Decorating Dilemma: Vicki’s Family Room

Design plan for family room with breakfast area

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

Hello How to Decorate Team!

My dilemma is unifying an open kitchen with a family room using yellows! My family room is 12 x 17.5 feet. It also needs to have dining for two. My walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Linen Sand, kind of a beige-yellow and I have chosen the Tabitha rug as my inspiration piece. Everything will go but tv.

I like the coastal feel , but using yellows instead of blues.



Vicki's open family room, before

Vicki's open family room, before

Vicki's open family room, before

Dear Vicki,

Thank you for your Decorating Dilemma. We love that you have inspiration, and how fun that it is one of our pieces! We see so much great potential in your space!

We suggest starting with our Baldwin Sofa with a slipcover in our Trilby Basketweave in Natural. Place it along the wall with the high window. We would love to highlight the Tabitha Rug with the Bornova Coffee Table in White. For additional seating, the Brook Recliner would be super comfy and durable in an Indoor/Outdoor fabric like our Sunbrella Herringbone in Drift. To help make this space functional, we recommend adding a corner media unit such as the Reston Media Cabinet.


Due to your space constraints, we created a dining area using our Coventry Corner Bench in our Bradley Stripe Sand to tie in your chosen color story. FInally, we would pair this seating with our Sidney 42” Dining Table in Rubbed Gray to pull in some of the gray from your Tabitha rug.

Happy Decorating!

The Design Team

Design plan for family room with breakfast area

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  1. Reply

    Joan A

    September 10, 2014

    Nice! It would be great to see the ‘after’ results…