The family room should be the place where people gather to chat, relax and spend time with each other or, in other words, where they go to be a family. Yet sometimes the name is the only thing that remains constant over the years. Don’t allow your family room to lose its charm and character. Here are 10 things you can do to keep it cozy and homey.
Bring in rustic accents.
First of all, style is important. A family room with a rustic, vintage or even traditional design is more likely to look warm and inviting than one with a contemporary and minimalist interior. You can ensure that cozy atmosphere everyone is talking about by using lots of wood as well as stone and comfy textiles.
Get rid of the TV ?
To truly encourage everyone to interact and enjoy each other’s company, you should get rid of the TV. After all, the family room is more of a place where people chat and chill out. Instead of a TV, you can have a fireplace to cozy up in front of or a huge window with beautiful views everyone can admire.
Offer a variety of seating options.
Give your guests and family members the chance to choose whether they want to sit on the sofa, on an armchair or on a pouf. By offering a variety of options you can make sure that everyone is comfortable in their own spot.
One of the things that differentiates the family room from the typical living room is the fact that the first one is more casual and comfy as opposed to a more formal approach used for the latter. Comfort is given by a variety of elements such as the throw pillows, cushions, textures, colors, fabrics or simply the way everything is organized.
Tie the spaces together.
If you have an open floor plan that also includes the kitchen for example, tie all the spaces together for a more inviting and welcoming feel. For example, pick an accent piece of furniture to connect two spaces, like the armchairs does here.
Don’t overthink the décor.
The family room is not a place where you have to worry about every little thing. Don’t overthink the décor. Instead of searching for fancy paintings to display on the walls, go instead with the old family photos. Instead of getting the latest trends in furniture applied to the room, settle for the bulky but very cozy couch and armchairs you already have.
Fill the room with warm lighting.
One of the things that make a room look and feel welcoming, warm and cozy is the lighting. The family room can feature a variety of lighting options such as a chandelier at the center complemented by floor lamps, and sconces. In an open floor plan, the lighting used for the rest of the spaces also plays an important role.
Let the fresh breeze in.
If possible, connect the family room and the adjacent outdoor spaces. Although they remain separate, they communicate with each other and this way you can also plan for separate activities. Someone might enjoy to sit outside and enjoy the sun while the others interact inside the house.
Personalize the shelves.
Perhaps you haven’t really given much thought to this, but the way you decorate the shelves in a room says a lot about that room’s function and ambiance. Decorate the family room shelves with personal items such as family photos, personal collections, artwork, etc.
Define the space with an area rug.
In some cases, it can be helpful to use an area rug to define the different spaces that form an open floor plan. The rug is an especially nice feature for a family room because it makes it look cozy. It can be small and purely symbolic as long as it does its job.