Who doesn’t love a big, cozy family room where you can comfortably host a party or just sprawl out for movie night?! Our family room is pretty spacious (at least compared to our previous city apt). For one thing, we can fit our entire sectional into the space, with plenty of room leftover for the pup (and occassionally the hubs) to roll around and play on the floor, etc. In our city apt, we had to break up our sectional and put 1/3 of it into our bedroom because it wouldn’t all fit in our fam room.
Here’s 2/3 of our sectional in the living room of our previous apt:
And here’s our bedroom with the sectional’s chaise:
While there were many things we appreciated about our city apt, we love our new, bigger fam room, and so does our sectional. Here’s our family room with the sectional, all as one piece, when we first moved in:
And at Christmas:
Here comes the but…..
There can be some challenges when decorating a large room. For starters, we have a big, empty wall in our family room and I have been spending the last 6 months trying to decide how to decorate said wall. And how to incorporate a small end table between the wall and sectional. This corner is the only tight space in the room, and it’s made even more awkward to furnish because of our heating floorboards that take up precious real estate in this teeny nook:
Throwing our budget out the window, my initial instinct would be to install a wall of built-ins. I adore built-ins not only because they are beautiful, but because they also provide an entire wall of storage. You can’t beat that with a stick. Final bonus – built-ins are classic and most people would find them as a nice upgrade for if and when we eventually sell our house. Here is what I’m picturing:
There are two downsides to this possibility, I’m afraid. The first being cost. Having a wall of custom built-ins installed isn’t exactly cheap. We’re talking 4 figures here. And with new kitchen countertops in the works, a (big) landscape reno, a basement reno, master bath updating and a slew of other small projects…I just don’t see the built-ins in our future. Besides, our heater baseboards also happen to line the base of the empty wall, and I’m guessing that could possibly pose a problem to installing built-ins, right??
So I’ve begun exploring other options. We considered these floating shelves from Ikea, which would be a great choice because they are very inexpensive and wouldn’t interfere with our heating system…the only downside is the contemporary style of the shelves. For the coastal style of our family room (and entire house), these shelves wouldn’t fit.