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Where on earth do I start? Family room craziness ....

pokyhokyFebruary 24, 2013
I would like my large (21'x30') family room to have more of an impact. DH likes rustic, I like a little more modern. It is a true family room - my daughters do crafts, we watch tv here, play games. The wood stove - used daily - puts out a LOT of heat so we can't get too close. So the seating area is facing a built-in stone shelf for the television, and there is a high table behind the sofa so my girls can do a project and watch a movie (or not!), plus I have this large light maple cabinet that stores all the craft supplies. All the different wood tones in here are too much. I don't know where my starting point should be for this room.

1. DH is not a fan of the green (we've had it 6 years). I'm ready to paint - is a warm charcoal too much? I'm really looking for a wow factor. The adjoining spaces - very open - are all a vanilla color.

2. The maple cabinet needs to match/blend more - have thought about staining it to match the coffee table.

3. Should I do a rug in the seating area? Maybe in browns and greys?


4. Window treatment challenge - electric baseboards under the windows so I cannot do panels. How do I handle the windows? I probably wouldn't cover our views but think I should bring in some color here.

5. We originally thought about doing the ceiling in wood, but maybe that's too much wood. Because of that, it's the only room in the house that we didn't scrape the popcorn off of - and why we haven't changed out the brass ceiling fan yet.

6. I've removed the burgundy chair and moved the brown chair and ottoman in its place.
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Or I could go a whole 'nuther direction and go with white:

Eclectic Living Room design by San Francisco Interior Designer Jute Interior Design
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 11:37AM
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all i can say is YES all good ideas!!charcoal grey on the wall and white for the trim and windowframes, the maple could be white too or brown like your coffeetable,love the rug,how about blinds for the windows in a color you can pick from the rug taken the fan away!!good start for the ceiling..
1 Like    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 12:15PM
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Ok, great! Going with a charcoal wall color, what sort of blinds for the windows? Should I take down the wooden cornices? Do a Roman shade? And is the rug I (hopefully) linked look like a good option? Or not "timeless" enough? I really liked it when I saw it, but wonder if it's too trendy.

I've done lots of deep colors on walls, but never anything this bold. I think I'm afraid I don't know the difference between achieving impact vs going bold to try to make up the shortcomings.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 7:57AM
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Please keep the chestnut colour for your window frames - it will look great with the charcoal grey - and gives it a lovely warmth as you have lots of light and space. However, paint your ceiling two or three tones lighter otherwise the white will bring down the ceiling visually.
I would wait before adding a rug to see the effect of the walls on the room. You have a lovely light carpet and this might be necessary to give you space that the grey walls take away.
2 Likes    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 8:28AM
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Oh that's a great plan for the ceiling - I see now that it looks like a big expanse of white.

I have the worst luck of choosing shades of paint that are close, but not quite right. Any suggestions for a charcoal with brown undertones?
    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 2:51PM
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ASV, that room looks so crisp and soothing.
    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 2:52PM
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In this application, the fan is vital to disperse and mix the heat released from the stove, there are many, many styles of fan, if you check some sites you could find just the right one. I would go with roman shades in pattern of choice ( a large plaid?) perhaps a ottoman or couple pillows in the same fabric. I sometimes suggest making a minaiture floor drawing on graph paper to size, also measure your furniture and cut out blocks. Then you can move your furniture around as much as you want--no backache! it may encourage an idea or two how to make a compact craft corner, perhaps incorporating the hutch/desk with additional shelves or storage . I would encourage a change in sofa placement as well. Have fun moving furniture! lol
2 Likes    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 3:43PM
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Gretchen Maurer
I feel the cornices make the room look dated. If you put up bright lively curtains to the floor it will draw your eye up. Make the panels fall over the side trim so the window does not get covered up and will make it appear bigger and should fall to the sides of the heaters as well. Do Romans on the other windows. Pick a fun fabric and then pic a color from that to paint behind your stove. The room needs some pop. I like the pictures behind the stove but not the shelf. who can admire your things if they have to stand in front of a hot stove...spread that decor around the room. You don't have to fill a large room by spreading out your pieces....it will appear too sparse. I would tighten up the arraignment that faces the TV, the pieces seem too far apart. cozy zones are great, and you seem to use the room well.....it just needs some fun and pop. anchor the TV area with a fun rug!
1 Like    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 3:59PM
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This is a lovely room.
I like the color; but I would make all the woods in the room the golden oak for cohesiveness.

Make the cocktail table a round ottoman in a print fabric to the floor or a round oak and iron cocktail table; you can use the weight.

Move the sofa closer to the TV. I think 8 feet for a 65 inch TV; you can research this online for distance from TV.
Put the large leather chair at a right angle to the sofa so more tv viewing room; could be at 90 or 45 degrees, your choice.

Put a colorful 8 x 10 area rug under the leather sofa and chair with the long 10 side parallel to the sofa. Sofa and chair should be on the carpet about a foot in.

Put the wing chair to the left of the fireplace and add a small table and floor lamp. This table could be quirky and painted an accent color of your choice. This will make a nice reading area. Possibly a basket nearby with a woven throw in it also in an accent color of your choice.

Put up iron look curtain rods, bronze or black with either rings to match, gromet curtains, or rings that hang from the top of curtains with a clip. Add cream linen type floor to ceiling curtains; you will want to order the 95 inch length, most companies carry that length, you just have to look or inquire. Ikea has great ecomonic choices in window coverings.

I assume you will be buying a larger tv at some point. Put it low on the wall or a cabinet centered on the viewing wall you have shown. Eyes should be looking at the center of the TV while sitting down. Again do research for correct viewing.

I cannot tell what is under your tv shelf, but that is a great place to put two stools in the same accent color you used for the side table by the wing chair. It will relate to the reading area and make the room more pulled together.

Lastly if you want something on the wall this is a great large room to have black and white photos of your kids done (it is a family room after all and personal really would work here) and blown up large, 24 x 24 maybe, tape it out on the wall, and framed with minimal black frames and hung at eye level, about 67 inches from the floor to center of the picture get a 67 inch eye level.

If you do throw pillows select down fill as they are the only thing that squishes into your body; other wise your pillows end up on the floor. hahaha

This is such a wonderful family room. I love it!
    Bookmark   February 6, 2015 at 4:47PM
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I missed the green paint comment. Just choose one you and your husband love. Maybe pale aqua or blue grey. Something that is cool or warm like the sofa.
Fan - find a large one, five feet in diameter and no light as it would not give enough light any way. Dark wook or dark metal to compliment the wood stove. My daughter put a very large fan in her family room and it was the best thing she did. Go big or go home. hahaha
Choose a bold colorful rug you both love and pull accent color out of rug. Just think colorful accents and big. Lamps can be fat and big and heavy; no light weights here.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2015 at 4:54PM
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I like your idea of a wood ceiling and white walls. Just stain or paint maple craft desk to match the rest of the wood. It is a lovely family room! Here are a few photo's with wood ceiling- off white walls.
Feldman Architecture · More Info

Ragley Hall Residence Living Room · More Info
    Bookmark   February 6, 2015 at 4:59PM
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