Transform a Cluttered Catchall Room Into a Sophisticated Multipurpose Space for the Whole Family

Bring style and purpose to your catchall room with a design that works for everyone.

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Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

A Room for Everyone

It's the perfect spot for doing homework, crafting or catching up on work at home. A well-designed multipurpose room can be just the thing a busy family needs for work and play.

Ditch Formality

Most people rarely use their formal living rooms, so why not put the space to good use? It's usually located near the front door with easy access to other common areas, so making it into a multipurpose room the whole family will enjoy is smart and simple.

Sophisticated Styling

Just because kids will be using a space often doesn't mean it has to look juvenile. There are lots of ways to give your multipurpose room a more sophisticated spin, from painting the walls an on-trend color to creating a gallery of eclectic wall decor.

Mismatched Chairs

These chairs were a score at a local thrift store. Varying the styles of the chairs is a playful nod, too. A fresh coat of white paint and plaid upholstery help unify them around the table and give the space a preppy yet modern vibe.

Rugs Rule

There are several reasons you shouldn't shy away from layering an area rug over carpet. It's a great way to anchor the space or add texture and warmth. It's also a great problem-solver! If your carpet is looking dated, a rug is a clever way to hide all the wear and tear. Conversely, if you have lovely, white carpets and your children love finger-painting, shopping for an inexpensive area rug is money and time well spent.

Activity Table

A great table is a must in any multipurpose room. Opt for a round piece for more versatility. You can always pull up a few extra chairs for that impromptu study group or game night.

Rich Color

Rich hues, like this eucalyptus-inspired green, are understated yet energized. Choose a color that's versatile and looks great with black, white and a variety of wood tones.

Simple Drapery

You don't have to spend half your budget on window treatments. Sometimes simple, white curtains are all you need to add a layer of softness and play up the architectural interest in a room. Since the space is primarily for activities, plenty of daylight is a definite win.

High/Low Art

Mix-and-match wall decor is easier than you think if you map out the arrangement on the floor before putting nails into walls. Start with your largest pieces first, then work your way out. Mix up quirky yard sale finds with nicer prints and paintings for a relaxed yet curated look.

TV Time

If you like having multiple screens throughout the house, consider including a wall-mount TV or framed projection screen in your gallery wall. When not in use, the projection screen is an unusual piece of art (and conversation starter).

Privacy, Please

Doors are a plus for any space but especially for a multipurpose room. These reclaimed wood barn doors provide privacy and hide tabletop clutter from view. Pocket or barn doors are a great option because they don't take up valuable square footage or block access to furniture.

Layered Lighting

It's especially important in rooms where you'll be reading, writing or crafting to have excellent light. In addition to task lighting like table and floor lamps, make sure you have a good overhead light with a high-wattage bulb to illuminate the room adequately.

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