A drab TV room was transformed into a stylish, family-friendly space by adding well-proportioned furniture, a warm palette and functional display shelves
“MY TV ROOM FELT bare and outdated. There was a mishmash of furniture, green walls and no balustrade on the stairs. With an awkwardly positioned window above the TV it also felt unbalanced,” recalls the owner, who shares her TV room in Melkbos, Cape Town with her husband, three children (two of them teenagers) and several pets.Cheryl Herweg of Changing Spaces helped to create a welcoming room where the whole family could comfortably watch a movie. “The owner wanted a cosy feel but insisted on hard-wearing furniture because the teenagers spend a lot of time here, not to mention the dogs,” Cheryl explains.To keep the look light Cheryl chose a frameless glass balustrade for the staircase.
To create a focal wall, the single window was blocked up and replaced by two narrow ones at the sides. Cheryl then installed floating shelves and joinery across the full width of the wall so that the TV doesn’t dominate the room.Getting the balance and scale right was a priority so Cheryl created a new layout with appropriately proportioned furniture. To provide sufficient seating for the whole family, she had an oversized L-shaped couch custom-made and upholstered in a durable fabric.“A large rug defines the seating area and if the teenagers want to lounge on the floor, it’s warm and comfortable,” says Cheryl.