Photo taken a few weeks after closing on our house in 2017
Behold, our (challenging) family room. I’ve never done anything to this space because honestly, I just never saw the potential, so I’ve never felt inspired by it. Between all the angles, the ceiling drop, the beam, the fireplace, and the floor, I just felt like no matter what I did, it wouldn’t look great.
It’s currently a mess because, bebe, so below are some photos of this space from when we closed on our house:
Since we’re a little family now, I’ve been thinking about how I want this space to feel, because it’s where we spend a lot of time. Right now it feels cold, awkward, and not so welcoming. I want this space to feel comfy, cozy, and chic. And today, I thought I’d share some ideas for how I can accomplish that.
These mockups are just to show you the placement of things, so take them with a grain of salt.
Angelo and I aren’t fans of this option but wanted to share it anyway. That beam looks like it would be obstructing the view of the TV, but it wouldn’t. While I’m not a huge fan of a sofa against the wall, this option would allow for a giant, comfy sectional and lots of art to hang above. This could work with the back of the sectional facing the beam and the TV on the left wall, too.
I should mention that we use that corner fireplace a lot during the colder months. We just hate the look of it. With this option, we would remove the existing fireplace and replace it with a new one. Since a fireplace vents through an outside wall, it would have to be placed on the left wall rather than the center wall, where I would prefer it to be. Unless we could do a ventless fireplace…
I like this option the most, but would need to figure out what’s possible and how pricey it would be.
We’re not crazy about this option, but it’s the most cost-effective. Instead of removing the gas fireplace, I had an idea to put a folding screen in front of it. And if we want to turn it on we can just fold the screen up and place it to the side.
Angelo and I have thought about built-ins here many times, but with the drop ceiling and that door to the right, we don’t think it could work in a way that looks seamless. We could do a fireplace in the built-ins, but overall I just don’t think built-ins could work?
This photo was from after we painted (during my gray phase lolol). It still looks like this, except now we have a larger off-white Macy’s sectional in the center, and those sheer drapes are gone. That back door leads to our laundry room.
- I would cover the whole floor with a durable, giant area rug, likely an indoor/outdoor sisal. This room gets a lot of foot traction during spring/summer/fall when we’re going in and out from the backyard. The floors are Pergo, so covering the floor with a large area rug would make me feel better about not having hardwood 🙂
- As I mentioned above, we use the fireplace a lot during the winter months but hate the look of it. So somehow incorporating a new, more visually appealing fireplace would be ideal
- I’d do drapes around sliding doors
- I’d paint the stair risers and banister white
- In the back corner, where all the awkward angles are, I was thinking of doing a game table with some extra seating
- I need to get some estimates for moving/adding a fireplace to that back wall. Since it’s not an exterior wall, I’m not sure what’s feasible. I’ve previously done some research on fireplaces and shared options in this post
- Maybe this could be the room where I can do grasscloth without it being an overwhelming project that would take 3458 weeks to complete lol
This would ideally be a 2023 project, but also I really want to prioritize saving funds and planning for our kitchen. I can only juggle so many projects with a blog, a full-time job, and a baby, hah! This will probably be another slow-to-makeover room because I’d like to furnish it with mostly secondhand finds.
By the way, if you’re interested in learning how to create mockups similar to what I shared above, I offer a Photoshop class that teaches you how.
Which option do you like best? Would love to hear your thoughts!