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Long narrow FR needs balance
January 5, 2013 in Design Dilemma
we just moved to a new house, updated the fireplace, purchased a new sectional which we love. we haven't put up any art or shelving and need ideas to finish the room. we originally thought we'd have built-in cabinets (24 inch) on either side of the fireplace with bookshelves above, just like our old house. but, we only had time for the fireplace surround with new tile before the holidays and now we are thinking we don't want anything on either side of it because it so beautiful on its own. but we need something to put the cable box and surround/dvd unit. also in 1 corner, there is nothing -- i was thinking of building floating built-in bookcase (so that it doesn't cover the cold air return and plug) on the recliner wall and continue it to the fireplace wall for about 3 ft. it would match the height of the mantle and then put black or reclaimed wood shelves to display things that are still in storage. i need help to decide if this is the right thing to do or if someone else has other ideas. also the ottoman is from our old LR and was thinking i could sell it and get something round or 2 square cubes. the wall between the FR and the kitchen is going to change -- we're going to remove the post and make the wall 6 inches lower to increase the sight lines between the 2 rooms. i didn't like seeing the back of the sofa if we removed the whole wall. also we will paint the wood trim, this wall hasn't been touched. thanks for your help !!!