January 12, 2012

Kids in the Family Room

I thought I would expand on my post from earlier this week about Family Rooms with some examples of integrating kids into a Family Room space without losing the integrity of the space.  I have found some really great examples of this concept on the great interwebs for inspiration and am excited to share them with you.

The first examples offer a separate space for kids within a larger Family Room setup. By using separate zones for specific activities, everyone is able to participate in their activities within the same space yet remain connected to each other.  I also appreciate this type of design because it means that in theory, any ‘mess’ created by having kids in the space can at least (hopefully) be contained to one area of the room.  Of course, those of us with kids can go right ahead and chuckle at that notion!

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Above are some lovely examples of this concept in more traditional spaces, but as seen in the more modern space below, this concept can work beautifully in a variety of ways.

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Of course, if you live in a smaller home without access to a lot of extra space to separate into zones, you can always integrate kids into the Family Room by directly including them in the design.  Below are some really clever ways to do that by using kid scaled chairs and/or benches pulled up to the coffee tables.

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Alternatively, you can always design your Family Room completely for your kids and then ask them permission to use it.  These gorgeous spaces below are great examples of rooms that are totally kid friendly but still a space where grownups would love to hang out.

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Is the Family Room in your home for the kids?

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