I think a cool, dark accent color behind the fireplace would bring a lot to the living room. The dark accent wall, fireplace and custom wood floors add warmth to this open, modern living room. Big windows flood the space with tons of natural light.
DIY knife block - I just glued together the covers of some interesting books i found at the thrift store and secured them with twine. the tight pages of the books hold the knives in place. plus at 4 d (Cool Places To Live)