What Inspired Me for Our Family Room

For inspiration I always start with the internet and some magazines.  Here are sites & magazines I love to check out.  Decorpad is usually the first place I start.  You can just scroll through the pictures or you can search by color.  Coastal Living is a great place to check out if you are looking for that modern yet beachy room design.  BHG is always a great site or magazine to check out for inspiration.  I would also do Google searches for images to look through.

I just kept saving everything that inspired me, to my computer and then as I found other pictures or ideas that I liked more, I would just deleted the ones I didn’t want anymore.  It was a great way for me to organize my thoughts and plan for this room.  Most of these pictures are from Decorpad.com.

In these pictures I loved the dark and light colors in the room.  They feel welcoming, casual, light & airy all at the same time to me.
I was inspired by almost all of this room.  The white furniture, the window treatments, the casual feel to the room, the flooring, the rug, the ottoman….it was all about the dark & light color and textures in all of these rooms.
Then I came across this picture and that is where the blue in the room came from.  Again with the dark and light colors in this room.  I was draw to it, so I knew that I had to have it.  When you are searching the internet or magazines for inspiration, you usually keep finding inspiration that is similar to each other.  Really look at each picture you have saved and there should be common themes in the pictures.  Pull each picture apart and write down all the things you like or don’t like.  Great way to figure out what you want in your own room.  The paint chips on the right are from Valspar.

This is how I found my ceiling.  I was looking around for ceiling ideas and came across Armstrong’s website.   See our ceiling here.

I found my inspiration for our sofa here.  Plus which flooring to pick.  We went with the top one.
Some other pictures that inspired me.  We bought almost the same table & chairs, but it was from Ikea and for a lot less.  Check out this post for the details.

I put together a Mood Board for our Family Room.  As I collected images and ideas for the room, I had to put them into one place.  It really is a great way to see a room come together, before you buy anything.  For any of you Young House Love fans, yes that is their old Living Room.  I was inspired by their window treatments and of course their light and airy home.
I hope I have inspired some of you in some way.  I love to inspire others to decorate their homes.  Remember that most of the time there is a cheaper version of what you might love that is too expensive.  Search around.  There are so many great places to buy decent furniture for great prices and you can also pick up inexpensive decor in all of these places too {JCPenny, Ikea, Target, Home Goods}.   Happy shopping everyone.
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Our Family Room was Featured on…..

Armstrong Residential Ceilings.  They found my post about our new ceiling in our Family Room.  Very cool.  I was super excited when I read a comment from Kim @ Armstrong.  Thanks for linking up to my blog Kim.  You can find them on Facebook at “Armstrong Residential Ceilings”.   Check out this post to see our new ceiling planks in our Family Room.

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Our Family Room Tour – Part 5 {Ceiling, Flooring & Paint}

We wanted to do something different for our ceiling.  Plus we didn’t want to hang drywall on the ceiling.  I’m just sayin’. {haha}

So we looked around at Lowe’s, Home Depot & a local store on Long Island called Long Island Paneling.  We were thinking some sort of white wood for the ceiling, we just didn’t know what kind of material we wanted to use.  So we settled on Armstrong Ceiling Planks that we bought at Home Depot. 

Introducing Armstrong Ceiling Planks .  This is where I got my inspiration from.  We bought the Country Classic Plank.  You can paint or stain them if you want.  Check out the other products they have online.  The planks have beveled edges and a tongue & groove system to install them.  These aren’t your Grandma’s ceiling tiles, but they are made of the same material.  But don’t worry the planks do not look anything like your Grandma’s ceiling tiles…they look like painted wood.  We loved it, we bought it, we installed it.

OK, you are getting a small peek of one of the wall colors in this picture.  More on that soon.

A close-up of the planks on the ceiling.
OK, I wanted to show you the ceiling planks first, now here is how the rest of the room came together.
Here is what the room looked like when we primed the whole room.  We didn’t want to paint after the ceiling was up, so we painted the whole room first, then put up the ceiling and laid the floor.

We painted an accent wall at the far end of the room.  It’s Valspar “Beach House” color, but we used Benjamin Moore Natura paint.  It’s their no-VOC paint and it was great.  Didn’t smell.

We even painted the inside of the closet the same blue color as the accent wall.  We put a closet organizer from Ikea in this closet.  More on that soon.

And we painted the rest of the room Valspar’s “Swoosh” color, but again we used Benjamin Moore Natura paint.  It’s a nice “Sand” color paint.  I was going for a modern beachy cottage look with this room and these two colors represented sand and water.  I wanted the room to feel light and airy.

Then we started on the flooring.  We chose to go with a laminate flooring since this is a cement slab foundation.  We went to Lumber Liquidators and decided on “Dream Home – St. James 12mm African Mahogany” laminate flooring.

We installed the flooring ourselves.  Lumber Liquidators sells an installation kit which includes a block, pull bar and shims.  Only other things you will need is a rubber mallet, a miter saw for the short cuts and a table saw for the long cuts.  You can also buy the blue underlament, molding, quarter round molding & stair treads, just to name a few other things at LL.  LL has a lot of products to chose from.  You can order samples online if you don’t have one near you.

Here is a close up.  From one row to the next, remember to keep all seams 6 inches or more apart.

Well the room is almost together at this point.  Next I will show you the moldings we used for this room and I will show you how we hid those electric boxes.
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