Ideas for family room decorating that will help you get the best use from the space you have. A little planning and interior design forethought will yield great results!
Before you do anything, here are three important considerations:
First, decide how you want to use this space. This is based largely on your lifestyle and the composition of your family.
For example, your decorating ideas might revolve around entertaining guests... providing space for little ones to play ...finding seating for everyone in the family to watch movies on the flat screen...special craft areas...a reading corner...and a host of other possibilities.
Second, determine how many areas of activity you want in the room. Will the space be used exclusively for watching TV, entertaining, reading, etc. Or, more likely, are there several functions you’ll need?
For many families, there will be at least two functions if not more...such as relaxation, reading, TV and movie watching, homework, play area and more.
Here is a tip for you: try to think about what you really need...not how you have used the space in the past.
Maybe you want to move that hobby into a den, guest room, or even a multi purpose dining room.
Think outside the box :)
Third, consider how much space you have to work with, and compare that to your desired use for the family room. A tiny 8 by 10 space probably won’t accommodate several different functions. So, be realistic in your planning.
That said, your family room doesn’t have to be huge to accommodate several functions.
For most, the largest allocation of space is to the furnishings, such as a sofa, chairs, etc. You’ll use the space that is dictated by wall space, cable hookups, windows, fireplaces, etc.
Remember that the pieces don’t have to be placed in straight lines, and in fact may create a warmer and more welcoming environment if they don’t.Here are some tips to help you find the best furniture arrangement for your family room.
How is your Family Room going to be used??
Designate one wall space, then select a simple table (or tables), even a folding style table if your decor is casual, that is rectangular in shape and around 36” in length. Pair it with a fun style chair that your child will enjoy sitting in, and maybe getting the homework done will be a little bit more pleasant!
Then consider a game table in the family room decorating plan. Allocate one area of the space for this purpose.Small family room decorating can also include a game table. Consider using a game table as an end table and pull it out as needed when the game-playing begins.
When selecting colors and fabrics for the family room, think about your overall decorating style and remain consistent.
Also consider your lifestyle and family when making selections for family room decorating. Is durability of fabric furniture critical (you know, kids and pets...)? How about the floor? You may love a wood floor but it isn't practical right now. Then consider laminate flooring with area rugs.
If you’re unsure what to do with color, an overall neutral color scheme always works well, particularly in a small family room.
Keep the floors, walls and ceilings light, let in lots of natural light, then use an accent color spread throughout the room for interest.
Use texture to create interest, combining nubby fabrics, weaves, etc. with upholstery, rugs and window treatments.
Mixing fabric patterns can create a cozy atmosphere if that is your decorating style and the mood you want to create.
Have fun with your family room decorating project, always keep your lifestyle needs at the top of the list, plan carefully, and you can create a great, functional and fun space!