Friday, July 1, 2011

Family Room Makeover

This bright sunny family room is a second floor rental. The abundance of windows makes it an inviting room because of all the natural light that pours in. Here’s what it looked like before the family moved in:

Soft grey walls replaced the original yellow paint color.  A large sectional in black leather fills the space without the need for too much extra seating. White curtain panels add softness without closing off light.  The kidney shaped coffee table was a Craig’s List find. Here's the after:

Purchasing two identical floor lamps instead of one, not only gives more light but adds balance.  It’s always a good idea to buy in doubles or more for added impact instead of using one item.

Pillows are the easiest way to bring in much needed color without spending much money or committing—easy to change in a few years if tastes change.  The “art” above the sofa also adds to the color—it's scrap booking paper that I taped into inexpensive frames which come matted for instant framed artwork.

Paint: Benjamin Moore, tapestry beige
Curtains: Ikea
Black sectional: Bob’s furniture
Pillows: Pier One, Marshall's, Etsy
Brown patterned chairs: Target
Artwork: Frames and mats, Michael’s
Coffee Table: Craig’s List
Lamps: Christmas Tree Shops

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