Family rooms, by their very name, are for the family! And when most of us think of family we think of relaxation and fun, as well as informal settings for carefree entertaining. This is a room in which we can truly "let our hair down". It demands space for our hobbies, reading, watching TV or needlepointing. It also calls for some imaginative planning, so all members of the family feel that this is truly "their" room.
While family rooms have been a fairly recent concept, they have really been around for centuries. In the past, they were called second parlors, and allowed families to informally entertain while front parlors were reserved for guests. Family rooms in the 90's are truly fun rooms, filled with casual furnishings and unpretentious but good, easy-going decorating.
Here are some tips you might consider in furnishing your family room:
- Look for large or small tables, perhaps folded or stacked to allow you're the opportunity to increase seating and allow for that impromptu game of bridge.
- Ping-Pong, pool, air hockey games are a welcomed addition to this room. Of course having the proper space is a requirement of the type of game you select.
- An entertainment unit to house your TV, your VCR, and music system is a must. Entertainment centers offer you a place for everything and everything in its place!
- Desirable furniture might tend to be a bit oversize, and definitely comfortable. Rounded arms, loose pillow-back sofas and storage ottomans might be just what the family ordered!