e-Design: Transitional Family Media Room

I’m sharing another example of my e-Design services today, this time for a US client.
This family had a large room with a slightly challenging layout, which they wanted to turn into casual space for lounging and watching TV with a transitional aesthetic.
eDesign Family TV Room
Coral Rug – House of Jade // Diptych – West Elm // Table – Target
Watercolor Print – Minted // Bean Bag – PB Teen
Paint – Ben Moore Hale Navy // Blinds – RH Baby & Child // Blue Pillow – Etsy
Coral Pillow – West Elm // Sectional – West Elm // Bar Cart – CB2
Bookcase – Overstock // Plant Basket – Target // Table Lamp – One Kings Lane
Ottoman – West Elm // Blue Rug – West Elm // Chair – One Kings Lane
Table – Target // Floor Lamp – Target

This is the second and last example of a full design write up I’ll share (see the first here). e-Design clients can expect a customized brief detailing all the design choices, with alternative options, in PDF form.


This design plan brings in many of the elements you love – metallics, geometrics and wood details – while combining a number of design styles to create a transitional/eclectic aesthetic.


The room is big enough to be multi-functional. Consider separating it into two distinct spaces. At one end, cozy seating centers on the fireplace. To avoid multiple focal points, mount your TV above the fireplace, with tall bookshelves flanking it.

The opposite end of the room would work well as a study/game-playing area, with your desk tucked away to the left of the door as you enter and your existing pub table sitting in front of the windows.


The room benefits from plenty of natural light, so you could go darker on the walls. This would make a big impact and also soften reflections when watching TV. Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore is bold but not over-powering.

One option would be to paint as if there was a chair rail three quarters of  the way up the walls, leaving the tops and the cathedral ceilings crisp white. This will visually heighten the ceilings even further and retain the light, airy feel of the room even with the navy wall color, similar to the effect achieved in this room.


Seating is the main investment in this space, and a sectional would be perfect for lounging to watch TV. Pick one in a neutral, kid-friendly performance fabric like this so it’s wipe-able and will stay looking new for years.

This one is a more compact and affordable option (less than $900), but would likely need stain-guarding for a young family:

Alternatively, a large, comfy sofa like this one would also work well:


You could flank the sectional with an occasional chair coupled with a snuggly bean bag. This chair would bring the coral color to this end of the room.

This one is a more traditional option, and you could bring the coral in with throw pillows instead.

This rattan option would also work well.
And this copper based chair is another statement-making option.
A fun bean bag would enhance the casual feel of the room and could add depth with texture.


Rugs soften noise, add warmth and define spaces. I’d use a warm coral 5’ x 7’ rug in the study/game are like this one:

Or this more affordable alternative:

A large, graphic rug would anchor the lounging area:


Coordinating throw pillows can help a space feel cohesive.

{Via Etsy}
{Via West Elm}

This shop also has a variety of options that would work in your color scheme.


A firm ottoman will play double-duty as a foot stool and a coffee table, and this leather one will echo the wood tones throughout the space:

A large tray on top will corral drinks and nibbles – I’d choose a unique vintage piece like this:


Two tall bookcases flanking the fireplace will provide a place for all your media equipment, as well any books, family photos and decorative objects you’d like to display in the room. Their height will also visually draw the eye up to again accentuate the vaulted ceiling.

This one is a great, more affordable option:


The long, narrow shape of a bar cart would make a perfect side table for the sectional, and a basket on the bottom shelf could hold blankets for cozy movie nights.

The chair would benefit from a spot to place drinks too. Something like this could play double duty as extra seating if you’re hosting guests.


Simple linen blinds will show off your windows, which add such a beautiful architectural element to the room. (These are very similar but with a blackout lining):


A floor lamp near the chair would create a cozy reading spot. The industrial style of this pulley light echoes your existing table in the game/study area:

And this table lamp with a gold-lined shade, would bring in the crystal element that you love.


Large-scale, impactful art work is key to tying the scheme together. Go for a ‘chic metal’ or ‘whitewashed herringbone’ frame on this striking abstract print, which combines the colors in your space.

This diptych echoes the other metallic elements in the room:

Here are a few other options for wall décor that would also work well in your room:

{Via Serena & Lily}
{Via Minted}
{Via Minted}


Plants add dimension to any space, and a large-scale, structural dose of greenery would fit perfectly in the game area. Pick a basket in a natural material to serve as a pot (using a plastic liner), like this one.

BUDGET // $6000

Depending on which options you go with, the total for this design plan would be between about $5000 to about $7500. Invest in the higher end items that you love, and pair them with the more affordable options suggested to keep within your $6000 budget.

Sectional / Couch – $860 – $2200
Chair – $350 – $775
Bean bag – $130
Rug (navy) – $625
Rug (coral) – $270 – $450
Cushions – $140
Ottoman – $560
Bookcases – $360 – $730
Bar cart – $300
Drum table – $70
Roman blinds – $400
Floor lamp – $130
Table lamp – $170
Art (diptych) – $370
Art (watercolor) – $375
Plant pot – $20
TOTAL – $5130 – $7445

If you’d like more info on my e-Design services, check out this page or send me an email – LizzieLivingPretty at Gmail Dot Com.


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