Family-Friendly Living Room Design Ideas

Copy these designs for a living room that's both stylish and versatile. 

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Cozy and Eclectic

The earthy green walls of this family room offer a neutral backdrop for the family's favorite artwork. Comfy gray microfiber sofas are a smart, low-maintenance choice that are brightened up by a variety of colorful, patterned throw pillows. 

Keep Everyone Entertained

This family room features two entertainment zones: a TV for the adults to watch their favorite shows, and for the kids, a second TV and video game console is hidden behind the large wooden panel so no more fighting over the remote. 

Stash Breakables Out of Reach

This cheery living room gets its kick from lots of bright colors and a bold, patterned wallpaper. The blue sectional and modern, swivel chair provide plenty of seating, while orange and teal throw pillows brighten up the room. High display shelves keep breakables out of reach of small hands while a second shelf stores books and magazines within easy reach.  

Opt for an Ottoman

Both soft and sturdy, an oversized ottoman is a versatile piece for any family-friendly living room. Here, a traditional striped ottoman serves double duty as a coffee table. When shopping, choose one with a smooth, un-tufted top so it can also provide a surface for kids' homework or playtime. 

From: Erica Islas

Indoor/Outdoor Living

A wall of panoramic glass doors that fold back to allow easy access to the outdoors turn this family room into a true indoor/outdoor space. Mom and Dad can unwind on the patio while the kids play games or watch a movie on the sofa just steps away.

Make Kids' Art the Star

A gallery wall filled with large and small framed pieces of kids' artwork adds a playful finishing touch to this expansive living room where color is king. 

Yellow + Blue = Happy

A square tufted ottoman serves as a coffee table and optional seating in this light-filled, family-friendly living room. The cheery blue-and-white color scheme is punctuated by pops of yellow, while a stylish mix of pillows adds color and comfort.

Chic Yet Comfortable

This welcoming family room boasts lots of seating options courtesy of a pair of sofas, club chairs and movable low stools. The gray, tufted sofas are piled high with pillows beckoning the family to get comfy, kick back and enjoy a movie. 

Seating for Everyone

Designer Claire Paquin didn't skimp on seating in this family-friendly living room where turquoise armchairs and a pair of sofas create a cozy conversation group. A sleek console table keeps a low profile below the mounted flat-screen TV while providing precious storage space.

High Energy Hangout

Bold blue-and-white striped walls lend drama to this kid- and pet-friendly living room. Orange accents, like the throw pillows, pop against the navy linen slipcovered sofa.

Bright and Airy

This dramatically vaulted great room combines new fixtures with old-school character and charm. A nearby kitchen offers snacks while the spacious sectional sofa provides cozy seating for everyone in the family.  

Use Rugs to Define Space

In this living room, layered area rugs define separate seating areas. The rugs add softness underfoot and pops of bold, graphic pattern. 

Casual, Cottage Charm

Neutral tones and traditional furnishings create a timeless look in this cozy living room. Hardwood floors and exposed beams add a rustic charm while bold, graphic blue armchairs lend a contemporary splash of color. 

Contemporary Cool

Sleek, contemporary furniture is centered around a streamlined entertainment center and TV in this minimal living room. The wood accent wall adds warmth while a combination of puck and strip lights brightly illuminate the space.

Spacious and Streamlined

This contemporary great room boasts multiple seating areas and a dining room. The stacked stone accent wall features an Ipe wood inset with integrated flat-screen TV and vertical fireplace. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the surrounding scenery. 

From: Mark Silva and Dawson Design Group, Inc.