Ideas for Family Room Paint Colors | Home Guides

Select colors you enjoy.

Select colors you enjoy.

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A family room is a place for family members to spend time together and with friends, so the choice of paint colors should reflect the personality of the family. It’s meant to be a comfortable, active living space where people eat, read, play games or entertain. Paint colors establish the mood of the room, and contribute to its overall livability. It is especially important to research how the family will use the room before selecting a color scheme for paint and furnishings.

Neutral Flexibility

Neutral paint colors allow the most flexibility in furnishings and accessories. If new interests or activities develop, the family room can reflect these changes with a few adjustments to color accents in accessories such as throws or pillows. Tones of white, from icy blue to warm vanilla cream, enhance the open feeling of a room, and provide an effective backdrop

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How to Arrange Two Sofas in a Living Room | Home Guides

Create symmetry by arranging a pair of sofas to face each other.

Create symmetry by arranging a pair of sofas to face each other.

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Furnishing a living room with two sofas provides additional, stylish seating for entertaining guests or spending time with family members. Arrange the sofas to create a functional layout that can accommodate your needs and the available floor space. The visual weight in a room should also be well balanced to avoid making one side of the room appear heavier and lopsided.

Facing Each Other

Arranging a pair of sofas to face each other provides an ideal conversation area. Situate the front-facing sofas to accentuate a focal point in the room, such as a fireplace or picture window. For example, place the two sofas to face each other, with the fireplace centered at an open end of the sofa arrangement. This layout draws attention to the fireplace, while providing a symmetrically-balanced arrangement for conversation. Place

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29 Open Kitchen Designs with Living Room

In this gallery you’ll find beautiful open kitchen designs with living room including ideas for paint, finishes and decor.Contemporary kitchen with open concept to living room and waterfall travertine counter island

Homes & apartments with open plan design continues to be popular, especially among new developments. Such layout is favored because it helps save space and gives a lighter feel to the space. Open plan layouts are often applied on common areas, such as the living room, dining room & kitchen for residential properties.

People usually have different reasons for favoring open layouts. The living room & the kitchen are not often placed adjacent to each other, as the dining area is usually the one placed adjacent to the kitchen. Placing it right by the living area does have it’s advantages though, most especially if you love multitasking & entertaining your guests.

An open plan living room allows you to see what is happening in the living area while preparing food (or

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Turning a Living Room into a Bedroom

Here’s our guide to turning a living room into a bedroom including a variety of designs and creative ideas.Contemporary living room with frosted sliding doors to bedroom space

Living small is a big trend right now and it isn’t going to end anytime soon. Whether you are part of the small house movement, trying to save money in a studio, or cramped in a tiny dorm apartment, here are some tips of the trade to get the most of your small space.

When faced with a tiny space, do what the designers do, measure your room and make a basic sketch, include a list outlining what you want that space to do. Turning a living room into a functioning bedroom requires more than just slapping a sleeper sofa into the corner. You want it comfortable, inviting, practical, and beautiful. Consider what you want to use for your “walls”, where you will store your clothing, and whether or not you

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36+ Stunning Family Room ideas with Fireplace

A fireplace is a stunning addition to any home but with so many fireplace designs to pick from finding the proper style may be a small challenge. Regardless of the design style it is the heart of the home and deserves some attention. An easy fireplace is made up only of a firebox, leaving out a surround and mantel, allowing the specifics of the stonework to genuinely shine.

Since it’s the room at which you would spend the majority of your time, you ought to be very concerned about its design and decoration. The living room is one of the principal rooms in any home. Arranging a little living room is a trying job, and that task can grow to be even more daunting when the little living room comprises a fireplace.

There are many ways of painting a room. Your living room is among the most lived in rooms

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This Mothers Day, 7 Designers Share the Style Lessons They Learned From Their Moms

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Courtesy of Nate Berkus, Sarah Sherman Samuel and Bobby Berk; Photography by Laure Joliet.

For many of our favorite designers, great style started at home. In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked everyone from Bobby Berk of Queer Eye to designer and author Justina Blakeney about the design lessons they learned from their moms (or grandmothers and other mother figures).

What are the tips they picked up from the most important women in their lives? They learned how to stay organized, mix high-end and vintage pieces, incorporate art into a space, and more. Some of them, like Nate Berkus, were lucky enough to have moms who were interior designers themselves. Read on for the best lessons that continue to guide these designers today. 

Bobby Berk, interior designer and television personality

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One of the big ways my mother, Connie, influenced me is my organization and cleanliness. From

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A visual history of the last 30 years

BMW has a tradition of designing beautiful and stylish exterior mirrors. From the early ’90s to the present day, I virtually look back and examine the history of some of the most attractive and varied designs in this respect. Exterior mirrors are a highly important equipment on any car. They became relevant after the invention of the first automobile.

As speed and vehicle performance increased, the need to acknowledge the action behind the car before committing to maneuvers became so stringent. On BMW models, the presence of exterior mirrors can be traced back to the old 3/15 which appeared in 1927.

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Nowadays, exterior mirrors are a sophisticated piece of equipment. Depending on the chosen configuration, they can fold automatically when the car is closed/opened, they can defrost in the cold season thanks to the heating system and they also incorporate the side blinker for better visibility.

Furthermore, on some high-end

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47 Open Concept Kitchen, Living Room and Dining Room Floor Plan Ideas

We cherry picked over 47 incredible open concept kitchen and living room floor plan photos for this stunning gallery. All interior design styles represented as well as wall colors, sizes, furniture styles and more. You’ll love this gallery.

Tear down the wall.  Many contractors these days have been told that by homeowners as the first order of renovation business.  Many homeowners want to turn older homes into contemporary open concept kitchen, living room, and dining area floor plans.

I can’t blame them.  Our home was built in the 1980s and it’s not an open concept.  My wife and I often wished it were.  It’s a great layout; makes your home feel bigger without adding square footage.  It’s a great way for everyone to hang out together without being on top of one another.

To that end, we cherry-picked over 50 open concept kitchen and living room floor plan photos to

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Adobe Alliance – Design


Our designs are based on our long intimacy with the material — earth, preferably local and free. Our most significant design features include adobe vaults and domes for inexpensive roofing, and courtyards that serve as air conditioners for maintaining thermal comfort throughout the year. House plans are based on rural adobe structures in most instances, but we welcome designing urban living spaces. When designing for individual clients we can be inspired by solutions found in other dry arid climates, as in China or West Africa. In particular, we have pinpointed the inestimable and renowned work of Egyptian Architect Hassan Fathy as fundamental guide for our designs in earth dwellings. Designs conceived or built since 1996 include very simple courtyard housing with woodless vaulted and domed roofs, retreat houses or casitas with exterior Dogon-inspired adobe stairs, houses 3,000 feet square, domed pavilions and adobe shelters with innovative high metal canopy

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The grand design of Professor Jeff Entwistle of UW-Green Bay, part 1


It turned out to be a grand design, but it’s not entirely what Jeff Entwistle had in mind.

First, singing was his thing.

Then, acting was his thing.

Then, a theater director saw different.

Today, Professor Jeffrey Paul Entwistle is two weeks away from retirement from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance faculty.

Thirty-six years.

His forte: Scenic design for theatrical performances.

Thousands of people have seen his set designs for plays, musicals and operas. Two things have been hidden in his creations.

One. The name of his daughter, Taylor.

Two. Ebenezer Scrooge.

Scrooge from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens?

Yes, this way:

“When he changes, you realize that when you start thinking about humanity, it changes you from the inside. That’s what theater is always trying to do. I remember early on when I realized this is what I’m going to

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