30 Family Room Ideas for a Space You’ll Never Want to Leave

Design a beautiful and functional family room for spending time together.

<p>Jay Wilde</p><p>Jay Wilde</p>

No matter the size of your household, the family room is designed for comfort and enjoyment. Therefore, it’s important that it reflects the way you’ll use the space together. Family rooms often act as playrooms, TV rooms, and game rooms—sometimes all at once.

Make this a space that’s made for all the ways your family likes to unwind, while keeping your home’s design style top of mind. The necessary functions of the room will guide what type of furniture you need and how you arrange it. As for family room decor, reach for colors, patterns, and textures you find inviting, energizing, or playful. Gather inspiration from these family room design ideas to create a space no one will want to leave.

Family Room Furniture

<p>Jay Wilde</p><p>Jay Wilde</p>

Everyone likes room to stretch out, so if you have the space and the budget, opt for oversized furniture. This extra long couch meets its match in the hefty coffee table, large television, and built-ins that span the length of the room. With everything in a larger scale, nothing looks out of place.

Related: 20 Furniture Faux Pas That Will Wreck the Flow and Feel of Your Space

Small Family Room

<p>Anne D. Schlechter</p><p>Anne D. Schlechter</p>

For a small family room, choose furniture you know you’ll use. Comfortable seating and functional pieces are a must. Be smart with storage by mixing cabinets and open shelves depending on your needs.

Related: The 31 Best Places to Buy Furniture of 2024 for Every Room in Your Home

Family Room Accent Wall

<p>Tria Giovan</p><p>Tria Giovan</p>

If your family watches a lot of movies together, create a movie-theater-like feel with a TV wall. Use a dark paint color on the wall behind the television to help it blend in when not in use. The low storage unit used here is not only the perfect height for a television, but it’s also an easy place to tuck games, toys, and accessories.

Related: If You Need Living Room Storage, Furniture Can Do Double Duty

Basement Family Room

<p>David Land</p><p>David Land</p>

Since it’s a space designed for those you love to spend time with, decorate your family room by displaying personal or sentimental objects. Use shelves or a gallery wall to show off your favorite art, vacation souvenirs, or family photos.

Related: 20 Finished Basement Ideas to Maximize Your Space

Family Room Gallery Wall

<p>Dylan Chandler</p><p>Dylan Chandler</p>

Install a gallery wall in your family room to display a rotating cast of family photography and handmade art. A gallery wall is also the perfect way disguise your television by ensuring it’s not the only thing of interest on that wall.

Related: How to Hang a Gallery Wall in 5 Easy Steps

Create Conversation

<p>Justin Coit</p><p>Justin Coit</p>

You may not want a television in your family room, and that’s totally okay. In that case, create circular seating with plenty of comfortable options to keep conversation flowing. Keep books, a music player, and any other hobbies handy to get more use out of the space.

Family Room Entertainment Center

<p>Adam Albright</p><p>Adam Albright</p>

It’s totally possible to find a modern piece of furniture to house (and hide) your television. This handsome barn door-inspired piece tucks away the TV when it’s not in use to show off the decor and books that line the shelves.

Family Room Seating Ideas

<p>Seth Smoot</p><p>Seth Smoot</p>

It’s common to orient the seating toward a television or fireplace in a family room. Adding an extra chair facing the couch adds more function to the room and makes conversation easier.

Related: The 6 Best Couches for Small Spaces in 2024, According to Testing and Research

Family Room Lighting

<p>Annie Schlechter</p><p>Annie Schlechter</p>

Whether you’re knitting, reading, or watching a movie, a family room should have the right lighting for the task. Opt for lamps and sconces at different heights to create mood and task lighting that’s cozy and not harsh.

Related: 10 Living Room Lighting Ideas That Are Both Pretty and Functional

Sectional Seating

<p>David A Land</p><p>David A Land</p>

An L-shaped sectional is one of the most functional seating options for a family room. It allows for conversation and game play, while affording everyone a good view of the television. Sofas also allow you to stretch out more comfortably, so they’re a no-brainer in the room designed for comfort.

Related: The 14 Best Sectionals of 2024 to Lounge in Style and Comfort, According to Research and Testing

Open Concept Family Room

<p>Dane Tashima</p><p>Dane Tashima</p>

Using a neutral palette allows all the spaces in an open concept home to flow together easily. This family room incorporates gray, brown, black, and white, which can be seen repeated in the kitchen beyond. Choose a rug or carpet, like the jute one used her, to delineate zones in an open space.

Related: 15 Ways to Make an Open-Concept Living Room Feel Cohesive

Soft Furnishings

<p>Dane Tashima</p><p>Dane Tashima</p>

Comfort is the main priority in a family room, so choose inviting items, like a tufted ottoman that doubles as a coffee table. If you have young kids, this also helps make the room a safe place for them to play since there aren’t many harsh corners.

Family Room Rug Ideas

<p>David Tsay</p><p>David Tsay</p>

High pile carpet or a fluffy area rug signal that it’s time to relax and get cozy. Plus, they can make playing on the floor a lot more comfortable. To disguise any stains or crumbs, choose a mid-tone rug like this one or a rug with a detailed pattern.

Related: How to Choose the Perfect Area Rug for Your Room

Functional Fabric Choices

<p>Tom Story</p><p>Tom Story</p>

Relaxed fabrics like denim, a wool shag rug, and Ikat curtains send a message that this is a space to relax. Even better, these are hard-wearing fabrics that can handle spills and messes. Look for upholstery in natural fibers or washable performance fabrics to keep your family room looking fresh.

Serene Color Palette

<p>Laurey Glenn </p><p>Laurey Glenn </p>

Shades of blue and gray make this family room a calming spot to unwind at the end of the day. Ensure a cool color palette doesn’t feel cold by mixing in warm accents, such as the natural wood tones and yellow and orange accessories.

Related: 33 Living Room Color Schemes for a Beautiful, Livable Space

Family Room Lighting Ideas

<p>Brie Williams</p><p>Brie Williams</p>

Cozy lighting that doesn’t create reflections is essential in a family room. Use lamps with fabric shades or directional lighting, such as this whimsical chandelier that directs light toward the ceiling to create a warm glow, rather than harsh downward light.

Related: 23 Ways to Decorate with Chandeliers in Every Room

Create a Multipurpose Space

<p>John Grane</p><p>John Grane</p>

Ideally, family room provides space for everyone in the family to do what they enjoy. Create zones so that everyone can hang out while doing their own thing. These zones might include watching TV, working on a puzzle, reading, or floor play.

Family Room Seating Ideas

<p>Dane Tashima</p><p>Dane Tashima</p>

Include flexible seating like leather poufs and seating in different areas to allow for different uses of the room. A footrest for one person’s solo reading time becomes a seat when you host a group for game night.

Cozy Family Room Ideas

<p>David Land</p><p>David Land</p>

Natural wood finishes are the perfect material for a cozy family room den. Bringing wood, especially darker stains, into your family room in the floors, furniture, or even the ceiling, will warm up the space and make it feel more like a retreat.

Related: Natural Wood Tones Are Trending: Here’s How to Incorporate the Material

Use Playful Colors

<p>David A Land</p><p>David A Land</p>

The family room is the perfect space to experiment with daring hues that show the fun side of your design personality. Try out daring combinations, like the gray blue walls, royal blue built-ins, and sea green accents in this family room.

Traditional Family Room

<p>Kim Cornelison</p><p>Kim Cornelison</p>

Makeover your modern open concept family room into a timeless space with traditional decor pieces and classic upholstery. This fresh space gets a dose of old world charm, thanks to antique ceramics, velvet furniture, and fabric lampshades. Symmetry, seen in the lighting and the layout of the built-ins is another way to add a sense of formality in a modern and casual space.

Facing Sofas

<p>Brie Williams</p><p>Brie Williams</p>

Facing sofas toward each other encourages conversation and shifts the focus away from the television. If you’re worried about viewing the TV comfortably, test out the arrangement with furniture you already have or add extra seating for TV-watching, such as the two armchairs here.

Add a Book Nook

<p>David Greer</p><p>David Greer</p>

Make space for bookshelves and comfy seating for reading. Forward-facing built-in book racks make choosing a book more accessible for cccclittle kids, and can be used to display art or coffee table books in the future.

Apply Bold Pattern

<p>David A Land</p><p>David A Land</p>

You can take risks in a family room that you might not take elsewhere, such as creating an entire chalk wall or installing a rope railing. You don’t have to do anything too permanent, either. The zig-zag carpet is made of easy-to-remove carpet squares, and the patterned blue stairs could be painted over.

Wall-to-Wall Storage

<p>Werner Straube</p><p>Werner Straube</p>

A family room often houses a lot of stuff, from toys and games to televisions, gaming units, and sound systems. A hardworking storage unit will keep everything organized and out of sight. Here, lower cabinets provide easy access for kids, and larger cabinets above could store electronics

Related: 32 Basement Storage Ideas for a Tidy Bonus Space

Family Room Storage Options

<p>Edmund Barr</p><p>Edmund Barr</p>

With the right storage solutions, your family room can hold games and toys galore and still look chic. Install out-of-the-way shelving for games and books, and use storage ottomans, which can also act as tables and footrests.

Create an Oasis with Pattern

<p>Annie Schlechter</p><p>Annie Schlechter</p>

All-over pattern has a magical enveloping effect that automatically makes you feel cozy and tucked away. Thus it’s the perfect design choice to employ in a family room, where you might spend hours on a movie marathon. Choose one pattern, or mix in a complimentary pattern and solid colors to break things up, like they did here.

Playful Accessories

<p>Brie Williams</p><p>Brie Williams</p>

Look for ways to inject a sense of fun with the furniture and accessories you choose for your family room. These dice ottomans add extra seating that bridges the gaps between form and function and kid and grown-up decor.

Related: 32 Basement Storage Ideas for a Tidy Bonus Space

Sophisticated Family Room

<p>Nathan Schroder</p><p>Nathan Schroder</p>

Decorate your family room in a way that makes you feel comfortable in relaxed. This French country inspired room features a fireplace and a cleverly disguised television surrounded by classic furniture with a rustic twist.

Bold Paint Treatments

<p>Greg Scheidemann</p><p>Greg Scheidemann</p>

Stripes on the fireplace surround ensure the feeling of this room stays lighthearted. The stripes also draw your eye away from the tv, creating a second focal point in the room.

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