Take an audio/visual tour of the Designer Touch team's design plan for the family room, with illustrations and descriptions of Marian and Erin's ideas for transforming the space.
Wed, 20 Jun 2012|
The challenge for Maryann Holden and Aaron Spivota of Designer's Touch in Omaha, Nebraska was to update a small family room while making it good-looking and super comfortable. Dalbert Armbruster of Stanton, Nebraska won the Traditional Home Family Room Giveaway which includes a design plan from Designer's Touch. He and his wife love warm, neutral colors and the designers wanted to give them a polished welcoming room. The room is smallish at 160 square feet. So, furniture arrangement was key. Maryann wanted to make it multifunctional for TV watching, conversation and entertaining. For one corner, she chose an earthy brown, La-Z-Boy sectional as pleasing continual lines and provide sink down seating. On the other side of the room is Allegra accent chair from La-Z-Boy. Maryann and Aaron put it in a quiet spot for conversation and reading. In the middle of the room is a large, dramatic La-Z-Boy Ottoman that doubles as a coffee table. When space is limited, pieces that serve multiple functions are ideal. Delivering the neutral palate the homeowners requested, the designers chose Sherwin-Williams Baguette Pink for the walls. Ceilings are important, they say, serving as the 5th wall of the room. And because white ceilings can look harsh, they chose a mellow color, Sherwin-William's nomadic desert for the ceiling. The palate's lovely shades of camel and beige tie in with the Mohawk tight strand carpet in a durable cut and loop that provides texture in dual tones of sand and brown. The window treatment combines products from sponsors Levelor and Zimbrella. The shade is a Levelor Natural Woven in Plantation Woods Peking Copper. In addition to striking visual appeal, it controls natural lighting around. Its corners is made from Zimbrella's reversible black and beige floral fabric, Gibson chocolate. The outer corners and panels are in rich brick-colored Zembrella fabrics with nail-head trim. Maryann says that just as you layer fabrics in a room, you also need to layer the lighting. So, she recommended sconces on the wall above the sectional, along with contrasting table lamps. She and Aaron shows Laura Ashley's Penelope table lamp in black with an eye-catching stripe shade and also Laura Ashley's strong, rectangular shaped Armstrong lamp and shade. Aaron emphasizes that lamps aren't just art pieces. They must also provide attractive, comfortable lighting. In relatively small family room, the team provided a versatile environment layered with an inviting palette and interesting textures. Now, all the winning couple has to do is take their shoes off and relax.