Even Your Smallest Family Members Will Be Inspired
With the opening up of old homes and apartments into fewer rooms along with modern design trends, there is inevitably going to be a blurring of form and function of some of the traditional rooms that we have been accustomed to.
Kitchens are migrating into living and dining rooms, living rooms are merging with the great outdoors and bedrooms and bathrooms are becoming incorporated into one.
So the question is then, what is a family room?
What then is a living room and what about the new trend of craft rooms?
So dears, here are some of the traditional differences between a family room and a living room. Take of it as you wish and incorporate these facts into your home – you decide then what is which and which is what.
The main tip is to decorate according to their functions laid down by you and only you.
The living room – if of course, you are fortunate to have such a separate luxury – should not be the same as the family room. Should you be confused as to how to set out your space and demarcate a distinction between the two then listen up.
The position of a family room vs. a living room
Sometimes people will walk into an apartment or small house and get confused as to both terms becoming interchangeable. Well dears, what good is a mind if it can’t be interchangeable I ask myself. You decide which works for you and your family or family to be.
The living room is generally designed to be the biggest room in the castle. It is supposed to be the centre or the heart of the space called home. Yes, and generally it is in the front – in the olden days, i.e., in the 2010’s it was called the front room and as the thigh bone is connected to the hip bone, it is generally connected to the dining room area. Which of course now has become the kitchen, which is part of the living room. Perhaps this would be a good place to put in some steel dining chairs to add a touch of class to the area.
I jest – all is interchangeable and fluid. I know a family that even had one of these backyard storage sheds as their main living space, and they made it incredibly cozy and comfy too!
The family room is generally, or was, generally connected to the kitchen and is more likely to be part of the kitchen these days than the living room. This is all of course dependent on the size of your abode.
If it leads off into the garage, garden or courtyard, terrace etc. – you can rest assured it is more likely to be a family room than a living room.
The functionality of a family room vs. a living room
Entertainment is what it is all about. This is the living room; whilst you are living you are entertaining – all in the same room. It is more formal than a family room. However, if you are a child, you may see things in a different light.
The family room is multipurpose – things happen here in a less formal way; maybe a home office, a child-friendly place, or a crafts room, or of course all of these.
The design of the family room vs. the living room
Living rooms should be where your style shines through rather than where function is important. This is where you put your lovely collectables and prized artworks. Accents are important and the room should be at peace with itself.
In terms of design, it’s well-known that living rooms almost always include an entertainment centre, TV, sometimes even a computer. But they also have plenty of storage and a more or less classical layout.
Family rooms – because they house the family with children of all ages – need to be more flexible. Versatility is key. This is where you have what I call schlumpy couches, recliners, family portraits, photos etc.
Simple inspirational tips for designing your small spaced family room and in particular, with children in mind.
Tip # 1. Functional and tidy. Teach your children well
No excuse here – the space should not be the family tip. Tidiness is essential. So make the most of storage containers, shelving and clever use of space. Inexpensive open shelving will make it easy for children to access art supplies, and playthings, books, games etc.
You can also make use of baskets to hide things away and they are very attractive embellishments to a room by adding texture and colour.
Tip # 2. Have fun and be bold. Listen to your children
If you asked your children what colour to paint the walls and the shelving, rest assured dears, they would choose a different colour to your more conservative approach.
Yellow in all its different hues has been proven to make children, and yes, wait for it, adults happier! There you go, problem solved.
Tip # 3. Don’t do the dungeon thing. Don’t bring children up in the dark
I have always hated the idea of going into the play room or the family room as they were inevitably dungeon inspired, dark and harsh. This was because adults thought that kids needed to be controlled and preferably chained to the walls! You could look into storage sheds that can be used as a playroom and let the children go wild with their creations and decorations to create a bright, child-friendly atmosphere… And it keeps the toys out of the family room. Win, win.
Tip # 4. Add comfort for all ages. Hear your children
Large floor-cushions and lots of soft rugs will give a much needed soft landing space to the room. Mix, match and clash colours and textures and this will add a sense of fun to the place.
Tip # 5. Add personality. Give your children space to create
My very best in a family room is a montage of children’s artwork and crafts cleverly interspaced with adult’s art pieces – it really adds a personal dimension to the room and will inevitably be the envy of all other visiting children and adults alike.
The trick though is to spend some time and money on the framing of these prints. There is nothing worse than a hodge-podge of bent and screwed up paintings stuck to the wall. (My worst is when they take over the fridge! Think art gallery please, not a nursery school pinboard. If you’re not a fan of art, then you could use Your Photo as Wall Decoration instead. A lot of people prefer this, it makes the room feel more homely. Pictures of the family, friends and pets would look lovely in the family room. However, make sure to research some inspiration so your photos look nice when they’ve been hung up.
Small space inspiration comes from big thinking – just remember that.
Family room vs. living room