Before: A Time WarpStepping into Neil and Rochelle Kanoff's family room is like stepping back in time. Everything in their room is from the 1970s or 1980s. The couple decorated their house when they got married over 20 years ago and they haven't updated it since. Can Angelo Surmelis and the 24 Hour Design team help Neil and Rochelle move their family room into the 21st century?
This room is like a time warp. The stuff is old, but can't qualify as an antique. Some of the items in the room are from Neil and Rochelle's college days. They've had the same couch, lamp, table and chairs for 25 years and the entertainment center for 15 years. The computer desk is so old, they've had it since before computers were invented.
After: Modern StyleThe makeover begins by painting the walls and ceiling a khaki color. A neutral-based color is a perfect backdrop for any design style. For this space, it is the bold new furnishings and accessories that dictate the style of the room. The seating area is framed by a chocolate-brown leather couch, two bright-red side chairs and a tall wicker chair. Centering the seating area unifies the room and gives an inviting feel to the modern design. The new TV cabinet is simple, practical and less imposing than the old one. Just because the room is used for watching TV, doesn't mean it has to feel like a media store.
More storage is added to the seating area when a new, store-bought coffee table is modified. The legs are removed and the bottom shelf is lowered so it will accommodate big storage baskets. The table is then given a darker coat of stain to make it fit with the room's contemporary style.
TV stand: Ikea - Bonde
chairs: Ikea - Klappsta
sofa: Ikea - Sater
wicker arm chair: Pier 1 - Ventura
stools/trunks: Pier 1 - Futa
console table: Target - Exotic Retreat
lamps: Ikea - Kulla
desk: Ikea -Mikael
fan: Hunter - Berkeley
curtains: Ikea - hedda blad (sheer), merete (solid)
rug: Ikea - Egby
paint: Lowe's Valspar - abalone sand
Before: Bulky FurnitureThe family has always liked the layout of their family room, so they've never changed it. But, their huge entertainment center is blocking a window and limiting the amount of natural light coming into the room.
After: Streamlined AccessoriesThis room is now much brighter. By moving the TV cabinet and seating, the lost window that was hidden by the old entertainment center is rediscovered. The space has also been modernized.
The large entertainment center is replaced with a sleek cabinet and a flat-panel TV making the room more spacious and up to date. The room feels streamlined and clean. Decluttering and simplifying the desk area puts the focus back into the center of the room. Plus, wall-mounted shelving helps to clear away any desktop mess.
Inexpensive Wall ArtThis simple and inexpensive abstract art project was fun to make for the whole family. All that was needed was nine matching frames, everyday household objects and some vibrant craft paint.
First, the backs are taken off the frames; they are used as the canvases. They are laid out in the position they will hang on the wall. Next, the various objects are laid across the canvases in a random pattern. This family used a saxaphone, drumsticks, a baseball bat and a few other objects.
The images are traced onto the canvases using pencil. Then the objects are removed and each object is painted a different color. The artwork creates an instant focal point in the room and has a personal meaning for the whole family.