In the world of renovations and building new homes, purchasing an older home could mean many more structural issues than what you’ve bargained for.
However, when looking at a space for the first time with original homeowner’s belongings and décor in place, it can be difficult to see beyond and what the space could look like with cosmetic changes and your own furnishings in the space.
This early 1900s home was the original family home the owner was born in, which meant there were a lot of items spread throughout over time. However, John and Kim, a young professional couple, could see the potential of what they could physically and structurally change and what space could remain with only a few cosmetic changes when they purchased their first home.
The family room was used for watching TV, a bar and a gas stove, prior to the purchase by John and Kim. Although cozy, the room needed some major updated changes. Once the room was emptied, and the original owners moved out of the house, it was easier to have a vision for the family room space to design in their own style.
The first change to the room was paint color for the walls. The original color was a sunflower yellow. The floor was an oak wood laminate and the room was filled with a lot of clutter and used for a bar. The wall color chosen was Benjamin Moore Cement Gray, a light and neutral color that would transform the look of the room. The ceiling beams were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Peppercorn to provide contrast to the lighter walls and wood ceiling in the room. Trim color was painted white to give a clean fresh finish to the walls. The floor was replaced with reclaimed wood in a driftwood finish. The copper light fixture that was custom designed by the previous homeowner in copper remained, as the couple thought it was unique and added the right scale for the cathedral ceiling in the space.
Moving on to the fun and final furnishings for the new space, the couple chose a wall length sectional in neutral linen with contrasting graphite color pillows. An existing pink iron coffee table was transformed and painted in Peppercorn and placed over a cowhide area rug to complete and ground the seating area. Even the current gas stove in the room looks new again, once the transformation of the room was complete.
10 steps to execute cosmetic room change
• Totally empty the room of all furniture and accessories• Replace the floor if needed to update• Paint the walls a fresh new color throughout the space• Paint trim white for a clean contrast• Create a furniture placement floor plan to shop with• Shop for furniture that will fit the space• Change out old blinds to soft shades• Soften the space with fabric side panels• Add a unique conversation piece such as an area rug to ground the space• Paint accent furniture to give a new fresh lookDebbe Daley is owner and principal of Debbe Daley Designs, with offices in Lowell, Boston and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Debbe can be reached at www.daleydesigns.com .