Jody has a pretty amazing sunroom but has been stuck by the previous owner’s wall color choice and some accessories she doesn’t love. When I saw the photos of her space, I instantly noticed the open feel and great natural light. This space has too much potential to not be something great for Jody and her family.
Here are a few of Jody’s concerns (excerpts from her original email):
- “Color scheme is from previous homeowner . . . I really prefer neutrals (browns, black, grey, camel, white, cream) with lots of textures, patterns and mix of metals. No idea what color to put on the walls. I hate how the yellow stops low below the skylights.”
- “Currently there is an ugly white fan. Would love a neat light fixture for this space.”
- “The rug. Indoor/outdoor of some sort, because I let kids eat in this room.”
- “Window seats. I would love a new color scheme in neutral but interesting tones.”
- “Bookshelves are dark with no details. No idea how to make them interesting.”
Here’s the plan.
So, first things first: the wall color. It was even hard for me to think while I was looking at the pictures of the yellow walls. Jody loves neutrals, so I would freshen everything up with a clean slate.
Adding pattern and texture.
Next, I’d work on changing things over to a warmer, more neutral color palette. I’d take away the red rug and the bright silhouette art. (I actually asked her about those, and she said they’d work perfectly over the boys’ beds.) I’m recommending the same rug we have in our living room now. (It’s the PB one I’ve written about lots of times. It’s soft on the feet and shows no kid spills, I promise.)
To soften things up, I would suggest adding curtains to the window behind the sofa and to the door on the opposite side of the room. I’d repeat the fabric as pillows on the sectional, adding in a couple of more patterns.
Two more big “statement suggestions” for the space: an overhead light and painting the bookcases. This space calls for something big. I love, love, love this 36” sputnik. The specific one I found isn’t cheap, but if I had to choose a piece to invest in, this would be it. I think it would change the entire look of the room. (A much cheaper alternative might be to do a DIY project like this one.)
Ideally, I would go ahead and finish out the bookcase wall by adding another upper shelf in the middle. I would complete the look by painting the built-ins a dark color and by installing library wall sconces above each one. The window seat is another place to add pattern—and layer with more pillows, in the same colors/patterns as on the sectional.
The Overall Look:
A couple of other suggestions: lamps for the console table to bring in more lighting and a sturdy coffee table instead of the ottoman. I put together a board of how I see the room coming together as a whole.
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