The family room serves many different functions. It is a primary space for relaxation and entertainment for everyone in the home. With the Coronavirus pandemic keeping most people confined to their homes, the family room is now perhaps the most utilized spot in every modern house.
The family room is a much more casual and private place to hangout. It is not like the more formal living area where you receive guests to the home. It is a place to watch movies, play video games, host the game night or curl up with a good book.
If you are toying with the idea of giving your family space an update; be it a full remodel or update, here are a couple of ideas to inspire you.
Couches and Sofas
Your choice of seats is perhaps the most important factor to consider when designing your family room. After all, everyone in the home will spend most of their time sitting while here. Whether you are going for contemporary, shabby chic, industrial, or a rustic style, comfort is key.
Look at the room size when buying furniture. You could go with oversized couches, a tailored sectional sofa, and a couple of armchairs or recliners. Whatever you settle on, make sure there is enough sitting space for everyone.
Focus the action around your coffee table. it helps create a conversation area. Arranging your seating around the coffee table allows everybody to face each other naturally. Position a sofa along the length of your coffee table, then place two chairs or a loveseat across from it.
Décor, Colors, and Lighting
Before rethinking decor, artwork, or accessories, it is important to figure out your preferred color palette. The color of a room plays a huge role in setting the mood and energy of any space. For a calming, soothing space, shades of blue or green work better. Warmer tones like red, yellow, and orange evoke more lively feelings.
Often an overlooked redecorating aspect, lighting is essential to setting the mood of the room and illuminating your decor. Try to achieve a visually cohesive lighting style. A combination of natural, ambient, and task lighting will give a warm, welcoming, and cozy glow.
When it comes to entertainment, it is all about the visuals and audio. If you can afford it, upgrade to a large television or projector. Mount it at a comfortable viewing height for everyone. Be watchful of the space between the screen and furniture. It will make a difference to the viewing experience.
For the best audiovisual experience, setting your sitting positions at the back and the screen on the opposite wall is optimal. To complete the experience, invest in quality sound, such as 5.1 or 7.1 surround systems. They come with a receiver to power and allow switching between your gaming, Blu-ray, and other devices.
Keeping your wiring tidy is essential. If possible, invest in wireless speaker systems. Alternatively, keep wires in place and hidden away. You do this by bundling them using plastic clips and encasing them in some neat wire trunking.
Storage and Convenience
Practical solutions places to stow odds and ends are critical. Whether big or small, fancy or casual, it is the most communal space in the house. You can accumulate a lot of clutter if you are not careful.
Installing the right shelves, cases, and under-seat storage will make a huge difference. You need to store the remote controls, CDs and DVDs, old vinyl collections, books properly.
Lastly, don’t forget the beer fridge. Keep it well stocked with lots of beer, water, soft drinks, and wine.