Since this family room, designed by Linda Woodrum, was intended to have mass appeal, it looks a bit like a hotel lobby: high-end, but drained of personality.
However in this case, that’s not necessarily a bad thing! It’s still beautiful, functional, and nicely proportioned and balanced. We can glean a lot of inspiration from this room. Take a look at the photos, and then read on.
What I like about this family room:
1) The drum pendants. Not only are they way more interesting than trendy, recessed pot lights, they’re more intimate, too.
2) Intimate seating. Oftentimes we think that if furniture is too close together, the room will look smaller or more crowded, but that’s not necessarily true. In this case, it’s cozy and appropriate for a family room.
3) Sleeper sectional. The couch turns into a queen sleeper—and I don’t know about you, but we definitely need more space for visiting relatives!
4) Storage ottomans. They triple as a coffee table, extra seating, and storage bin. So functional.
5) Unexpected black-and-white painting. The designer stated, “With so much saturated color, I knew we needed black and white there to clean and crisp up the room.” So true.
6) Not quite wall-to-wall carpeting. That 12-ish inches of space between the carpet and the wall actually expands the space, and that glimpse of hardwood makes the room look even more high-end.
7) A cohesive color statement, expressed in wall color, furniture, lamps, and textiles. I am always drawn to color. Whether it looks methodical or haphazard, color conveys a feeling; and in this case, there’s a richness and warmth that begs me to sit and stay a while. (Wall color is Craft Paper from Sherwin-Williams.)
*Images from HGTV Dream Home 2012.