The family room is the heart of the house. This is where family and friends meet to talk, relax, and enjoy each other’s company. A comfortable family room can turn the average home into a special place
There are many decorating ideas for family rooms. So how do you wade through all the dirt to get to the good stuff? Fortunately, there are some general principles when decorating a living room.
One theme is what holds your decorating ideas together. Deciding on a theme for your family room largely depends on what type of house you live in, where you live, and how you live. For example, if you live in a rustic cabin near a ski area, you want to decorate your living room with lots of natural colors, woods and other elements from nature.
If you’re staying in a more contemporary beachfront home, a nautical theme is appropriate. You can achieve this with lighter colors like lighter blues and yellows, and with more minimalist furniture.
Not all living rooms are the same size. When decorating, you need to consider how much space you will have to work with. If your living room is on the small side, it is important to use the space you have to work with. If floor space is limited, you may need to work vertically. For example, could built-in bookcases work? Multipurpose furniture is also perfect for small spaces. Maybe a small bookshelf that doubles as a table. Or a coffee table that opens up for additional storage space.
A living room can serve different functions for people with a variety of lifestyles. Examine how you live to see what makes sense for your own living room. If you have kids, adding lots of glass to your living room probably isn’t a good idea. For kids, plush furniture that can take a little abuse is likely to work better.
If your living room is mostly for adults, you have more options. You can incorporate glass tables and minimalist seating arrangements into your design. Whether you are a family with many children or a single adult, getting creative is key.
Living room decorating ideas are all around us. Save pictures of ideas you like and inspire. Worry about your friend’s living room. Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment. Decorating is an art, not an exact science.