We spend oodles of time in our family room, and making sure the space is safe and conducive to happy kids and happy parents is the ultimate goal.
Published: June 16, 2016
From carpet choices to paint swatches, there are so many things you can do to craft a normal living room into the perfect family room. If you’re looking for ways to make your home as comfortable and welcoming as possible for your kids and any guests you entertain, keep these design strategies in mind and craft your ideal hangout space.
If you want your family and friends to feel at peace in your living room, the easiest way to set the tone is through color. We don’t always realize how much of an effect our wall paint hues have on our psyches, but changing the color we’re surrounded with can have a huge impact. Design experts have a few opinions on the proper color choice for a family room. Your color choice depends on the way in which your family utilizes the space. Is it meant for relaxation at the end of a long day? Perhaps it’s an activity center where your kids can spread out their toys and use their imaginations. If it’s the first, you’ll want calming tones, like blue or gray. If it’s the latter, inspire their creativity and vibrancy with some bouncing yellows and reds for a statement living room.
When we have little ones, it can be easy to get worried about the décor within their arms’ reach, but having young kids doesn’t mean sacrificing your personal style. There is however, a balance between clutter and cleanliness. Clutter can cause a chaotic sensation in the brain, as it attempts to take in too many stimuli at once. Instead of subjecting your family to a chaotic hodge-podge of décor, stick to one theme. One easy way to avoid clutter is to utilize modern objects. Art and decorative objects that follow a modern motif feature clean lines and simplistic patterns, making for easy décor to complement, whether that be with your children’s artwork or family photos. Make sourcing your décor easy by checking out a website like www.touchofmodern.com. Everything they offer utilizes these sleek design elements, so it makes it an easy way to complement the décor you already have.
Keep the Space Well-Lit
There’s nothing more depressing than a dark room, and it will only seek to drain the energy from your family, so make sure you keep the area as well-lit as possible. The proper lighting makes the family room a perfect venue for all of your little one’s self-directed play, becomes the favorite reading spot in the house, and keeps your kids feeling bright even when those rainy days make the outdoors dark.
If you want to invite your kids and guests to curl up and enjoy their time in the family room, use textiles to warm it up and make it cozy. Toss a few throw blankets over the backs of your couches, and keep spare blankets within arms’ reach by placing them inside a cute basket that adds even more charm to your décor. Don’t stop at blankets. Grab a few plush throw pillows that look great and feel great (those don’t have to be mutually exclusive when it comes to pillows).
Bring Some Nature Indoors
Teach your children the importance of appreciating nature and incorporate some fresh vegetation or flowers within your family room. Order a delivery of fresh flowers, check out some cool house plants that don’t require too much care, or head to a local Home Depot and have your children pick out their own plants. You can also buy plants that your kids are in charge of taking care of, to add a bit of responsibility to their weekly chores.
For many of us, the family room is where much of the “living” takes place, and if yours isn’t up to par for you and your kids, it’s time to make some design changes. Incorporate these décor options and transform your space into the perfect venue for making fun family memories.