Today’s Twin Cities homes center on casual, comfortable family spaces. These family rooms have expanded in size as formal living rooms have shrunk. Media interactions, game playing and toy fun are the most common purposes for these rooms. The best family rooms are cozy and flexible with lots of easily accessible storage.
The family room allows everyone in the family to curl up with a good book, play video games, watch movies, do homework or just hang out together. Good family room designs create multiple zones with unique features that separate the room into activity or conversation areas without sacrificing the open feeling of the room itself. Lighting plays a big part in this, with separate controls for different parts of the room. Furniture placement also has an impact, creating cozy nooks or larger media viewing areas.
A large, inviting fireplace and hearth can create a showpiece for the family room. It provides warmth, light and a comfortable, casual feeling throughout the room. The hearth and mantle can be a great place to display treasured heirlooms, kids’ artwork and awards. Built-in cabinets around the fireplace make great bookshelves or display areas for special collections or memorabilia.
The importance of media viewing and videogames in the family room make media storage critical to the room’s design. Built-in media cabinets and entertainment centers can manage all the clutter of modern media, but keeps these toys, music and movies readily accessible to the whole family. You can learn more about Entertainment Centers here. Check out a simple sunroom/family room project we recently completed here.
We’ve helped dozens of Twin Cities homeowners build cozy, comfortable family rooms. Contact our design team today to learn how we can create the perfect gathering place for your family.