Recent trends indicate that families are spending more time at home. Inviting friends over to relax and catching up in the family room for brunch or dinner can be the perfect way to unwind after a long week.
In our renovation series, we’ve covered how to update the kitchen and the master bedroom, but now we turn our attention to the “heart of our home” -- the family room!
Read on to discover simple, budget-friendly ideas to create a more comfortable and inviting living space!
1. Clean up clutter! Come on, we all have clutter - items from last season, electronic cords that don’t have a home, the kids’ toys scattered around. With spring cleaning on the horizon, now’s the perfect time to organize. Jody McCallum, Home Stylist for West Elm NYC says, “Make small updates with furniture that allow you to hide items. Ottomans have storage, coffee tables have drawers, and bookcases hold baskets and compartments.”
2. Add pieces with personality. Look around the room and see where you have an opportunity to get creative with empty space. Add eclectic or special pieces such as a family heirloom, or even a new cluster of vases, candle sticks or modern picture frames. If your family room consists mostly of solids, add in something unexpected like a bright console table, or a bench with a busy print for a splash of pizzazz.
3. Tidy up your trim. Although it still chilly here in NYC, bright sunny weather is around the corner. As hints of summer approach, think about cleaning your windows, both inside and out! Try adding in new window panels to frame them, or add a coat of fresh paint to the baseboards. You’ll be surprised how much one coat of white paint can freshen up a room.
4. Paint an accent wall! An accent wall is a great budget-friendly way to bring in color without overwhelming the space. If your family room is relatively dark, select a color that is brighter than the other walls in the room. If the room already gets a lot of natural light, paint the accent wall a couple shades darker than the others.
5. Layer, layer, layer. Revamp your space by adding textures, color, and personal accents to give it warmth. McCallum says, “As a Home Stylist, I often tell clients to swap out throw pillows on the sofa as the seasons change. Wooly knits and cozy textures are great for fall and winter, but cotton canvas and silk pillows work great for spring and summer. Even changing out your rug adds a whole new spin to your family room.”
Don’t forget that the family room is the heart of the home so make it fun and inviting, and most importantly, reflective of your family's lifestyle!