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shampoo 07-30-2012 07:27 PM

How can I make this attractive?
as you can see in the pics this area is like an island. It is painted white and gets dirty pretty fast. Overall i just doesnt look attractive. What do you call this area? And how can i make it more attractive? Suggestions... ideas? Any sample pics you can show me?


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joecaption 07-30-2012 07:48 PM

Pretty poor pictures but it looks like your trying to jam a qt. of jello in a qt. jar.
Two much furniture, an office area and a dinning room all jamed into a small space. Something has to go.

bbo 07-30-2012 08:02 PM


Originally Posted by joecaption
it looks like your trying to jam a qt. of jello in a qt. jar..

wouldn't that fit? jello flows pretty well and is easy to break apart and squish? :laughing:

I do second the notion of needing to clean up the space with less furniture. and if white seems to get too dirty, paint it off white.

shampoo 07-30-2012 09:04 PM

Guys, I am not asking about the room, I am just asking about the wall with the island and the post. How can i make that attractive? Trims? etc....

joecaption 07-31-2012 08:28 AM

Scroll down on this site to see some simple to do low cost ideas.

All are done with simple, easy to find mouldings.

Just make sure to prime and paint the trim before installing.

shampoo 08-01-2012 02:04 PM

oh God, is anyone really reading what i am asking for. I am just taking the damn wall with the opening and the post on it. Not the room!!!!!! There is a reason the room is not in focus.

shampoo 08-01-2012 02:24 PM


Originally Posted by anandmistry (Post 979095)
Honestly, we got your point. But, I can't stop my self to add comment regarding your room. For your entrance you can go with ceramic vases. It may cover your wall. If you are irritate with white color so, why should not try another bold color

lol ya, everyone seems to focus on the room, but that is not a big issue for me.
Can you show me any samples pics for ideas? What do you call this half wall with the post??

christoff 08-01-2012 02:26 PM

you can doll it up by putting mouldings to look like wainscot panels
as for the dirty you got me?

shampoo 08-01-2012 02:33 PM


Originally Posted by christoff (Post 979104)
you can doll it up by putting mouldings to look like wainscot panels
as for the dirty you got me?

Chris can you please show me a sample? Unless i see something visually it wont really make sense to me. Cant google it coz i dont know what this structure is called :(

christoff 08-01-2012 02:39 PM

try this

go down towall panels and see pics of wainscotting

shampoo 08-01-2012 03:09 PM

thanks guys,
paint, specially white paint seems to get dirty very fast. Would it be a good idea to put ceramic tiles on the top?

biggles 08-01-2012 06:32 PM

take it down if the pillar isn't a structural support & open up the entrance to the LR

Davejss 08-01-2012 07:45 PM

Well, let's see. You could have a wider counter top installed and pull a couple of bar stools up to it. I think ceramic tile would look nice too. It would jazz it up a bit, and it would be easy to keep clean. I think I would add a larger apron molding just under the overhang as well.
It would also be a good spot for an aquarium. It would look nice from both sides.

sweetnyx 08-01-2012 08:32 PM

pony wall
When there is a quarter or half wall I've always referred to them as a pony wall.
I don't have any pics for you, sorry. However I can give ya a couple of ideas. First decide if you want a physical separation from your entry (I'm guessing) and your living room. That's what the pony wall is designed for, so you don't just fall into a room. You could just keep the columns, too, and get rid of that pony wall. You could dress it up with moldings, like others, have suggested. As far as the white goes, you could tile it. You could paint it in any faux finish of your liking, preferably semi-gloss, easier care. I'v seen everything from fish tanks to art installations incorporated in and on entry pony walls. As always your only limitations are your imagination and budget of course. Sit on your couch or stand looking into living room and try to envision what you want your space to say about you, after all the this is like your houses way of shaking hands and introducing its self.. so who are you, who do you want to be. :wink: I hope even with out pictures I gave you a way to get started.

yummy mummy 08-01-2012 10:56 PM

How about having a mirror cut to size and put it on top of the island?

You can clean it often and won't look dirty.

Good Luck

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