TODAY’S FAMILY LIVING SPACE IS FUN AND EASY TO RELAX IN, WITH BOLD COLOURS AND PATTERNS ADDING A REAL SENSE OF ENERGY
A family living space that’s practical, organised and dare we say… stylish? Yes, it is possible, with careful planning and zoning of your space, plus a confident use of colour and pattern. Family living spaces often mean open plan, where one space has to fit all – from watching TV to homework, mealtimes to play, and of course relaxation. But this hard-working hub of the modern home can look great, too, as this family living room shows. Style is combined with function, storage is smart and adaptable, while hero pieces give this space as much personality as its family.
A COMFY PLACE TO RELAX
Use a large modular or corner sofa, like the Toyko Corner Sofa in Hope Burnt Orange, to help define the space, giving everyone the chance to choose their favourite seat and spread out. Coloured upholstery might seem like a big style commitment, but as Diane Deighton, Partner & Home Design Stylist, says: ‘We’re seeing more colour and pattern in this space.’ Open-plan rooms are often painted white, so coloured furniture is a great way of adding personality and style.
“As more people live in blended families or multi-generational households, living rooms need to keep up. This space brings together style and function”
A wall of modular shelving, like the String shelving system, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, houses everything from books to toys. The lower cupboards and drawers mean everyday clutter is hidden from view, while the adjustable-height shelves and flexible add-ons, like a desk, mean your storage can grow as your family does. Make sure there’s room to show off our fun Serax Cactus vases alongside the kids’ artwork, keeping breakable pieces out of reach.
“If your home is well-organised then you’ll feel a sense of calm – if you have children, that’s even more important. The right storage can help restore control”
EAT, PLAY, SOCIALISE
A family dining table needs to work and play hard. From family mealtimes to space for the kids to work on school projects, supper with friends to children's birthday parties, our Estate 8-seater Dining Table in Natural is ideal for the job, especially when teamed with the matching bench and brightly coloured chairs like these Vitra Eames DSW Side Chairs.
SPLASHES OF COLOUR
We used colourful rugs to create zones within our open-plan space, layering several around the sofa area. They also soften the wooden floor while adding a pop of pattern. Cushions are another easy way to incorporate more pattern – here, plain ones are mixed with fun, geometric designs. ‘Our family room feels uplifting. It’s a light space with lots of colour, making it a really friendly environment,’ says Fionnuala.