Yet many times the family room is anything but relaxing, as it’s commonly a spot in the home where toys gather, snacks are spilled on the sofa and pets run to and from. A few simple tricks in design and switches in decor can calm down the chaos.
1. Family Room Design
Are you building or remodeling? Or maybe you’re not looking to make drastic changes, but you need extra storage. The family room design refers to the layout of the space and the design elements you’ll use to make it more efficient and comfortable. If you’re building or remodeling, including a fireplace in your family room design will add instant coziness. A ventless fireplace and stone surround can even be added years later. Lower ceilings in the family room will also give a nesting feeling, as will adding shiplap to the walls. You’ll want to consider how your family lives--do you like to read? Be sure to include reading lights next to seating. Do you have younger children who use the family room as a playroom? Storage to hide toys is key. Built-ins with cabinets, ottomans that open, and attractive bins are great options. Are food and beverages enjoyed in your family room? If so, each seating area needs its own table to hold glasses or plates within reach. Small tables or even low stools that can be easily moved and popped into any space are ideal.