If anyone has ideas or inspiration on a shoestring I would be eternally grateful...
We moved into a house which was sound but shabby and after having completely redone 2 bedrooms, landscaped the garden and fitted a new kitchen we are a bit impoverished. I've repainted all downstairs in pure brilliant white over the gopping woodchip and I like it but I'm a bit stuck with the living room.
The chimney opening has been closed and is no longer useable anyway as the chimney breast upstairs has been removed, we currently have shelves in the alcoves with loads of books on, built in brick monstrosities from the floor to about 1 1/2 feet up which the tv, DVD player etc are on and a bare chimney breast in the middle. It really needs something in the gap but what?
We can't currently afford to knock out the fireplace and my other idea of a merchants cheast affair to fit in the 89cm gap is also proving a bit expensive and I'm running out of inspiration.
The rest of the room is magnolia in desperate need of a repaint, polished pine floorboards, navy and natural chair/ sofa.
If anyone is of a designery bent please put me out of my misery. Tia.
it's looks much better than I was expecting! toddler issues aside I would put big candles, or a vase of dried stuff there. or a glass bowl with something interesting in (stones, fir cones) or a lamp. or a big attractive bowl/vase/jug. I once bought stop sort of fairy lights that were long sticks (about a metre long probably) and had them in a vase. I think you could put any number of attractive things there - your only problem, imo, is being toddler proof. perhaps a wicker basket of toddler toys...(they are, after all, a compulsory feature of any sitting room with children under 3 years old)
Is the problem with decorative do-daahs that you've not tried anything big enough? imho it needs to be big - a metre high or more - something bold.
how about a bold floor lamp?this one's a snip at k odd but you get the idea. or a really large vase - either one that looks good empty - or a plain one with something bold standing in it - some huge bits of bamboo or something else architectural.
I think it's a nice space that needs something beautiful. I think shelving or furinture with stuff on top would blend in with the shelves on either side. I think you need something that will be a focal point.