Colorful, fun living room design

Our clients bought a new house last summer and immediately began a renovation of their main living spaces including the kitchen and adjoining living room. They hired us to provide them space plans for the kids’ bedrooms and to layout and design the living room so it flowed well with the kitchen. 

They wanted a living room that served their family of four for Netflix viewing, hanging out and relaxing together. It had to be comfortable (of course!) with clean lines but not sparse. They love colors and wanted the room to be fun and inviting.  

 {A rendering of our design, drawn by  Jane Gianarelli  presented to clients at design meeting.}

{A rendering of our design, drawn by Jane Gianarelli presented to clients at design meeting.}

Here’s how we tackled this living room to create a functional & fun space that reflect our clients!

FIRST

A space plan for the living room was our first step. The client was looking for “excellent space planning to make a small space livable.” A great plan is the foundation of all design work and ensures the furniture selected fits the space, serves the client needs & functions and saves confusion of what size furniture to shop for. Space plans are a wonderful tool and a requirement for all designs.

In order to create a great plan you need a few things. First, we needed the measurements of the room. Seems obvious, right? Second, we needed to really understand who was going to use the room and what they were going to use it for. Knowing the functions of the room - including traffic flow and access - is the key to creating a great plan.

A key element in this space are the swivel chairs which allow users to face the sofa for conversation, face the TV for playing video games or movie watching or face the kitchen to be a part of a conversation taking place there!

(Read more about my love of swivel chairs here.)

 {Our space plan for the living room. Note, we didn’t design the kitchen and it’s shown here in blocks for general placement.}

{Our space plan for the living room. Note, we didn’t design the kitchen and it’s shown here in blocks for general placement.}

SECOND

We worked with the clients to develop a budget for the furnishings in the room. Then we discussed their likes and the feeling they wanted in the room - answer? Fun. We talked about colors they love and don’t love, we talked about patterns and what “fun” looks like to them. These conversations let us get inside of our clients’ heads to “see” what they like. 

THIRD

Design time! We selected all of the furnishings and accessories to complete this space. Our color palette was bold with touches of navy, orange and green and included multiple patterns.

These bold colors were balanced by a neutral, light color sofa (in a Crypton fabric!) and a neutral color on the walls. It’s a very happy palette and says “fun” to us & the client!

Colorful Living Family Room Design Pattern Print Fabrics

We then collected images, information, samples, fabrics and details necessary to share the design with the clients so they could see the full picture and the details at the design presentation. A color rendering of their space went a long way toward helping them “see” the design.

 {A rendering of our design, drawn by  Jane Gianarelli  presented to clients at design meeting.}

{A rendering of our design, drawn by Jane Gianarelli presented to clients at design meeting.}

The end result is a living space that our clients love. It reflects them and meets their needs. This project made us so happy (and not just because of the great fabrics!). What is your favorite part of the project? Leave us a comment below.

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