Bold Family Room Makeover

When traditional meets contemporary, a dull room will never be the same.

Before: Boring Beige

The owners of this home recently added on a loft area, hoping it would become the go-to room for family fun and entertaining. They wanted bold colors for the walls to make the room pop, but their current color choice just fades into the background.

After: Bold Red

After its makeover, the room’s red walls give the space a clear beginning and end. Part of the room is open to the front-door entryway, and to help define the area, hanging artwork mimics the look of the windows.

Before: Too Much Light

Mixing warm colors like red with neutrals is a great way to make a room feel cozy. The couple tried to brighten their sterile family room with small accents of color, but since the room is so big, the red accessories got lost in a sea of beige. Another reason the red didn’t pop was that the natural light flooding into the room tended to wash out all the color.

After: Perfect Lighting

A craftsman-style coffee table and lamp lend a traditional feel. Louvered blinds eliminate much of the glare in the room, and a beautiful new surround defines the windows. And the media center’s molding is mimicked with similar brown crown molding along the ceiling and around the windows.

Stenciled Mirror Frames

Stenciled mirror frames add another warm touch.

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