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happy97 Fri 29-Nov-19 20:54:33

I'm really struggling, have just moved in and really want to make the living room cosy. But I'm struggling with the lack of.a focal point/mantelpiece etc. It just looks very bland and I can't see a solution yet!!

Imicola Fri 29-Nov-19 21:04:20

A big plant, colourful art work in the wall, and possibly also a more closed type of TV unit might help?

happy97 Fri 29-Nov-19 21:13:33

@Imicola I'm planning on buying a bigger cupboard/sideboard for tv etc. But it just feels soulless!

Itsemily Fri 29-Nov-19 21:15:58

Some art on the main wall, new cabinet, some plants and you should be OK! Lovely fire by the way. We moved into our house as first time buyers last December and the house felt awful for ages. We've only just finished decorating. It was very sad! Get some lights up etc and you should feel a bit more homely for Christmas xx

Lololololola Fri 29-Nov-19 21:21:07

Is the ceiling much higher past the sloped bit?
From the photo, I would be inclined to lose the magnolia (if it is) as it looks too clinical for the fireplace. Is the house old or newish? It looks like it needs a warmer colour on the wall, a mantel shelf. Maybe great wallpaper to mask the chimney - you couldnt do a mirror or picture but it needs something to detract from the pipe I think.

happy97 Fri 29-Nov-19 21:25:21

@Lololololola It isn't a slope! Just the angle I took it at. There is about a 3 inch lip to the ceiling by the door.

Normally I get a feel of what to do to a room but I can't get it here...early days though! Plus I love symmetry which doesn't help!

Fatted Fri 29-Nov-19 21:32:26

The big fire in the middle doesn't help really! Can it go?!

Can you paint? If so try a different colour. If not, add colour with pictures, curtains and ornaments etc.

My house is all white walls everywhere. I can't paint it so I'm struggling to find ways to make it less clinical. I do love a good picture and flowers.

8paws8legs Fri 29-Nov-19 21:34:03

Could you build a false fire place and chimney breast around it with a nice railway sleeper hearth? Maybe a warm lilac on the walls and a unit for your tv in similar tones as the hearth and perhaps carpet its more cosy than wooden floors x

ShellieEllie Sat 30-Nov-19 16:51:31

Wallpaper that one wall perhaps

Letthemysterybe Sat 30-Nov-19 16:54:39

Maybe paint a ‘fake chimney breast’ behind the fireplace? ie a vertical strip of colour.

ewwsweatyunderboob Sat 30-Nov-19 16:56:23

I think you need to make more of a feature of the fire but I don’t know how without losing loads of space

DropZoneOne Sat 30-Nov-19 16:57:31

I'd build a false chimney breast / foreplace for the wood burner too - your eyes need to be drawn to the fire rather than the black pipe.

Annasgirl Sat 30-Nov-19 17:04:43

I would build a false chimney breast too - with an old mantle made of reclaimed wood (maybe railway sleeper?). Look on Pinterest and search character woodburner room - you need to make it into the type of thing you see on Escape to the Country.

kulaexchange Sat 30-Nov-19 17:26:36

Yes to fireplace. Also, I bet some coving would make it look a bit more cosy.

Grasspigeons Sat 30-Nov-19 17:30:45

If you cant stretch to building a false chimney/mantle, i agree that a verticle stripe of colour would help detract from the flue. I think i'd go with a darkish colour.

DaphneduM Sat 30-Nov-19 18:01:02

Ladder shelving either side of the fire maybe? You can add lots of interest with putting books, pictures, plants, photos on them.

happy97 Sat 30-Nov-19 19:07:40

Thank you everyone...I hadn't thought of wallpaper on the focal wall. I've ordered an oak sideboard to put the tv on. Maybe some floating shelves? I normally know what to do but I'm finding this room very uninspiring!

FloreanFortescue Sat 30-Nov-19 20:45:37

I'd do a nice feature colour - navy/red/green on that wall. Definitely a plant, lovely log basket. Hearth rug.

ToiletsRUp Sat 30-Nov-19 21:02:01

We had the pipe through the wall also and so built a fake chimney breast around it, we are really pleased with it. My brother did a slate tilled wall behind his and that looked good too.

NigellaAwesome Sat 30-Nov-19 21:06:47

I'd do a slate tiled section behind the fire, and then built in shelving / cupboards either side. So a bit like reverse alcoves.

happy97 Sat 30-Nov-19 22:18:31

I think I need to build a chimney breast. I do like the idea of a slate wall behind the fire too, a bit like the attached picture.

But a chimney breast gives a focal point which I crave!

TheWildRumpyPumpus Sat 30-Nov-19 22:27:24

You could tile behind the fire if you don’t want to go to the lengths of building a false chimney breast.

happy97 Sat 30-Nov-19 23:28:34

@TheWildRumpyPumpus That looks so good! And I love the green too.

PrimalLass Sat 30-Nov-19 23:36:28

I'd be tempted to do something like floor to ceiling shelving along that wall, with logs either side of the fire.

PrimalLass Sat 30-Nov-19 23:37:35

Like this but without the fireplace

PickAChew Sat 30-Nov-19 23:40:40

Rather than furniture, baskets and rubbish scattered across, you need some furniture with height.

PrimalLass Sat 30-Nov-19 23:41:00

Another one

myheartskipsskipsabeat Sun 01-Dec-19 07:57:27

We have split face tiles behind our log burner, looks similar to this. We don't have a chimney breast either

Stooshie8 Sun 01-Dec-19 08:05:45

I have some dark green tiles with grey grouting in my kitchen which are very effective - you could put these on the 'hearth' around the base of the wood burner and up the wall behind to the height of the wood burner (not the chimney) then a nice wood surround - ask joiner for cut offs or sawmill, stain or varnish. Then paint the wall behind the stove a darker colour. I think the tv is dominating the room, I would lower it so it isn't obviously so much bigger than the stove. Then to the left of the stove a nice stack of logs (nice shaped or coloured ones) up the wall more as a feature than to use. Something on the left eg nice cupboard with books/ plant/ whatever to balance the tv.

UnfamousPoster Mon 02-Dec-19 10:20:02

Take a look on pinterest - pics - there are a few ideas on there.

Do you have a hearth in front of the burner? Difficult to tell from your picture. A nice rug might soften the look.

I think making a bit of a feature of the wall behind the flue would be your best bet. I'm not sure you would have enough space to the right of a fake chimney breast for the space to be as useable as it is now.

Can you take any inspiration from how the previous owners had it?

ML1706 Mon 02-Dec-19 18:24:03

Frame the fireplace with two built in bookcase/display cabinet on each side, rug and sofa centered in front of fireplace with a couple chairs on each side

happy97 Mon 02-Dec-19 19:20:22

Apologies for the picture! This is currently where everything is dumped.

The issue I have on the left on the fire is that the sofa it too close to the wall to be able to really do anything to it. The sofa isn't mine, the house is rented, so I can't construct mock chimney breasts etc. I appreciate the tv dominates the room, I have ordered annual sideboard to pop the tv on and store bits and pieces.

The footstool was a pre-move purchase and I think could be too big!

NigellaAwesome Mon 02-Dec-19 19:34:15

I think that wall with the wood burner needs broken up. If it is rented I would suggest Billy bookcases or Liatorp shelves on either side to give symmetry. I think a sideboard might be too uneven.

NigellaAwesome Mon 02-Dec-19 19:34:35

And good luck with your new home

Madambee Mon 02-Dec-19 20:08:36

Hi, could you put a big poster next to chimney, remove the footstool possibly to where it seems you have boxes and chairs upside down (hard to see) move the little side table next to the telly in front of the sofa, put the dollhouse on the footstool and remove boxes (possibly under footstool with a cast over it?)

Sorry just a suggestion, good luck smile.

happy97 Mon 02-Dec-19 20:38:33

@Madambee Everything to the right is going!

I'm just missing a focal point. Maybe the sideboard wasn't a good idea, but I needed something for the tv. And the footstool can definitely move away from the dodgy looking sofa.

I think once I move things about, get the sideboard next week and see how that fits, put up new curtains and buy a new rug it will be fine!!!

It's just so bloody cold. Cold looking and feeling but I think it could look really cosy with some work.

happy97 Mon 02-Dec-19 20:40:15

@NigellaAwesome Thank you! I think you're right about the sideboard. I like things to be symmetrical and balanced, but will have to see how it works.

Madambee Mon 02-Dec-19 21:01:58

Uhh I'm Scandi we generally decorate a way you think is cold grin.
White walls, stringent decoration.

Louise91417 Mon 02-Dec-19 21:25:33

H&m textured stone effect wallpaper on amazon would be lovely on that wall..

PrimalLass Tue 03-Dec-19 12:29:41

You could do something like this with one Ikea Kallax for logs beside sofa and one for the TV on the other side.

happy97 Tue 03-Dec-19 14:41:10

@PrimalLass I like that!

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