Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Family Room--Indecision

I'm not even sure if indecision is an appropriate word for my feelings toward my family room--I can't figure out where to start!  The entire first floor of my home is open--all of the rooms flow into each other.  I would like to paint but right now I'm not ready to make a decision on the colors for the entire first floor.  Here are some pictures, hopefully I can call them "Before" pictures soon!

BEFORE (currently)

Here are the things that I like in the room:
*  The fireplace.  I've always wanted a stone fireplace and I finally got one (this in house #5 for me btw).  I love the stone, I love the colors of the stone. 
*  The rug.  I know its plain and boring but once again I choose this because I didn't know what to do with this room color-wise.  Even though its plain, its real comfy, I put a carpet pad underneath to make it plush.  And I like the light color on the dark floor.
*  The blinds.  Like the ceiling fan, they are dark and kind of weigh down the room but they are functional and look like nice quality blinds.

Here the things that I can live with:
*  The ceiling fan.  I feel like it weighs the room down but I like having a fan for the function.  I think its a little dark so maybe I'll work on that.
*  The sofas.  I've had these monsters for a while (9 years?) and they have been through the ringer with the kids.  The cushion covers have been washed so many times.  They are a little large for this room but still comfortable and still look pretty good after fluffing.  I would love to have a sleeker sectional that would wrap around the 2 outer walls.

Here is the room layout (pardon my limited photoshop skills):

Here is my todo list:
*  Curtains to add color and/or pattern.  Its spring and I really want something bright.
*  End tables.
*  Lighting for either side of the sofa (maybe table lamps), and for the chair (floor lamp?).
*  Decorate the fireplace mantle--something simple.
*  New/different artwork on the walls. 
*  I would LOVE to get a flat screen TV and hang on the wall to replace this old dinosaur, but that is not in the budget right now.

Just writing this post is motivating me.  I will update you soon with my progress. 

I would love to hear your suggestions!

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  1. you have a lot on your list here, but glad you found making it motivating. a sectional was the first thing i thought of for this room, and your stone fireplace is definitely a great feature. good luck on all those decisions and projects! can't wait to see what you come up with!

  2. I think it already looks much better with the 2 side tables and side lamps on each - that really makes a difference making the room appear more fuller and cozier. The orange curtains are a nice touch as well.

    How did I know all that without a picture - ESP?

  3. Alex, you must by spying on me. :) Don't scoop me! I will be posting about that soon.