Design Secret: How to Fix a Big, Blank Wall

Before my clients moved into their new home, I snapped these photos of the family room. The wall where the TV hung was so stark and needed much more interest.

The solution? A built-in, which holds the TV, books, photos, accessories, and media equipment. By using a similar finish to the finish on the nearby kitchen cabinets (the kitchen and family room are actually one big space), we made the built-ins feel like they have been there all along! 

We used a carpenter provided by our contractor. If you're looking for a great finisher in your area, ask around: A furniture store that has high-quality pieces you really like should always have a few recommendations.

Notice the cabinets below the windows. We're in the process of changing those slightly to fit more with the built-ins. Stay in touch to see the new lower cabinets in the next few weeks!