A traditional yet modern makeover calms down an overly busy space.
The design of this Chicago home's existing great room didn't suit the taste of the owners and lacked much needed soul and style.
Designer Michael Abrams shares how he redesigned the room to give it a chic new look.
We achieved this by creating a light bridge above the cabinets and extending it into the family room. This provided ambient light and brightened the space.
Since the dining room had no windows, the addition of an extra-large mirror made the room appear larger and provided needed brightness. It took five men and some maneuvering to get it in there, but it was well worth the effort.
The light bridge from the cabinets into the living room unified the spaces. Replacing black granite on the island countertops with a medium gray solid surface extending down the sides of the cabinets refreshed the look for a modest price.