If you’re like most people, your family room probably needs to serve multiple functions. Families that I know want a space to watch television in, a place to play family games, a place to eat meals or snacks, possibly even a place to work. No matter how you use your room, you’re sure to want a spot to hang out in and relax and enjoy family time together. Today’s Design Dilemma will help you add style to a space that you likely spend most of your time in.
Trying to fit it all into a small room can be tough, but it can be done with careful planning and stylish choices.
Before you get started…
…develop a space plan. This step is probably the number one most important thing to do when designing a space – most especially if you’re purchasing new furnishings or if your room needs to perform multiple functions. You can do something as simple as a pencil sketch on a piece of paper with a to-scale drawing of your room with the furniture pieces drawn in. Or you can make a to-scale drawing of your room using small pieces of paper that are cut to the scale of whatever furniture you’ll use and move them around on the paper until you come up with a floor plan that you like. Graph paper comes in handy as you can assume that one square on the paper is equal to one foot. Make sure to include window and door openings and traffic patterns in your drawing. This one step can help prevent costly furniture purchase mistakes. Ask me how I know.
These small room furniture diagrams may help to get you started.
Who says you have to use small furnishings or that you can’t use a sectional sofa in a small family room? I say pooey to that notion!
I do, however, recommend keeping the lines clean and simple so that you don’t wind up with a cluttered look to the room.
Consider placing matching chairs side-by-side. There are many options available for tiny tables that could be placed in between. Notice the open coffee table that allows for storage underneath and the stools in front of the fireplace for extra seating.
Use Multi-Functional Furniture
There are several ways to incorporate a place to work in a small family room. A table placed behind a floating sofa can act as both a desk and display space. Use a small chair that can be moved elsewhere when the table isn’t being used as a desk.
A console table can serve as a bar or as a serving spot for meals.
A small round table in a corner can serve as a side table or can be pulled out into the room to be used as a dining table, game table or as a place to work.
On The Walls
Think about using one large statement art piece instead of a lot of smaller pieces. It will give more drama to your room and is another way to keep the cluttered look at bay.
If you create a gallery wall in a small family room, keep a uniform size to the overall dimensions. This chart should help.
Found on Pinterest – Original source unknown
Use mirrors to reflect more light into the room.
Emphasize the vertical. Hang window treatments above and outside of the window frame to give the illusion of more space and to make the windows appear larger.
A glass top table will seem to disappear in the room and won’t seem to take up as much space.
Consider using a round coffee table or one with rounded edges so that you aren’t constantly bumping your knees in a tight space.
A pull-up coffee table can act as a work space, eating space or play space.
A round upholstered ottoman can serve as a coffee table, extra seating or just a place to put your feet up.
Use a coffee table that’s open underneath so that you can store small stools underneath for extra seating.
Even a small, narrow bench can serve as a coffee table.
A Few More Tips
Sometimes a small space can present challenges for tv viewing. Consider mounting your tv on the wall with a swivel bracket. That solution works great for us in our beach condo and allows us to view the tv from multiple places in the room.
You would be amazed at how much larger a space appears if you have a large mirror leaning against a wall. It only takes up a few inches of floor space. Just be careful with what you are reflecting in the mirror.
Simply no room at all for a side table? Make a couch sleeve. You can look at the photo to see just how easy it would be.
When it comes to color, it’s totally up to you! There are those who say that a small space should only be painted and decorated with light colors.
I say what’s up with that? In my book, there are no decorating rules! Take your time and create a room that is uniquely you and you’ll always love it.
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