I had the urge for a family room update but nearly zero urge to drop a great deal of money on it. Sometimes a place just needs a breath of fresh air and nothing overly dramatic to make a bit impact.
Our family room is open, with 18-foot ceilings, a floor to ceiling fireplace and built-in cherry bookcases. All of these components are staying. As is the furniture. Buying new furniture would be wonderful, but that purchase will wait a couple of years!
On a regular visit to Marshalls, I strolled down the throw pillow aisle, like I ALWAYS do. Marshall’s has GREAT throw pillows at unbeatable prices. These gems often have invisible zippers, quality down-like inserts and are well constructed. Lo and behold, at the end of the isle was a little trio if pillows were calling out, “buy me!”. So I did.
Here’s my general process when updating a room:
Examine non-changeable items in the room
Determine a color theme (if any)
Visit Pinterest and pin LOTS and LOTS of pictures
From the Pinterest pictures (and any others gathered), look for common themes
Knowing what style is not my style, even if I like it
My interior design style tends to be more timeless and less trendy. Depending on the item, I think long term. I LOVE the look of bold modern pops of color found in magazines like this one from House Beautiful. This room has a fabulous look but not one I would be content with long term (unless I lived at the beach).
Another decorating love is the coastal look. However, I live smack dab in farm country. Looking straight out my front window, down the street is a corn field, no joke. Behind my house beyond the woods…you guessed it, another farm & more corn. Nothing coastal about where we live. But I still admire the overall look. Check out this coastal look from The Millennial Housewife.
While I do like each of the above pictures, I think the coastal look would be out of place in my house…long term, that is.
Our great room has a large fireplace. It is a natural choice for a color scheme. It’s permanent and not going anywhere! I examined other ‘non-changeable’ fixtures in our home looking for a pattern of repeated colors. Whew, thankfully a consistent pattern is there! Similar tones can throughout out house are found in the: granite, tile floors, hardwood floors, and the cabinetry. ALL of those items are non-changeable for me.
The repeated colors found are gold, gray, brown, and some reddish shades (in the fireplace). All colors I like. Good thing, right? Keep in mind these are not overt colors that scream “Here I Am”. By keeping the backdrop of a room fairly neutral, accent colors are easily changed with pillows and throws varied by the season.
Rearranging the furniture impacted the room quite a bit and allowed for a casual setting. The new layout provides better flow from the kitchen area and room for a new desk from Target and chair from Pier 1, behind the sofa.
A new and much more casual area rug replaced the formal rug we had. Burlap window panels were formerly flanking the two end windows were fine. In fact, they added great texture, interest and helped with echo sounds. BUT the burlap starting to discolor with sunlight. I replaced the burlap with these lovely draperies I found at JCPenney.
By placing the drapes at the bottom of the upper bank of windows, the room now has a cozy feeling. The burlap draperies hung nearly 18 feet long and were just too tall for my liking. Here is what the windows look like now.
The Marshall trio of pillows are on the sofa and a chair. They add a touch of summer inside! The built-ins got slightly rearranged but nothing too drastic. Ideally, we will lighten up the back panel of the built-ins with a faux grass cloth temporary wallpaper. All in due time…first, I must convince my husband it’s a grand idea!
The new rug was a huge score at HomeGoods. It’s 8×10 and wool. I nearly passed out with excitement when I saw the rug was only $150!!! With the $100 gift card in my wallet, this beauty ran me a mere $50! F-I-F-T-Y dollars!
The great room has evolved over time. In reality, the money spent to spruce up is around $450. Not so bad! I have found that it is better to wait for the perfect piece versus settling on something that will simply ‘do for now’. Typically, by waiting for the right item (even if the interim look isn’t appealing), I end up with a superior purchase and ultimately use it for a longer period of time.