Here’s How To Create The Perfect Family Room

*This is a collaborative post

When it comes to your home, there’s always that one room that beats out the rest. While you may love being able to cook in the kitchen, or work in your office, nothing quite beats being in the family room. This is the room that you get to relax in, that you get to talk about your day in, and spend time with your family in. So there’s no surprise that it’s a room that we all love to be in the most. And this means that you’re going to want to ensure that the decor is just right. When you move into somewhere new, this is often the room that you’ll want to finish first so that you get somewhere to relax in at the end of a busy day.

Even when you’ve lived in your home for a long time, you should definitely make sure that you’re always happy with your family room. When you do, you should find that you feel really at home in your house. Whether you love the modern home look or something a little more traditional, you can make this work. Creating the perfect family room really doesn’t have to be hard - you just have to put a little more thought into it. Here are seven steps to follow when you want to do just that.

Decide How You Want It To Feel
So first of all, you need to work out how you want the space to actually feel. And this can be the thing that’s the toughest for a lot of people. Do you want it to feel cozy and comfortable? Do you want it to feel bright and airy? Or maybe you want it to be upbeat and lively? Before you think about the decor, you need to know how you want to feel in the room, to know what kind of things to pick out.

Consider The Layout
From here, you’ll then want to make sure that you’re thinking about the layout. To do this, consider what kind of function you want the room to be used for the most. This is then going to help you to work out how you want to arrange the family room. You may even want to try and extend the space to get more room, or bring in new furniture choices to really get the look and feel that you want.

Start With The Shell
When you’ve given both points a lot of thought, you can then get to work on actually decorating the space. The first part of this is getting the shell ready. So make sure that you empty everything out, take up the flooring, and remove any wallpaper. You may even need to sand down the walls and prepare them too. Then you can paint or put up new wallpaper and put down your new flooring choice. I'd recommend going for a laminate flooring.

Create A Focal Point
The next thing you’ll want to do is to make sure that you’re picking out a focal point in the space. Because it’s always fun to have a statement design feature. Options here could be for a gallery wall using picture frames and art that you like. Or it could even be a fireplace.

Work In The Right Furniture
Then, your next step is to make sure that you are picking out the right furniture. You definitely got a head start on this when it came to considering the layout. But now it’s time to actually purchase the furniture that you want, build in any storage, and just make sure that the space looks and feels how you want it to.

Dress The Space
At the same time, you need to be accessorizing the living room. So think about the lighting, mirrors, soft furnishings, and decorative pieces you want to work in. This is often the step that will help you to really bring the design together.

Enhance The Atmosphere
Finally, you’re also going to want to make sure that everything you work into the space really adds to it. And this can seem quite tough, but it really doesn’t have to be that much work. If you did go for the fireplace, you should find that this helps. But at the same time, you can also really work in the right kind of feeling with the temperature, as well as things like candles and lighting. So just play around with these until you get the right kind of atmosphere that you’re looking for.

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