Family rooms, by their very name are for the family! When most of us think of family, we think of relaxation and fun, as well as informal settings for carefree entertaining. This is a room in which we can truly “let our hair down.” It demands space for our hobbies: reading, watching TV or needlework. It also calls for some imaginative planning, so all members of the family feel that this is truly “their” room.
Believe it or not, the concept of family rooms has been around for centuries. Many years ago, they were called second parlors, and allowed families to informally entertain while the front parlors (now labeled “living rooms”) were reserved for special guests.
Here are some tips you might consider in furnishing your family room.
- Add occasional tables, perhaps folded or nested to allow the opportunity to increase table space.
- An entertainment center to house your TV, Bluetooth and music system is a must. Entertainment centers offer a place for everything.
- Comfort is KEY in the selection of your upholstered furniture pieces – cushy, deep seats – large and oversized are a most welcome retreat.
- Durability runs a close second to comfort. Darker colors and sturdy fabric will provide many years of family use.
- A game table may also be an important addition to this room – be sure to allow for adequate lighting when you select its place in your room.
- Lighting is crucial. While recessed lighting may provide adequate general lighting, it is flat and creates shadows. Task lighting such as table and floor lamps will not only provide light where required, but will also add style to your room.
- An area rug in the sitting area will anchor these pieces, add texture and color, absorb noise and be warmer underfoot. It’s okay to layer an area rug over carpet; just always include an appropriate rug pad.
Since many great rooms center around a fireplace, be sure to arrange your furniture to “take in the view” and the warmth of this wonderful architectural feature.
Careful planning of your family room is a must. Be sure to make a list of all the activities and functions that the room will encompass. Only then, can you make the truly wise decisions about furniture purchases and placements. If in doubt, contact a professional.