On the first floor of our new house, we have what I call a “drawing room”, which I plan to use for entertainment, the library, and another bright, spacious room that I wasn’t sure what to use for.
They say you should live in the house for a while to figure out the best functioning of the house. I couldn’t agree more. Since we moved here five months ago, I’ve noticed that everyone mainly hung out on the first floor, so this room naturally became a new living/entertainment room. Originally I planned to put a TV room on the third floor but realized it’s not going to work - what if you want a snack while watching a movie? Coming down three flights sounds like too much work, haha.
Since we already have an official room for guests, this one will be more relaxed, casual, and family oriented. Pstss.. I ordered a white couch for the drawing room, so kids won’t be allowed there, but will have a great alternative on the first floor.
Here is how the room looked before.
So here is a mood board for the room. I want it to be bright and inviting but cozy and modern with traditional elements.
At first, I wanted to use Alabaster from Sherwin Williams for the walls, but after applying a sample on the wall and staring at it for a month, I realized it was too cold and went with a Greek villa that was a bit warmer.
I also want to trim the walls and make a picture box trim.
I already ordered a blue performance velvet couch and can’t wait for it to arrive. It was supposed to be here in November, but with all the furniture delays, the delivery is pushed to March. But it looks so amazing. I can’t wait. I went to the Interior Define showroom in NYC to choose the fabric, sit on the couch and choose the best one. This Charly sofa by Chris loves Julia fits all the boxes. And my favorite part is that the fabric is performance velvet, which is safe for kids and pets! Yay!
This room will have a big console with doors that hide all the clutter and toys kids would bring from their playroom, which is still only in the planning stage. The one I want is ridiculously expensive, so I’m thinking of doing an IKEA hack and making my own.
It will also have a TV, but since it usually looks like a black hole, I’m eying this Samsung frame tv. It’s expensive and not an immediate priority, but we will get it eventually. We don’t even have couches yet, so a TV sounds like the least of our concerns.
I can’t decide between coffee tables, but when the couch and a rug are here, it will come to me. Most likely, I’ll make the coffee table myself as well.
These are my plans for our family living room. What do you think? Any suggestions?
- Samsung TV frame
- Sectional couch
- Side table
- Round coffee table
- Oval coffee table
- Bistro accent table
- Shady lady tree
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