The family room should be a place to chill out and spend time together.
LIFESTYLE NEWS - With our busy modern lifestyles and the ever-present temptation of technology always on hand, modern families are spending less and less quality time together.
However, with the help of clever design, you can encourage family members to spend more time together, and the family room offers the perfect place for this to happen.
Tips for creating the perfect family room space:
Know the family
The first step is figuring out how everyone in the family would like to use the room. Any family room is a place where homework gets done, a family entertainment hub, or somewhere to relax, read or converse with one another. A place where everybody feels comfortable and wants to be.
Everybody knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so connecting the family room to the kitchen makes sense. By joining the family room and the kitchen, you can create a truly multi-functional room that can be enjoyed by the entire family. You can, for example, keep an eye on the kids oing homework or watching TV while you are preparing meals.
When choosing a colour scheme, aim to create a warm and inviting look. If you want something dramatic, select contrasting colours in bold hues for a bright and modern feel. If you would prefer a softer ambience, choose neutral shades for a more low-key aesthetic.
Let the light in
There is nothing worse than a dark family room that is depressing and uninviting. The more natural light you can let into this space, the better. To maximise natural light, use mirrors to mimic and reflect windows.
Informal and versatile
It is best to offer a variety of seating choices in a family room so that everybody will be comfortable, such as a couple of occasional chairs or single-seaters, an ottoman or two, and of course a two- or three-seater couch, depending on the size of the room.
When it comes to upholstery, leather is the best bet when it comes to durability and withstanding lots of use by all members of the family. However, it is also quite an expensive option. If you are opting for fabric upholstery, be sure to select fabric that has been treated.
Create different spaces
Most family rooms have several things going on at once, so it is a good idea to divide the room into smaller spaces.
Instead of having one big space that tries to cater for everything, it is much easier to make smaller spaces based on a particular function. For example, create seating around the television or fireplace, and keep the play area in a section of its own. You don't need to put up walls to divide the space - instead, create invisible walls by producing lines with furniture, area rugs, paint and so on.
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