Waiting until the kids are grown to have a nice space worthy to entertain guests is a thing of the past. Today, it is more than possible to have a family room that’s both functional and stylish. Here are five tips on how to find that middle ground that will give you a sophistication that’s tough enough to handle children.
Tip #1: Assess your lifestyle. You can’t really put together the perfect space until you thoroughly assess how your family lives life on a daily basis. Things like ages of children, pets, and favorite family (or individual) activities, are all important to think about when creating a space that will accommodate everyone.
Tip #2: Get everyone involved. It’s important to remember that it’s a family room. Therefore, if you have children old enough to have an opinion, and a spouse willing to give input, you should find ways for them to be involved when it comes to piecing together the room. Let the little ones pick out their favorite colors and fabric swatches and ask your spouse about furniture pieces or artwork that would work best in the space. Not every idea will be chosen, but incorporating small things each person likes will make the family room much more enjoyable.
Tip #3: Think low-maintenance, yet durable. This doesn’t mean bland. It just means a no-fuss blend of casual, cool and comfortable. Furniture constructed of clean lines and exposed legs look great in just about any style room you put them in. Vintage and weathered looks are also ways to incorporate some flair without the fuss.
When it comes to fabric, you can pretty much find a durable, low-maintenance version of just about any pattern out there. Leather is also a total win when it comes to decking out a family room. Not only will these fabrics be easy to clean, they’ll withstand your family’s busy lifestyle.
In regards to things like window treatments, walls and floors, look for products that are family friendly. Instead of long drapes, opt for Roman shades or wood blinds. For your walls, semi-gloss washable paint will be your best bet. Laminate, linoleum, wood or tile is easiest to keep clean when it comes to floors, but an area rug can easily be thrown down to sustain the life of wall-to-wall carpet.
Tip #4: Creatively conceal with storage. Over the years, families tend to acquire a lot of items. Instead of letting all those things consume the room, conceal them with creative storage. Think wicker baskets on shelves, decorative boxes in a corner, a storage cabinet in a fun color, or a window bench with a lift-up lid. These are all great ways to store those things that can cause the space to look cluttered.
Tip #5: Don’t forget about the kids. It’s easier for the adults to feel comfortable in a space than it is for the kids. Don’t forget to carve out space for their interests and hobbies where space allows. An oversized coffee table can double as a place for games, puzzles and crafts. Other things you could incorporate into the space are bean bag chairs for relaxing and a chalkboard wall for a creative outlet.