One of the things we love about the new house is all the space! Technically, if you include the sunroom we have 3 living areas compared to the one tiny living room we had in the old house.
The first living space is right off the front entry. We refer to this as the Front Living Room. There are two main problems to address with this space. First, lighting — there is none! Secondly, purpose. This room doesn’t really have one.
Traditionally, I think this living room is one that’s here for show and not for use. You know the kind — It sits vacant year round only to see a few hours of action on Christmas.
We easily fixed the lighting issue by installing 6 can lights, but second problem of finding a purpose was a little harder to solve.
As we considered our options on how to give this room purpose, we briefly considered opening everything up. Truth be told though, I’m not a huge fan of completely open concept. I like rooms and I’ve found walls help with furniture arranging.
Open concept would also have some difficulties. Here’s the blueprint of this part of the house. If we were to open it up to the Den we’d have to deal with the fireplace, and opening it up to the dining room felt like we’d be working with weird wall lines. Not the solution.
We decided it wouldn’t make sense to put a TV in here, as it would never get used. Still searching for answers I took to Pinterest and found this Dark, Rich & Vibrant Room Round Up by Apartment Therapy.
I love this room. I’m absolutely, head over heels in love with it. I love the rich color (I’m not an all white walls kind of person), but I especially love the shelves.
How could I bring this feel into my own living space? Built-ins!
Andrew made some DIY built-ins (these are actually kitchen wall cabinets!), added bead board to the back, framed it in and then we ran our thick crown molding right along the top.
Wallah! A world of difference and we don’t even have paint yet!
I won’t paint the entire room a dark color, but the entire wall of built ins is getting a deep blue gray color by Sherwin-Williams, Homburg Gray. This is a great color if you ever have an occasion to use it!
As for the secondary color, I think I’ll stay with a warm gray — maybe Pewter Tankard also by Sherwin-Williams. I’m meeting with a friend tomorrow to get her input on colors for the walls.
Here’s sort of the overall vibe I’m going for.
Some of the items on my mood board are things I already own. I found a chair almost identical to that one at an estate sale this week — I may still get two new ones. The art is also something I found at the same sale.
The rug is one I found at a sidewalk sale. It’s an 8″ x 10″ and I got it for $75! The coffee table is a place holder. I have a feeling I’ll find something old.
In the end, the style of this room is cozy library and I think it will feel just that. I can imagine sitting in here, snuggled up with a good book while quietly sipping hot cocoa and watching the snow fall. Can you picture it?! It will be perfect!
What are you library room must haves? I’d love to know what’s on your list!