Designing a family room in your home that is good for the entire family can be a challenge. Whether your family consists only of adults, or if you also have small children, teenagers, or even pets, here are some tips that will keep the family room fun, functional, and ready for everyone to enjoy.
While everyone loves to have a look that is straight out of a designer magazine, be careful not to overlook comfort when choosing furnishings and seating choices. The family room should be a place that people want to gather in, and are comfortable doing so, in order for it to be an enjoyment for all. Consider diversifying the space as much as possible to accommodate everyone in your family. For example, if Dad loves reclining, be sure to figure in a comfy chair or couch that has the reclining option. For small kids and pets, maybe oversized pillows or cushions on the floor make a great lounging place. As you are planning your space, try to get input from the whole gang and make a plan that is comfortable for everyone.
Very rarely does anyone complain about having too much storage in their home and a family room without enough storage can be a serious problem. From comfy throws that are great for wrapping up in on cold evenings to gadgets, remotes, board games, magazine, and even favorite toys, having versatile storage in your living room can really help make it a space everyone can enjoy. Consider the items that are frequently used in the family room, and then decide the best way to store them so that they are organized, close at hand, and easy to access. Remember to keep kid items down low where little ones can reach, pet toys in baskets or other storage solutions on or near the floor, and electronics and other corded devices with access to electrical outlets for charging while not in use.
Another important design aspect to prioritize in the family room is access to entertainment. Whether you are a family that enjoys piling on the couch for a good movie or TV show, have kids or teens that are avid video gamers, or enjoy much more low-tech media, such as reading or cards, design your family room so that it works with whatever your family’s favorite entertainment is!
Make sure that your family room is comfortable, has adequate storage, and is designed for entertainment, but don’t forget to add your own flair of style too. From family photos and unique wall art and trinkets to paint colors, accent pillows, and accessories, make it a family event to decorate your living room. By adding a bit of style that everyone loves, you truly will create a family room that is unique, personalized, and special to all of the members in your family!
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