With Christmas less than a week away, the last minute rush to get everything done is well under way for many of us. However, during the mayhem, it’s important not to lose sight of what’s important at this time of year: spending time with your family.
Whether you’re enjoying a quiet family Christmas or hosting the whole clan, creating a cosy and comfortable family-focused living room is guaranteed to make Christmas even more special. From beautiful wood burning stoves, to games areas and chunky throws for film nights, we’ve got five fantastic ways to create a living room the whole family will love this festive period, brought to you from our guest bloggers at Tiles Direct.
1. Bring a warm glow with a traditional stove
In most family homes, the living room is the place where people gather to socialise and relax, so you want to make it as welcoming and comfortable as possible. Installing a traditional wood burning stove could be just what you need to bring a wonderful, warm glow to your home this Christmas. With the fire blazing, you’ll feel snug and warm as you spend time as a family - while you enjoy a gorgeous feature that brings bags of festive cheer to the occasion.
Hunter's Herald 80B is the ultimate way to heat up your home over the festive period. Not only does this loyal boiler stove run up to 15 radiators and your hot water, it makes a charming focal point for the whole family to gather around.
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2. Opt for practical flooring
Maintaining a busy family living room can be a challenge during the festive season, with sofa snacking and extra bodies making staying on top of maintenance tricky. However, one way to make life easier with cleaning and upkeep is to switch traditional carpets for floor tiles. Styles like wood-effect floor tiles are a beautiful addition to any home and can add appeal and character if you’re looking to create a rustic interior. During the colder months, you can accessorise your flooring with chunky rugs for extra warmth or why not consider underfloor heating for a truly luxurious feel?
3. Carve out a space for the kids
Whether you’re catering for toddlers or teens, one way to create a family-friendly living room for you all to enjoy is to carve out space for a games area. With games and toys easily accessible in one room, parents and children can relax and enjoy some fun play time together or individually. With children able to occupy themselves in the same room but in their own area, parents may also get the opportunity to enjoy a little down time while the kids play.
4. Create a cosy atmosphere for film nights
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With so many great programmes and films on over the festive period, it’s the ideal time for families to sit down and watch them together, whether you love Christmas classics like Home Alone and Elf or the latest blockbusters. From chunky throws and faux fur cushions to beanbags and foot stools, ensure everyone’s comfy and cosy by layering your living room with different soft furnishings and plush fabrics - creating the perfect space to spend time as a family.
5. Keep it clutter-free with clever storage
Keeping your living room free from clutter is key to being able to enjoy stress-free family time at Christmas. Inevitably things will get messy at times, but kitting out your living room with clever storage and encouraging the whole family to tidy up after themselves can help. From coffee tables and footstools with built-in storage to stylish blanket boxes that can double up as extra seating, having plenty of places to store items will keep your family living room tidy and organised - leaving you with more time to spend together.
Although Christmas is nearly here, there’s still time to ready your living room ahead of the festive season. Whether you want cosy nights by the fire or epic movie marathons, we hope these ideas will give you all the inspiration you need for creating a fabulous family living room for everyone to enjoy.
And if you’re looking for ways to keep toasty this winter, why not check out our warm living feature.