How to Style a Family Living Room That’s Still Chic
A children‘s room and a stylish space can sometimes seem incompatible. Decorating a room that’s overflowing with toys or has pets crawling around can seem daunting, but you don’t have to sacrifice form for function. With a few style tricks and furniture that is both stylish and practical from The reception deposit, you can create an inviting room that delivers on the promise of your moodboard without being off limits to anyone in your home. These strategies will help you create a seating area everybody will like.
Anchor the area with a shapely sofa
The sofa is the heart of the living room. And since everyone in your family needs to fit comfortably at the same time, it’s often necessary to think big. But too much sofa and cushion can quickly become a giant eyesore (think poofy recliner vibrations).
An extra deep sofa in understated style offers chic with room for a watch party, in a streamlined way that doesn’t scream “family couch.” If you are drawn to a more traditional and shabby chic touch, go for a classic Chesterfield crafted from creamy tweed, which offers the seriousness of its traditional leather with added durability.
Opt for layering
Prevent the room from feeling stiff by mastering the art of layering, which is the mixing of materials, tones, and textures. Done well, the area becomes warm and multidimensional. For example, a natural knotted jute cover and woven accessories like seagrass storage baskets and fringed pillows in soft neutral tones complement each other and add depth to a mid century sofa, which remains soft thanks to the channel padding. Pillows and textured rugs can also hide the inevitable light wear and tear that comes from hosting sleepovers and movie nights, without interrupting your sophisticated pale palette.
If bright colors are more your speed, combine them for a truly original color-block effect. Added rich furniture in jewel tones, like navy accent chairs and cross-hued pillows in a luxurious material like velvet, can add that wow factor without sacrificing comfort.
keep it flexible
Depending on the function (or day), you may need to rearrange furniture to accommodate guests or create additional footage for the kids’ latest pillow fort. Opting for easily movable seats, tables and lamps means less work when it comes time to reconfigure.
A floor lamp adds style and can be easily moved around when you need it to light up a new corner or make room for your book club. Lightweight, leather look accent chairs with slender legs can be easily moved to sit anywhere, and look lovely clustered in a corner when not in use. Table baskets with handles are a must for cleaning up visible clutter and transporting it to another area and they lend a coastal-chic note worthy of the home of your favorite rom-com heroine.
Turn essentials into style statements
Putting your own stamp on the space means incorporating a few pieces that steal the show, but don’t clutter the room. Place a single large-scale piece of artwork, like this matted abstract print, above your sofa brings the room together and brings out your style.
Bold pillows geometry or complementary angles bring art into the space, no frame needed! A sculptural table lamp can become a piece de resistance, and with the help of a library creating an inspired board allows decorative objects to take center stage in a contained fashion, high enough that small children cannot use them to create their own unauthorized works of art.
Sneak into extra storage
Instead of cluttering up an already full space with bins covering every available floor surface, opt for furniture that doubles as storage with clever compartments to hide blankets, magazines or toys in plain sight.
A low table with two drawers provides a home for remotes and magazines. Or go for something that’s both funky and functional, like a chic hammered metal coffee table with a removable top that conceals a deep cavity to store all those oversized cushions. And an end table doesn’t have to be a traditional table at all; instead use a nightstand to get the job done, which still offers a surface for a lamp and drinks – plus deep drawers that can hold books and coasters.
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