My empty nester clients wanted a family room where they could relax in the evenings, but also have enough seating when their kids came for visits. They needed to address functionality issues with the furniture to accommodate athletic frames and aging knees, while also giving the room warmth and style. During the consultation, they stated that the room had always felt small, and after they demonstrated the issues with getting in and out of the existing seating, we decided to replace all of the furnishings.
Not shown in the photos, the room served as a pass through between the entry hall and kitchen, and the previous design with hardwoods and an area rug off to one side, visually separated the seating area from the rest of the room, making it look like a walkway existed between the seating area, and the bookcases flanking the left wall.
With the original art and art objects as my inspiration, I created a neutral, but interesting backdrop, by wrapping the room in rich chocolate, with a creamy white wool carpet across the entire floorspace, bringing it all together. With the fireplace wall being open to the kitchen, I saw an opportunity to “create” a wall by painting the landing area between the two rooms the same color, and it served to visually expand the space. I also removed the prior window treatments which hid the transoms, and visually added height to the room.
Working directly with the manufacturer, I designed larger seating with extra firm cushions to ease usability of the sofa, loveseat, and club chairs, and positioned the seating further out into the room, while still allowing for adequate walk space from the entry hall, into the kitchen. Table selections display the client’s blown glass art from all viewing angles, and much needed lighting washes the room with warmth and elegance.