Bland to BeautifulBefore: Needs Some Serious Updating
Bill and Michael bought their cottage-style house from the couple who built it in the 1930s. While they love the home's history, their living and dining rooms are in need of some serious updating. They'd like a contemporary feel, but want a design that is timeless and classic. Their top priority is uncovering the original hardwood floors, removing the outdated built-ins and giving the fireplace a facelift. Ultimately they'd love to have two comfortable rooms where they can relax and entertain.
Sofa and DrapesTo give its traditional design a little flair, chrome nail heads are added along the bottom and the arm face. The green and yellow palette works beautifully with the wood floors. The velvet-lined drapes covering the windows add a formal touch of Hollywood glamour.
Seating AreaSimple side chairs are covered in a sand-colored fabric. Chrome and leather benches provide plenty of additional seating.
FireplaceThe glass fireplace rocks add a sparkling contemporary feel.
Kenneth's Tip: Elegant tile can turn a fireplace into a focal point.
Coffee TableThe unique piece adds an unexpected "wow" to the room. The finish on the table is an elegant French polish that is easy to clean and maintain.
Kenneth's Tip: A sculptural coffee table adds a modern twist to a room.
BlueprintsKenneth decided to frame them and hang them over the fireplace as a stylish way to pay homage to the history of the house. Double-mat frames create a more dramatic appearance.
FloorsThe ebony stain works perfectly with the room's color palette.
Kenneth's Tip: Always test floor color on the area you plan to stain.
Dining RoomThe office door on the far wall is concealed with subtle tone-on-tone wallpaper. A shade of simple gray is used on the other walls. Surrounding the beautiful round table are barrel-shaped, dining chairs upholstered in faux alligator. The real drama in the room comes from the elegant chandelier. Its eye-catching design captures guests' attention the moment they enter the space.
Kenneth's Tip: The bottom of a chandelier should be 36 to 42 inches above the table.