Creating a multi-function family room with individual activity zones, will give you a room that is practical, as well as comfortable.
The concept of a “Family room” has changed over the years as electronics take up a greater portion of our lives. In the past, the family room typically had a television and possibly a stereo, today, these spaces often feature large screen TV’s, video games, bluetooth speakers, and even spaces for computers and laptops.
Looking forward we can see a time where computers and laptops are a thing of the past, replaced instead by mobile devices. That’s already occurring now to some extent. So the modern family room design is notably different from those of even 10 years ago. However, not everyone wants the family room to be a space where people’s eyes are glued to handheld screens. And with the right design from dion seminara architecture, it’s possible to create a space that promotes family interaction.
This is a key space within your home. As mentioned it should be one of the most used rooms in your home. It should have an appropriate connection with your kitchen, dining, and potentially, outdoor areas. To create a space that’s easy to move through, while maintaining comfort, it’s important that you engage the services of an architect that understands lifestyle design. At dion seminara architecture we specialise in designing spaces that suit people’s lifestyles.
To create the ideal family room design you need to be clear on how you want to use the space. As part of our design process, we look closely at your lifestyle goals to ensure that we understand how you want to use that space and then create a design that achieves your goals. How do you want to use this space? Do you want it to be the place where the family sits to watch television together? Is it a place for young children to play where you can keep an eye on them while you do other things? Or is it a place where you want family members to sit and talk and play games?
Typically seating in most family rooms is focused on a television screen. But having everyone facing the same direction means they are not looking at each other; they are not making eye contact. No eye contact often results in no conversation which in many ways defeats the purpose of a ‘family’ room. But this can be changed by simply removing the focus from the television set by the placement of furniture within the room.
By arranging lounges and chairs so people are facing each other you increase the chances of dialogue occurring. This is further enhanced if seating is all of a similar height so nobody is left sitting in a lower, more submissive position.
Televisions do not need to be removed entirely from these rooms, but if you are looking for greater family connection it is advisable to not make the television the main feature of the room. Don’t place it in the centre of the main wall. Instead, consider placing it to one side of the wall and having something else as the main visual feature.