Family Room Ideas

5:00 AM

We've lived in our house over 6 months now, and I finally got some inspiration for our family room. 
Since we've moved, I've had a long list of projects for each room, building furniture, decor, sewing pillow covers, slipcovers, etc.
But I never could think of anything for the family room.
But now I have a plan.  Here's my colors.

But now I'm excited and have some direction.
It all started with deciding I would like a sideboard/ buffet on one wall to act as a media stand/ storage.
From there, I decided on colors. I wanted to paint this piece of furniture some color, since most everything in this room is neutral right now.  Deciding on the color for the sideboard, kind of brought more ideas for the rest of the room.  Which is weird, because all the other rooms, the inspiration came from fabric.
Anyway, I taped over 10 paint cards on my wall and they were there for a week while I was narrowing them down.

Some things I wasn't going to or couldn't change.
Like our neutral khaki couches or neutral carpet.
Or the wall paint.
When we bought the house, the family room looked like this on one side:

We painted the doors/ trim white, and the walls a neutral: Glidden White Sand.

So I've got some projects brewing, already have finished adding the shelving backing some color with the Behr waterscape.  So hopefully this will all turn out alright.  Once again, I'm trying to use colors I normally wouldn't (like the yellow jacket), going with mustard as the accent color.  My comfort colors are greens, blues, and red.  So I decided I should do something different in this room and I'm awkwardly getting used to the idea of some yellowish mustard accents.  Still taking the safe side, as accents are easily changed if I end up not being able to handle the yellow. 
Hopefully some yellow in my house will be nice for a change and I won't hate it in the end.

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  1. You and I of equal minds! We're in the middle of closing on our house and I'm already devising things to do. The upstairs living room and kitchen are only divided by a section of a wall that houses the stove on one side. So I want to do a neutral tan-ish shade between both rooms, keeping the doors, baseboards, and kitchen cabinets white.
    Can't wait to see the rest!

  2. Good job on using colors out of your comfort zone. That's tough to do. If it makes you feel any better we have lived in our house for 6 years and I'm just getting around to decorating it. Thanks to all the wonderful home dec blogs out there I think I just might take the plunge and put some color in our house. I can't wait to see how your family room turns out!

  3. Good luck! Home ownership is such a big project! We've been in ours 8.5 years and at the moment, everything is dying and needing replacement. (yesterday it was the washing machine!) but I'm in the process of redecorating my kitchen top to bottom, walls, cabinets, table & chairs, decor, the whole thing. It's daunting, but it can be done. Good luck, I'm positive yours will turn out absolutely lovely!

  4. I love the colors, these are colors that I have going in my bedroom.


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