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Family Rooms We Love

From the Editors of Traditional Home
  • Witten and Produced by Debra Steilen and Lucy Fitzgerald

    Family rooms are an integral part of any home. Whether in a one-bedroom apartment or a sprawling ranch housing six children plus dogs and friends, these are the spaces in which everyone can gather and relish each other’s company. Read on for some of our favorite family rooms.

    Here, this family room’s warm palette of red, brown, and burnt orange is punctuated by vibrant aqua glass vases on the coffee table. Two rugged leather sofas face off over the round table, squared by another couch upholstered in “Natura Lattice” from Giant Textiles. The furniture’s U-shaped configuration is oriented towards the television, since this ever-growing family of six frequently gathers here for movies and sporting events. A colorful oil painting by artist Sally Bowring adds scale while complementing the room’s color scheme.

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  • High-Style and Low-Maintenance Family Room

    This lovely living space is reinforced with fabrics meant to take abuse. “In family rooms, I often use slipcovers and easy-to-clean wool rugs,” says designer and homeowner Colette van den Thillart. She fearlessly paired ultra-glam pieces with no-nonsense practicality, like the custom mohair octagonal ottoman that acts as a footrest, homework station, and dining table. Low-maintenance wood floors make the space ever more kid-friendly.

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  • Cozy and Colorful Family Room

    This North Carolina summer home frequently hosts family and friends, so comfortable seating was a must for designer Julie Price. Plush-backed armchairs and a rolled-arm sofa from Charles Stewart establish the sitting area. A bench covered in an oversized plaid is easy to move where needed for conversations.

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  • Contemporary Family Room

    High above the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue, designer Doug Atherly has created a soothing, cocoon-like space for Chicago’s Ritz-Carlton Residences Showcase. This contemporary space fits shiny surfaces, modern technology, and a neutral-yet-moody color palette together in harmony. An oatmeal-colored L-shaped sofa from Minotti is ultra-inviting with deep plush seating, while roman shades allow for customizable lighting. A custom wraparound sofa cabinet keeps things polished.

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  • Contemporary Family Room

    “I always have a slight problem with televisions, though they are getting a lot more attractive,” Doug says. “Still, where do you put them? We wanted the television to blend in, so we were going to leave it open, rather than have a black screen in a light surface. But we didn’t want to have a big block of dark color, so the polished plaster of the wall that houses the TV gave us a darker color with a lot of texture and pattern. It tends to disguise the TV without being too distracting.”

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  • Warm and Inviting Family Room

    This family room is as durable as it is comfortable. With two young children and an active lifestyle, the homeowners opted for a casual, colorful scheme for the terrace-level space. Ultrasuede fabrics cover the furniture to withstand traffic from the swimming pool just outside. Zebra stripes and fiery orange club chairs keep the mood upbeat and playful.

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  • Clean and Bright Family Room

    Clean-lined furniture in delicious chocolate and toffee hues harmonize with crisp white walls and soothing neutrals in this family room, designed by Gail Plechaty. A plush area rug adds undeniable comfort, its creamy color contrasting with the room’s dark floors. Bold drapery custom-designed by Gail tie the hues together.

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  • Relaxing Family Room

    A soothing palette of grays and blues exudes peace and relaxation in this family room, adjacent to the kitchen for an open flow of traffic. Sandy neutral fabrics cover the sofa and side chairs; an inviting blue mohair chair adds a touch of vintage charm. Pillow fabrics from Raoul Textiles and Jasper add textural interest to the sofa. A quartet of coffee tables from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams push together for expanded surface area. The arrangement is oriented towards a flatscreen television hanging above the fireplace mantel for a convenient (and comfy) spot to watch football.

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  • Comfortable Family Room

  • Organic Family Room

  • Carefree Family Room

  • Kid-Friendly Family Room

  • Elegant Family Room

  • Dazzling Family Room

  • Light, Bright Family Room

  • Sophisticated Family Room

  • Fuss-Free Family Room

  • After-Hours Family Room

  • Serene Family Room

  • Casual Family Room

  • Poolside Family Room

  • Eco-Friendly Family Room