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In the family room of a pre-war New York City apartment, Sara Story lacquered the walls in an ocean blue color. The shiny walls help bounce light across the space, giving a bright and open feel.
The family room in a Connecticut ranch by Summer Thornton is considered to be the "most comfortable in the house." The mix of patterns gives the space a more informal look.
Light, bright and varied textures make this family room by Nestor Santa-Cruz the ultimate place to sit back and relax, while taking in a great collection of art.
Mixing a geometric chandelier, plaster sconces, and 1940s French lamps, the tiered illumination in this Florida living room by Jeff Lincoln creates an inviting glow.
With bright green lacquered walls — matched to a Pantone chip by Fine Paints of Europe — and a custom Langham & Fine rug patterned like formal garden hedges, a Texas family room takes on the freshness of an outdoor space. Back-to-back sofas in an ivory Cowtan & Tout fabric create two zones within the expansive room.
A Moroccan-inspired lounge, which homeowner Justina Blakeney has dubbed Bluhemia, is wallpapered with Aja in Teal, one of her designs for Hygge & West. The sectional is from Jonathan Louis, and the faux sheepskin is from Target.
"The den is where the family lives, so it had to be cozy yet remain elegant," says Meg Braff of this Long Island Colonial. "I wanted the seating to beg you to sit down." Lee Industries club chairs are covered in Cowtan & Tout's Rapallo; the velvet sofa is trimmed in Elysee by Samuel & Sons.The trim is in Benjamin Moore's Herb Garden.
"I always like a tiny bit of red in a room," says Kathryn M. Ireland. "It could be on a lampshade or even in a painting." Here, in a Cape Cod family room, it appears on the tablecloth, in Ireland's Keltic Stripe linen in Aubergine. It's also on the seat cushions, in her Wildflowers linen, of the Lloyd Loom chairs. The wallcovering is Ireland's Duden Lodge in Blue and the floors are painted in Snow Sky by Barry Dixon for C2 Paint.
Miles Redd rehung art throughout his mother's home in Atlanta. In the family room, he added brackets and clustered all blue and white (which he bought at auction) china for impact.
An upstairs sitting room offers expansive water views. Designer Frank Roop upholstered the frame of the sectional in a Manuel Canovas fabric and its cushions in Osborne & Little's Peregrina. Old-fashioned roll-up curtains in C&C Milano's Laveno Mille hide modern solar shades by Lutron that lower with the press of a button to darken the room for TV watching. The vintage carved wood stool contrasts with a graphic rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets.
Designer Celerie Kemble wanted this den to have an inviting "feet-up" sensibility. The floor is covered in 10 different vintage Moroccan rugs that create an enveloping vibe. She chose all the fabrics in the room to be comfy and durable, so the family can relax together.
A Verellen sectional in linen velour anchors a Maryland home's family room. The walls are faux-finished, with trim in Benjamin Moore's Soot. The cocktail table is by Kerry Joyce. The curtains are in a Ralph Lauren Home linen.
A modern Hamptons retreat's custom Vladimir Kagan ottoman is covered in an iridescent leather resembling fish skin. Designer Amy Lau had the walls painted Benjamin Moore's Spring Mint.
In a historic New England home designed by Nina Farmer, Holland & Sherry grass cloth covers the family room's walls; the trim, painted in Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue, complements a vintage sofa upholstered in an indigo Lee Jofa fabric.
"The family room is sports central," designer Nathan Turner says of client Eric Stonestreet's Los Angeles house. A custom sectional in Calvin Fabrics' Antiquity faces an enormous flat-screen television. The Candemir ottoman from Nathan Turner, covered in Elite leather, is tough enough to handle football fans with their feet up, and an original Gustav Stickley armchair strikes a masculine note.
All the blues in this Atlanta house designed by Kristin Kong started with the vivid fabric on the family room sofa, Kravet's Venetian. A bookshelf conceals a door to the back stairs. Walls are painted in Kestrel White to contrast with the Mega Greige trim, both by Sherwin-Williams.
Lily, the French bulldog, sits in one of her favorite spots in the family room of designer Mark D. Sikes's West Hollywood house.
A big family room demands a big sectional, one with enough space for basset hounds Okie and Maggie to sack out. It's covered in h Glant Island chenille, in one of dozens of shades of gray designer Marshall Watson used throughout the Naples, Florida, house. The cool palette counterbalances the bright light that pours through 12-foot-high windows.
"I think there's peace in balance," says designer Kay Douglass, who furnished the family room of an Atlanta house with two Charlotte chairs and ottomans, two vintage iron coffee tables found at a fair in France, two table lamps and two vintage side tables that belonged to the owners — lacquered in Orange Spice to give them new life.
In a Rhode Island house designed by Tom Scheerer, the family room's sofa pairs Clarence House blue corduroy with seat covers in Peter Dunham's Samarkand. A bold-patterned Indian rug echoes azure tiles in the kitchen, framed by faux-bois–painted walls and trim in Benjamin Moore's Linen White.
In the adjoining family room of a Greenwich, Connecticut, house, designer Lee Ann Thornton covered the walls and sectional in the same fabric, Quadrille's Persepolis: "I wanted the space to feel more hip and fun," she says. The ottoman is covered in Martyn Lawrence Bullard's Kabba Kabba.
Family room walls in a Naples, Florida, house designed by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller are glazed yellow to make "every day feel sunny." Curtains in Alan Campbell's Potalla linen-cotton and sofas in Rogers & Goffigon's Violetta cotton velvet.
"The earthy tone of the kitchen is continued through the breakfast room into the family room — uniting them as one large space," designer Barbara Barry says of this space in a Corona del Mar, California, house. "It's more embracing, and you just don't want to leave. This core of the house works like a shadow box that opens onto a vast horizontal green garden." An enormous custom leather ottoman doubles as seating or a table for informal meals.
In a Los Angeles house decorated by Schuyler Samperton, the family room's sofas and a wing chair, all from Rooms & Gardens, are upholstered in Jasper's Melaya and Kathryn M. Ireland's Woven, respectively. Ballard Designs ottoman in a Bolivian textile from L'Aviva Home.
Little jolts of orange punctuate the beiges and pale blues in the family room of a Greenwich, Connecticut, house designed by Ashley Whittaker.
Mac Fabrics' Hip print on the family room sofas "hides a multitude of sins," Liza Pulitzer Calhoun says of her Palm Beach house. The coffee table is vintage, and the lamps are repurposed baskets.
Two banquettes run the length of a 20-foot wall in the family room. "I like the ease of going from dining to lounging," Benjamin Dhong says of this San Francisco row house. "And the room has an expansive feel because it's not cut in half by a sofa." A William Curtis Rolf photograph "gives the space a garden-room vibe."
In a Lake Forest, Illinois, house designed by Ruthie Sommers, both sofas and the curtains in the family room are covered in Chenonceaux, an ikat by Brunschwig & Fils. Another bold ikat covers the ottoman. Custom dining chairs by Chapman Radcliff are upholstered in Pierre Frey's Le Grand Corail. An end table from John Rosselli Antiques is topped with a blue-and-white ginger jar lamp from Hollywood at Home. Sommers designed the large grass cloth–covered coffee table to accommodate everything from stacks of books to cocktails.
In the family room of a Manhattan apartment designed by Miles Redd, a sectional purchased at Christie's is covered in a blue cotton velvet by Schumacher. The Nobilis Chene faux-bois paper on the walls is hung horizontally for a modern look.
The furniture in the family room of a Nashville house can be moved easily. Markham Roberts designed the tufted chaise, covered in Pierre Frey's Shabby linen, and the Bridgewater chairs, in Quadrille's Arbre de Matisse.