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Like most colonials, our home has a family room and a living room. And like most homeowners, we spend much more time in our family room than in the living room. In fact, my 7-year-old still gets confused when I use the term "living room". It is now only known as the "red" room in our house.
With a few minor changes and a lot of inspiration you can transform your living room into something you would actually live in! Here are some possible uses and design tips to help you get started:
home office - Home office means different things to different people. It can be a place to pay bills and file paperwork, or a place for children to do homework, or you can run a business from your home. Whatever your definition, focus your design on the function of the room.
- Provide a clear surface to work on. It is easy for a desk or table to be surpassed by "stuff" which does not lead to any place to actually work. Space for space? How about a table that falls off the wall if needed (like a Murphy bed)?
- Add a comfortable desk chair that is adjustable and doesn't scream (trust me this one!). If your room has carpet, consider a plastic floor cover that will help you roll easier.
- Add lots of hidden storage, but make sure you clearly label your storage devices so you know where to find things.
- Lighting is the key! You will need overhead as well as good working lighting. If there is no overhead light, add some lighting.
- Choose functional accessories that add personality by not cutting the space. But be careful not to make it too institutional - after all, it's your home!
- Keep the palate light and bright to inspire energy.
- Minimize and secure cables as much as possible. Go wireless where possible.
- Add a lot of shelves. Instead of just adding bookshelves, you should consider custom bookcases built around a window to create a window box chair. Not only do you get extra storage, you add a wonderful focal point to the room.
- Instead of a traditional sofa or love sofa, choose two or three comfortable club chairs (depending on space). Gather the chairs around a round coffee table with glass top with a wooden shelf underneath to showcase some of your favorite coffee table books.
- Provide information lighting for each reading chair. Pharmacy lamps are good for this. Make sure you also have enough lighting to see the books on the shelves.
- As a library, you can comfortably use darker color to create warmth.
- Accessories - add a warm toned rug, soft throw blankets and pepper the walls with black and white photography to create a cafe feel.
- Choose shelves with attractive compartments that can hide the clutter inside them and allow collection in less than 5 minutes. Open storage looks messy, even when the room is retrieved. Avoid a collection of mismatched toy organizers - they look tacky!
- Make sure the room is comfortable for adults as well as for children - add a comfortable chair or love.
- Add a child-sized table and chairs. Tip: put a machine-washable rug under to survive the craft time!
- Keep the room bright with bright colors, but avoid "cute" - save it for their bedroom.
- Add a TV and DVD player if your kids enjoy movies.
- Set clear rules for decontamination and stick to them!
- Add French or pocket doors and light blocking shades to create a dark, quiet environment upon request.
- Add a large screen TV with surround sound.
- Add a dimmer switch to better control the lighting. Add task lighting to enable discrete multifunctional tasks while watching a movie.
- Depending on how many people will watch movies, add enough comfortable seating. Tip: use two lovers angled in the corners of the room opposite the TV, and toss a couple of bean chairs in the back for extra seating if needed.
- For decor, just frame some of your favorite movie posters and hang them on the walls.
- Don't forget the DVD organizer and a convenient remote control holder!
- Assign a "closet" to each family member (don't forget the family pet). Cabinets provide vertical storage that utilizes space well while hiding the cluttered content. It is an excellent storage solution for jackets, wallets, backpacks and more. Cabinets can be made of wood or metal, whichever you prefer.
- Add wall hooks for guest robes, umbrellas, etc.
- Add a shoe shelf for wet or dirty shoes. Place vinyl placemats underneath to protect your floor.
- Create a mailbox for each family member to check the email flow.
- Add a credenza or file cabinet to archive all the mysterious paperwork that wanders into the house.
- Create a message center by painting a wall (or part of a wall) with the magnetic and / or chalkboard. Make it "pop" by adding a large blank gold leaf frame!
- Add a colorful rug. Rather than getting a large rug, choose a few smaller rugs that can be machine washed.
- How about a small table with drip sheets and a couple of chairs for small projects or for putting on boots?
- Add a pool table and a dart board (if the room).
- Include a bar and some bar stools.
- Choose a darker color that does not show wear.
- Display your favorite sign, no bar or other prized possession.
- Add a juke box to the corner if you want.
- Don't forget the traditional "dogs playing poker" print!
It's time to actually start living in your "living room"!