A revamped family room balances the competing wants of kids of different ages.
The homeowner wanted her cluttered family room transformed into a family retreat that met the ideal of all three children.
Designer Candice Olson used sleeker storage and brighter lighting to bring life and order to a dark, junky room.
How it happened
• Part of a wall was removed to make room for a wet bar, complete with a small stainless-steel sink, a tiled backsplash, floating shelving and cabinetry for storing glasses, plates and packaged snacks. For treats that need to be kept cold, there’s a built-in fridge column and freezer column combo built into a wall of cabinetry that also holds the TV and other media equipment. The appliances are concealed behind custom cabinetry doors.
• This new family room also solves the storage dilemma that naturally comes with kids, with tall open shelving, closed cabinetry and baskets to hold toys and craft supplies.
• A classic white table with a hinged leaf that can be pulled up when extra space is needed for homework or working on projects. The desk is flanked by lots of storage, including pullout drawers containing bins that can be carried away and returned when playtime is done. Above the desk is a custom-tinted, framed-out chalkboard surface for important notes or fun doodles.
• Parked in front of the TV is a large sectional that provides lots of seating, while also converting into a dream sofa-bed, perfect for tween girl sleepovers.
• To accommodate family photos, floating picture ledges were installed down the short, angled walls on either side of the patio door.
• A new drywall ceiling with recessed lighting brightened things up.
To make the most of the interior space and to allow for easy exits, the hinged French door was replaced by a new large sliding patio door, complete with an integrated blind system.
When designing common areas like a family room or back-yard patio, hold a family meeting to discuss the project before it even begins, Olson says. Each member of the household will have a different vision for the renovation, and often these can be combined to create a functional space will make everyone feel right at home.
Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service. Interior decorator Candice Olson hosts “Candice Tells All,” which appears on HGTV.