My family room went through the most dramatic change in our house (other than the addition). It started out with deep green walls with a faux brown finish (very dark) and had spanish red pavers and a huge built-in with even more spanish flavor… (curved openings, and knotty pine cabinet doors). It was probably my least favorite room when we purchased the house. I knew right away that I would repaint, but I thought I would try to work with the built-in by taking away some of the spanish elements. I figured if I (when I say I, I mean my husband) painted the whole thing white and added some old mouldings, etc… I could make it more my style.
As I revealed my list of ideas to my husband he began to realize the amount of work he would have to do to get it looking anywhere I considered half decent, and (surprise!) he was finally convinced that it needed to go. This led to our discovery that it did not have the spanish paver flooring continued underneath, which meant we would either have to patch in the spanish pavers (which I had already expressed my distaste for) or replace the flooring all together. Amazingly, he happily agreed to replace the flooring.
I decided on seagrass carpet. I had seen it in a few of my magazines and had my heart set on the material. The rest of the house has a dark (almost black) wood floor with very thin slats (the thinnest I have ever seen), and it would have been impossible to match. It took some research, but I finally found a company who carried the seagrass carpet, and (presto!) it was installed. I love the way it came out. I also had my dad smooth the textured walls and ceiling and painted them “latte” from restoration hardware.
The room felt like a cave before and it is so much brighter now. It’s the room we spend most of our time in, so I wanted it to be light and casual. Here’s a few before and after photos so you can see what I mean…