Gone are the hidden dens and separate formal living rooms of the past. Today’s homes often feature an open concept kitchen, creating a large living area where family and friends can gather to watch TV and socialize. Since televisions are now placed front and center in the heart of the home, this open space needs to blend seamlessly with the kitchen and dining room. Designing a large family room that is both stylish and comfortable may sound like a daunting task, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. Thankfully, we’re here to help! Here are a few tips to get you started.
Create a cohesive, organized space with solid wood cabinetry.
Truth be told, a tidy home is always more appealing and comfortable than a cluttered home. A simple way to stay organized is to make sure you have enough storage space. TV room cabinetry allows you to hide DVDs, video games, board games, electronics, and even extra blankets behind closed door, while open shelves are ideal for housing books, as well as decorative touches. There’s no doubt solid wood cabinetry will add both storage space and style to your space.
Keep in mind that, when dealing with an open concept kitchen, the cabinetry you select for your TV room should match or at least compliment the cabinetry in your kitchen, for a cohesive look. Check out our recent blog, Great Design: How To Create A Cohesive Great Room Space, for tips. Then, let the experts at Willow Lane Cabinetry help you create a cohesive, organized space with our free online kitchen and room design service.
Create a room that is stylish yet comfortable.
First and foremost, don’t let your large screen TV become an eyesore. According to Better Homes & Gardens, the ideal height for comfortably viewing your television is three to four feet above the floor. Solid wood cabinetry below will help to anchor a TV that would otherwise be floating on a wall, while shelving around or above help it to blend into your space. Compliment the dark screen with other elements, such as gallery frames and simple decor. Simple is key, as over-decorating can be distracting. A few well-placed items are all you need when decorating around a television.
When it comes to furniture, some pieces are comfortable but not so pretty, while others are gorgeous and stiff as a board. Find the perfect balance with cushy sofas and chairs that are equally attractive. When shopping for new furniture, there are a few more rules to follow. Keep the scale of the room in mind. For example, don’t fill a small room with a large overstuffed sectional or place a tiny loveseat and area rug in the middle of a huge great room. Also, consider the design aesthetic of the rest of your home. For example, when your open concept kitchen has traditional solid wood cabinetry, with white raised panel doors and a farmhouse table, you wouldn’t want to go with an ultra modern sofa and slick Euro slab black cabinetry. Finally, it’s smart to avoid stuffy fabrics in the TV room, and opt for leather, microfiber, or washable slipcovers. And don’t forget to finish the room with fluffy pillows and throws.
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