Before & After: A Space for Family Fun and Memories
The words every interior designer wants to hear: “We LOVE it.”
Our team just finished designing a family room and kids' play area in Fairfax, and our client is thrilled with how it turned out. (We admit we're obsessed with the new space, too!)
We transformed a dark, drab, and weathered basement into a space that is refreshing and inspires family fun. Take a look at the Before & After...
Designing a space that brings the whole family together
The original space was dark, well-worn, and took a slightly awkward “open concept” approach to the family and exercise areas. Our client wanted separation between these two areas, but she also knew that putting up a wall would block the natural light from the window. We had a solution!
This pre-built shelving unit is the perfect way to divide the room AND preserve sunlight. To keep the shelving unit looking cohesive with the space, our contractor expanded the existing column to make the shelves appear built in. We also added a checkerboard-patterned throw blanket to the couch to subtly incorporate the shelving unit into the rest of the room.
Now, the difference between the previous space and the new one is night and day. (Literally!)
Some other impactful family room touches:
Sconces frame our client’s favorite "Tree of Life" artwork and add drama (and light) to the room
Small doses of bright color keep the room feeling mature but lively and fun
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) looks sophisticated and helps the floor withstand heavy use
PRO TIP: Most LVT is waterproof, as well as dent, scratch, scuff, and stain resistant. This makes it a great option for high-traffic areas — like a family room, home gym, or kids’ playroom!
Creating a kids’ area that inspires adults
Our client specifically wanted a place for her kids and their friends to play games, do puzzles, and be creative…
...but she also wanted it to be a space in which she could pass time with other parents.
This playroom perfectly balances the kids' and adults' needs:
Comfy chairs in a traditional pattern provide inviting "grown-up" seats
Fun but minimal artwork keeps the space young... but not immature
A simple table becomes the perfect gathering spot for several little ones
A modern, green pendant adds a dose of clean and cheerful design
There is also plenty of storage space — another win!
Making a small bathroom appear larger and brighter
Before, you can see this bathroom took quite a beating from the daily barrage of kids… and cats… and more kids. The lighting itself isn’t great, but the tan wall paint and opaque shower curtain make the room seem even smaller and darker.
The design of our client’s new bathroom was all about creating space and brightness:
The white and gray palette keeps the area feeling open
The light fixture directly overhead frees up some wall space
Glass shower doors now reveal the bathroom’s full depth
Subway tiles in the shower are a stylish trick for creating visual width!
Style-wise, the tree wallpaper keeps this bathroom feeling young but elegant, while also echoing our client’s favorite “Tree of Life” artwork in the family room. (It’s the little details that keep everything cohesive!)
Interior design brings people together
A well-designed space has the power to change the way people live. Especially in an age where technology seems to create more distance than closeness, it's uplifting (and incredibly rewarding) to see that interior design can bring people together.
This kind of impact is more meaningful to us than any words of praise, and we're happy to have played even a small part in this family's story. We wish them many joyful memories in their new space!
Now, we're on to the next. ;)
Ready to change how you live? Let Maria Causey Interior Design personalize your space. To receive more information or a proposal for your next project, contact us today.