Family Rooms are for fun and entertaining
THE FAMILY room first took shape as a new kind of room in contemporary floor plans. Today it has become a very popular living area, one that you can create for yourself even if you live in an old-fashioned house or apartment.
In new houses, family rooms are usually located off the kitchen so they can serve easily for informal suppers and snacks. Often generously proportioned, the modern family room has ample space for a major conversational grouping, bookcases and storage facilities for stereophonic equipment, a permanent dining arrangement that doubles for games, open floor space for dancing or sprawling.
If you are designing an extra bedroom as your family room, you may have to cut down on seating, but you can still include the other entertainment furnishings. Whatever shape or size family room you have, choose hardy fabrics for upholstery, a flooring material that needs little maintenance, and well designed streamlined furniture.
Since you will probably have a somewhat woody room (paneling, wood furniture, etc.) plan on a bolder, more vibrant color scheme to give your family room its sense of fun and conviviality.
Accent is on durability for this spacious and well-planned family room. Furniture by American of Martinsville has Tartan-Clad vinyl veneer in a rosewood graining. Vinyl flooring and washable drapery print need a minimum of maintenance. Designed for games and snacks is hexagonal party table with plastic-laminated top. Pink and orange drapery print, orange strips crossing wood-grained vinyl, and orange vinyl chair covers add sparkle to room.
A well-planned family room such as the one above, offers extensive seating, open floor space, and some kind of arrangement for informal dining.