Sunday, June 19, 2011

Family room progress

It's been a while, but I'm finally back to doing some decorating - hurrah! We had our new couch delivered yesterday, so (at last!) I'm getting on with the family room makeover.

Last year I had a design consultation with Kristine from Lemonbutter Furnishings & Interiors, and I've been working away at collecting bits and pieces for the room ever since.

This is what we started with:

Much as I love my colours, the old navy couches made the room look so, SO dark and gloomy. So I had in mind a warm white modular couch, to lighten things up. Kristine suggested a large silver-framed mirror as well, to reflect extra light and make the space appear a bit larger. Here's the computer mock-up of her suggested layout:

The colour palette revolves around the wall colours (dark teal and olive-beige), the warm white of the couch and the chocolate of the ottoman (which I don't have yet):

And she suggested accents of silver and olive drab:

The silver adds some glamour and is reflective too, so again, should lighten things up a bit.

Here's the room with the new couch in place, and my eBay bamboo and timber chest/side table next to it:

Ignore the mirror propped on the floor and the dresser sitting in the middle of the floor on the other side of the room... I have to find a home for that somewhere. If my eldest son doesn't move out soon, I may be forced to sell it. :/

The lovely leather couch. The whole family can fit on it, with room to spare:

I found this fabric at Spotlight - it's destined to be made up into new cushion covers. I'll get another chocolate leather one (or two) and perhaps an olive colour as well...

Once I have my mirror and prints hung and the dresser out of the way, I'll post another photo, but it's getting there. :)

Of course, when you move the old couch, this is what you discover.... food wrappers, tissues, dirty socks, empty water bottles.... and toenails. TOENAILS?? Ugh. Kids!


southies said...

What a difference in the room even without it being completed, Kek!

The colours chosen work wonders. Can't wait to see the end product!

Kek said...

Thanks, Southies - I'm happy with how it's progressing. :)

Getting some advice from a pro was a good investment; I was getting so confused about accent colours and styles, it was doing my head in!