To make the first floor feel more open, we left the original floor joists exposed and painted them white. They provide historic texture and complement the smooth painted trim and stained wood floor.
We reworked the original fireplace to anchor the open first floor plan, providing a focal point for both the living and dining rooms.
To unify the house and make if flow together, we used a simple color palette. White cabinets and trim lighten the space while the wood floor grounds it and gives the rooms warmth.
A few BEFORE PICTURES to see what we started with: