Room Reveal: Cozy TV Room

gold leaf chandelier reflected in primrose mirror

September 18, 2023

I’ve been daydreaming about a moody dramatic tv room, and it’s official – I think this iteration of the TV Room is “the one”! There are still a few tiny details I need to finish such as putting a medallion above the gold leaf chandelier, changing out the electrical sockets to be black and eventually deciding on some window treatments, but for now, I’m checking this room off as complete.

Coffee Table Books: Pearl Jam | Trust | Danny Clinch | Gig Posters | The Rolling Stones | American Decay | CB2 White Trinket Box

Phase 1

If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember I did a budget friendly refresh shortly after moving into this house. I painted the built-in bookshelves a dark blue-grey (Benjamin Moore’s Lead Grey) in a Satin Enamel finish, swapped out the light fixture and added a sectional to the space. Many of the other pieces of decor came with me from my previous house. It was a fantastic update for the limited budget I was working with and it worked.

The different phases of this room: budget refresh (above) and original listing photo (below)

When I found out I’d be unexpectedly updating my hardwood floors, I realized now was the time to make a big change to this room and that started with the decision to remove the existing shag carpet. I was incredibly lucky to find beautiful white oak hardwood flooring underneath the carpet and it was in fantastic condition. It just needed sanded down and then stained to match the finish of the new flooring in the rest of the house. I am still counting my blessings about this!

unfinished old hardwoods
Original hardwoods discovered underneath the shag carpet. They just needed refinished and stained.

TV Room 2.0

With how much this room had already evolved up until this point, I felt like it was time to take a design risk and try my hand at color drenching. I was a little bit nervous about the new paint (ceiling, trim and walls) matching the existing built-ins, as paint does fade over time, but it turned out seamlessly and I am absolutely in love with the final result!

gold leaf chandelier against dark paint and primrose mirror
This gold leaf chandelier is a show stopper!
rejuvenation double arm floor lamp
The design of this double arm lamp adds the perfect touch to the refreshed traditional design of the overall room, while adding necessary accent light during the evenings. Paired with this faux fur blanket for an extra touch of coziness.

I had so much fun adding in brass accents to really pop against the dark paint. My Primrose mirror that I had in the dining room for years has found its forever home above the mantel and I love seeing the reflection of the gold leaf chandelier. I swapped out the previous desk lamp for a cute little brass task lamp with a curvy arm and was so excited to add my first art lamp above some of my music memorabilia on the back wall. I tend to move my artwork around a lot, so going with a battery powered option felt like a safe choice and I couldn’t be happier with the decision. I’m already thinking about where I can install more of these – (of course I am). 

Same corner. Same room.

Finishing Touches

Adding in a dark area rug helped anchor the room and balance the brightness of the new hardwood floors. I decided to choose a traditional style patterned rug and the colors in this one were perfect as they pulled in the burnt orange pillows, the Lead Grey paint color and the beiges from the coffee table and sectional. I think the floral / botanical pattern helps balance the plaid pillows, as well as the overall masculine tone of the room.

Some finishing touches like restyling the bookshelves and changing things up on the coffee table has made this room feel like a completely new addition to the house, when in reality the true transformation came from taking a design risk with paint. This project has given me the confidence to continue to push my design boundaries and I’m so proud of how it turned out.

color drenched bookshelves benjamin moore lead grey
vinyl record organization


Rug (size 10’x13′) | 3 Piece Sectional (in Taft Cement) | Coffee Table (no longer sold) | Desk Chair (antique) | Gold Leaf Chandelier | Tripod Floor Lamp | Double Arm Floor Lamp | Art Lamp | Orange Pillows | Plaid Pillows (similar) | Record Player | Gleaming Primrose Mirror | Brass Task Lamp | Glass Trinket Boxes | Small White Planter | Paint Color: Lead Grey by Benjamin Moore | Faux Fur Blanket in Silver | CB2 Trinket Box | Candles

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  1. Rod says:

    Looks like a great entertainment room, really like what you have done with this room and the hard wood flooring was quite a bonus.

    • allison skiff says:

      It’s a jack of all trades! Movies, music, books or just relaxing by the fireplace. It is truly a bonus of a room! Speaking of bonuses…the surprise hardwood flooring was the biggest bonus of them all.

  2. Janet Skiff says:

    Cozy, cozy, cozy!

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