A 'lived-in' look for family room
- March 24, 2011 - 4:34 PM
Removed the heavy drapes (not shown), allowing more natural light into the space.
Removed family photos and clutter on shelves, minimizing distractions, making room feel more open.
While the larger family room was sparsely furnished, the living room was smaller and had too much furniture. Exchanging the leather sofa and chair (not shown) from the family room with two more formal white upholstered loveseats from the living room, which have better proportions for the space, brightened the room. They were arranged to draw attention to the fireplace.
A large glass and wood coffee table was moved from the lower-level family room to help anchor the setting and give the impression that the room is being fully utilized.
A floor lamp from the lower level adds much-needed light to the space.
In the opposite corner of the room (not shown), a table lamp, side table and chair help balance the light and sense of livability.
Lighter, neutral artwork behind the sofa brightens the wall without distracting from the fireplace.
Iridescent glass and brass accessories were borrowed from the dining room and arranged on the coffee table and bookshelves to reflect light.
A green potted plant on the hearth adds a nice shot of color to draw the eye toward the fireplace.
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