House hunting – this is a second living area. Does anyone have any ideas on how to update the space? The door to the left is a second bathroom and back 2 doors to kids bedrooms. Thinking maybe remove loft, paint, different floor???
What do you need the room to do for you? What are you using it for?
Second living area. Kids watch tv, sit on lounge, play board games.
How do we furnish a small room with hardly any wall space?
HELP! Any ideas how to fix the living room end of our dining room?
How long do you have to stay somewhere to say you 'lived' there?
Floor-plan feedback/ideas needed -What do you think of this floor-plan
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Yes I agree it seems like an odd shape to furnish. Kids are 4 and 6 so yes maybe embrace loft for leggo. Thanks for the tips!
What a fabulous house. in particular love the kids wing with loft, hope you are lucky enough to get it
put a reading corner in loft with bean bags and paint beams white. it will make it seem bigger and more open plan...
While I am a huge fan of Dr Retro and his/her advice generally, I am in favour of painting the beams and door trims. We did this once, throughout a previous house with a look identical to yours. Had a massive impact - all positive. The bones of the house look excellent - don’t change the layout. Check there is good internal/external flow, I’d want the carpet gone in favour of an engineered timber or laminate floor (for cost reasons only and given it is a children’s “wing”), but given the age of your children I would probably delay that for years - kids heads and hard floors don’t go so well together. Tiles would look good but magnify noise. Good luck.
Definitely embrace the loft. Here's a small example we did for a kids bedroom above their robes. The girls love it to read and generally just chill up there. remember to add lighting and light switches (2way is good so you can turn it off without having to get up there) also power points for charging. Kids find a way to make it their space so be flexible. Likewise the remaining floor space let the kids work out how they'd like to use the space. Cool movable bean bag type and stool seating so they can easily move it themselves if they want to move everything out of the way to play or dance/ perform (perfect their tiktok)with regards to the space definitely paint out the ceiling beams and lighten the space up. install a wall of storage to chuck all the toys and think about storage at kid level...low and accessible. You could consider chalk walls or other surfaces to pin or magnetically pin up stuff. If it's definitely a space for the kids think like a kid and have fun. There's ways to be be sophisticated as well that will keep it from looking like a childcare centre. Have a look at funky office fit outs like Google and the like. they have fun breakout spaces that still have a level of practicality. think about ways to blend kid meets breakout space. good luck!
Keep furniture choices in fresh linens - either warm grey or taupe to balance the warmth of the timber with the starkness of the white (looks pure to me), white sheers with thermal backing for window treatments with indoor plants will soften the space. Keep foot traffic from bedrooms to bathroom completely clear. How to furnish depends what you want to do with it :)
I have two kids and I would definitely keep the loft area for Lego or quiet play or reading area when they want time away from each other.I would also paint the beams white but that’s just me, I know some people love them.You’re very lucky to have the kids down the it eve end of the house and a second bathroom. Enjoy!
This is a tricky space with the vaulted ceiling etc...perhaps call in an interior decorator just to get some advice to use the space to the best of it's potential.
It's a fantastic space but needs an update. The stain on the beams and the carpets dates the space. If you like the timber ideas, consider sanding and refinishing in a more modern tone, maybe a lighter more blonde? I'd consider sanding and just oiling with whatever the natural colour is. I'd be reluctant to paint the beams white, because they add warmth to a large space... It's a large enough space. I'd actually I'd say lack of warmth is the real issue. I would choose some midtone natural earthy colours to help blend the space. The loft could have a stronger colour and the rest something lighter. throwing some nice rugs over the carpet would help define the large floor area and let an older carpet last a little longer till you decide to update it.
...course painting beams is a lot easier than stripping them! If you go white then consider some colour on the floor and walls?
My kids would love a space like that, especially a loft! Perfect for reading, lego, boardgames and sleepovers.