We have a pretty simple family room. Some of the furniture was given to us and the rest is not expensive. What matters is that we can truly rest when we’re hanging out in this room. Sometimes when people come over to visit they ask what it is that makes the room relaxing. No matter your style, any room can be improved by doing this:
Sunlight: Natural light is best, but one of our flats in London had only a small window in the family room. Imagine how things felt on a typically cloudy day! We opted to increase the light by adding two lamps to lift the mood.
Open space: Your walls and shelves should’ve be full. Give the eye (and therefore, the mind) empty space to rest.
Furniture: Have out only what’s necessary. If you have company, you can pull in chairs. Open floor space keeps things from feeling cluttered no matter the size of your living space.
Storage: The less, the better. Our TV is tucked away behind cabinet doors. Below it is additional storage but it’s empty. Our primary storage is a basket under the coffee table we keep our Bible and journals as well as current books our family is reading in. (Learn more on storage here.)
Want another example of a peaceful room? I posted a picture of these same furniture items in our previous home a few months back. Click here if you’d like to see how we kept things simple there using a different arrangement in a smaller room.
Dana Byers and her family are passionate about adoption and online ministry, and they sold all they owned in 2007 to live a mobile lifestyle overseas and expand online ministry practices globally. She’s the author of “The Art of Online Ministry” and recently moved to Oklahoma to become the Community Pastor for LifeChurch.tv Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.