"I think the family room and kitchen are a great place for the family to relax and spend time together. It's very comfortable, and the materials are hard-wearing for the kids," says designer Angelica Henry.
The family's golden retriever relaxes in the living room as morning sunlight pours through the windows. The wooden ornate child's chair and traditional sofa and wingback chair reinforce the room's classic style.
This basement used to be an unfinished laundry room and a small living space that doubled as a storage room. Now it's a mudroom, full bathroom, laundry room, bar area, TV room and kids’ playroom—so usable for a family of four!
A large round coffee table can make a huge impact on the look and functionality of a living room. With their lack of sharp edges, round coffee tables or ottomans are great for living rooms used by children.
As part of the Parker home transformation in Atlanta, GA, licensed contractor Chip Wade took out a number of walls in the kitchen and living room to make an open air living area. The formal dining area is now adjacent to the great room and part of the open flow of the space. The transformation included a large kitchen island with ample storage and cooking area along with a work station that mechanically lifts for the kids to do their homework. The living area also includes a multi-use ottoman for everyone in the family-including the dog. This creates a central area for the kids to work and spend time with their parents, as seen on DIY Network's Elbow Room.
An indoor swing puts to use an otherwise ordinary hallway between the dining and living rooms. This fun family home is filled with whimsical touches and kid-focused amenities, including a Lego wall, climbing wall and children's teepee.
Practicality is key in the living space. This room was designed with a focus on a comfortable hangout for family friends and children. Light colors keep the room bright while a mix of durable materials and beach-inspired patterns ensure the room is kid-friendly. The washable sofa slipcover helps make clean-up a breeze.
The main living spaces were originally closed off from each other, but for a family with three kids, the rooms were more functional opened up. Now kids can play and parents can be cooking dinner and everyone is still within sight.
Open-plan living can work on any scale. Case in point: This stylish home Uptic Studios designed for a retiree. “After living on the family farm for decades, our client was ready to move into town to be closer to her children and grandchildren,” say the architects. “Always the entertainer, she requested an open great room concept to accommodate dinner parties, as well as plenty of wall and shelf space for family photos and various mementos.”
This fresh family home is a space where everyone wants to hang out. In the living room, a children's play area includes a kid-sized activity table and a whimsical childs' teepee. White walls throughout the house form a neutral backdrop for colorful accessories.
The homeowners wanted this living room, like the rest of their home, to be family friendly, elegant, luxe and sophisticated, but with a sense of whimsy and fun. The space had to be equally comfortable and appealing for both kids and adults. The space plan offers great flexibility, with the large ottoman completely mobile and a small lucite lamp table that can be easily set aside for play dates.