Home Project Summary

Decorate Family Room

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Family Room Decorating project

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Family Room Decorating Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Family Room Decorating investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Family Room Decorating project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Family Room Decorating - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Family Room Decorating project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionDecorate family room. Modernize finshes and design elements. Update flooring, switchplates and decorative hardware. Add molding and recessed lighting. Install new window treatments. Use above average grade of materials, fabrication and installation quality. Estimated costs do not include furniture.
Project size170 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$5,805 - $6,773
Material cost$3,528 - $4,116
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Family Room Decorating project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Family Room Decorating requires attention to detail and careful planning.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Family Room Decorating project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Long term Return on Investment - ROIActual returns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A good quality Family Room Decorating project in the right neighborhoods can return 61% - 72% of its initial cost.
Green ratingFamily Room Decorating projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Family Room Decorating - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Family Room Decorating project plan.

Family Room Decorating - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Family Room Decorating. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Family Room Decorating project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Family Room Decorating project cost and quality.

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Develop Family Room Decorating IdeasInterior Designer3 to 5 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$380 - $635
Prepare Family Room DesignInterior Designer3 to 5 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$380 - $635
Select Family Room FurnitureInterior Designer3 to 5 dLevel 2 - Challenging$285 - $476
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$190 - $317
Build CabinetsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$368 - $614
Install Recessed LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$163 - $285
Repair WallDrywall and Plaster Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$34 - $60
Install Crown MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.75 - $6.62 per linear foot
Install BaseboardFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.35 - $5.82 per linear foot
Hang Interior DoorFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$230 - $407 per door
Hang Curtain RodFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$70 - $123
Hang CurtainsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$35 - $58
Paint RoomsPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.66 - $1.13 per square foot
Paint DoorPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$99 - $166
Install Hardwood FloorFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.20 - $12.88 per square foot
Install Wall SconceElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$180 - $314 per fixture
Install Light SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$98 - $165
Install Ceiling SpeakersElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$128 - $226 per speaker
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 dLevel 1 - Basic$15.50 - $26.79


homewyse | smart home decisions
Proejct Guide

Decorate Family Room

Download Family Room Decorating guide

Use this guide to:

  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Maintain project control
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

Download Family Room Decorating guide Download

Products & Services
Related Projects