Creating a Cozy Living Room with a Fireplace and Accent Wall

Split screen of Barbara Crigler's completed dining room with green accent wall and her living room with a whitewashed fireplace and stained mantel.
A green accent wall and a whitewashed fireplace add character to once-blank spaces.
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Barbara Crigler recently purchased this 1958 house. She lives here alone but has frequent visits from her four grandchildren, three active boys and one girl.

The family room is in good condition, with nice hardwood floors and a big window that lets in tons of natural light, but it’s missing character and a true focal point.

One of the biggest problems is a blank, boring wall that Barbara just doesn’t know what to do with. But she does know what she wants there: a TV and a fake fireplace.

Just adjacent is a dining table with another blank wall — but it won’t stay that way for much longer!

The Plan

Barbara Crigler's blank living room wall, with just a TV on top of a chest of drawers
This living room is nice enough for family get-togethers, but we have to do something about these blank walls!

To break up Barbara’s long, boring family room wall, we’ll build a small bump-out to add dimension and architectural interest.

We’ll also build a mantel to frame an electric LED fireplace and hang the TV above it.

Next, we’ll add crown molding to the room, along with a grid-work of applied molding to the accent wall.

Finally, we’ll conceal the window treatments with matching cornices for both windows.


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