This is the Family Room that (now) adjoins the Kitchen we recently completed.
Gorgeous, isn’t it?
Here’s where we started….
The functional changes we made to this space included closing up an entrance from the hallway, and removing a half wall into the kitchen. This created a more open concept, and a better layout / design for both spaces.
The first design decision made was the chocolate maple hardwood, relating to the lower kitchen cabinets in the now open space. Consistency and repetition will create harmony in these adjoining spaces – so with that first element decided, here’s the steps and design choices we made.
The black ceramic tile fireplace surround and measly mantle definitely had to change. This quartzite stone has just the right colors & beautiful texture; taking it floor to ceiling created the perfect centrepiece for built-ins on either side.
The built-ins were designed with closed storage on the bottom, practical for a family room, and floating shelves above so that they felt open and lighter. Lights were added into the header at the top. The finish is the same as the upper cabinetry in the kitchen – adding to that cohesive flow.
Removing the entrance from the hallway eliminated a previously necessary traffic path – this allowed for 2 full size sofas in the room facing each other; a perfect conversation grouping. Full length drapery panels in charcoal linen fill out the back wall. The sofa leather is called ‘Pewter’ – a slightly distressed, gray-ish taupe colour, just slightly darker than the wall colour, CC-518 Escarpment.
This room has generous proportions – overall 17 x 12’6” ; even with 2 42 “ deep and 91” long sofas, we had room to spare! This custom ottoman is 44” x 44” – lots of room for feet up lounging. The subtle toned plaid upholstery fabric and the area rug are cream, beige & charcoal, a combination of all the colours in this room.
An out of view console/sofa table sits behind the sofa, with buffet lamps. This side of the room (from the opening into the kitchen) is deeper than the other side, so the console was added to ‘bump’ the sofa forward, so that everything centers on the fireplace / focal point. I’m in love with the antiqued arch mirrors on this wall – they reflect light from the window on the opposite wall, and add so much character.
I designed & created the ottoman tray, & the ‘Gather’ sign above the family room entry. Using pieces of cedar fence boards & spray painted plumbing pipes (really!) for the tray handles, and wooden letters on the sign, they add some personality and casual flair. The wood stain repeats the kitchen table tones – repetition throughout creates a polished and sophisticated result.
My clients are very happy with their new Family Room. A previously impractically designed room that offered zero warmth is now an inviting place for family to congregate – a space that’s a beautiful, stylish background for the most important detail of all – family life.