Soften the Edges
If your living room has little ones playing in it, make sure the pieces are sturdy and provide extra cushioning. Two overstuffed couches are ideal for reading books or watching a movie. An upholstered ottoman fills in for a coffee table. Its soft, round edges are kid-friendly and can easily be moved out of the way for an impromptu round of games.
Hide It Away
Storage is key in a multifunctional space such as a family room. A smart solution is to use one piece that can house the things everyone uses (toys, games, blankets, TV). When open, this cabinet is a movie-night screen and an overstuffed toy box. Close it when company visits, and all they’ll see is an elegant piece of furniture.
Keep It Flexible
Choosing a palette and pieces that are versatile are key to a busy family room. A sectional can be reconfigured when needed. You can also achieve the look with two smaller sofas. Poufs are instant seating for big and small people and can easily be stowed. Add color and pattern with accents such as a mix of graphic pillows and a patterned screen.