A Family Orientated Living Room

Can you admit that the living room is one of the main rooms in your house? For most people, it is the perfect place for the family to get together and have a laugh and a joke, or snuggle up to watch the latest films on the TV. But for a lot of people, it is always the most outdated room in the home. Because it doesn’t require a renovation like a bathroom or a kitchen would, the most expensive jobs are usually done first. If you know your living room switch up is just around the corner, here’s how you can make it a family orientated living room.

 

Space

If you’re going to make it family orientated, it needs to have a lot of space. Now, some people are stuck with really small living rooms, and there’s only so much you can do with the space. So, if you have a dining room joining onto the living room, why not knock the wall through and create an extended living room. The dining room doesn’t need to be too big, and the bigger the living room the more family fun that can be had. You also want to make sure you’re buying the best furniture to utilise the space you have. Designers such as Alexander and James Sofas do some great designs that will use the space in your living room well. The best sofas you can get are corner sofas. They’re longer, curve round the room so that you’re not using up too much space, and will allow more family to cram onto one sofa. The reason why a living room can seem so blocky is due to multiple pieces of furniture being needed. A corner sofa helps take that away. As long as you organise the room right, and move things that don’t necessarily need to be there, perhaps like a random book case, then you’ll soon realise your living room is a lot bigger than you think.

Design

There are some really beautiful living room designs at the minute that will leave the whole family feeling super cosy. One thing you could do is have a lovely fur rug laying next to the fire. It’s perfect for cuddling up on when those cosy film days are in full swing. Keeping things minimal however is going to be suitable for a family living room, so try not to clog things up too much with extra furniture such as coffee tables. If you don’t have a fire, there are plenty of electrical fires that you can have installed which look amazing.

Technology

Many people think technology is vital to a family orientated living room, and by technology they often mean the biggest and best TV to make sure your family has a great experience. There are now TV’s with 4K and 3D capabilities, meaning your viewing time is going to be better than ever. You could even go as far as to get a games console such as the Nintendo Wii downstairs to turn those family cosy days into those family competitive days.

We don’t spend much time watching TV these days, so for us a smaller TV works best. But, we have a whole wall in our lounge dedicated to board games! Over 100 games in-fact! Most weekends are spent with friends over, playing some great games. We do own a Wii though… and boy! does it get competitive!

Home Renovation- Tips To Make It Easier And Fun

While you want to decorate your home so that you can make it the dream space to live in, the actual thought of doing so can be discouraging because of the stress and sheer volume of the work that’s involved. The idea of spending hours each day trying to perfect the room that you’re working on can seem daunting. The thought of ripping a room apart just to put it back together in a different way is exciting yet off-putting. However, home renovation doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems, so here are some family friendly tips to make your home renovation easier and one hell of a lot more fun.

Get the kids involved

One of the most stressful parts of having a renovation is trying to keep the children entertained while you’re getting the work done. Instead of stressing about it, why not get the children involved in the DIY? Hand them a paintbrush and get them to help you with the lower parts of the room that need painting, or even show them (at a safe distance) the methods of the work that you’re doing so that as they grow up they can continue learning valuable lessons about home improvement.

Don’t attempt work that could be dangerous

One mistake that many people make to try and save a few bucks is to attempt work that would cost them a pretty penny. However, these jobs are often dangerous and should always be done by a professional. Things that include gas and water should always be done by a plumber. Plumbing Force offer a wide range of services, including call outs in an emergency and all at a very competitive price. Take the stress off your mind and spend a little extra on making sure that dangerous work is done the right way.

Set deadlines to stick to

When planning the renovations with your partner, it’s always a good idea to set deadlines to stick to so that you can aim to hit a certain point of completion each day that you’re renovating. Not only will it give you a clearer idea of what’s left to be completed, it will also make the workload seem less if it’s split up into much easier to manage chunks. It might also be a good idea to split the jobs up by ability. For example, divide the jobs that involve over the head work for the taller person.

Recruit help

Finally, rather than trying to tackle large renovations by yourselves, consider asking family members and friends for help. You will be surprised at how many people are more than willing to help you. Just remember to return the favour if and when they need it! Having a large group of people doing work will not only make it easier on you, but will also make it fun and help the time pass faster so that you can enjoy your renovations quicker than you thought!