One design tip from Candice Olson is to choose an extra-large sofa to be the focal point of a living room or family room. Choosing a microfiber L-shaped design provides ample seating for the whole family, and the microfiber offers both comfortable and durable seating that is kid-friendly. Olson says that coordinating large, colorful, soft and stylish throw pillows on the couch is a way to bring extra comfort to the room, according to HGTV.
Another design tip from Olson for family home interiors is to create a conversational space. In addition to the L-shaped couch, or a group of eclectic individual chairs if the space is too small for a large sectional, adding comfortable lounge chairs and a round coffee table in the center will encourage relaxation and allow everyone to have access to each other.
Olson also advises to create a warm and inviting atmosphere with lighting in the family room. Recessed lighting and monopoint spotlights can brighten a space without washing out the room's colors and decor.
Another tip from Olson to set the tone for a room while adding more warmth to its atmosphere is updating its current paint job with bold colors like chocolate brown or charcoal, states HGTV.