Ask a Designer: Turning porch into serviceable family room

February 27, 2015 - accent chair

Q. Would we ever adore to have some ideas for my family room! It is a unequivocally slight and prolonged room (91/2 feet by 221/2feet) and a room is cut in half by an opening approach that was a aged doorway wall and a new doorway wall is right opposite from a aged doorway wall. The new doorway wall leads out into a “old” object porch, that is aluminum with windows. Thank we so most for any ideas we can give us.

Joan, Oakland County

A. Charles Dunlap of a Dunlap Design Group in Pleasant Ridge says many homes have bedrooms like this one — a space that used to be a patio, though was enclosed to make another vital space. “Unfortunately, they mostly tend to be slight and enclose countless openings where aged extraneous doors and windows used to be located,” he says.

Dunlap says a initial thing he would do is revise this room’s finishes:

Remove a white paneling and re-drywall, if necessary. This will go a prolonged approach to visually creation this room feel reduction like a porch and some-more like partial of a rest of a house.

Paint a walls a comfortable tone or wallpaper to make it feel reduction patio-like.

Eliminate a counterpart above a fireplace; it creates a room seem short.

Change a runner out to a geometric settlement such as a Schumacher Nigel that Dunlap selected. Tip: The lines of this settlement going in opposite directions make it feel reduction boxy and emanate a apparition of a wider room.

As distant as a seat plan, Dunlap says one pretence to make a room seem reduction slight is to pierce a seat divided from a walls and to “float” it in a room where possible. “It is a pattern misconception that a grate always has to take core stage,” he says. “In this case, it creates a good ancillary element.”

With an arched-opening in a center, Dunlap says a room unequivocally calls out for dual activity areas. He recommends:

For TV observation on one side, a Thayer Coggin smaller-scale sectional from RJ Thomas Ltd. provides optimal seating.

To contrariety a true lines of a sectional, supplement a comely Bolier Co. accent chair subsequent to a wall-mounted TV.

A McGuire glass-topped list accessible during Baker is positioned in a core of a space; this is a good mark to play games or eat while examination a television. The McGuire chairs placed on a erratic emanate visible interest.

A comfortable timber Hickory Chair chest from Henredon Interior Design Showroom fills a space subsequent to a asymmetrical grate and can be used for an unpretentious bar while entertaining.

Drapery adds dimension to an differently prosaic wall; it should be mounted during a roof to supplement tallness to a room.

Accessories with a sculptural peculiarity should be selected to supplement shape, dimension and interest.

Do we have a pattern dilemma? Send your questions to Or mail them to “Ask a Designer,” c/o Michigan Design Center, 1700 Stutz Drive, Suite 25, Troy, MI 48084. Pictures are encouraged. Your doubt might seem in an arriving Homestyle.

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