Freshen Up Your Family Room

By Kieran Juska

Is your family room low on "linger appeal"? With smart style moves, you can make yours comfortable and charming.

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Family room, before

Family Room, Before

When Scott and Diane Carroll and their two children moved into their Fayetteville, Arkansas, house four years ago, they gave the family room a fresh coat of off-white paint and that was it. As for furnishings, the room was relegated to leftover pieces that hadn't found homes elsewhere in the house: mismatched sofas, a clunky coffee table, and too-formal plaid wing chairs. With the kids getting older, Scott and Diane wanted to remake the uninviting hodgepodge into a place their brood would hang out in after school, and where they themselves might entertain. Mission accomplished, with just a few key changes.

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