Before & After: Family Room from Dark to Light

Wood panelling doesn't always do great favors for a space and this room is an example of that. With heavy furniture this room was a dark and oppressive space, but with some brighter furnishings and white paint the room is completely transformed.

The wood panelling really brought down the mood of this room, but I do love the look of panelling on ceilings, so we kept that and painted it out white. With all of the wood, the stone fireplace really got lost in the room and with the new white walls the fireplace pops out. The panelling on the walls was removed and replaced with dry wall.

The room was so large that we were able to create two separate seating areas from what was one seating area. The seating area near the fireplace is made up of 4 IKEA Ektorp seats and a coffee table from Z Gallerie. The other seating area near the TV included a sofa from Room and Board with the electronic components hidden in a trunk from Restoration Hardware.

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The bar area in the room also needed a modern update. The white cabinetry and stainless steel countertops and wine fridge brought this bar into the 21st century. The pendant lights are from Pottery Barn and the cabinetry is Kraft Maid.

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(Images: Claire Bock)

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Claire is a California native living in London who loves discovering the city with her husband and French bulldog Watson. With a background in photography and interior design, her current creative obsessions include sewing, printmaking, and anything neon.