bit smaller than the current one, but the oval shape is less of a spatial obstacle when compared to the square shape. We have kept the chairs, which you can easily slide under the table.
In terms of wall treatment, we went for a wall-paper, which according to the manufacturer is thick enough to go over structured paneling. We found this to be important, because we wanted to save you the hassle of having to tear down the entire wall, but we felt it was the main element which had to be changed, mostly because it dominates through the entire room in a unflattering manner.
Window treatments are simple, simply because we didn’t wanted to open up the view as much as possible.
We also proposed a new lighting scheme. Note that we didn’t list any chandeliers or ceiling lamps, simply because we wanted a cost effective, simple and un-obstructive solution which goes along with the whole “free the light” theme! Therefore we went for the bare minimum which are simple suspended light-bulbs available in every hardware store.
The color scheme, decorations and other element arrangements can be seen on the 3D renderings. The furniture listing, including the overall cost with linked suppliers is listed in the attached Excell file.
And lastly, as the closing argument, we hope you are satisfied, and that your wishes have been answered.