This summer we decided to take on a project to update the room we use above our garage which we refer to as the game room. When we bought this house, the previous owners were using it as a bedroom. It had a door on it which we removed and made it into more of a family playroom space. It worked well for many years, but the kids are older and we don’t need a playroom anymore. We decided to paint, use the living room furniture we had on the main level, buy some new furniture and re purpose some other furniture to make a new more grown up space. Here is a before picture I took right before we emptied the room and began the re model.
It was a fun, bright, and very colorful room which the kids loved playing in and having their friends over to hang out. It just needed a bit of an update. The first thing we did was get a rug. I knew the rug needed to be larger, and I needed something to draw some color inspiration from. I actually found a rug at big deal outlet here in town for a hundred dollars. It worked well, and I loved the colors. I decided to draw some of the blue out of the rug and paint the room the color Sir Drake from the Magnolia line of paint. Once the color was chosen and painted, we decided to add a ceiling instalation. We got some shiplap panels from Home Depot and measured out the ceiling. We used MDF panels that my husband cut to devide out the shiplap panels. I painted everything white and my husband installed them on the ceiling.
I found a large glass table at a furniture store that our family could use to play games on when everyone comes home. I decided on a glass table top so it wouldn’t look too heavy. It fits beautifully in the the corner of the room and we have a lot of fun using it. I found the clock at a vintage shop and painted it. The basket in the other corner stores books, magazines and a blanket. I love the interest of the different texture creates.
I was shopping with my daughter and found this cool antiqued chess set. I thought it would be a fun centerpiece for our table.
I wanted a lot of seating in this room for friends and family to enjoy. I had the couches in my living room downstairs, and I loved the pop of color my orange chair in the room. I got the other two gray chairs from the same furniture store. They are so comfortable to sit in and watch a movie. The ottoman is my favorite! I found that at Home Goods on my way home from a recent trip we took. It was fun trying to figure out how to fit it in the car with all the suitcases!
I am a person who doesn’t match everything in a room. I think that a good rule of design is to add different shades of colors, different styles of furniture and accessories. Maybe some modern elements along with some vintage touches. I think it makes the room feel ecclectic and homey.
I wanted some visual interest at the end of the room when you looked down the hall. I got some floating shelves and placed some of my fun finds on them. I found a cool vintage radio, two antique prints I bought in Oxford, and some plants for some softness.
Lighting is another good way to add hominess and comfort to a room. I love adding lamps and having them turn on at night. It adds such a cozy ombiance. We have one main light in the ceiling, which is probably my favorite light fixture in the house. It was a bit of a splurge. I found it at Rejuvination years ago, and it adds such a beautiful touch to the room. We also added some can lighting to have more overhead light.
I painted the turquoise console a nice creamy color and installed some new pulls. I got this console when we were first desigining this space. It is an old Thomasville dresser, and is beautifully made. There was no reason not to paint and re use something that was beautiful and already worked just fine.
I love color, moldings, vintage finds, and homey spaces. I think that by combining all these elements in any room, you can create a space that is fun, inviting, and works well for your family. If you are going to re design a room in your home, think about the colors you love, pieces that have memories and make you happy, and the function that the room needs to provide.
I love the way this room turned out. It took a lot of time and energy, but at the end of the day we have a space that we can enjoy with our family for years to come.