Our family room and playroom combo design is completed, well just about. It is fun to be able to design a room online and watch it come to life.
The family room has been a work in progress from the day we moved in. Here are the before pictures from when we moved in.
For most spaces in our home I can see the end goal before we began, but not with this room. I was never able to see what I wanted this room to become because I never knew its purpose.
We did some upgrading to this space. Within the first few months of living here, we removed the curtains, wallpaper and painted most of the dark wood. Since then we have replaced the carpet and sliding glass door.
Although all of our updates made a huge difference, it still hasn't felt finished.
After 3.5 years of living in this home, I have finally decided to actually come up with a real plan for this space. And what better way than with a 3D digital design plan.
How can I combine a living room and playroom?
We finally decided that our family room would be a shared space, a family room and a playroom combo. Once you know what purpose a room is going to serve planning the space becomes much easier.
Dividing the room into different sections is most helpful.
- A place to store toys
- Conversational seating for adult entertainment
- Built-in storage and shelves for books and crafts
- Room for a piano
We needed a room that was kid friendly as well as a space suitable for adults. Living in a smaller home we don't have the space to designate an entire room just to toys.
The current family room wasn't serving its purpose even after our minor updates, so I emptied the room, took a picture and got to work on a 3D digital design.
Designing in Photoshop helped me to really see how my ideas would play out in real life. It allowed me to bring in items I already owned as well as new items I was looking to add and see if they all worked together to create one cohesive space.
Having a plan allows you to take your time transforming a space. It also keeps you on track, on budget and allows you to reach a final result without wasting time and money.
When you know what the final results will look like bring pieces into a space will be intentional and not wasteful.
How can I make my living room kid-friendly?
Think of your kids when planning a kid-friendly living room.
Indoor swings add a playful touch and can be done in a way that doesn't look childish. Indoor swings don't have to just be for kids either, adults quite enjoy them as well and they are great for extra seating at large gatherings.
Using built-in storage looks great and also hides all the kids' craft and games out of sight.
Baskets are another great way to contain as well as hide toys within the living room. Baskets also do a great job of organizing toys, making it easier to put away at the end of the night.
A great tip to displaying "adult items" is to keep anything breakables up off the floor. Try floating shelves for plants and sentimental items.
How do I organize toys in a living room?
Organizing kids' toys can be so stressful! Here are some great tips for organizing toys in a living room.
- Toss anything broken
- Get rid of anything with missing parts
- Donate any unused toys
- Donate duplicates
- Let each child pick a few favourites
- Donate or anything left over
*If you find donating toys difficult, or have toys that you find sentimental or want to keep for future children or grandchildren set them in storage bins and take them to the basement or attic.
An important note is to not stuff the space you have. Giving kids adequate space to store their toys allows them to see, and play with what they own.
Having a place for everything also allows them to put it away once they are finished playing with it.
Not overwhelming your kids with too much is best!
My your livingroom and playroom coinside beautifully together and bring your family peace!