How To Design a Casual Family Room

The family room is where the best conversations happen. Where movie night and popcorn go together. And where relaxing and rejuvenating are on the daily to-do list. Since it’s a casual space, however, it’s easy for the family room to become a hodge-podge of leftover furniture and decorating ideas. Make time to design the right atmosphere, and you’ll be rewarded with a place that sets the stage for memories. Take a second look at your family room. Here’s how you can design a casual family room.

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1. An inviting seating area

This isn’t the place for antique wooden chairs that make you sit up straight. Enjoy your downtime by choosing cushioned sofas and overstuffed armchairs. You can combine a sofa with two armchairs or a loveseat or bring in an oversized sectional, but be sure to include a cocktail table or ottoman that will encourage snacking, games and putting up your feet. Create a sense of intimacy by placing furnishings relatively close together, but be sure to provide a nice flow for traffic. If you have a focal point in your room – such as a fireplace or media center – group your seating area around it.

2. A media center

Casual family rooms are for watching movies, televisions or the video you shot on vacation. Be sure you have a place for viewing them all. A media center will let you set up a television and any other components you need. Measure your space, your television and your electronics before you pick the perfect console. Many media centers also provide storage for DVDs, CDs, and video game equipment. In a variety of styles, it’s easy to find a unit that fits your décor.

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3. Light

Every room deserves good lighting, and that should include a mix of task, ambient and overhead lights. Start with overhead fixtures, which are often already built in, then add more lights like you would add layers. Consider a floor lamp near your reading chair or sofa. And incorporate ambient, or mood, lighting in corners to create an inviting space at night.

4. A rug

A casual family room should be comfortable and that means choosing furnishings and accents that provide soft finishes. By using a rug, you’ll add warmth and you can define certain areas. Rugs also inject color and pattern to a space. Finally, rugs – especially those with patterns – can hide the stains and spills that often happen when the family gathers.

 

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5. Something fun

The family room isn’t the place to be formal; it should include a sense of fun. Add a casual element by including candid family photos. Choose bright or bold patterns for your rug, throw pillows or wall paint. Or set up a chess set or Scrabble board and encourage impromptu games. This is the room for your family’s personality to shine. Go for it!

5 Things Every Man Cave Needs

It may sound like something out of the Stone Age, but a man cave is a thoroughly modern way to give men a space of their own and women a little peace and quiet. Armchair quarterbacks can be as loud as they like with their cheering and taunting, and they’re corralled and separated from the center of the home—it’s a win/win!

Adding one is simple, so make room in your basement, unused bedroom or even your garage. Here’s what you need:

Leather recliner for a man cave
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A Recliner

The man of the cave needs a throne and a recliner is the perfect choice. Personalize the space by your upholstery choice, including leather or microfiber. Then decide on the bells and whistles, such as power settings, USB chargers and built-in cup holders.

sectional man cave
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A place for friends to gather

Anyone with a man cave instantly becomes the most popular guy on the block, so you’ll need furnishings that can accommodate friends. A reclining sectional is the ultimate in man-cave hospitality. Friends can kick back and relax. Or go with a more traditional sofa and loveseat combination. Choose durable upholstery and neutral colors that hide stains.

Man Cave TV
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A place for your TV

Every man cave needs a TV and a place to put it. This is a great opportunity to show off your personal style. You’ll find consoles and entertainment centers to fit any type décor, such as this cool industrial-inspired piece. A larger wall unit allows you to show off your sports trophies and memorabilia.

Man Cave Lift Top Table
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A place to set your snacks

Now you need a place to set your nachos, wings and micro brew. A lift top cocktail table brings your food to you, or choose a table that has drawers that keep your giant foam finger and face paint handy.

Man Cave wall art
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A little man cave ambiance

Finally, you need something that oozes testosterone, such as manly wall art, a cowhide rug or bar. Choose something that reflects your passion and personality.

And there you have it. A man cave that even a woman would love! Next project: a She Shed.

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How to Find the Right Sectional Sofa for Your Room

Sectional sofas are the king-size bed of the living room world. Large and cozy – the very definition of inviting – they also command a good amount of square footage. If you dream of bringing one into your home, it’s important to start with the correct proportions.

Before you visit our store and fall in love with one of the dozens of options, measure your room. It’s a good idea to mark off the area in which you’d like to use a sectional; you can use painter’s tape or pull together existing furniture into the desired formation. Then measure that, too, and consider any other objects you’d like to place in the room, such as end tables and lamps.

Once you understand what will fit and what won’t, it’s time to shop for your new sectional sofa.

Small Spaces

If your space is small, sectionals can still work. Choose an L-shaped sofa in a petite scale or a loveseat sectional with a chaise. The Luna Storage Sectional is part of our free-shipping collection and it offers storage in the ottoman.

Medium-sized Rooms

If you have more space to work with, look for a sectional with a longer L-shaped configuration. Our Dune II Two-Piece Sectional is covered in a deep teal fabric. The striking design commands attention, while its sleek silhouette won’t overpower the room.

Large Rooms

If you have an oversized space, a sectional is the perfect way to fill it in a cohesive fashion. Choose a U-shaped configuration with a coordinating ottoman. The size will help reign in the scale of the room by matching the proper proportions. We love the Ambassador Sectional from Detroit Sofa Co. It’s offers a flexible arrangement with a variety of pieces to design the shape you need.