Hi all, I'm looking for inspiration on what to do with my awful living/dining room. As things currently stand its dark and a quite frankly a bit old fashioned. Its also a bit of an odd shape which is giving me a few problems in coming up with a layout. I've attached a floor plan which shows the room sizes etc and some pictures of hows its currently decorated. Most of the furniture (not including the awful fireplace) needs to stop - my partners pride and joy. But we are looking at replacing the tv cabinet, dining set and cabinet in the dining area.
To give you an idea on layout, the door in the living room leads into the hall and the window in that area looks out over the front garden (also in desperate need of renovation). Its a south facing window. The door in the dining room leads into the kitchen and the window in that area looks out over the back garden (which also needs a lot of work). Its a north facing window. - Add in the great British weather and its no wonder its a bit dark in here lol.
I have been thinking about boarding up the fire and having a little seating area there (two chairs and little side table) with the tv unit on the wall by the door (as it is now) and the sofa on the wall oposite the door (as it is now). Not too sure though. Colour wise I'm leaning towards something that will lighten up the room, but nothing too cool. I've also been considering having wooden (well laminate) flooring. The only possible issue is, we already have laminate in the hallway. Could we get away with another flooring which may not match?