The Anatomy of a Summer-Ready Family Room

I’ve been working on my family room basement this year, trying to really make it a space my kids will use and enjoy, especially during the upcoming summer months when they will be home all day.  And, so I thought I would continue “Make A Plan May” by talking about getting your home ready for summer.  I’m using this darling family room designed by Paper & Pencil Company ( a husband and wife duo based in Nashville) as a great example of a room that was created with a family in mind.  I love the Paper & Pencil Company‘s entire portfolio…they create the brightest happiest homes.

Hopefully this room will inspire changes for the summer in your own family room.

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Matching draperies are a simple way to create rhythm in a room, especially if they are made from an eye-catching pattern.  When you’re planning on using a bold pattern in your own room think about how to incorporate it around the room to create rhythm.

I love the large pendant in the middle of the room…its size and interesting shape add an element of fun to the room.  But, since there is already so many vibrant colors and patterns it’s nice that the pendant fades into the background because of its soft white color.  It’s noticeable without taking over.

I love the simple asymmetry created by the artwork and placement of the furniture in the room.  When done right, like here, it creates a casual feel in a room.  Plus, I think asymmetry helps camouflage a disheveled space that is used frequently. Clutter definitely looks more at home in a casual room than a symmetrical formal space.

I constantly think about the materials I bring into my house…are they washable, stain-blocking, stain-hiding, hard-wearing?  The answer in this room is yes!  The leather sofa is absolutely easy to clean and can withstand loads of wear and tear.  The medium-sized pattern on the pair of armchairs can camouflage small stains.  The area rug is easy to vacuum and naturally stain-resistant.  An easy-to-clean family room definitely makes the whole family happy…less cleaning equals more family time.

The bold blue-patterned pillow on the sofa is sort of a focal point in this room (at least in the photo).  And, it’s curvy lines mimic the lines in the pattern on the draperies and in the artwork on the floor.  It’s a simple little detail that makes this eclectic room look cohesive.

The placement of the small dining table and chairs seems a little unusual in a family room, but was most likely the perfect solution for this family.  To make your family room the perfect hang-out spot this summer spend some time thinking about your room and how your family is realistically going to use the space.  Rather make space for a game table than a TV? Or want to trade your console table for a row of bookshelves?  Anything goes for YOUR family room.

Looking forward to sharing more about this room.  Thanks for stopping by this week!

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