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Room Planning & Decorating Kit - Family Living

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Room Planning & Decorating Kit - Family Living


Design family room, great room and family living spaces in a snap with this simple space planning kit that was designed for the DIY'er.  You can see if a new pool table will fit or the best sectional for the space.  This is the perfect way to see which sectional will fit the best, which way it should face and how big or small you need to go.  

living room planning kit

 This kit features a unique set of re-positionable seating area furniture stickers in 1/4" scale so you can design your bedroom on paper in a few easy steps, moving the stickers around until you get it just the way you want it.  

room design kit

The kit comes complete with full color detailed instructions that will walk you through each of the steps to bring your bedroom space to life on paper.  Along with the furniture layout the kit includes all you need to create a designer styled trend board where you can place photos of the furniture choices, paint colors, fabric swatches and more.  

Kit Contains:

  • 250+ repositionable stickers 
  • two sheets of graph paper
  • one 8.5x11 design board
  • two pieces of backing cardstock
  • one 1/4" Scale Ruler (we designed this so it is super easy to use and read)
  • complete full color guide

family room furniture

You can also buy the stickers on their own - Family and Grand Room Furniture Stickers - From sectionals to pool tables and from bar stools to ottomans.  You can even design a media room.

grand room and family room furniture

 When designing spaces for family living, here are a few design tips to help make the process go a little easier and the room functions the best way possible.  This kit was designed for creating a variety of less formal living, great, heath, bonus, family and media room

The Inspiration:  The first place to begin is with your vision for the space.

  • Inspiration can be found in a number of places. Check current design magazines and catalogs for inspirational images and visit design centers and show homes to help you decide which colors, styles and design vision you have for your space.  The web is also a great resource. 
  • Decide if the space will be formal or informal; tailored or casual?  Think about how you want people to feel in the space.  Do you want them to put their feet up and relax or utilize the space for more formal gatherings?
  • Obtain input from those who share your home with you, and try to incorporate the design ideas that blend most effectively with your vision for the room.
  • Strive to change things that you don’t like about the current room with your new design.

The Function:  How will the room be used?

  • Brainstorm and create multiple versions of the room; edit carefully and combine ideas to create your best design.
  • When designing, think about the space for movement, leave adequate room to move between furniture comfortably.
  • Will the space provide multiple functions within the area including tv viewing, computer center, wet bar, game room, children’s play area or more.
  • Consider how you see the room being used and create spaces that help to bring all the family members together.
  • What will the focal point of the space be? Is it the fireplace, media center, or maybe a view of the golf course?  The furniture should be positioned to face the focal interest.
  • Think about connecting spaces, if you have an adjoining kitchen or dining area; consider how each room will work visually with the other.
  • Where will the Christmas tree be located?  How will you arrange the furniture during the holidays?
  • Will food be served in the space, would a wet bar or mini kitchen be a nice addition?

The Furniture:   Today's rooms are more eclectic than ever which gives you so much decorating flexibility. 

  • Will you be incorporating existing pieces or starting from the beginning?  The existing items that are should be considered for location and impact in the space plan initially and then new items will fill in the space.
  • For smaller spaces choose fewer pieces that are larger in scale.
  • To create a cozier space, move the furniture away from the wall and anchor with an area rug.
  • The television is generally the focus for most family and media spaces.  Choose a tv that functions best for the space and seating that allows for the most visibility.
  • If a recliner is mandatory in the space, consider the fabric and how the piece relates to the rest of the furniture.
  • Coffee tables can be created from a variety of pieces; try a fabric ottoman with a tray for display of items; an old trunk that can double as storage or a set of cubes that can be used as additional seating.
  • Utilize furniture that can offer dual use such as storage for televisions, music equipment, DVD’s and CD’s.
  • Consider like furniture styles, color and design throughout the space to bring cohesiveness to a room that offers a variety of functions.
  • Utilize rugs to define multiple spaces within the room.  .
  • When determining to purchase media style furniture, consider how the room is used during other time and consider a sectional or alternative seating options to increase the function of the space.
  • Choose furniture pieces that are classic in design and fabrics that lend themselves to change as your design style changes
  • If the space will be utilized by children of all ages, consider furniture and fabrics that lend themselves to family wear and tear and still look great, indoor/outdoor fabrics are a great option.
  • When designing around a pool table, game table or large television, consider how the pieces come together and which space(s) are the defining the room.
  • If the room will be video game central, consider a series of bean bags or video game chairs covered in a fun fabric that blends perfectly into the room’s décor.
  • When looking for options for game tables, consider mix and match options vs. game tables on the market to allow this space to carry on your design style.
  • Create build ins or locate a computer desk in the space, keeping computers in a public place in the home and children near you as they venture into cyber space.

The Accessories & Lighting:  The accessories in a room bring the space together. 

  • If shelving is available bring together like items or like colors to create a visually pleasing display, it is best to work with and uneven number of pieces in the group such as three or five.
  • Add an oversized framed mirror to sit on the floor or on top of the mantel will make the room appear large.
  • Consider placement of task, mood and general lighting fixtures.
  • When determining window treatments think about how you will enhance or block natural light, there are a variety of blackout fabrics and drapes on the market today that come in handy when the room transforms into a theater.
  • When bringing multiple family functions into one space, consider build in cabinets and storage options for books, movies, games and more
  • Locate baskets and storage bins to house toys and games, making clean up easier for family members of all ages.
  • Consider converting from a ceiling light or fan to a chandelier for a dramatic look
  • Table and floor lamps no longer have to match; pick different styles, but make sure the metals or the shades are the same or similar colors.
  • Include those special details like decorative lamp shades, finials, tassels, pillows, potted plants and wall mirrors and floor screen.
  • Locate additional blankets and pillows to make spending time in the space nice and cozy.
  • Look for unique television trays that are great for a snack during a movie or a comfortable place to do homework.
  • Consider art and accessories that reflect your family and the things they like to do, creating a space that they feel comfortable in and that represents that family.
  • Don’t forget the ceiling during the decorating process; consider details like a faux finish, trompe l’oeil or rope lighting within trey ceilings. 

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