Before: Awkward ElementHomeowner Dalet Brady and her two boys spend a lot of time in their combination family and dining room. Dalet feels limited on how she can arrange the space because of the support beam in the middle of the room. Having a structural element such as a support beam in the middle of a room can limit the way you design the space. But, hiding the element isn’t always the answer — sometimes making it bigger works even better. Designer Angelo Surmelis and the 24 Hour Design team transform a family room that is plagued by an ugly support beam sitting smack-dab in the middle of the space.
After: Warm and InvitingThe awkward support pole and the opposite wall have been built out to clearly define the living space from the dining space. The pole is no longer an eyesore, now it looks like architectural detail that has always been there.
The new butternut color palette and soft window treatments add instant warmth and coziness to the space. The ceiling is also painted the same color to further warm the space and make it seem bigger. Two new light fixtures at less than $100 each and a pair of table lamps illuminate both areas. The electrical panel in the dining area was not centered over the table, so it is simply swaged to the right position. The rectangular table fits better in the space and provides more seating. To make a dining room appear larger, the shape of the dining table should mimic the shape of the room.
couch: Ikea - Ektorp Idemo Beige
TV stand: Ikea – Leksvik
chair: Ikea - Ektorp Jennylund
dining table: Ikea – Tylosand
star light: Lowe’s – Portfolio 224270
chandelier: The Home Depot - Hampton Bay 725916822972
paint: Lowe’s Valspar – walls - Belle Grove Light Amber and ceiling - La Fonda Ecru
Before: Lacks ColorThe family spends most of their time in this room together. They want this shared space to feel more cozy and comfortable. The bland-white walls and poor lighting make it feel rather blah.
After: Traditional Casual StyleTraditional-casual style combines new, classically-designed pieces with antiques and family heirlooms. The new furniture is not only comfortable and family-friendly; it is in keeping with homeowner’s traditional tastes. The homeowner's coffee table is given a more casual look with new, sturdy bun feet.