February 27, 2014
Family rooms are often located next to the kitchen - the hub of the household - or in a finished basement. They may double as a great room used for entertaining as well as a family activity center. But wherever they are in the home, they work best with good lighting, kid-friendly furnishings and wood floors like those in Anderson's Lone Star collection.
For homeowners who entertain a lot, a multi-purpose room is an ideal space where guests can circulate and socialize with everyone at a gathering. The room design may include different clusters of seating to allow one-on-one conversations as well as space for a larger group. A variety of seating may include sofas, a small table with dining chairs or side chairs with an end table.
In a large room, home decorators shouldn't skimp on the scale of their furniture pieces. Leaving large gaps in a basement family room that stretches across a long expanse of the home will make the room seem cavernous and uninviting, while big furnishings will command attention and create an unexpected coziness for a space so large.
If the gathering place is next to a sunny kitchen or in a finished basement with small windows, the lighting needs are going to be substantially different. A room that has lots of natural light streaming in may be great during the day, but requires window treatments that will provide privacy after dark. Even in basements, window shades are needed to control glare on large-screen TVs and computers.
A mix of task lamps and overhead lighting is needed to take care of the varied needs of a room that's an activity center and a place for adults to relax once the kids are tucked in for the night. Overhead fixtures are fine for general use, but in some parts of the room people need focused lighting for games or reading.
In any part of the house, family rooms satisfy their multi-functional theme best by creating a unified atmosphere while balancing a host of functions.
Several furniture pieces in the same style can be spread throughout the room. A series of area rugs over portions of the hardwood floors can be in varied patterns but still in the same color to provide a pulled-together look.
Accessories and mementos can make the room welcoming to both parents and youngsters. Just as the space should satisfy multi-functional needs, it should be decorated to reflect all family members' interests.