This August, in honor of Family Fun Month, let’s all take a look at how our everyday lives can be made—well—a little more exciting! One of the best ways to do this is to create a space in your home solely designated to fun, relaxation and time with family and friends. In today’s blog, we will be looking at a few easy steps to create a family-friendly rec room.
Find your spot
At the foundation of every great family rec room, there’s a great room where it all begins. This might be a spare room, refinished garage, or even a basement (although we don’t have too many of those here in Florida!). This should be a space that you and your family love spending time in, so choose a spot that’s comfy and roomy—so that you have plenty of space for games, movie nights and more.
Paint with personality
Unlike the paint colors in your bedroom or office space, the colors in your rec room can be as bright and expressive as you want them to be. This is a room all about fun and activity, so don’t be afraid to use a bold color like red, bright blue or even orange as your backdrop. You can even be daring and add a coat of chalkboard paint, giving your kids and their friends a fun place to doodle and draw.
Use unique décor and statement furniture
When it comes time to decorate your space, keep out the fragile pieces—they might be better off in quieter spots, like your living room or office. Here, focus on wall décor that conveys personality (such as movie posters or fun word art), and even statement furniture that serves a functional and stylistic purpose. This kind of furniture can include things like big, comfy bean bags or one-of-a-kind pieces such as a baseball glove swivel chair.
Line the walls with shelves filled with movies, games and more
In your rec room, neat and accessible storage is key, since you will need a convenient place to store all the toys, games, movies and more. For a simple option, you can line the walls with sturdy cubby-style shelving units, where each square shelf can hold an assortment of games, DVDs, etc.
Create a focal “fun” point
What will the main focus of your rec room be? For some families, it might be a big projector screen where you watch your favorite movies and videos—for others, it could be a large foosball or air hockey table perfect for instant fun. It’s all up to you!
We hope that these ideas help you achieve a fun, one-of-a-kind retreat in the middle of your home. With work pressures and the arrival of back-to-school season in just a few weeks, it’s always nice to have an easygoing spot to call your own. Enjoy it on your next family game night, or have some friends over and make it a party!