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A living room makeover for a young family

before and after living room

Before and after the living room makeover.

teal michel bugMy client want to make this living room more functional and comfortable. Up to this point, she primarily used it as an area for changing her young son’s diapers. But the room was in full view when visitors came through the front door, and she knew it wasn’t a welcoming sight. Not only was she unsure how to arrange the furniture, but the corner window also presented a problem – how to attractively add a decorative window treatment.

To start, I felt that the walls would benefit by being painted with a color and not left white. We selected a very pale green shade that would complement the existing sofa she wanted to keep in the room.

before the makeover - baby changing

Before the makeover, the client changed her baby in the living room.

Next I developed a new furniture floor plan since where the sofa and chair were did not provide an intimate seating area. Additionally, in the middle of the room was a large bulky coffee table that was the wrong scale.

I relocated the sofa to the wall on the front side of the house. Doing this allowed any guests to enjoy views of the gardens in the rear of the home and not into the street on the front side. To create the conversation area, I placed two occasional chairs on the adjacent wall. By mixing in a pale blue chair between the two pieces of seating in green, I was able to develop a color palette of interest. My clients liked clean lines, so I selected a shade of blue that would be a soft contrast to the pale green.

The rug my clients had was too small and looked lost in the room. By adding a new Sisal carpet that came to within 1 1/2 feet of the wall, it now anchored the seating area because all the seating sat on top of the rug.

A new room afterward

A new room after the makeover!

Because there was an abundance of medium brown wood cabinetry in the adjacent family room and kitchen, I chose an ebony color finish for the side table, coffee table, as well as the window hardware.

To soften the look of the windows, I added stationary fabric panels. The fabric was a stripe that combined the shades of green and blue we selected and helped tie in the furniture. The single window located in the corner was more of a challenge because there was no wall clearance on the right side. I solved that by butting the window rod into the wall which eliminated one end finial.

Adding artwork with the pale blues and green completed the room and maintained the relaxed feel and clean lines that my clients wanted for their home.

Teal Michel ASID, is a licensed full-service interior design firm specializing in residential interior design and renovation-remodeling design throughout the Carolinas. Teal has won awards from ASID for interior spaces and furniture design and from the Home Builder’s Association of Charlotte Excellence in Remodeling for remodel design and interior renovation. She has participated in HGTV’s “Designer’s Challenge” and her work has been featured in several books.

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David Boraks is the founder and editor of Davidson News LLC, which started in 2006 as a neighborhood blog and evolved into a regional community news network. He is a print, magazine, web and radio journalist, with experience in every nook and cranny of the news world, covering everything from local news to Fortune 100 companies to technology to Asia. He lives on South Street in Davidson, in a house that was at the center of a 1914 murder case. Ask him and he'll tell you that story.

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