A Family-Friendly Formal Living Room

Tired of your hands-off formal family room? Designer Tara Fingold gives us her take on a chic and sophisticated family room that you'll want to use every single day.

Family-Friendly Formal Living Room

Sources: wall colour, Para Paint p5195-24; swivel chairs, rug, console, ELTE; ottomans, lamps, throw pillows, side table, sculptures, Kravet; coffee table, art, designer's own

Many people have a small formal room in older homes that goes to waste. If it’s not being used it’s not a good use of real estate. Here we have created a room that is liveable, family-friendly and chic to boot for when you have company come over.

We went with a pale pink colour on the walls to make this room feel fresh and added panelling for depth and dimension. The art is fun, bold and vibrant and layered over the moulding, so it' very on trend.

Family-Friendly Formal Living Room: A Thin Console

A thin console doesn’t take up valuable real estate. You don’t want anything too heavy in a small space. It can act as a serving station and you can use it to display some of your more special pieces.

Family-Friendly Formal Living Room: Swivel Chairs and Stools

These swivel chairs are definitely unexpected but work great. They create a casual conversation space and they don’t take up as much space as a sofa would. We paired the chairs with stools which can be moved around when needed.

Family-Friendly Formal Living Room: A High Coffee Table

A high coffee table is perfect for playing games and gathering with friends. A low coffee table would have felt too formal.

Family-Friendly Formal Living Room: Second Life Area Rug

The room is finished off with a second life area rug. It’s extremely durable, casually elegant and brings in a soft pretty color that ties the room together.

 

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