Nice room, but ... blah

  • This room would make a nice guest room, with some updating.

    This room would make a nice guest room, with some updating.

  • White two-panel doors brighten up the decor.

    White two-panel doors brighten up the decor.

  • Customers have been pairing new white doors with the oak trim and molding.

    Customers have been pairing new white doors with the oak trim and molding.

 
By Kerry Smyth of Mount Prospect
Posted11/2/2014 6:01 AM

We have a nice-sized room but it needs to be updated. The furniture is mismatched as a result of being inherited from other family members. The window treatments serve their purpose but are old. We need help finding a better layout for this space. We would like to create a space that can be used as a guest room and a retreat. Just not sure where to start.

Design by HomeStory of Chicago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

This room feels a little bit dated. The walls are bare, the carpet may be a bit drab, and the oak doors and trim really are holding this room back. The flat panel hollow doors are begging to be changed, and cleaning those louver bifolds is a never ending battle. There are many homes in this area that have oak as the predominate theme throughout the home. We are seeing a big trend to brighten things up a bit.

• New painted off-white two-panel entry door with a new lever. Though it is a big commitment to go completely white by painting trim and crown molding. We are seeing a trend of swapping out stained doors for painted doors while keeping the oak trim.

• New sliding closet doors to match the entry door. Get away from the louvers and get away from the bifolds.

• Add some art work: Those walls are begging for some simple artwork.

• Paint an accent wall. It doesn't have to be drastic, just a darker shade of blue will help.

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