Seeking inspiration for contemporary lounge revamp.

8 March, 2017


We are undergoing a whole house refurb, and seem to a bit stuck on the lounge front.

The following we are doing:

- removing the radiator

- replacing the floor with Kardean looselay planks

- removing the coving (as ceilings and walls to be skimmed, unsure if to add coving or not)

- that lovely light to be gone!

- replacing fireplace (still want open fire, struggling to find nice modern one, not keen on wood burner with pipe going into wall).

Originally I wanted to put shelves and units either side of the fireplace, however as there is no chimney breast, I don't think that is such a good idea. We are going for a modern look, and struggling for ideas - the tv will be staying, but do not want it to be the focal point.


Comments (13)

  • PRO
    Create Perfect


    Have you considered having a designer look at the space? a single room redesign with 3D's would be great in the space and will allow you to get a cohesive look that works with the rest of the house and suits your needs.

    You could always build a chimney breast in if that is the look you would like. this would allow you to have some shelves beside it. This is a recent project I completed for a clients living room - as part of a full renovation. They wanted more of a country twist on that space.


    If you don't want to go with a designer then I would begin with getting your ideas down on paper. What do you want in the space? What colours work best with the lighting? How will you be using the space? Once you have started with these questions you should start to see some ideas come together and a layout start emerging.

    I hope that helps. All the best and I look forward to an update :) Gina

  • Darren

    Thanks Gina, we haven't considered a designer yet.... and the building of a chimney breast is somewhat expensive.

  • PRO
    Create Perfect
    I wouldn't build a real one but if it's something that works with your style it's very easy to build a faux breast to work with the design. Using brick slips in the inside would create a realistic look that you would never know the difference.
    That's obviously only a small aspect of the design.
  • PRO
    Create Perfect
    This would also allow you to build the TV into the breast without being an issue - or this could be installed elsewhere so as not to make it the feature of the space.
    As you're removing the radiator will you be installing underfloor heating or are you just moving it?
  • PRO
    Create Perfect
    A lot will depend on the budget you have which is something that's looked at early on in a single room re-design.
  • Darren

    We do want a working fireplace, I had a heatas engineer come round the other day, saying it was going to be very expensive to build a chimney breast and basically told us not to bother! The radiator will be replaced by a vertical radiator on the opposite wall.

  • PRO
    Create Perfect
    Great. So if you don't want to build a whole chimney breast due to it being a working fireplace you could still either build out from what you have - to give some depth in order to create something beside it.
    Alternatively you could create the illusion of a chimney breast using colour or wall coverings.
  • minnie101

    Hi. Would something like this work? I've no idea on the building/heat aspect but can't see why it would be dearer than buying a surround as presumably the chimney stays as is (she says somewhat naively!). Is the furniture staying? If so do you have a pic of that side of the room? Is that also a dining table? Without seeing the furniture and door I'd be tempted to have the sofas either side of the fire with tv opposite

  • Darren

    @CreatePerfect certainly an interesting idea. @minnie101 I do like that, but the seating won't quite work that way. The furniture wont be staying, it is currently an l shaped living/dining, but we are having an extension so it will just effectively be a standard shaped room.

  • Lisa Dalheimer
    We have an external chimney so flat wall inside, we just painted using masking tape to create a feature - we get lots of comments on how nice it looks. It is clearly the feature, not the tv. Maybe add a bookcase on one side? Re fire, I would just replace the actual surround with something new and modern, we saw lots of nice stone options when we were looking, then reinstate open fire (not a clue how easy/ costly this is!)
  • Darren

    @Lisa - that looks very stylish

  • PRO
    Create Perfect
    Great example Lisa! It really adds impact using these small tricks to create visual interest. Fab work.
  • Darren

    I have mocked up what I would ideally like, but budget maybe an issue...

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