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What to do with this wall?

Marsha Urick
last month

We are in the process of purchasing a 1955 home. The wall in the living room is awkward. We plan to put Navy leather couches in the same spots they have. But the problem is you cant see a tv if you put it on that wall. But if you move the couches down, then you have an awkward space behind the couch. And then it makes the entry way closed off. So we have decided to put a projector screen that will rise up at the large front window. But now I am lost at what to do with the large currently orange wall. We will add wood floors, and want to do beams and a shiplap ceiling. We are painting the whole house agreeable gray. What are your thoughts?


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    Patricia Colwell Consulting
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    I do not understand the issue put the TV on the wall where they have the art and turn the sofas to work. I actually like a bit of separation from the entry so not sure why that is a problem In fact in those homes there often was a divider between the entry and the LR like these



  • wsea
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    I would not replace what appears to be terrazzo with wood floors. also shiplap and gray see to be wrong for this style of home. whats the motivation for these changes? what is there besides the paint color seems perfectly suited for the style of home.

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    @badgerbldg You have an adorable kitchen. I wonder if just changing the backsplash counters and maybe update to brighter lighting might be all you need for a good refresh. Cat-ky is on to something your cabinets look like a nice quality. @SeattleMCM Funny I always thought that tile would be cheaper than a slab backsplash. It was my GC that pointed our for our area of the country it might be the same price doing a slab backsplash. (Good tilers were tough to find without a long wait to our project) We could have gone with tile but fell in love with our stone. It ended up being cheaper than the tile and labor would have been. I was surprised. Now this might not be the case in other parts of the country with plentiful tilers. @Patricia Colwell I had no idea you couldn't use quartz for a backsplash. That is too bad. I am glad I learned this, I almost went with quartz for my own space. Its funny they show it in photos but I trust you that it is probably not a good product for backsplashes. Such a shame. Carrara Caldia Quartz Houzz photos Photos of Cambria Colton Houzz user kitchens with honey cabinets and white counters Honey Oak Cabinets and Tile discussion
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  • littlebug zone 5 Missouri
    last month

    Agree with wsea. This does not appear to be a rural farmhouse, so no shiplap. And the gray fad is over.

  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month

    Well you have to look over at the tv. which doent sound bad but my husband likes to see the tv straight ahead. But I have the tv problem fixed. I was just thinking about doing an wood accent on the orange wall. Just trying to figure what would look good

  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month

    I have used agreeable gray in my last home and to me its the perfect color. it doesn’t look too gray but has more of a beige tone. And I don’t want the house to look like its from the 1950’s. The ouside will look like this when I’m finsihed


  • worthy
    last month

    If the OP is intent on turning a classic mid-century minimalist to a "modern farmhouse", that's her business. ( I gave up on using terrazzo for our 2,800 sf first floor when faced with the price.)

  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month

    Now the furniture thats in the pics are not mine. I’ve leaned towards mid century modern. I like the idea of the terrazzo floors but dont like the color. And it reminds me of a hospital. I like the warmth of wood floors.

  • Little Bug
    last month

    “…intent on turning her classic midcentury minimalist home into a modern farmhouse, then that’s her business.” You are correct, of course. It’s just that I have found it’s a lot easier and cheaper to work with what you have, rather than against.

  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month










    This was our townhouse we jusy sold ans movd to an old neighborhood

  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month


    The kitchen has been update to look modern in the 1955 house. The cabinets are gloss white and are from IKEA. And it has a glass backsplash

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    Celery. Visualization, Rendering images
    last month

    Before you put shiplap check if it is still in style.

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    Beth H. :
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    you're going to cover up all that beautiful terrazzo? It would be cheaper if you had a specialist come in and give it a good cleaning and polish. what is itabout the color you don't like?? looks like white. Maybe once it's refinished, it would have a better appeal to you?

    Just to get those done today would be like 40K !! You just don't find those types of floors and craftsmanship anymore. I would never ruin those.

    if you like the warmth of wood, what if you did some nice area rugs, a wood coffee table, maybe plank the wall in wood?

    It looks like a hospital to you because the way it's currently decorated leaves a lot to be desired.

    bring in some slat wood on that orange wall (look up how to do it yourself)









    Myabe a vintage walnut credenza





    this leather color would look great w/your navy sofas

    you could plank the ceiling w/wood







    or, if you do the flooring, maybe just do one of the rooms?



    you may have just sold your townhouse like this


    but I guarantee no one will be looking to salvage any of this in 15 years.

    The terrazzo is something you just don't see anymore. True terrazzo like that will last centuries. and always be in style.

    if you're intent on covering them, could you at least do a floating wood floor? They will still be presevered. Throwing glue down over that original terrazzo for wood planks would be sacriligious! lol. (ok, so I'm being dramatic. But if you only knew the amount of work and cost that went into those floors!)

    get them repolished and use area rugs and wood elsewhere.

  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month

    The floor isnt white, unless its super dirty. And I would never cover the floors permanently, I was gonna use a floating floor. But I guess everyone has changed my mind. And yes I thought about a slat wall. I have also seen wood celings in alot of 1950’s homes in the area that is original. Would a slat celing be wierd? Because i just seen this and loved it. But i dont think I will use blue as much as I love blue. The outside is blue ans i bought blue couches…..and I have a blue bed 🤦🏻‍♀️


  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month

    I just saw this and well this may be a game changer


  • tozmo1
    last month

    I had a 1956 house when I lived in California. Fabulous Usonian design by an architect who studied with FLW. It had wood ceilings like that and terrazzo floors, gorgeous. Loved that house but had to relocate due to job.

  • decoenthusiaste
    last month

    Stick with that last photo as your inspopic and you'll have a wonderful house.

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    Beth H. :
    last month

    Marsha that warm wood ceiling would be beautiful.

  • chinacatpeekin
    last month

    That last photo is beautiful. I hope you will go in that direction; embrace your MCM home.

  • Maureen
    last month
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    Note the height of the slatted ceilings in the pictures vs your ceiling height. I‘d be afraid that it will make room feel heavy and ceiling very low. I’d define entranceway by a separation and if you like slats, use them here - all kinds of ideas on line. This will allow for couch to face the orange wall (which I would repaint).

    If not wide enough, add slats on the wall and tv on a swivel (either orange wall or wall with art; decide when you test layouts). There are endless design choices, search Pinterest for “TV wall wood panel”.

    In your picture, seating is focussed on tv and recommend single chairs be turned, to allow for better conversation, especially when entertaining. Find a rug to pull everything together and I‘d recommend doing lots of research to come up with plan. Look for a combination that is a happy medium style wise.

    In regards to the floors, maybe live with them for now. Once decorated, you’ll have a better feel style, material and color wise, as it’s a big decision.

  • l pinkmountain
    last month

    Yes we are looking to buy and the terrible faux wood flooring and grey wall redos most places have had look hideous. Better to spend the dough on floor refinish, and a lovely statement rug. Bring in wood furnishings. Shiplap was used in cheap homes that couldn't afford nice plaster over it or nice wood paneling. It's still the same today. Unnecessary features to add which you will tire of over time. It's the wallpaper of today. Decorate around the good bones, not over them.

  • housegal200
    last month

    OMG, that house is fantastic as is. It It totally reflects the character of the MCM style, including the terazzo floor, which can be brightened if you don't like it with some great rugs. Take your time with it so you can avoid what's called "remuddling," which compromises the bones of a style with add ons. The current owners have done a great job.


    To address the TV situation: Flip your sofa so it faces the wall where current owners have the brown and gold painting. It's very welcoming to walk into a house and see an inviting conversational arrangement with the sofa facing the door. Find a great, wide MCM credenza and put the TV on it. MCM credenzas/buffers/sideboards are often available on Craigslist. Just make sure it's wide enough to accommodate your TV.


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  • housegal200
    last month

    I have to ask why you bought an authentic MCM house and want to turn it into a farmhouse style? I just saw your exterior inspiration photo. What does current MCM house look like? You have a superb (I think) example of a treasured and rare house style. Did you close on it yet? Why not buy a farmhouse style if that's what you really want?

  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month

    The area I just moved to( for our kids new school zone) is all 1950’s homes. a lot of people buy them and bull doze them and build new modern homes on the lot. So its a mixture of styles. It’s a trendy upcoming little area. I do like the MCM style, but all of our current furniture is farmhouse. I do plan on keeping the floors

    This is the outide of the home

  • housegal200
    last month

    Thanks for the extra photo. Your house is a gem inside and out. Bulldozing a unique style IMO is a crime against history, style, aesthetics. I think you've already saved tens of thousands by not changing the floors. You can save some more by holding off on all the decorative things you want to add like wood ceiling and outdoor stuff that doesn't suit your house.

    Change some of the furniture, not the house. You can make the house your own in other ways--some great new and used pieces, fabulous MCM lighting, rugs, and most especially great art work. This authentic piece below, perfect for under a TV on that orange wall is $575 on Craigslist in the New York area. I've seen similar used pieces many times. West Elm has built a whole brand around MCM, though I think some real wood pieces, made in the USA or Denmark, are affordably available used. You don't need to have a shrine to MCM (though that would be nice), but use thick, natural graphic patterned wool rugs, wood and camel pieces as shown in some of the photos people posted above, to warm up your gem.












    You have a smallish house, so you wouldn't need to spend a ton to shift your style somewhat in the MCM direction you mentioned you have leaned to. Go on Houzz, Pinterest, Apartment Therapy and plug in "midcentury modern" or "MCM" and start looking at examples that straddle the pure MCM style with a warmer family style you might want.



  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month

    I love this table


    But I just bought this table less than six months ago for our apartment



    would this light go well with my table and would my table look odd with the MCM?


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    Beth H. :
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    great house. (that garage door does NOT work! lol. that's the first thing I'd change)




    then I'd redo the blue brick. black? w/some wood accents? or white w/black windows? Up to you. The driveway/walkway need a good cleaning. And your landscaping would be next.

    this screams 1960. I love the walkway and surrounding landscape. it's perfect


    let me show you some ideas




    Take advantage of your unique roof style.


    Are you in Seatlee? this one is: (I also hate the garage door on this home!)


    another similar sloped roof (but this is stucco) notice the wood accent to warm up that blue/gray color, and the minimal landscaping.


    if you don't want the mcm look, you can upgrade the home to look something like this.


    more modern. metal roof overhang, modern doors, black windows, wood posts


    love this landscaping and the large address planter.


    if you paint it white:




    black.





    completely redone w/a porch addition, new roof, beautiful landscaping, and garage door


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  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to put a new garage door on the photo! How did you do that? I wanted this garage door

    and I want to wrap the brick colums in wood like this

    and eventually paint the outside a dark gray

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    Beth H. :
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    that could work. Love those wood wrapped brick posts!


    i like the more modern driveway too. And don't forget lighting, a front door, address


    you could do a wood slat on the garage area


    (I use a iMac, copy/paste in Preview

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  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month


    Since someone said my ceiling was too low for all wood ceiling. What about this? This is a local home I just saw. Make the orange wall wood slats and add beams. That’s MCM right?

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    Beth H. :
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    No, that's more of a cabin type of vibe. it's mid century, but not modern. more of a mid century cabin-rustic look. But that wood is not "slats" it's wood paneling.

    these are all types of slats. and there are a 1001 ways to do this. (google image search "mcm wood slat wall".










    https://remingtonavenue.com/diy-midcentury-modern-slat-wall-tutorial.html

    want a tutorial? there are plenty^




    they even make fluted panels.


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  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month

    yeah I knew that wasn’t slat. But I liked the consept of the wood wall and beams

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    Beth H. :
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    well if you want more of an mcm modern, and not a retro type of look, go w/the slats. If you like the wood wall paneling, there are diff ways to do it so that it won't look so 'vintage' or rustic-cabin.












    lower ceiling like yours w/cool wood design










    post and beam construction


    if you like the beams, they aren't that difficult to do. These last two photos are original to the homes architecture, but you could add something similar to your ceiling if you like it.


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  • tozmo1
    last month

    Beth has shown some beautiful examples of 8 ft. ceilings with wood. Your ceilings are not too low for wood.

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  • SeattleMCM
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    Would a slat ceiling be weird?

    A wood ceiling would absolutely be appropriate for that type of home, and would look very beautiful. I have wood ceilings and wood floors -- which I love, but it makes the rooms a little dark. your light terrazzo floors will be perfect to counteract that darkness.

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  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    last month
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    Beth H. I think that last green wall may be the one. But how would that look with these blue couches? would it clash or could I add green pillows and other accent colors throughout

    the room


  • RedRyder
    last month

    Maybe that exact green on the wall won’t work with your blue couches, but a touch of teal would. As for your furniture, just move it in for now. Over time, you will know which pieces should be put on Craigslist and which are going to work. Don’t cover those floors! Get them professionally cleaned before you move in. They’re a treasure. Having the wood features that everyone is sharing will warm up the house, as will strategically placed rugs. You have a great house! Over time, you can bring it back to its glory. And did you notice the white exteriors that Beth posted? That color might make you happier since you said you lean towards the farmhouse vibe. The house you bought will become your haven.

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    Beth H. :
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    I don't think the green works, but you could use a very dark blue, or soft black, or depending upon the blue color, something w/ a bit of green in it. hard to say until everything else is in.


    Farrow and Ball Hague Blue is a beautiful dark shade. Hale Navy or Gentlemans gray by BM are some others.

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  • l pinkmountain
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    For example, the table and chairs you bought are classic. They can be dressed up or down and go with a variety of styles. There's nothing wrong with being eclectic. In fact, that is the "style" of the coolest, and most comfortable homes. Home decor and design is not a formula, it's just an art form but the prime purpose should be to make your life as easy and comfortable as possible. To that end, real materials from nature help a lot with that, no matter what the style. As someone who was born just after the middle of the last century, I laugh when I see it lauded as so great, and the knockoffs. Plenty of tatty stuff was going on during that era to have given it a bad rap for decades after. So the key advice is to buy quality pieces with good workmanship. My mom was able to get a lot of antiques during the MCM first go around, at auctions, for wallet cash, like 15 bucks for solid wood stuff. Not so sure the same could be found today, but classic well made pieces can often be mixed and matched successfully. Good wood can either be painted or refinished. Use what you have, and decorate it a bit at a time. If you don't like the colors, that's easy to fix. The floor is neutral, embrace it and work around that with whatever color scheme you love. Maybe it is just IMHO, but any type of paneling is best used as an accent unless you have money to redo stuff over and over again once you tire of its "in your face" statement.


    Look into "Danish Modern" or "Scandanavian Farmhouse." Your vibe seems to be similar. This is hokey but I saw some common threads to what we have been discussing, https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g2475/scandinavian-trends/?slide=26

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  • Marsha Urick
    Original Author
    6 days ago

    So I had a professional come out and “restore” the terrazzo floors. This is their everyday job. The floors don’t look any better in our opinion. And after looking more into our floor, we realized that somewhere along the years someone put carpet in. There were holes at every doorway from the threshold. The worse spot is where they had a transition from kitchen to dining room. Because it’s just out in the middle. But the patchwork is horrible. They tell me this will lighten in the next few weeks. But I don’t see how the color is going to match. They are not glossy and don’t look any cleaner. And they even said we had amazing doors in great condition. So I wasted my money and should have gone with my gut feeling about covering the floors. Because the bad patchwork will drive me absolutely crazy ☹️