Older homes often have quirks and character. Sometimes the quirks can character can be blessings, and sometimes they just make the home feel outdated. High ceilings and wood floors are typical in older homes and valued in new home construction and remodeling. Oddly shaped rooms or atypical architectural features can make designing and decorating a home more difficult.
There architectural details in this living room include both classic elements and some that could use updating. The beamed coffered ceiling makes a dramatic design statement in the room. It draws the eye up while at the same time grounding the space. The strong perpendicular lines of the ceiling set the tone for the rest of the room’s architecture.
The arched nooks flanking the fireplace feel a little off in this space. The small objects in the nooks do not fill them so they feel empty. To bring these nooks up to date the interiors could be painted or wallpapered. Color and pattern for the interior of the nooks can be picked up from the carpet, furniture or curtains. Shelves could be added and the nooks could be turned into bookcases to display books, art and objects. Transforming these nooks into bookcases would better utilize the space than a single surface of the nook does to display one object.
The arched mantel on the fireplace relates to the arched nooks flanking it. Straight lines are more popular for fireplace mantels today. The arch could be easily removed to leave a crisp silhouette in keeping with the coffered ceiling.
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