Interior design ideas for family homes
Whether you are a large or a small family occupying a big house or a tiny flat, the ideal family home begins at the heart, where your family feels the most stable, secure and loved. Some houses can look retro, modern and edgy, while others have a more traditional feel to them. Whichever you prefer, here are some ideas which can help you get the ball rolling to building your family home.
Make the centre of your home the family room
The family room should be the place where everyone you love gathers together. If you have a small lounge/living room area, you’re better off placing just one or two large pieces of furniture in the room, i.e. the TV/TV stand/supporting shelves and a couch. Depending on the width and length of the property, a small coffee table could work too. Keep the room bright and airy and make clever use of large spaces, as seen in the image below from www.housebeautiful.com of a lounge using the space around the window rather intelligently. Homify is a great website for inspiration and can provide out-of-the-box ideas on how to structure your family room (and other rooms in your home).
Kitchens don’t have to be just about food preparation and cooking
Nowadays, families enjoy socialising and relaxing in the kitchen alongside food preparation and dining, so it’s important to choose a layout that suits your family’s lifestyle. How many people are there in your family? Do you have babies or teenagers? Is your home more of a hustle and bustle, in and out of the kitchen, or does everyone prefer to relax and eat together? Maximising space, even in a small kitchen, is quite doable – make the most of your walls for storage or invest in built-in cupboards with pull-out cabinetry. A small round table for dining would be perfect in the corner of a bright and airy room. A couple of potted herbs will also transform a small kitchen and make it look cosy.
If you have an open plan kitchen/diner, breaking up the room with a kitchen island not only provides you with extra space for storage and food preparation, but it also creates an illusion of two rooms, making the whole space feel larger and more spacious.
Small bathrooms can also look smart and elegant
Unfortunately, British homes, even some of the larger sized properties, are equipped with smaller than average bathrooms. But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t make your family bathroom your own. Clever storage is a must to maximise space in a small bathroom, so you can store bathroom products and children’s toys out-of-sight.** Getting the design just right means that you will be able to enjoy a nice relaxing bath in your own haven after a busy day, as well as create a space that the kids can enjoy. If there is no more room left for windows on the walls, try a roof window that can bring you light from above and that much-needed breath of fresh air in the room that needs the freshness the most! Solstro stock a wide range of roof windows that suit your project’s needs at the prices your pocket can pay. A splash of colour or, perhaps, some decorative wall art that the whole family will love will complete the look and bring lots of fun, as well as relaxation to another focal room in the family home. In the image below, taken from www.housetohome.co.uk, the bold splash of red paint makes the whole bathroom pop instantly.
Please leave your tips in the comments below on how you customise your property to turn it into the ideal family home!
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** You can find a great source site here for finding the right tools to build your storage