A second-level balcony overlooks a remodeled living room, opening the space and linking the upper and lower floors - Traditional Home® / Photo: Tria Giovan / Design: Ken Gemes. Love the seating around the fireplace.
I like the upper mantel idea. The dark floor, dark wooden coffee table top and dark stone in the fireplace pull this room together. White walls, white slanted beam ceiling and doors going to the outside make this a great looking room.