It's a good day for a reveal day! You have been seeing sneak peek pictures of this room make-over for weeks, and now it's time to see the before and after's!
The home-owner's goal for her living room , was to create a "finished" look, and to add some pops of color. Due to the room's neutral walls and flooring, I had a great canvas to work with. You'll soon see how color made a difference for this space!!!
Photos don't quite seem to capture it, but I think you'll get the gist of how this room transformed....
Let's start with the BEFORE shots:
Don't forget the windows....
Not only is the room big, but it has some great features too, like the fireplace and mantle, and the many windows; all in need of some accessorizing. I added window panels, and accessories and the entire look of the room changed instantly.
Now let's move on to .the AFTER shots: (some are a bit blurry, darn! I must have been shaking with excitement!)
The home-owner already had the large tree mantle art, which I used as the inspiration for the room's color scheme and decor. The mantle is so large, that I wanted to add a bit more to it for more pops of color, texture, and height....
The homeowner had a great table and chairs in a different area of the house, which were re-located to the "new" room. The family really wanted that addition so they could have game night in their favorite room of the house.
Pretty AND Useful
Designing and planning a room is largely about knowing the needs for a room (how the room must function for you and your family), and whenever possible, using items you already have to re-create a space. This table was a nice addition, and it looks great over that gorgeous rug!
Try this simple trick for LARGE windows that span an entire wall: Use short window rods on each end of your windows. This worked GREAT for the windows in this room. You can see this best in the photo above.
On the opposite end of the room we find the TV, sofas, and ottoman. Due to wiring and location of cable hook-up, the TV had to stay on this end of the room (which is great because this allows for a separate reading, and game area right by the fireplace!)
Before, the TV was lonely, standing out against a neutral wall. To warm that wall up, some height was added to each side of the TV using shelves. A little wall art hung above the TV also made the space more complete. Now, the TV is no longer the "centerpiece" on that wall.....
The fish tank table had to stay....due to a GIANT fish tank (and fish!) that sits on top it. I used a few tricks up my sleeve to "hide" the storage cubbies, which created a more cohesive look!
Accessories were also added to the top of the armoire. For a large room with tall ceilings, always go for BIG accessories!
And that's a wrap!
And that wraps up one of the largest rooms I've done to date! Each project poses its own challenge, and this room was no exception. But, I learn something so important from each and every project! Above all, I really love using my talents for the benefit of others! And I love solving home decorating problems that so many of us have at one point or another!!!!
Thank you for this opportunity Stonehouse family! I hope you enjoy many family game nights, movie nights, and cozy nights by the fireplace in your new room!
See more rooms below......