Monday, December 26, 2005
Room for Improvement: Lounge
Tired of the mall but still have Christmas cash to spend? Try putting it back in your house. In tonight's Room For Improvement, Martin shows us how to turn a living room into a lounge without over-paying.
WSVN--On today's room for improvement we are working on a space that is a littlebit non-traditional when you first walk into a home. Normally we'd expect to find the living room but in this case we also have a built-in bar so I'm thinking that if we create a lounge feel, then we are heading on the right direction.
Lisa: "Room for improvement. Hi Martin nice to see you. Same here nice to see you."
Martin: "I guess you have a bit of a problem with this area right?"
Lisa: "The shape is very unusual and with the high cealings, I just can't seem to make it work.
Lisa: "I wanted to be a place where we can socialize."
Martin: "We are not painting today and that's a good thing but we do have a lot of space to fill up including the foyer. So eventough we have a lot of accessories, we still need to rummage through the house to see what furniture pieces we could find."
Martin: "I know Lisa bought some furniture so let's go find it and get to work."
Now normally you'd have a tendency to group all the furniture together, which it would typically work but in a room like this because we have so much empty space we want to spread the furniture apart and that way it just creates more balance in the space.
Now I know the rug is very bold but it matches the contemporary style of the furniture and at the same time it also picks up the purple from the family room.
I love easy assembly.
What's great about this ottoman is that it mimics the shape of the sofa, and at the same time it's the perfect cocktail table by placing a serving tray on top.
A lot of times with tall ceilings in large wall people have no idea how to fill them up, here's a great trick that Lisa used. Use chair rail or even crown molding and create a paneling effect, and that way it creates a statement on the walls.
Alright and now with the niche is done and this side complete, we can concentrate on the foyer.
Some after dinner mints and we are done.
Our goal with the room this morning was give it a sense of style and purpose. Bringing in furniture from other areas of the home and adding those final decorative elements complete the makeover.
Martin: "At the count of three you can open your eyes, one two three -- Oh my -- Wow."
Lisa: "This is so beyond my wildest expectations, I can't even begin to tell you."
Martin: "Now the foyer and lounge area make a great first impression and create a perfect space to entertain with style. I'll see you guys next week."
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