We have all seen them, those rooms that were once the "peak of chic," moody, dark spaces filled with wood trim, mouldings and built ins, but now feel dreary, dated and ready for a face lift. Since I had worked with this local client before, I knew that this family room was on the list for an update. When I got the green light on the room, the question was how to help these"DIYers" make the most of the space without breaking the bank.
They had already painted out the built-ins and fireplace surround with great results, so they knew the power of paint.... the big question was what to paint and what to simply tear out....
The dark beams and 3/4 height paneling was making the room feel closed in, despite it's generous size.... after much conversation we decided to keep the ceiling beams and paint them, but to remove the wood paneling. The wood trim and the mantle would remain as is in order to break things up a bit and tie in some wood furnishings.
A bar area off the kitchen also needed some love....
With the go ahead to replace or update much of the furniture, a few things would remain in the updated room, such as these bird prints, which provided inspiration for the space.
So our starting point was textiles and fabrics, my favorite! For my initial design presentation I had several groupings of fabrics to share and right away we had a winner, a gorgeous Suzanni inspired embroidered fabric as the "inspiration fabric" as well as several others to coordinate. (I shared a bit about it here)
My clients have been working tirelessly and I am excited to say that the family room is nearing completion, we are down to the final details, pillows, lighting and accessories. They are thrilled and I can't wait to share the finished project with you!
What have you done to update a dark and dreary space?
In other news, after having temperatures of nearly 60 degrees with rain yesterday, it is snowing today with a forecast of up to 6 inches. Is this weather crazy or what?