Part II of our California Casual reveal is focused on the dining and living area. The client wanted to replace the carpet in the living area with hardwoods, which were currently in the entry, hall and dining areas. Between not being able to match the current engineered hardwoods, and some other issues with those, they ended up replacing all with new engineered hardwoods. Any time you can have the same flooring running throughout an open concept floor plan, it makes it look larger.
In the living area, the traditional fireplace mantle was removed as well as the chair rail and trim boxes. We painted the fireplace the trim color. Beadboard was added where the chair rail and trim were. The result was a much cleaner, more up to date look. I think it's fabulous. An unbelievable difference!
We put in woven wood shades for a little texture and added color with blues and bright orange. What I love is that if you took away the orange, you could easily and inexpensively add in any other color.
The dining room had alot of small trim boxes. We decided to take all of that down in favor of clean, smooth walls. Part of the wall between the kitchen and dining was removed to make a bar/pass through area. A new chandelier, fabulous art, jute rug for texture and new seating complete the transformation! The client brought a picture of a banquette that she liked. Our master upholsterer duplicated it.
What do you think? Let us know!