In this article, you’ll find 5 ideas for family rooms to create a comfortable retirement for you and your family. The name “family room” evokes a warm and welcoming space, where you could imagine playing cards with the kids, snuggling up by the fire with a good book or watching the big game on TV.
However, the family room is often anything but relaxing, as it is usually a place of the house where toys gather, where snacks are spilled on the couch and where pets come and go. A few simple design tricks and set changes can calm the chaos.
1. Design of the family room
Are you building or renovating? Or maybe you’re not looking to make drastic changes, but you need extra storage space. The design of the family room refers to the layout of the space and the design elements you will use to make it more efficient and comfortable. If you build or renovate, adding a fireplace to your family room will make you feel immediately at ease. A chimney with no ventilation duct and a stone frame can even be added years later. Lower ceilings in the family room will also give an impression of nesting, as will the addition of a boat slam on the walls. You’ll want to think about how your family lives…
Do you like to read? Be sure to place reading lamps next to the seats. Do you have younger children using the family room as a playroom? Storage space to hide toys is essential. Built-in cabinets, open beanbags, and attractive garbage cans are great options. Are food and beverages popular in your family room? If so, each sitting area needs its own table to hold glasses or plates handy. Small tables or even low stools that can be easily moved and placed in any space are ideal.
2. Painting colors of the family room
Do you want to just brighten up your living room? The best and easiest way is to paint. Paint walls, ceilings, cabinets, furniture, and even floors! Nothing is prohibited and, for the most part, these tasks can be outsourced at a low cost or even performed by handymen.
The paint colors you choose can have a big impact. By brightening the paint to a cream or white color, you will instantly refresh the space. Don’t forget the ceiling; it must be treated as a “fourth wall.” You might be surprised that a very light blue ceiling makes the room chicer. If you have built-in shelves, painting the back of the shelves is a wonderful way to add sparkle and it’s an easy project to do in the afternoon.
Maybe you’ll choose a turquoise or emerald green? Don’t be afraid that the color is too strong. Keep in mind that the accessories on your shelves will be in front of the color and will be used to obscure it somewhat. And the color will bring out your accessories!
Dark wood tables or consoles can also be painted. How about an orange chest? This piece would certainly be a conversation starter.
This Hometalker has undergone an incredible transformation, painting everything white and installing a wooden ceiling. The family room has gone from double blandness to wow; a place that automatically attracts people.
3. The decor of the family room
Changing the décor of the family room is the most fun way to create a comfortable retreat you’ll love. If you have children, the first thing to do is to organize toys and games in attractive storage bins, boxes, beanbags or cupboards. Then consider changing your shelves. The props are more prominent in the spotlight and are more beautiful when there are fewer.
Items can turn seasonally if you find that you miss some of your favorite items. Remove jackets from books and use larger family photos on shelves. If you have room, plan a small table that can be used for family play nights or even for a quick and casual meal or snack. It’s fun when some family members can play a game while others watch TV. Have family albums on the coffee table for children to see at any time.
Other decorating ideas for the family room include changing pillows and throws, updating a carpet and using covers on furniture that can not only be washed but also easily changed.
Heavy curtains add to space. Consider removing them in favor of Roman blinds, 3-inch blinds, non-functional panels or even the absence of windows if you don’t have neighbors looking out the windows!
Do you have pets running around your house and taking over the couch in the family room? Give them a nice bed in the room and keep some of their favorite toys that can stay.
The red cushions can be replaced by other colors over the seasons, on a neutral background. This Hometalker brightened the fireplace with paint and placed a mirror on the mantle to reflect the light. Globes, found in antique shops, have been used to create an atmosphere of cohesion in the décor of the family room.
4. Small family rooms
More often than not, the family room is part of the kitchen or is just adjacent to it, which translates into a smaller space. Just because a family room is small doesn’t mean it can’t meet all your needs. You’ll just have to work harder. In fact, the small family room offers a better opportunity to be closer to your family more often during late-day activities such as cooking.
The small family room may need to be used as a home office, space for handicrafts or homework. You may need to add a sofa bed to provide additional sleeping capacity for your guests. And of course, the storage space will be more important.
This indemnity Hometalker has transformed a one-car garage into a family room. He even added a window for more light. Space is also used as a “music” room where you can play and enjoy some tunes. Again, bright lights and white paint are used to open up space.
5. Family rooms in the basement
Sometimes the houses have a family room in the basement. Depending on the size, this can give the owner many more options on what can be included in the space. The family room in the basement (also known as a “recreation room”) can include a space for ping-pong or pool tables, a media area for movies, and a bar or small kitchen. A playground or a children’s workroom could also be on the side.
The type of basement you have is locked – does it have windows or an outside door? In this case, you are in luck because you will have natural light. If there is no outdoor light source, you can create one using ceiling lights, lamps, and mirrors (suspended or not). You can even create a window effect by hanging drapery panels on rods, giving the illusion of having one.
This dark basement was considerably illuminated by painting not only the walls but also the ceiling. In the case of this Hometalker, heavy shelves have been removed and accessories have been modified to give the impression that space is larger. By placing the television above the fireplace, the fireplace is now part of the space and frees up the wall for photos and accessories.
You should now be on track to create a comfortable retreat for your family room. Whether you’re in the construction phase or have lived in your home all your life, you can use these family room ideas to make your space warm and welcoming. Start by designing your family room, then consider brightening it up with new paint colors and new family room decorations. Take on the challenges of small family rooms and family rooms in the basement. Make your family room a place where everyone feels welcome and can take off their shoes.
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