Ryan (my husband) and I are in the process of redesigning this family room. I would love feedback/ideas anybody has on potential wall colors, drapes, art, lighting, and accessories.
On our ideal weekends, Ryan and I spend time in this room watching a movie by the fire with wine and some fantastic home cooked gourmet food. I want this room to feel warm, cozy, and modern (but organic/natural rather than industrial).
We are keeping the couch/chair/side table/coffee table as it was given to us by our very generous uncles. The lamp is temporary and goes with another setup. The TV trays are functional only and will be put away when we are not using them.
This is the view from the kitchen.
I removed the floral wallpaper and am painting over the bottom marbled looking wallpaper. Yes, those walls are sponge painted. Every room is.
There is 10 feet in between the back of the couch and the kitchen. We use this space for yoga and it is also a walkway from the living room which has the front door to the house.
It would be nice to incorporate a reading nook to the left of the hutch with a low level lounger chair. I love the zoe chair, but am looking for something smaller/cheaper.
We ordered the Loop Media Center and Loop File Cabinet/Hutch from Crate and Barrel (partly paid for with gift cards that I have been holding on to for four years). We also ordered a black LCD TV and have all black speakers and media consoles/units. We plan to put the left surround speaker on top of the Loop File Hutch behind the sofa seat and the right one in the built-in room divider.
This room/tv setup was our Christmas present this year, but we are just getting around to it. The rest of the design has to be economical since we have exceeded our budget on the tv/furniture.
I would love feedback on the paint colors, wall art (placement, size, and specific pieces or frame colors), accessories, window coverings, and lamp(s). I am also looking for black fireplace tools and firewood holder; something sleek.
Update 03.14.09: A huge thank you to Kim for featuring my design dilemma on one of my favorite blogs, Desire to Inspire. Her readers have already provided useful suggestions. This will be very helpful for me. Join the discussion here.