There is nothing lovelier than having the whole family under one roof enjoying their downtime, either separately or together. So, why not create a home that is conducive to household activities? Here are our tips on making the most of your communal or entertainment areas.
Sliding doors that open out outdoors can create an illusion of wider space indoors
Make use of the backyard during the warmer seasons by investing in some deliciously large outdoor cushions and beanbags and set up a humble projector (hint: you can use a white sheet as a screen). By decorating trees with inexpensive lanterns, fairy lights and festoon party lights, you have almost instantly transformed your yard into an after dark delight that the whole family can enjoy.
By incorporating sanctuary features, such as shades, a pergola, umbrellas or a sheltered alfresco dining area, you are opening up a world of recreational activities that aren’t weather dependent. Additionally, glass/sliding doors that open out to this area enhance the illusion of widening the space indoors, providing more natural light and making the outdoor area more accessible and entertainment friendly. You may even consider installing an outdoor fridge and barbecue or oven, to make those family and friend dinners much easier.
Create a makeshift games room by purchasing a small, wooden table that you can use for a number of games, including ping pong and board games. With an inexpensive portable ping pong kit, this fun game can be packed away when finished and brought out when the mood strikes. With a hidden dart board on the back of the door, this room retains its versatility for becoming a second lounge or study area as well. Flexible design is key for these family rooms with multiple functions for the one space.
Keeping your living room clutter free means everyone can enjoy the space comfortably
Every theatre room needs an abundance of couches; the longer and roomier the better. Make it cosy and comfortable by adding plush cushions, soft throw rugs, tactile floor rugs and adequate heating and cooling.
Ensure you keep your theatre or lounge room clutter free with the ability for everyone to enjoy their own space (and see the movie or television) rather than being piled on top of one another in discomfort.
Consider investing in slim line and state of the art speakers that not only make the most of the space and are functional but can be a feature item. Consider their position as well; not too close to where people sit as they are meant to create ambience and enhance entertainment viewing.
For home theatre colour schemes it’s best to use a flat paint that is neutral and lean towards a darker or greyscale tone set. You could even opt for red walls if you’re intent on recreating the look of a real theatre! Check out these colour tips from popular site Apartment Therapy.
An area that you should pay particular attention to when creating functional and loved spaces in the home is substantial lighting. By incorporating plenty of lighting options and schemes, you can recreate any desired mood. Make sure you have dimmable switches for those movie watching sessions and ambient evening dinners.
LED lights are proving cost effective, long lasting and energy efficient and can have a number of flexible uses in the home. Use them as strip lighting to highlight key stations in the kitchen or recessed lighting in the living room. Be sure to eliminate any dark corners of the home with strategically placed lighting and cool downlights in common areas of the house— particularly the home theatre and living room/s— will make all the difference.
Smart under the stairs storage is a great way to maximise space
Storage is essential for keeping a home decluttered and functional, especially when you need to quickly tidy up at a moment’s notice. But it’s not just enough to have storage but having “smart” storage is the key. Making the most of every bit of space (for example, under the stairs, hidden cupboards, blanket boxes, under couch storage etc) are all really handy ways to keep your high traffic areas clutter free and optimal for family activities and entertaining guests.
Finally, an important tip: by keeping your furniture minimal and all areas as tidy and uncluttered as possible, you allow for more flexibility and usability in each communal room.
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