We moved into our new home 3 months ago. We love the bones of the house, but the decor needs some brightening up. Our immediate focus is on our family room, where we spend most of our time.
There are two main problems: 1) the room is decent size but every wall is punctuated by doors or windows, making a furniture layout challenging. No matter how we arrange, it interrupts traffic to the porch. 2) the house is surrounded by trees which are lovely however the rooms are very dark. The family room windows on the west side are shaded by an attached screened porch and the north side are, well, north. We get no direct sunlight and even a bright day doesn't light up the room very well.
The only built in lighting are two can lights above the fireplace. The walls are painted a khaki green, which is pretty in the photos but just makes the room darker. The carpet is a dark tan (short shag?). The trim is medium toned oak and in good condition - my husband would rather not paint any of it at this point. There are wood beams on the 8 ft. ceiling.
Our plan is to redo the entire room - hopefully making it brighter. In addition to new furniture and window coverings, we plan to add a 60" TV and some sort of console - not sure where to put it though. I don't think over the fireplace is an option because of the height of the mantle. The layout needs to be conducive to watching TV and enjoying the fireplace.
General room dimensions:
Fireplace wall - 12 ft with 5 ft. on each side of fireplace
French door wall - 5 ft. on each side of French doors (only center door opens in)
Kitchen wall - 19 ft. (8 ft. 4" space to left of kitchen door)
Fourth wall - 12 ft. with 36" opening in corner
My style of choice would probably be cottage, comfortable, and would like to bring color in through artwork, window coverings, and painted furniture, sticking with simple/classic upholstery.
I enjoy reading the discussion board on Houzz and look foward to seeing responses.