Allentown Family Room Gets An Updated Look
Monday, July 2, 2012
This room has seen a lot of family action over the years. It was now time this hard working core of the home was updated. So here is how we did it………….
The fireplace: The biggest change in the room is the fireplace. Rather than replacing the entire fireplace we kept the stone on the face of it, cutting about four feet of the stone away on either side to bring in beautifully simple maple built ins finished in a deep chocolate stain. We kept the hearth, saving us money on the project.
The paint: After trying out various shades of blue, we found the perfect calming shade for the walls -Benjamin Moore Puritan Gray (HC 164).
Lighting: Lighting is key to any space! Although this room has two sky lights that add some natural light, we needed to get more artificial light in to create an intimate mood at different times of the day. We hard wired new satin nickel and glass sconces above the fireplace, and added a center ceiling drum shade.
Furniture: With a cool color on the walls we filled the space with warm wood flooring and a giant comfortable chocolate sofa and chaise. The chairs are a big hit with the kids because they swivel.
Decor: We used silver reflective accents in the bookcases, mantel, to frame the mirror, and on the lamp bases, to dress up the room.
The artwork: We wanted to showcase two large art pieces in each bookcase but did not find anything that we fell in love with. So we went with a more creative approach. We inserted two fabric prints full of blue and green whimsy into gorgeous detailed frames. To see how these were made and to get a close up view of them CLICK HERE.
The rug: A soft cream frieze rug adds weight to the center of the room and really pulls the color out of the furniture. It creates a cozy seating area.
New glass doors: We updated the sliding glass door to a pair of french doors with side lights.
“Here’s to many more family memories in a room that not only functions well, but looks stunning!”