Masculine Space Reimagined As Contemporary Family Room

A serene color palette transformed a dark, masculine space into a bright and cheery family room. Designer Susan Brunstrum created a neutral design played up by fun turquoise accents, including painted backdrops in the room's built-in bookcases.
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June 08, 2015

Photo By: Susan Brunstrum

Photo By: Susan Brunstrum

Photo By: Susan Brunstrum

Photo By: Susan Brunstrum

Off-Kilter Furniture Arrangement

Subtle variations in color and finish animate this contemporary sitting room. Matching end tables flank the neutral loveseat to achieve a balanced symmetry in the off-kilter furniture arrangement.

Teal Tones in Sitting Room

Midcentury-modern chairs face off in this living room designed by Susan Brunstrum. Built-in bookshelves with a two-toned paint job form a backdrop for the stylish sitting area. The room has great natural light thanks to the large windows on the back wall.

Transitional Family-Room Addition

Designer Susan Brunstrum transformed a dark and masculine addition into a serene room for the whole family. A palette of taupe, brown and green enlivens the space along with a mix of comfy furniture and a built-in entertainment center.

Custom Shelving in Mudroom

What was an empty wall in the foyer now houses built-in storage cubbies for members of the family to stash jackets, shoes and sports equipment. Dove-gray shelving with brass hardware proves that the catchall room doesn't have to be boring.

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