How could I make my space much more modern without replacing the existing marble flooring?


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Reader’s question

“I would like to renovate my house and make it look much more modern and minimalist. How could I do it without replacing the existing traditional flooring? How to arrange furniture in my living and dining room? How to pick a kitchen cabinet color?"

Our recommendation

The dining set can be arranged in the entrance hall so that it will be near the kitchen. The size of the space allows a credenza to be placed. You can combine a natural wood dining table with a white lacquered credenza.


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Floor plan: The living/dining room layout

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The dining area: The natural wood dining table can be paired with a white lacquered credenza

The fireplace is the dominant element in the living room. Marble flooring is another prominent feature of the space. Therefore, the rest elements of the place (colors, furniture, fabrics) should be as simple as possible.

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The living area: Marble flooring and the fireplace are dominant elements in the room. The other elements should be simple.

The kitchen area: Eretria red marble flooring. The kitchen cabinets should be in one of the following color combos:

- White/Black

- White/natural wood (oak sbiancanto)

- Entirely natural wood

- Entirely white

Color scheme

We recommend bright, warm colors on walls and ceilings

Some interesting shades from paint color charts are:

Kraft: lemon sponge cake, harvest wreath, Julia

Benjamin Moore: palm coast pale, old straw hat, vanilla cookie


It is not necessary to install false ceiling. You can simply choose pendant lights for the living and dining room and a ceiling lamp or 4 spotlights in a square shape placement for the area where the TV furniture is.



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