I was recently hired by a great couple with three young children to design the family room in their newly purchased home. They were ready to invest in a family room that would be comfortable, cozy, and “adult” – while still being family friendly. Here’s what we came up with.
Luckily, they were able to bring me on board to start work on the project before they moved into the space. Here’s what the room looked like the first time I saw it.
It’s a great space with easy access to the kitchen and entry foyer, but it was lacking in architectural interest and didn’t have any storage. For a busy family of five, storage was essential, so we first started with the built-ins. They used a local Richmond carpenter who did an excellent job on the built-ins. We showed him pictures of the desired look, and he added a few touches as well. I think they turned out great. They are solidly built and high quality. Here’s a better look.
The windows to the left of the built-ins look out onto a covered porch. It’s a nice, usable layout but left the family room feeling dark. Here’s another before picture of the windows.
The blinds and drapes weren’t helping the issue, so we went high and wide with a dramatic print for the custom made drapes. It’s a good rule of thumb to go “high and wide” with your draperies – it adds visual height to the room and helps to make the window more dramatic. They used the existing rod for now but will likely purchase a new, thicker wooden curtain rod that matches the honey finish on the coffee table. They also added recessed lighting – which really helped make the room much lighter and brighter.
To make the room more family friendly, there are mostly rounded corners (coffee table and end table) and the couch and love seat are covered in an indoor/outdoor fabric. The blue and white ottomans also provide extra seating for family gatherings and can be easily moved. Two leather chairs complete the arrangement and provide durable, stylish seating in the space. All pillows are custom made.
One last shot.
I really loved working on this space and am so pleased that the family is enjoying their new room. Thanks for reading!