Friday, October 27, 2017

Home Style || Striking The Right Balance In Family Living Rooms

A family home is a place of sanctuary you can all totally relax in. Your children can be themselves and really unwind after nursery or school, plus you can be yourself after a hard day's work, or a day full or errands and housework. 

When it comes to decorating the family home though, you may feel that your ideas can become conflicted, especially with a family living room. At what point do you draw the line of having toys and making it a space where you as parents can relax at the end of the day when the children are in bed? This is when you need to strike the right balance when it comes to decorating and I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can do that. 

Invest in suitable storage solutions

Not everyone has the benefit of a playroom in their home where all the toys and children's things can live, so often a living room can form two functions. There is no problem with this, but it’s a great idea to invest in some sort of storage option within the room so that at the end of the day it is relatively easy to clear things away so the space becomes a little more adult friendly. Storage boxes that neatly stack away are great idea, but also investing in shelving and toy boxes could help you to strike a good balance. 

Add key features

Storage is one thing, but you also want to add some key features to the room so that it still functions as a living room or social space if you have guests. So investing in furniture pieces like good quality mahogany coffee tables, beautiful spacious sideboards, large sofas and family pictures on the wall can all give it that function of being a living room while also being a versatile space for the family. It's all about having space, everything having a place and it being a relaxing homely place to be, suiting your family down to the ground.

Keep the colour scheme neutral 

When you think of playroom inspired spaces in the home, often the colours are bright and interesting supposedly to help stimulate children. But a living room isn’t just about that, so the best advice would be to stick with some neutral colour schemes on the walls and furnishings. You could always add a pop of colour with the accessories you choose such as photo frames or ornaments. This also enables you to change things seasonally like adding autumn reefs and pumpkins, Christmas decorations or spring flowers. 

Focus on the comfort factor

Finally, focus on the comfort factor, after all, this is suppose to be a room where you can relax and unwind as a family and spend some quality time together. Blankets and throws, lots of cushions, ambient lighting and a warmth can really help to bring in the comfort factor. Again these sorts of things can be changed as and when you want them to be, thanks to a neutral colour scheme. 

I hope that this helps  you strike the right balance, if you have any other suggestions or issues you need help with when it comes to the family home, please leave me a comment below.

*collaborative post