The home where I spent my youth was an average sized ranch. Although we had a decent sized living room, we spent most of our time together as a family in the finished basement. This area was quickly designated the “family room” after we moved in.
The basement itself wasn’t anything too spectacular, the furniture and television were second hand, and the walls were paneled. However, there was a big fireplace that warmed the whole area during the winter, and because the furniture was old we could jump and climb and make pillow forts. Some of my fondest childhood memories were made on that room.
With the start of school and sports on top of already busy schedules, finding time to be home together becomes more challenging, and more crucial. It can be difficult to find ways to spend time together as a family while making sure everyone is enjoying themselves, but it’s also so rewarding. And what better place to gather than in the family room?
Unlike the home I grew up in, many homes have space for both a living and family room. I’ve always felt the “family room” was a more casual and comfortable variation of the living room. The living room is where you chat and have coffee with friends, but the family room is where you relax in the recliner to read the news on Saturday morning, while your children watch cartoons. Even if your home doesn’t have both, a “family room” can really be any space dedicated for time spent together. Even if it’s just a basement. Today I want to share some ideas create a space where the family can bond.
Family Room Decorating Ideas
The first checklist item for any family room should be furnishings. The last thing you want is someone to feel left out because they feel there’s no room for them. I really love this sectional couch, because it offers plenty of seating but it also feels intimate. The unorthodox shape may also compel you to get more experimental with layouts.
While there should be plenty of seating, make sure that the room isn’t over furnished and there’s plenty of open space. This is the perfect area for smaller children to play, adults to exercise, or to play games together as a family. This extra room may also entice older children to spend time outside of their bedrooms, and bring friends to your home..
Speaking of games, a room that serves multiple purposes for multiple people will need plenty of storage. I’ve written in the past some ways to give you home extra storage, but built in bookshelves are a great option for the living room. Line the shelves with books and movies, print out all of the pictures your storing on your computer and put together some family albums or scrapbooks that you can look through together.
Trunks can make excellent coffee tables, and they’d also be the perfect storage vessels for board games or toys that you want to keep off the floor.
Choose a color scheme that will suite the way your family likes to relax. If your ideal evening is spent unwinding from a busy week curled up on the couch together with a movie and popcorn, your palette may center around darker hues. However, if your family would rather stay up late playing games, or you plan to use the room to help your children with homework or studying, brighter colors are for you.
Lastly, a room where the family bonds is the perfect place for sentimental objects. Family heirlooms or photographs can lead to stories and conversations with your children that you may have otherwise never had. As the years go by, your children may even add items that tell stories of their own.