How to Create a Stylish and Functional Family Living Room
In a family home, there are two rooms that are more important than the rest and those are the kitchen and the living room. These are the rooms where everyone comes together to enjoy spending quality time together, so they need to be spaces that are designed to be functional for the whole family. I have written about how to make your kitchen family friendly before and in this article here, I’ll be focussing on how to create a stylish and functional family living room. Read on to learn more.
When you design your family living room space, you need to consider every member of the family and ensure there’s enough seating space for you all to get together and be in the same room at the same time. It’s also a good idea to have a few extra spaces where people can sit for when you have guests, family, or friends over to visit. You don’t need an armchair or a sofa space each for occasional guests – a few pouffes or stools will work well for these times.
If you have children with a larger age gap, it’s worth creating some zones in the living room so that there’s a play area for younger kids and somewhere for older children to sit comfortably to read or play on the technological device of their choice.
Think about what kind of activities you do in your living room as this will help you choose the right kind of furniture for your family. Most families like to watch TV or films together snuggled up on the sofa. A media unit or a TV floor stand will help you keep your TV protected and at the right viewing height.
A large sofa table is a great addition to a family living room too as it makes a great surface to play board games on for family game nights and to hold all the delicious snacks for movie nights.
Storage is always an important consideration when designing any space but even more so when you have children as they come with a lot of stuff. Whether it’s technology for older children or toys for younger ones, you need a place to store everything. Make it easy for you and for your children to put things away so that you can quickly tidy up the living room at the end of the day when the kids go to bed to make it a more grown-up space for you to relax in.
If you have a collection of some sort – like lots of DVDs, family games or jigsaws – make sure there’s a dedicated cupboard for this with a little bit of extra space to spare for new additions too.
Natural daylight is lovely in your living room so opt for curtains or blinds that let the light through but also with an option to make the room dark for film watching.
It’s a good idea to have a few choices when it comes to artificial lighting too with a brighter ceiling light for when you need to see things well – for playing board games and building jigsaws, for example – and some more dim, cosy lights for when relaxing together.
Consider the above when you’re designing the perfect functional living room for your family. It’s so important to have a comfortable space for you all to enjoy spending time together, having fun and winding down at the end of the day.