A Whole New Look For My Family Room Just In Time For Spring

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Take a look at these decor ideas for giving a family room a brighter, and more updated look for spring!

Neutral living room decor for spring.Pin

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If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories, then you already know that I’ve been working on a whole new look for my family room for months.  And today, I’m super excited to reveal it to you!  This couldn’t be better timing as I’m a part of the Spring Tips And Ideas bloghop going on today along with several of my bloggy friends!  If you’re coming over from The Pickled Rose, welcome!  Kristi’s home is fabulous and filled with so many inspiring decorating and diy ideas.  I love following her on Instagram too, where she shares lots of tips and how-to’s.

Before we start on the tour of my updated family room, you might want to go HERE and take a look at what it looked like previously. It had a very themey farmhouse vibe going on, which I loved for a long time, but the room was ready for a brighter, more updated neutral look with lots of spring touches – still farmhouse, but an updated version of it.

The only new furniture that I purchased for the makeover were the two recliners that flank the fireplace – and those were a necessity.  If you had seen the condition of my husband’s beloved poofy brown leather recliner up close, you’d know that getting him a new chair was a must!  Now finding him a chair, that would suit his idea of comfort and my idea of style, is a whole ‘nother story. 😀

Living room decor with pops of greenery.Pin

If you’re on the hunt for a recliner that is stylish, up to date and comfortable, I can definitely recommend these.  If it helps at all, my husband is 6′ 2″ and needed something with good shoulder and neck support for those all important naps.  #winkwink  This isn’t a sponsored post at all, but I always love sharing good decor finds with you!

There is a blue side table beside a neutral recliner.Pin

The other very noticeable change in this room is above the fireplace where I removed the large architectural piece, that lived there for several years, and replaced it with a canvas print that I fell in love with.  I wanted something that could remain here year round and that would allow me to do simple seasonal and holiday decorating around.  The print came from At Home and is framed with an open backed frame from Hobby Lobby, which I painted black.

Fireplace brick painted white with candles on the mantle.Pin

There is a nature picture hanging above the fireplace.Pin

My favorite color combination these days is shades of beige, soft gray, woods and whisper white with touches of blue and greenery sprinkled in.  The weathered candlesticks (from my trip to Magnolia Market), the trio of beige and white vases (available HERE, HERE and HERE) and the lanterns (both sizes available HERE)  along with a basket of greenery down on the hearth, work perfectly for me for decorating my fireplace this spring.

There is a vase with branches with white flowers on the mantle.Pin

Spring fireplace hearth plants and baskets.Pin

The rug that I layered over our existing larger gray area rug brings those same colors into the room and helps to break up the sea of gray that existed in here before.  I contemplated painting our entertainment center, but have decided not to.  I really like the warmth that the wood adds to the room.

There are grey rugs on the floor layered for texture.Pin

UPDATE – I changed my mind and decided to paint the entertainment center after all. And wow, what a difference that has made in this room! Now that it’s done, I honestly don’t know why I hesitated.

You can read about how we painted this beast without sanding and the products that we used HERE.

Entertainment center that has been painted white.Pin

The other side of the room saw big changes too.  In addition to painting my side table with my very favorite gray paint, I simplified the very full gallery wall above my sofa with a grouping of pretty watercolor prints (available HERE, look for all six prints by this artist in the collection called Watercolour Sketchbook) and three sconces.An ottoman holds a wooden tray and potted plants.Pin

This wall needs some dimension and texture on it because of the overhang above it that’s there due to the catwalk for the hallway upstairs.  Without the dimension and my diy sofa table behind the couch, it looks like my couch is just shoved up against the wall and that really bugs me.

Gallery wall with watercolor prints above sofa.Pin

Oh, I forgot – I do have one more home decor project in here and that’s to paint or refinish the pine console table.  The mirror (similar mirror available HERE) that I added above it gives it a fresh look, but the yellow’y orange color of the table has to go!  Not sure exactly what I’m going to do, but I have a few ideas up my sleeve.  Stay tuned to my Instagram stories for that makeover!

Blue grey pillows are on the couch.Pin

Pine sofa table. Pin

And lastly, let’s talk about my new coffee table.  But wait – I said the only furniture I bought was the chairs – right???  That’s true!  This is my old coffee table with the base painted (Annie Sloan in French Linen), the legs cut down and the top upholstered.  Y’all, I am seriously in love with this thing!

Tufted coffee table.Pin

Normally, I prefer to makeover furniture myself, but adding all of the diamond tufts to the top of this table wasn’t something that I was willing to tackle.  So off to my upholster the table went for a few weeks and they did a fabulous job.  I priced a new coffee table out, but because of the large’ish size of our table, going this route was much less expensive than buying a new one.  A big thank you to all of my Instagram friends who helped me pick out the best fabric!

There are grey pillows on the couch.Pin

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed this tour of my refreshed family room and agree that it looks much brighter and more up to date.

Now, you’ll want to be sure to go visit Sue at Wood + Vine Designs to see her gorgeous spring decor!


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  1. It looks gorgeous! I love the chairs you found and that greenery just pops! Your home is beautiful Suzy!
    Ready for Spring ?
    Wool + Vine Design

    1. Thank you so much, Sue! Loved being in the bloghop with you!

    2. Hi,
      I am curious as to where you purchased your jute rug , name and style of it. Love your decor throughout your home!

  2. Oh wow Suzy I absolutely love your family room refresh! I remember you deciding on the fabric for the ottoman, and like your final decision! The painting is so colorful and beautiful and draws the eye up. I also love your gallery wall! Those arm chairs have great lines, and to double as a recliner is a huge bonus! I bet you’re loving this new fresh look! You know I am a huge blue and white fan. So fun doing this spring home tour with you my friend! XOXO, Sarah

    1. Thank you, Sarah. You’re too kind! Can’t wait til we can meet IRL!

  3. Love the room. Could you tell me the blue paint on the end table by the chair. I love that color.

    1. Hi Betty. The paint that you’re asking about is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue.

  4. Your styling is absolutely amazing. Teach me your ways, PLEASE.

  5. HI!
    Luv your family room update, very refreshed. Your furniture placement is
    Very comfortable. Very courteous, how
    comfortable is watching something on your TV with the chairs and sofa not angled toward the TV.
    Never noticed your glass doors behind your chairs. Can you open and close them with the furniture placement around
    them? LOVE the ottoman cover, is it removable? Always enjoy visiting your blog.

    1. HI! Isn’t the entertainment unit the same wood color as the yellow orange finish as the side board? Everything looks beautiful?

    2. Thank you! TV viewing is fine from all of the seats, except for the chair closest to the tv. It’s usually just my husband and I, so the only time that chair gets used is when we have company and aren’t watching tv anyway. 😀 You can open the doors behind the chairs, but only a little without moving them. We don’t use those doors though (I treat them like windows), so that isn’t an issue for us. I wouldn’t have arranged the furniture the way it is if we needed access to the doors. The ottoman is actually my old coffee table that I had upholstered, so the cover isn’t removable. The actual color of the entertainment center is much more brown than the sofa table, so I don’t dislike it like I do the sofa table. Hope I’ve answered all of your questions!

  6. Great refresh. I love everything about it. Saving to Pinterest for future inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much, Linda!

  7. Nancy Carroll says:

    It all looks so nice! Love love love the coffee table makeover!! Love your new picture above the fireplace as well!

  8. I agree the pine console table needs a refresh! I have that color on doors and windows and trim in my 60’s Ranch and hate it!! Would love for Calgon to “take it all away” ! Ha! Anxious to see what the color will be!

    1. LOL, Barbara. Maybe I just need to go buy a box of Calgon! 😀

  9. I love the new chairs, so stylish for recliners. I also really like what you did with your coffee table. Your room looks great.

  10. Beth Pozzini Putz says:

    I adore it! SO refreshing and crisp! The downward barn lights over your gallery wall might be my favorite thing! Beautiful as always!


    1. I’m glad you like them, Beth. It was so hard for me to decide what style to get!

  11. Your family room make over is just great. I have a very similar coffee table and think your idea of how to make it look like a brand new table is one I will look into. Thought of painting it but your solution is so much better. I love the table and it is perfect with my sectional but definitely it could use a redo. Thanks.

    1. Thank you, Kathy. Glad you found some inspo!

  12. I like your room makeover. I think you should refinish your pine table in a darker wood stain, one that matches the sideboard in your breakfast area. You need some contrast in that area of your room and a darker wood tone would look good with all of the lighter finishes you have.

    1. That’s a good thought! Thanks for the suggestion.

  13. The room turned out beautiful! Why don’t you sand the console table down to the natural wood and then just wax it. Painting would probably be easier though but I love that natural wood that would go with your soft beige colors in the room. Lovely job and pulling it together.

  14. I love your “new” family room…..I say new, because that’s the way it looks. I love that you are leaving some wood things unpainted….I hear real wood is making a comeback. I like the combination of some painted, and some not. Makes each stand out more. It’s a very inviting room to spend lots of time in lazing about in your new chairs. Enjoy your day! 😉

  15. JoAnn McGee says:

    Love everything about your family room. Can you tell me the color of paint for your room’s walls? It’s bright and fresh — I’m considering a neutral paint for my family room and I love your look!

    Than you,

    1. Thank you so much! The walls are painted with Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige.

  16. I love your room! It’s just beautiful. My question is a about your blinds blinds. I’m looking at purchasing some new woven blinds and I’m wondering how you like them and where are they from.? Would you use these again if you Could go back? My other choice I’m thinking about are white plantation shutters.
    I.also have a big ornate armoire in my living room that I’ve considered painting I just don’t know if it’s too ornate to go with the farmhouse look. It cost a fortune so I can’t afford to buy new. What do you think? Can I send you a picture and how can I do that here? Thank you for all your help!

    1. Hi Deb. My blinds are from Home Depot – in store, not online. I do love them and think they were the right choice for my room because of the texture and interest that they add to the space. Feel free to email me some pics of your armoire and I’ll be glad to take a look!

  17. Love the new, “pared down” look of your family room (and really love what you did later with your entertainment center – the white paint and the doors removed made such a big impact). The family room was attractive before, but I prefer this new look. It appears to be pretty large but seems even bigger now with the new light color recliners, re-made coffee table, new mantle decorations and the wall of watercolor pictures and barn lamps behind the sofa. It is easy to get “accessory creep”, especially with the farmhouse look – too many lovely things can be made or acquired, and all of a sudden it is just all too much. The side table looks great painted in your favorite gray. I am going to try it on a multi-drawer dresser (I’ve had for years) that is now in my entry and some lamp bases in my bedroom. Thanks for sharing your re-do and decorating inspiration.

  18. Hello,
    I just came across your blog!!! Such a stunning home. I eyed your chairs in your family room. Is there a link to them anywhere?
    I’ve now added to follow you on Instagram too.:)

  19. MAXINE Unruh says:

    I’ve enjoyed seeing pictures of your beautiful home! We’re hoping to purchase the same “Emma” recliners from Havertys as we love the look and find them very comfortable! What is the name of fabric color you choose?

    1. Hi Maxine. The name of the fabric that we chose is Dove. You can also specify the color of the legs – we chose Patina for ours. Hope you enjoy the chairs!

  20. What is the name if the print over your mantle?

    1. I purchased the print over a year ago at At Home, so I’m sorry, but I don’t have a link to it. 🙁