Creative and Affordable Ideas To Bring Your Family Room To LIfe

Your family room is the room in your house where most of the living takes place.  It’s where your family gathers to watch television, read, and generally unwind and relax after a busy day.  It’s also the room where company gathers during parties and holidays.  If you’re struggling to come up with ideas and strategies for it, and you worry that your budget isn’t big enough to do the job justice.  Step back and add a little planning, creativity, and ingenuity, and your family room can be a relaxing environment where you can unwind or entertain with comfort and ease.


Consider using pieces of furniture you have in other rooms into your family room to use when you have large gatherings.  A short, double-sided dresser, or a 1 sided piece with a decorative table cloth draping, can easily become a buffet when a table runner and an arrangement of candles or a colorful flower centerpiece is placed on top.


Use your furniture arrangement as visual walls used to define functional areas. Strategically placed floor rugs, lamps and furniture can create zones in your home. You can arrange your seating to take advantage of a focal point, such as a television, picture window or a fireplace.  You can also find affordable component pieces that combine functional storage with fashionable decorating lines. Tables with drawers and shelves add value. A simple desk can be used for many things, such as homework, household management, bill paying and filing.


When accessorizing your room, remember that quite often less can be more. Choose neutral colors for major components and add accent with colorful textured throws, rugs, and other decorative and artistic elements, such as paintings and other artwork. Always strive to keep the balance of your family, or any room you are working with, in perspective.  It would be a huge mistake to overwhelm a small room with large, bold pieces, as it would be to place smaller, neutral pieces in a large room where they’ll get lost.

If you’re working with used furniture, embrace the look and feel and add to it. Another method would be to try distracting from the worn upholstery or a faded finish by using colorful toss pillows or table runners.  Bright curtains or any type of window treatments can distract from a faded carpet and breathe new life into an old room.


Whatever the state of your room is, embrace it and think out of the box when looking to add to it. Remember the feel of the room and the functionality will be what people and your family remember long after the colors change or fade.

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