In part three of how we put a fresh twist on a traditional home in The Woodlands, we are going to talk about our plan for the family room and bar area. The bar was actually one of main reasons the client called us. They had been living with a hole in the wall for awhile and did not know what to do with it.
To start, It’s important to remember that the house has a very open floor plan. The entry, living, and dining rooms in the front of the house combine together to create on large room. The back living spaces are a little more structured and set up as separate room, but they are still pretty open to each other, and the front of the house.
Family Room and Bar Area
As you can see, the public area in the back of the of the house is made up of the family room, kitchen, and a bar area.
Items that must stay:
- russet chair and ottoman
- wood floors
- granite counter tops in both kitchen and bar
Items that go:
- reddish brown leather sofa
- coffee table
- end table
- hole in the wall 🙂
- more seating
- occasional tables
- tv console to hide media equipment
- window treatments
- new paint color
- fix the hole in the bar
- update and refresh traditional style with more transitional elements
The Design Challenge
We had a few challenges in this area of the home.
To begin with, the bar. This was one of their reasons for hiring us; because they could not decide how best to finish the wall. It is open to the whole house, so it needs to tie into all the rooms. In order to keep this post from getting too long, I won’t go into the whole thought process behind the design of this room. We wrote a blog about the bar that you can read here.
We opted to design custom wainscotting that would go floor to ceiling all around the bar. It is classic look in keeping with the home and nods to the other millwork in the dining room and kitchen.
We also suggested that they redo the arched pass thru looking into the dining room. The height was not the same as the arched doorway adjacent to it leading from the family to dining room.
Another challenge, the rug and the layout of the house. These two points tie in together because they both affected the paint color. You see, every public room in the house was open to the next. And because the rug in the family room was really very different in color to the front area of the home, the biggest way we were going to make the whole house flow was to use the same paint color. Soooo, it had to work with all the rugs.
That’s easy, right? Well, I pretty much knew what we needed to do, but in general, no, that is not an easy thing for you to do because of all the different bases paint colors have.
The paint color that ties the whole house together is Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. It is a gray with a green base and every room in the house had a touch of green in it somewhere. Originally, we were going to keep the green paint color in the kitchen, that you can see in one of the before photos above, so that was a factor in paint selection, too. However, after the rest of the area was painted, the homeowners opted to go ahead and paint the kitchen Agreeable Gray, and it looks amazing.
The next challenge are the windows in the family room. This window wall is a tricky one because it has an arched window centered over the doors. The doors are in the middle of the wall with two more on each side, and above it all, is a weird pitch the builder decided to add the mix. So, there area lot of hard lines and angles happening on one wall.
You are going to wait for the reveal to see how beautiful the drapes are going to be in this room, but I am very excited to see them. The Kravet floral fabric we choose looks like it was made for the client’s rug!
Last, we needed to incorporate the oversized chair and ottoman into the space. This did present two challenges because, well it is red and that is not a color we had used in the front of the house. And, it is large, and they wanted to be able to seat more people in the room.
Now, one solution to the color could have been recommending we recover the chair. But, we were also keeping the rug, which also had a whole lot of red. So, why spend the money to recover it when we still have to work with the color anyway? What we did suggest was replacing the existing leather sofa. They were not married to it, and it is was in a very reddish brown leather that only made the room more red. And, it is very heavy visually in the room. Everything in the room was competing for attention, yet all blending right in together.
We also decided to use a console where their media equipment could be stored away instead of on an end table next to it. This freed up the space to the left on the wall for a chair. And we removing the oversized ficus tree which then allowed us to place another chair in that corner. Seating dilemma solved – BAM! 🙂 Also, the chairs and coffee table top are covered in a darker gray, which helps to pull that color throughout the house.
More Furniture Selections
The whole house has been painted, and the wainscotting is done. It looks like a completely different house already. Here are some teaser shots to hold you over. 🙂
Next week, we will wrap up this series with the master bedroom.
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