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Family Room Makeover Ideas

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Try these simple yet striking living-space upgrades that don’t require a lot of time, money, or skill.

Family room with whitewashed fireplace.
Family room before remodeling.


This typical family room was dated by a popcorn ceiling, red-brick fireplace, plain carpet, and dark wood. Easy, affordable projects using paint, panels, planks, and accessories give the room a lighter, brighter look, as shown above.

Sitting area in front of a window.

A Place in the Sun

Transform a room without costly structural changes. The key is rethinking the finishes, furnishings, and floor plan. Give an underused window wall and ledge new life by creating a sunny sitting area. Bamboo shades (#116188, #117983) complement sea-grass chairs, while pillows (#12368038S, atgstores.com) add color, pattern, and comfort.

Family room media wall.

Turn Down the TV

Create a visually varied media wall without making it TV-centric. Surround the screen with simple yet sophisticated shelves, then add shallow storage units with pull-down doors. By leaving open space below for stools, you provide extra seating -- and a mini desk for quick tasks.

Before and after of family room floor plan.

Make a New Plan

Before, the tired fireplace, clunky TV cabinet, and unused window ledges combined for a dreary room. Now, the media wall balances the freshened fireplace while a new furniture arrangement invites conversation.

Painted brick next to replacement cabinet doors.

Put a New Face on Old Surfaces

The brick fireplace whitewashing technique shown here is easy. It takes just a few hours to complete, and the only cost is for the paint and supplies. The result makes an amazing difference in a room. Replace worn or dated doors on built-in cabinets with these sleek simple DIY versions.

Lighten a room with ceiling panels and painted beams.

Hide a Popcorn Ceiling

Cover that popcorn ceiling for less than $2 per square foot with easy-to-apply Armstrong planks (#520473), tracks (#520955), and clips (#520954). Then paint the exposed beams white.

Painted paneling.

Perk Up Paneling

No need to replace dark, dated paneling. Just paint it. The white color brightens the room while bringing out the crisp lines in the paneling. Same goes for the moulding.

Color palette for family room.

Refine Your Palette

Create a fresh color scheme for a room with paint and fabrics. Creamy whites and off-whites brighten walls and trim; reddish-orange accents warm furnishings.


More Decorating Tips and Inspiration:

Painted Fireplace Makeover

DIY Shelving Ideas for Added Storage

Coordinate Decor Colors Between Rooms

Bedroom Decorating Ideas