As tricky as it may be to live comfortably in a small one-bedroom or studio, decorating a big family home has its hurdles, too. There are so many questions to ask: What fabrics are kid- and pet-friendly? Which coffee tables won't take my toddler's eye out? How can I give myself a little privacy? Once you figure out what works best for your brood, the next big thing to consider is how to do it all in style. Yes, it is possible to create a chic living room that's also family-friendly.
Luckily, we've seen countless family homes that don't sacrifice style for function. To inspire you, we've rounded up some of our favorite kid-friendly living rooms that show how it's done. From elegant yet durable rugs to comfortable sectionals, these 15 expertly styled spaces are a lesson in decorating a family-friendly, chic living room.
In the Buckhead, Atlanta, home she shares with her husband and 2-year-old son, abstract painter Sally King Benedict used a round coffee table with few sharp edges, low (read: kid-height) ottomans, and a plush shag rug to make her living room toddler-friendly. The sectional sofa also offers a great place to lounge during family hangouts.
Los Angeles design firm Amber Interiors always perfects chic living rooms, and this Cali-cool project is no exception. The gray upholstered sofas and chairs will hide any kid-related wear and tear, while still looking stylish and refined.
Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder of popular L.A. juicery Moon Juice, anchored her living room with a rare leather sofa from the '70s by Alessandro Becchi that folds out into a daybed. Topped with soft sheepskin throws and pillows, it's a cozy place for her young son to hang, and yet it's also edgy, unique, and the epitome of Venice cool.
Invest in statement pieces that won't wear with age. This French-inspired home is the epitome of an elegant living room, thanks to the bold marble fireplace and chandelier.
Measuring only 540 square feet, the tiny Portland-area home of interior designer Jessica Helgerson is a lesson in small-space living. The main "great room" houses a kitchen, dining room, and living room with large sofas that double as twin beds for guests. Underneath the sofas, drawers hold her children's toys, and a wall of shelves holds books for the whole family.
It can be tough to keep your living room looking pristine when you've got kids—inevitably, toys, stray shoes, and knickknacks mount up. So why fight it? This chic living room embraces eclectic décor to create a cool, thrown-together look.
Sophisticated yet welcoming, the West Hollywood living room of Kelly Sawyer Patricof—creative director of L.A. boutique Satine and co-president of nonprofit Baby2Baby and mother of two young daughters—is a model of family-friendly home design. A wooden coffee table and side tables are durable and timeless, while a busy kilim rug and dark upholstery make inevitable spills not so disastrous. We also love its spirited, playful details like its animal accents, pop art, and vintage poster.
Nervous about stains and spills? Opt for a colored, patterned rug like this fiery Turkish rug that's both beautiful and practical.
Teaming up with interior designer Kishani Perera, model Molly Sims and film producer Scott Stuber created an inviting family living room with upholstered armchairs, a grand sectional, a round coffee table, and piles of throw pillows. Their toddler, Brooks, has plenty of soft surfaces to cozy up to.
Actress-turned-blogger Shiva Rose sought to create "distinct little worlds," in her Pacific Palisades home, which she shares with her daughters Charlotte and Colette. By dividing her lofty living room into various seating and reading areas, including this window seat and floor pouf nook, she allows them a bit of both privacy and togetherness.
The best living rooms encourage everyone in the family to spend time together. This gorgeous blush-colored living room is perfect for a large family, thanks to two long sofas, which are positioned to face each other.
What's better than a comfortable, cloud-like sofa? One that's scattered with throw cushions. Play with color and texture by layering cushions in different sizes.
Sprightly colors, dueling sofas, a central fireplace, and a beautiful mix of pattern make this living room designed by Frances Merrill of Reath Design an ideal family hangout. There's nothing too precious in this space, and yet beautifully chosen fabrics and button-tufting give it an air of formality.
Anthropologie is the expert when it comes to making quality, durable furniture, and this scene from its fall catalog provides endless inspiration for your next living room redesign. Parents know that it can be tough to style surfaces like coffee tables and low shelves when you have kids, so opt for statement wallpaper, instead. This black-and-white floral wall draws attention away from any clutter and gives the space instant personality.
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This post was originally published on January 28, 2015, and has since been updated.