We are building and our living space has several south facing windows for natural sunlight. We have a large sectional that is a burgandy/wine/darkrusted color (hard to describe the shade) I want to paint the area a shade of gray but what shade? The space adjoing is the kitchen which I thought about painting a shade of yellow to give it a nice sunshiny feeling but not bright yellow. It also has lots of natural light. Help!! I am afraid of color but LOVE it when I see it at someone else's house. I want to be brave this time. »
Lots of homes constructed since the late 1970s have a large nebulous loft or open area at the top of the stairs on the second floor. Unsuitable for a bedroom, it's often wasted space; transforming it into a library makes the most of it.
Instead of closing off the library in the usual traditional way, this open library keeps the space airy and makes the entire first floor feel larger. Planked walls and a planked ceiling lend a cottage feel.