How do you add visual appeal to a family room?

The room’s most striking element is the luxurious Phillip Jeffries grass-cloth wall covering. Michael J. Lee

When the homeowners moved into this Needham home, they put their old furniture in the family room. It wasn’t a home run.

“The pieces just didn’t suit the new space,” says interior designer Shari Pellows. “A sectional made the layout awkward and there was very little color in the room.”

The homeowners, a young family, sought Pellows’s expertise in making the room more inviting and visually appealing. “They love color, which was exciting for me,” says Pellows.

The room’s most striking element is the luxurious Phillip Jeffries grass-cloth wall covering. While the back is taupe, resin yellow beading runs vertically down the wall covering. Pellows color matched the yellow beading with a vibrant hue she had painted on the back of the built-in shelves. Roman shades are made of Romo fabric that has a yellow background punctuated by stripes of various scale.

“When you have a lot of bright color, the key is to ground the room in something more neutral,” she explains, referring to the JD Staron rug. “It looks like an old knit sweater, it’s so comfortable — but it’s taupe so the color doesn’t compete with all the yellow.”

Blue couches, which have piping in a slightly different blue hue, are Duralee, as are the armchairs, which were custom made.

“The husband is very tall, so chairs need to be very deep to accommodate his height, but not too high,” says Pellows. The chairs are upholstered in a wool Harlequin fabric. On the couches, throw pillows made of Schumacher fabric have shades of blue and an acid green, which Pellows repeated in the microfiber ottomans, detailed with nail-head trim.

A large square coffee table — wrapped in burlap and coated so it’s impervious to glass marks and spills — unifies the seating area and is incredibly durable. Another textural element is introduced with the Noir console table, made of rope. A round bronze mirror hangs between yellow lamps scored from Lamps Plus.

“It’s now a happy, colorful, and fun space to live in,” says Pellows. “The homeowners love it.”

Jaci Conry can be reached at jaci@jaciconry.com.

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