Coastal Inspired Family Room Make Over

I recently worked with a wonderful client who’s family room that was in some serious need of updating.  She had originality decorated it in the 1990’s and everything was right on trend back then; the sponge painted walls, the elaborate (and very expensive) custom window treatments, and the 90’s color pallet. Since her BEFORE and AFTER photos were so dramatic she was gracious enough to give me permission to share her family room transformation with my readers.

This is how her family room looked when I first arrived to give her some help. (Click photo to enlarge)

Family Room Before

Her goal for her new room was to have a very light and bright, coastal inspired family room. Following that vision she had recently purchased two White and Navy checked chairs and a neutral colored sofa as her foundation pieces for the room.

Two new checked chairs

sponge painted walls dated family room

new sofa

One of the biggest design challenges of the room is that it has peaked angled walls and a very tall slanted ceiling. The current way it was painted with dark walls and a bright white ceiling accented the rooms irregular shape and gave the appearance of a chopped up room. It was certainly not the calm and restful space my client envisioned.

tall angled ceiling

When you have a room like this with slanted ceilings and angled walls there are several ways to paint it as I wrote about HERE.  Since my client’s number one goal was to “lighten and brighten” up her space, we wrapped the entire room (walls and ceiling) in the same soft neutral.

By painting the whole room in one light color the room now feels more calming and connected. I also had her flip the furniture so that the sofa was now in the bay window facing the new wall mounted TV and the 2 chairs were at the other end of the room for reading and conversation.

The room now feels like one continuous space and the many angles become much less noticeable. Being in the room is now much more calming and restful.

 My client is still working on accessorizing and plans to purchase art work but we are both so happy with how it turned out.

Photographers trick. I pulled the two club chairs up for the photo 

Pretty dramatic transformation don’t you agree?

If you would like help choosing color or updating a room in your home, give me a call.




26 Responses to Coastal Inspired Family Room Make Over
  1. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    This family room looks absolutely amazing!!! You truly transformed the look and FEEL of this space. I love, love the gorgeous window treatments and the paint color placement worked miracles. Congratulations on a beautiful piece of work!!!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kristie. So much fun because the After was so dramatic compared to the before.

  2. Monique Johnson Reply

    This is just beautiful and so in trend with what we are seeing with coastal inspired weddings.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Monique, Coastal is SO BIG right now in interiors that I am not surprised it is crossing over to weddings. Even if you live in the middle of the country a lot of brides must dream of having a fairy tale wedding on the Ocean…I know I did!

  3. Carol Standil Reply

    Great transformation, Linda! It’s hard to believe it’s the same room. There’s the value of bringing in a professional who knows what to do to enhance what’s good and minimize what isn’t. Love the window coverings! Thanks for sharing!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Carol…yes, I love the window treatments as well. My favorite part of the room for sure.

  4. Hannah Dee Reply

    Holy hand grenades! Wonderous transformation! Well done!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      LOL..thanks so much Hannah! I might just have to repeat that comment!

  5. Susan Siefer Reply

    What a transformation my talented friend! The photos are great as well. And that sponged wall, omg getting rid of that did it for me!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Haha.. thanks Susan, I knew that sponged painted wall would make you cringe.

  6. Meredith Reply

    Fabulous transformation, Linda!! Working on a similar vaulted space myself and very excited to make it lighter and brighter…the wall color is really looking fresh right now.
    Cheers! Meredith

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Meredith, those odd angled rooms can be challenging.

  7. Jil McDonald, Reflections Interior Designs Reply

    Wow, Linda, you really knocked this out of the park! It’s probably the most amazing transformation I’ve ever seen. It’s clear you listened to your client, and that your client trusted you. I’m sure she must be thrilled! Congratulations!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Wow!! Thank you Jil!!! I am so happy I took those Before was almost an after thought but made the After photos seem all that much better.

      • Jil McDonald, Reflections Interior Designs Reply

        And again, please notice I said the most amazing transformation ever, not just YOUR most amazing transformation, but THE most amazing transformations ever, from anyone 🙂

  8. Alyssa Kevlahan Reply

    WOW, Linda!! How gorgeous is the after!? What an amazing transformation. It doesn’t even look like that room is in the same house!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Alyssa, it is indeed the same house…just needed a major updating with paint and window treatments and a few new pieces of furniture. Other than the new sofa and 2 new chairs and the media center everything else in the room she already owned.

  9. Susan Kanoff Reply

    What a difference!!!! Amazing, but then again you’re amazing!

  10. kd fikso Reply

    Really Great!!!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Kd!

  11. Kelly Reply

    Amazing Linda!! What a great job you did! Love the way you fixed the ceiling. All looks so pretty!! I love the window treatments too. Great job my friend!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kelly, amazing what paint can do huh?

  12. Karen Davis (@markergirlhome) Reply

    Great before and after’s Linda!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Karen, it was such a fun transformation.

  13. Jann Newton Reply

    Wow Linda, that is a great before and after! Love the paint color, and the window treatments as well. Good job!

  14. Annie Vincent Reply

    What a fabulous transformation! It looks so fresh and current now. The clients must be thrilled!!

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