Family Room Makeover

My parents built a beautiful new home in San Antonio a few years ago and have done a fabulous job decorating it. Mom is extremely creative and every time we visit I love walking through the house admiring the new things she has done since we were last there. I get most of my good design ideas from her!

There is one room, however, that Mom has never been happy with – the upstairs living area. The layout is a challenge because it’s a long, narrow space that needs to serve several functions including TV-watching, reading, exercising, and a place to spread out and work on projects. Mom sold most of the family room furniture in a recent garage sale so she could redecorate and requested my help developing a plan for the space. Fortunately, she provided a few guidelines and photos for inspiration.

Mom’s Family Room Wish List:

  • Add small pops of color in throw pillows and art work.
  • Mount flat screen TV on the wall.
  • Incorporate textures that will add visual interest.
  • Utilize the existing game table, chairs and floor lamp, if possible.

Existing Furniture

Since we are both visual thinkers, I decided to compile a few different mood boards to get the creative juices flowing. The new elements we add to the space need to complement the existing furniture in the room, which should be relatively easy since they are such classic, neutral pieces.


Family Room Mood Board: Mid-Century Remix

clockwise from top: Custom Color Palette, Framed Graphic Prints,
Nelson Bubble Lamps, Ambre Sofa, Duncan Cube Ottoman, Mrs. Godfrey Chair,
Zig Zag Jaipuri RugMid-Century Modern Credenza, Vidrio Glass Table Lamp,
Chinoiserie Long Pillow, Lime Trellis Pillow, Maddox Teal Pillow

The first proposal blends Mid-Century Modern finds with a bright, airy color palette to keep the space feeling fresh and contemporary. Maybe we can score a good deal on a vintage-looking credenza if we keep our eyes peeled on Craigslist. Mom already has several Pottery Barn frames tucked away in a closet that could be filled with a variety of colorful, graphic prints and hung in a cluster like the inspiration photo above.

Family Room Mood Board: Low-key Luxe

clockwise from top: Rich Elegance Color PaletteBookshelves, Chevron Pillow, Kuba Cloth Pillow, Corallum Coral PillowOatmeal Grasscloth Wallpaper,
Melesse Table Lamp, Paloma Sideboard, All Square Flor Tile Rug,
Eames Lounge Chair, Capiz Shell Floral Pendant Light, Austin Ottoman,
Campbell Sofa, Sunburst Mirror

A rich, earthy color palette gives warmth to the space in this design option. Grasscloth wallpaper would add texture and visual interest to the focal wall. Built-in bookshelves would provide storage and give the room a cozy, lived-in feel. I can just imagine kicking back with a cocktail and a good book in that sweet Eames lounge chair!

Family Room Mood Board: Retro Glam

clockwise from top: Custom Color Palette, Colorful Bookshelves,
Teal Mongolian Wool PillowBargello Chevron Pillow, If…Then Pillow,
Capri Bottle LampTrollsta SideboardZebra Hide Rug, DIY Pallet Coffee Table,
Copenhagen ChairHayes SofaAbstract PaintingDIY Yarn Pendant

Honestly, I just threw this mood board in as a wild card, but I think the colors are so fun for a casual family room. The zebra rug and bright accessories pack a powerful punch! I love the color contrast in the inspiration photo where the back of the bookshelves are painted bright blue and the walls are lime green. The do-it-yourself wood pallet coffee table and yarn pendant lamp are not only easy on the wallet, but they would be great conversation pieces, too.

So, what do you think? Which option would you choose?

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  1. By Pallet Possibilities – design finch on May 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm

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  1. DanaNo Gravatar

    I think I stopped breathing at the first room! I LOVE the colors. The second selection works best with our style. (It’s definitely Bart’s favorite!) The lines of that brown sofa caught my eye immediately. …and the grass cloth makes it all work. Really love(& need!) the pendent light but, I have this recurring thought, “Who’s going to dust it?” :)
    I will spend too, too many hours this week perusing these rooms. Thank you, Shayla. I am always amazed at your talent and creativity! Did I say thank you? Thank you! Love you, Mom

    Posted May 22, 2011 at 12:11 am | Permalink
  2. Jennette ThorntonNo Gravatar

    love option 1 and 3. I know you and your mom will enjoy this project. Just a suggestion, I’ve added a plum purple to my blue/green/brown/orange decor. Also, thanks for the storage organization blog! I was able to organize the kitchen, the boys’ bathroom, and my flip flops! I love the way you think!! :-)

    Posted May 22, 2011 at 1:41 am | Permalink
  3. Bethany PirttimaNo Gravatar

    I also love the colors in the first… maybe I’ll give our guest room a little spruce by adding in that green color. I would love to see you and your mom join forces in a decorating reality tv show… think Pawn Stars, but homier 😉

    Posted May 22, 2011 at 9:19 am | Permalink
  4. ShaylaNo Gravatar

    @Dana: So glad you like it! I had a lot of fun putting these together for you; we make a great team! The first step is picking a color scheme and sofa, then you can bring in the other pieces over time.

    Posted May 22, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  5. ShaylaNo Gravatar

    @Jennette Thornton: Good suggestion, Jennette! I have really been digging that plum purple color lately. You’ll have to send me pics of your organization projects….I’d love to see what you’ve done and share it on the blog.

    Posted May 22, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink
  6. ShaylaNo Gravatar

    @Bethany Pirttima: A reality decorating show would be awesome….as long as it didn’t end in a family feud like American Choppers! I think a citrus green color would work really well in your blue guest room, BTW.

    Posted May 22, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  7. Katie NorwoodNo Gravatar

    You are so talented!! My favorite is the first one. Love the lime green and graphic prints. I’d take that room any day.

    Posted May 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Permalink
  8. ShaylaNo Gravatar

    @Katie Norwood: Thanks, Katie! I trust your opinion because you have fabulous taste! I’m already looking forward to seeing how you’ll decorate your new home in North Carolina.

    Posted May 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Permalink
  9. Gosh the first one is the color palette I am using in my house so I have to go with that one but great job on the other two.

    To see my color palette in action take a look at my family room makeover

    I’d love to know what you think!

    Posted June 7, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink
  10. ShaylaNo Gravatar

    @Zoe Feast: Wow, Zoe…that doesn’t even look like the same family room! It’s so much lighter and brighter now. Painting the wood trim and doors made a HUGE difference. Thanks so much for sharing your transformation!

    Posted June 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink

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