I have been working with a local client who I am happy to also call a good friend. We have been plugging away on her family room, making it a space that has a blend of traditional with modern. She has been a joy to work with so far, because she truly gets as excited as I do about design and it feels like a girl’s day out when we meet to discuss the progress in her space. Here are some before pictures of the room to show you where we began…
We will be working with the main furniture pieces in the room, such as the Pottery Barn sectional and storage cabinet. Since we are keeping these warm furniture pieces, I immediately thought we should cool down the walls with a color that balances all of the warm elements. I chose Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore and she loved the idea. The walls in this family room are daunting… they slant up to a dramatic height and painting this room is a huge undertaking. My clients realized it needed to be done to transform the space, but I also totally understood the hesitancy of the project. Luckily, the tried and true Revere Pewter was a winner and my clients could not be happier with the result! This tall wall in the photo above needed some architectural interest to help visually bring that wall down to feel more cozy. I suggested adding board and batten to this wall (up 3/4 of the wall) and painting that a dark gray/brown shade. I selected Equestrian Gray, also by Benjamin Moore. Here is the design board I initially presented to my client…
The Design Board…
And here is the amazing progress of this room so far…
We changed the color palette a bit for the accessory pillows, but for the most part, the rest of the plan stayed the same. We also replaced the curtain rods with brass options and purchased longer drapes, so the rods could be installed much higher than the windows. That visually brought your eye up, making the windows feel grander and in better fitting with the height of the room. Love that trick! Our plan moving forward is to replace the slipcovered chair and ottoman with a leather club chair/ottoman, place console tables behind the sectional, add ceiling beams to warm up the tall ceilings and install a fireplace/mantel where the TV is currently. We will also accessorize the walls and shelves, but the transformation is already coming along so well, that I had to share!
The room is looking so much better already! Love the board and batten walls and the gorgeous ottoman! Can't wait to see the finished room!
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Richmond Gordon says
Splendid progress, indeed. I love the use of cream colors to evoke a kind of homey, yet prim and proper type of feel. That should work for your house in a lot of ways, and should make it work as both professional and domestic function rooms as well. I hope the paints are of the right tightness and texture. The room feels lived now than just being formal and static and that's a good thing. Thanks for sharing that! All the best!
Richmond Gordon @ CertaPro Painters
Very nice progress Amber! Vaulted ceilings in room can be very daunting and furniture can get lost, and you helped anchor and cozy up the room with the textural interest on the wall with the board and batten. You go girl, it's coming along great!