It’s finally time to show off our new and hopefully improved family room! We worked so hard on this space and put so much time into it. I think it paid off – I am so happy with how it turned out and even more thrilled to have had a really good reason to get to work! That is, in honor of Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week of course!
Last week, I shared a sneak peek and progress of our Basement Battles. It was so very confused and uninviting! Don’t you think? The walls were daring, but not in a good way and decorating this space was very limited! It just wasn’t us.
My aim was to create a colorful Scandinavian-inspired family room, so it flowed with the rest of the home. You probably hear me using that term a lot. Like, a lot. It’s not that it happens to be a really popular trend right now and all over Pinterest. Truth is, it’s been around forever. But the whole principle of Scandinavian design is a good rule of thumb when decorating any space in your home. Just think simplicity, minimalism and functionality. You can add your personal style in the mix, but always keeping those three principles in mind. And that’s what I really was focusing on in our family space. I do tend to get a little “busy” when bringing in all my collections and knick knacks, but that’s just me adding a little bit of my personal style to the bigger picture.
Really, this room is the heart of everything because it’s where we can all spend time as a family. So, it was important the room was both comfortable and functional, as well as modern and edgy.
Now, you might be thinking. That couch is NOT simple or minimal. You’re so right! But it’s functional. It’s the most comfy couch in the world – great for kids! Yes, I kind of have a love/hate relationship with it. The style and color is just so blah. I really wanted to invest in a new sectional to suit our style, but my husband brought up some good points. A) We really don’t need one. B) We would be getting a brand new sofa, just for the basement where the kids will be playing lots and potentially wearing it out pretty quickly. I think we will stick with having the really pretty pieces upstairs! At least one of us is realistic.
We brought in clean, white shelving to display all the quirky and playful pieces to give the space personality. We strategically placed the shelving in front of our geometric wall to create a sense of curiosity and wonder. What’s going on behind those shelves?! The pieces on the shelves work as great accent colors with the amazing Tame Teal (SW 6757) and Tricorn Black (SW 6258). I just love how it makes that whole shelving unit POP!
The floor really needed something to break up all the wood that was going on, so we opted for a black and white graphic rug. It’s durable and easy to clean – again, great for kids!
I brought in my Low-Profile Round Tables that take up no space at all. It’s great, since the sectional is so big and eats up so much space. They are easy to move when the kids need to have more space to play, but great for books and such.
We changed out the lighting in the space and really focused on simple and minimal pieces. We added clip-on lamps to the shelves for overhead lighting for reading in the evening. From the light fixture to the floor lamp – lighting is so important!
I really wanted to add a fun element to the space, so I created a hanging garden…if you will. I will share the DIY soon, so stay tuned! I love having all my tropical plants in this space to add natural green elements and to make the space feel overall fresh! We have a large rectangular window that allows tons of light in this space. It just made sense to stick with cacti, succulents and other tropical plants. Plus, they don’t need as much water as my other house plants, so that was good. Because I might forget to water them from time to time.
I really kept the pillows to a minimum. I stuck with various shades of blues and grey with fun patterns and designs. I made a DIY stamped pillow and a fun cacti pillow, which I think turned out just right for this space!
The most important thing about redoing a room is not breaking the bank! I reuse a lot of the same stuff, but it always looks new when the space gets a makeover. I also try to make as much as I can and only spend on items I know we need (not to be mistaken with what we want). And let’s not forget the power of paint! Honestly, 99% of the time a room could just use some fresh paint and it’s like new. Just look at our before pictures if you don’t believe me!
A very big THANK YOU to Sherwin-Williams for making this project possible! We love our new family room!
What do you guys think? Do you love it as much as we do?