For many this season, the combination of cold weather and school vacations means lots of unscheduled time indoors. So today we’re taking a look at those areas of the home that might be seeing a lot of action over the next few weeks: family rooms, game rooms, and other hangout spaces. Geared toward fun and relaxation, these rooms should rightly put comfort first—but that doesn’t mean they can’t be as stylish as any other area of your home.
Read on to check out some of our favorite family-friendly gathering spaces, and get tips for bringing the fun to your own home this season.
The family room of this lake house puts the focus on the view instead of on a TV screen (though there’s a place for that too). An upholstered ottoman in place of a coffee table offers extra space to kick up your feet. Photo by Mark Weinberg.
A variety of seating options—a plush sectional sofa, two elegant wingbacks, a pair of petite ottomans—is ideal for a room that hosts large family gatherings. A large square coffee table anchors the conversation spot. Photo by Lesley Unruh.
Adding a small table to one corner of your family room will bring even more versatility to the space. Use it for impromptu Scrabble sessions, jigsaw-puzzle marathons, or even cozy weekend breakfasts. Photo by Leslee Mitchell.
Punchy patterned upholstery and cane detailing beneath the glass tabletop ensures this games space is as stylish as it is functional. Photo by Leslee Mitchell.
Open floor space is key in a family room when you’ve got little ones running around. Layer on rugs and cushy floor pillows to create plenty of soft landing spots. Photo by Aubrie Pick.
There’s room for play even in more-formal gathering spaces, as this elegant living room makes clear. The games table can also double as a homework spot. Photo by Lesley Unruh.
A ping-pong table turns an unused formal dining room into the ultimate hangout space. Chintz and gold complete the high-low mix. Photo by Nicole LaMotte.