At some point after you move beyond your twenties you need to graduate from basic, simple, and often second, or even third hand, furniture and create a living room your new family can enjoy and relax in.
There always comes a time when that perfect bachelor pad, singletons retreat and couples hideaway has to be converted into a family friendly living room.
It is an important transition and we have some delightful ideas that will make sure your living room space becomes a kid friendly environment.
For the perfect peaceful home, it is essential the living room works for everyone, including the kids and pets.
The living room is the most sociable room in the house. It is where you entertain, relax, unwind, play and have fun, which means there needs to be comfortable places for everyone to sit, lots of space and no unnecessary clutter lying around.
Above all, the living room needs to be a comfortable place to be in, not a room that leaves you feeling cold and tense.
Make room for play
If you don’t consider everyone in the family in the most important living environment in the home then it could lead to fractures and divides in later life.
With a young family, create some space for little ones to play with, and store, their toys. When they start to get older turn the space into areas where they can feel comfortable and have fun in.
Making the living room a complete family space is vitally important for maintaining a happy family.
Add some Art
Whether it be baby pictures, holiday snaps or throwback wedding pics, adding some family art is a simple and fun way of personalising the living room space.
Target a bare expanse of wall where everyone relaxes to maximise its visual impact.
Add some Tech
With the tech industry constant evolving it is important to make sure you are always staying on trend, especially as the family begins to get older.
Having a tech set-up that encourages everyone to come together is a surefire way to a happy family.
Make sure you are maintaining a Marie Kondo method when it comes to clutter.
Add shelving units and remove anything that is not an essential, everyday item.
With a young family or a slightly older one, make sure your furniture can withstand large levels of use.
For seating make sure it can be cleaned easily, because we all know there will be accidents, and bare the load of multiple bodies.
Remember all of this, but always try to maintain a stylish look. Our tip being brown, distressed leather couches and seats.
Keep the space open
Modern family life can be busy, therefore design a space that is open and encourages everyone to be together and socialise as one.
Maintaining an open space is perfect way to make sure you and the family always spend quality time together.
Keep flooring safe and comfortable
There is nothing worse than a well-worn carpet or lament flooring.
To make sure your living room is completely family friendly simple and clean looking, wooden flooring is ideal for all those feet stomping around on it.
Add in some rugs for extra comfort and cushion.
Make room for everyone
Whatever the space you have to work with, make sure large furniture is on your list of living room buys.
It will not only play an important role in making sure everyone has a relaxing place to sit, but it can also free up more floor space for kids, and adults, to play on.
There is Never too much storage
Whether you have a large family, young family or little family, there is never too much storage.
Floor-to-ceiling cabinets, coffee tables with hidden drawers and other Marie Kondo-esuqe decluttering solutions are essential to maintaining a comfortable and relaxing living room.
Remember to keep it cozy
Incorporate large, even oversized, sofas, couches, chairs and seats to offer all the temptation needed to sit down and never get back up.
Make sure to add Hygge inspired colours and textures to make it a place the entire family can comfortably unwind and relax.