Normandy Kitchen Displays now at Abt Electronics!

Bar area ideasNormandy is thrilled to announce that our new  kitchen displays, designed by Normandy Designer Chris Ebert, at Abt Electronics in Glenview have officially opened! As you enter the displays through the Atrium and into the Design Inspiration Gallery, you will notice the glamorous bar area.  The elegant details, such as the sparkling chandelier and the unique cross pattern that is etched into the black engineered stone, capture immediate attention and add drama to the space. The dual-levels of this bar keep the prep space, which is home to a hammered metal sink and polished accents, separate from the bar height eating area, making this bar a must-have for entertaining. See more photos of this project.

Large kitchen with island

As you move your way past the bar, you will notice the contemporary kitchen and luxury traditional kitchen.  The contemporary kitchen features clean lines, warm colors, and elongated features that add height and visual interest to the space. This metropolitan-inspired kitchen is able to complement the view, as well as the lifestyle, that’s familiar to many Chicagoans. See more photos of this project.

Large kitchen with islandAnd for those of you with a somewhat larger kitchen and a passion for fine details, the luxury traditional kitchen is unlike any other. Featuring bright red colors and warm wood cabinetry finishes, traditional is truly brought to the next level in this space.

The luxurious details seen throughout this kitchen including glittering tile, the antiqued chandelier, and the gorgeous coffered ceiling, give this exceptional space its unique character. See more photos of this project.

Finding Space For The TV Over The Fireplace

If you visit the family room in a typical American home, you’ll find the focal point of the room tends to be the television.  It tends to be a primary location for entertainment viewing and often the furnishings are arranged to make the most of the TV viewing experience.  You may also find that many of these same family rooms have a beautiful fireplace which is a natural focal point for the room, which can conflict with the more practical usability of the television.  Many people faced with this challenge have decided to pair both the fireplace and the television into a single unified focal point of the room by placing the television above the fireplace.

“In many homes, placing the TV over the fireplace can make a great deal of design sense, however, there are important requirements that need to be met in order to create a visually pleasing, yet functional, center-of-attention,” says Normandy Designer Laura Barber, AKBD.

white fireplace on asymmetrical wall with gray moulding and TV aboveIf you are considering placing a TV above the fireplace in your home, there are a few basic rules of thumb that can help you make the most of both the beauty of your fireplace and the functionality of your television:

Appropriate Clearances: “Because the fireplace can create so much heat, it is important to have adequate space between the television and the fireplace in order to avoid any damage to the TV,” added Laura.  Ensuring that the TV is protected from the heat can be addressed in a variety of ways including placing the TV in a recessed niche, or leaving adequate space above a sizable mantle, both of which can be designed to minimize the amount of direct heat that reaches the TV.

Proportions:  It is important to keep proportions in mind so that the focal point of the room remains balanced.  If the fireplace is smaller than the TV, the space can appear to be too top-heavy. For example, this image shows how the tile surround creates an illusion of a larger fireplace, which helps keeps the television and fireplace in balance.

Family room with fireplace and wood beams on the ceilingDesign: “Having an intended space for the TV from the initial design stages can help with the overall layout of the room,” says Laura. “Having a central point of interest helps homeowners decide where furniture would be best placed as well.”  You want to be sure that the TV is positioned at a comfortable viewing angle so that it is an enjoyable and relaxing experience.

If you have a home remodeling project you’d like to discuss, reach out and set up a time to chat with Laura. We also offer inspiration in our design gallery and on our Facebook page.

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