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.

 

How To Add Style To A Small Family Room

 

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.

 

Using small pieces of cardboard cut out in the size of furniture pieces to help plan a furniture arrangement

HGTV

 

These small room furniture diagrams may help to get you started.

Furniture layout ideas for a small family room

Apartment Therapy

 

Seating

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!  

It's ok to use a sectional sofa in a small family room!

HB

 

I do, however, recommend keeping the lines clean and simple so that you don’t wind up with a cluttered look to the room. 

Keep lines clean and simple when using a sectional sofa in a small family room to avoid a cluttered look.

OnTrus

 

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.

A pair of matching chairs work well in a small family room.

Design Manifest

  

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 table placed behind a floating sofa can act as both display space and a desk

Four Generations One Roof

 

A console table can serve as a bar or as a serving spot for meals. 

A console table can serve as a bar or a buffet in addition to being used for display space.

Midwest Living

 

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.

A small round table can be used as a side table or be pulled out into the room to use as a dining table, game table or as a place to work

Haus Design

 

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.

Consider using a large piece of statement art in a small room to add drama

Carla Aston

 

If you create a gallery wall in a small family room, keep a uniform size to the overall dimensions.  This chart should help.

Gallery wall layout ideas

Found on Pinterest – Original source unknown

 

Use mirrors to reflect more light into the room.  

Use mirrors in a small room to add light

A Well Dressed Home

 

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.

Hang window treatments higher and wider than the window frame to give the illusion of more space and to make windows appear larger

 

Coffee Tables

A glass top table will seem to disappear in the room and won’t seem to take up as much space.

A glass coffee table takes up less visual space in a small family room

Photograph by Michael J. Lee via Elements Of Style

 

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 round coffee table works well in a small living space

BHG

 

A pull-up coffee table can act as a work space, eating space or play space.

A pull-up coffee table can serve as a work space, eating space or play space and provides great functionality in a small family room

West Elm

 

A round upholstered ottoman can serve as a coffee table, extra seating or just a place to put your feet up.

A round upholstered ottoman can serve as a coffee table, extra seating or just a place to put your feet up.

Country Living

 

Use a coffee table that’s open underneath so that you can store small stools underneath for extra seating.

Use a coffee table that's open underneath to store small stools or poufs for extra seating

Style Me Pretty Living

 

Even a small, narrow bench can serve as a coffee table.

A small, narrow bench can serve as a coffee table in a tight space

BHG

 

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.

Mount the tv on a swivel for optimum viewing angles in a small family room

Worthing Court

 

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. 

A floor mirror leaning against the wall only takes up a few inches of space, but can make a room feel dramatically larger.

Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna via Domino

 

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.

Use a diy couch sleeve when there simply isn't room for a side table

The Ugly Duckling House

 

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.

Using light colors in a small family room can give it a light and airy feel

How To Decorate

 

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.

Don't be afraid to use color and pattern in a small family room

Lonny

 

Don’t forget to pin it!

How To Add Style To A Small Family Room

 

Do you have more Design Dilemma’s?  Check out these solutions:

 

How To Add Style To A Small Bedroom

How to add style to a small bedroom

 

How To Get A Designer Look On A Budget

Tips for getting a designer look on a budget

 

How To Create A Homework Area For Kids

How to create a homework area for kids

 

 

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