Mood Board: Colorful, casual family room
This room was designed using the DIY Design service for a family that craved some new color. Their family room had been furnished in neutral colors and lots of browns. While their kids were younger and they needed fabrics to take a real beating, the browns (brown leather, dark wood tables, brown patterned rug) worked well. Now that their kids are older, they need a more colorful space that works for family relaxing and more entertaining. They also wanted plenty of seating for their movies nights, a place for board games and better lighting…
What you can’t see in this mood board is that this family room already has plenty of storage. Floor to ceiling built-in wood bookcases line an entire wall of the family room. The entire wall of bookcases and all of the room’s trim got a crisp new look in white paint (Benjamin Moore’s “Decorators White”). Then, we re-organized the bookcases to show off some family mementos, books, games, photos and other decor using the Finishing Touches consultation (you can read all about it right here).
The room’s large stone fireplace features a nice chunky wood mantle and a large alcove that houses the tv and all of its electronic friends. We used the wood mantle as a guide to choose the new wall color for the room. The walls were warmed up from off-white to a light coffee color (Benjamin Moore’s “Bar Harbor Beige”). This also helped a lot with lighting, which up until now had only been a large spread of recessed can lights.
We toned down the lighting of the room by exchanging all of the canned light bulbs for lower wattage bulbs and we put the entire system on a dimmer. This immediately made the room much more movie-night friendly. Next, we added a large bronze pendant lamp over the seating area, also on a dimmer. This fixture keeps the lighting feeling casual but gives some direct task light for board games, take-out dinners, and other group activities.
A big,comfy sofa was called for, so this large sectional was chosen in a high pile micro fiber upholstery. This navy fabric looks a little more luxurious, almost like a velvet, but can still handle the occasional stain easily. Two sea glass colored club chairs flank the sectional sofa and create a conversation circle perfect for entertaining. The throw pillows with lots of patterns will be used anywhere they are needed: on the sofa, on the chairs or even on the floor for extra seating.
A large area rug with a big, casual pattern brings cheerful color to the floor and anchors the seating area. The large granite-topped coffee table has a surface area large enough for the family’s needs, but still feels light in the room because of its slender frame. The rope accent table is actually sold as an ottoman, but looks great as a simple side table between the two club chairs.
To enjoy the family’s pictures more, we mixed bronze and colored frames to create a large gallery wall. (You can see how I teach clients to install a gallery wall with ease right here.) At the base of this gallery wall, we placed a long console table in the same wood tone as the fireplace mantle. A new lamp and some added decor display space help give the room depth beyond the seating area.
The final step in this room was to add some curtains to soften up all of the rectilinear wall profiles. These circular patterned curtains in a color echoed throughout the room were hung loosely at each side of the windows. The drape of the fabric is casual and the color gives some personality to the neutral walls.
Comfortable colors and fabrics complementing treasured family activities rejuvenate this room for its growing family. By mixing colorful patterns in different scales, the room stays casual and lively for all sorts of future entertainment.
Unique, affordable, comfortable living.