Interior Design Ideas: Turn a Dated Space into a Colorful Movie Theater

A comfy sofa and saturated paint colors help refresh a Brockton family room.Ridgelight Studio

The family room addition to this Brockton home needed updating. The faux brick backdrop of the wood burning stove in one corner was an eyesore, as was the brown carpeting and taupe tile floor. Also, the loveseat, also a dull brown, was too small. “The couple wanted to use the room to watch TV but leave enough floor space for their toddler to roam around freely,” says Vanessa Pierre, founder of Vannie Paradis Design Studio.

1 The coffee table’s marble top is heavy enough not to tip over while its round shape makes it easy to move around.

2 Sherwin-Williams naval paint gives the room a moody feel. “The rest of the house is done in cream and beige, so I wanted to introduce something different,” says Pierre. “Movie theaters should be comfortable.”

3 The couple commissioned the stylized family portrait from artist Jemma Morris of Lou Lou Art Studio on Etsy and downloaded the modern abstracts from the Prints2Paper Etsy shop. “The trio of shapes reflects their family of three,” notes Pierre.

4 Pierre installed a 10-foot-long section with a 4-foot-wide chaise lounge upholstered in a light gray performance fabric. “It’s big enough for the whole family to snuggle up together,” says the designer.

5 Yellow shaded curtains allude to the sun. Pierre hung them as high as possible to make the sliders appear taller.

6 New vinyl flooring makes cleaning easier, which was important since the room adjoins the back patio and changing room. It also blends well with the new wood floors in the nearby kitchen and dining room. The rug’s watercolor stripes bring the room’s palette together.


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