Redo small living room (15'6"x12') in 1940 Cape cod home for family of three to give it a more contemporary look. We would like a different façade and hearth for the fireplace, one that is less imposing but still serves as a point of interest. Plan should also include 46” flat screen TV, which should be positioned over the fireplace only if it is unworkable to place it elsewhere. Need space for at least four linear feet of books. Looking for display space for a few small vases and objects d’art. General style preference is for something modern, relatively minimalist or Japanese-ish. Grateful for consideration of lighting, and ideas for specific furniture or color schemes. Things we generally likes: hardwood, stone, earth tones. Dislikes: chrome, overstuffed furniture, bright colors or pastels.
Fireplace design; making efficient use of the small space