With the season of fall in full swing, homeowners everywhere are looking for ways to get cozy and soak up autumn in all of its glory (especially before the snow rolls in). For some, that means taking advantage of the backyard and toasting marshmallows over the bonfire. For others, it’s about crafting the perfect pumpkin spice latte recipe and filling the kitchen with fall scents and pure bliss.
But if you’re not a coffee lover and s’mores aren’t exactly your go-to snack, you can still achieve the perfect seasonal sensation in the comfort of your own home. The family room is the ideal place to do this, creating a haven for relaxation that the whole family can enjoy.
Looking to revamp your family room into a place that exudes style and ultimate comfort? Here are a few of our tried and true tips for making the family room cozier than ever.
1. Take a rustic and minimalist approach to design and decor
Rustic accents and decorations have a way of making a living space feel warm and inviting. Wood, stone and similar textiles can create the ideal atmosphere for the family room — keep this in mind when choosing furniture and smaller details. When it comes to decor, a minimalist approach will keep this room from feeling cluttered and make it easier for guests to settle in and relax.
2. Make seating your top priority
The family room should be exactly what its name implies — a room where family and friends can gather together and embrace each other’s presence. Optimal seating is great for giving everyone a place to get comfortable and wind down. Consider a cozy sectional with additional seating for large gatherings.
If you’re looking for a more non-traditional option for seating, interior designer Jenn Feldman told HGTV that a conversation circle is a route to consider.
“Instead of using a traditional sofa-and-chair layout, we opted for four oversized, upholstered swivel chairs that created a comfortable, laid-back conversation circle, all while keeping the room polished and pulled together in grown-up whites,” she shared.
3. Emphasize the fireplace
A fireplace and large mantel are two home features that any homeowner can feel lucky to have. If you happen to have this set up in your family room, make use of it. Decorate the mantel for the holidays leading up to the new year, or transition from fall to winter as the months pass. And this feature isn’t only aesthetically pleasing — it can also be a great source of heat on a chilly fall day.