When Shannon came to me looking for help with designs for her family room space, I was excited to tackle a project that would help improve day-to-day functionality for her and her family. She was looking for a fun and functional family room that everyone, including her young children, could enjoy but that would still include pieces that would last for years to come.
Shannon and her family use this space for watching TV, relaxing, entertaining and as a space for the kids to play, so while she wanted the room to remain kid-friendly, she also wanted it to be a space that appealed to people of all ages. With that, I got to work on my design plans for a family friendly living space.
Here’s where we started:
Tired of her hand-me-down furniture, Shannon was hoping for a big cozy sofa or sectional perfect for lounging around and additional seating options for friends and family.
While toys would no doubt still remain in this family friendly living space, concealed storage would be helpful in quick tidying and a more pulled together space. Form and function is the name of the game!
These corners in particular needed special attention to add more function in the space. Toy storage is at a premium in Shannon’s house, and a spot for a desk where the kids can do homework or work on crafts would be a bonus.
With all of these elements in mind, I got to work on 3 preliminary moodboards for Shannon to get an idea of which direction we wanted to go with this family friendly space.
Moodboard #1 included streamlined shapes with some more traditional accents and a daybed for additional seating. Bold pattern brings a playful touch to the space.
Moodboard #2 went a bit more contemporary and playful. Main elements remain neutral while bold pops of turquoise and geometric patterns feel really fun and playful.
Moodboard #3 leans a bit more rustic with natural wood and iron finishes, but contemporary shapes in the main furniture pieces create a combination that feels really warm and cozy.
After looking them over, Shannon connected most with moodboards #1 and #2, so I used those as a jumping off point as I got into her complete design concepts below:
Design Concept #1
I replaced the sofa and daybed with a big, cozy sectional, and added design elements to create a concept that feels casual and inviting with wood tones, neutral elements, and pale blue accents.
Design Concept #2
Building off of the initial moodboard, I added additional storage pieces and design accents that feel really fun, contemporary, and perfect for all ages.
In the end, Shannon fell for concept #2 with its turquoise accents, playful patterns, and overall family friendly feel!
After making a few minor adjustments and additions, in order to give Shannon an idea of layout and to show her how each element would look within her space, I put together a few renderings.
I swapped out the original coffee table for an ottoman that’s perfect putting up your feet and adds more seating when necessary, and brought in some some yellow accents for some additional pops of color.
I created a playful gallery wall to surround the media cabinet that combined family photos with playful prints that really pulls the entire design together.
And, I made use of those formerly empty corners by creating a desk area for the kids to do homework, as well as an additional storage piece to stash away toys while still performing high in the design department.
Shannon snapped me a few photos as pieces have begun to arrive and I’m SO exciting about the progress. Wait for it…wait for it….
I’ll keep you all up to date on the progress of the room as it happens. This family friendly space is really starting to come together!
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