When my friend, Missy, asked me to help transform her family room space my wheels immediately began turning. She and her husband, Matt, love to entertain and they have an open concept floor plan. Often hosting football parties for large crowds, the family wanted to incorporate a larger TV that was viewable to even the guests in the kitchen or dinette area. As it was, Matt and Missy had a flat screen TV on their wall and an undersized console maintaining their television electronics (pictured below). Opposite of this wall is their large open kitchen. Ideally, we needed to balance the weight of the kitchen to match the weight of this wall. It was time to give the family room a facelift!
This was pretty easy for me because Matt and Missy love barn wood just as much as I do. We knew that we would somehow incorporate barn wood into the master plan. With a bigger and better television set to take center stage I needed to come up with a way to incorporate the rest of the wall into the design. Otherwise, all we would have would be a large floating TV on a very large wall. As most men would find this quite suitable, my husband included, Matt was actually the one pushing for a larger scale design…I love when husbands get involved! Minutes later I sketched out a design and here is how it turned out:
My trimmers from Artisan Cabinetworks created this gorgeous built-in console the entire length of the wall. We framed out the wall in barn wood and flanked the television with two sliding barn doors. This allowed Matt and Missy to convert this room into a more formal setting if they ever wanted. For added texture we framed the television in stone. Below is what it looks like with the barn doors closed:
I love how we ran the barn door planks in the opposite direction as the barn wood on the wall. It gave this space some visual interest and pattern. The media equipment sits behind the console doors and is now operating wirelessly.
This was one fabulous family room facelift that will stay put for years to come!