Rearrange Your Living Room
“In a family space, the floor should be as comfortable as the furniture, so everyone can stretch out and relax. Cheerful, eclectic decor puts people at ease and conveys a sense of creativity.” —Scott Sanders, interior designer
Instead of lots of seating, there’s a task table for art projects (or bill paying) and plenty of rug room for toys. Everyone in the family can do his own thing and still be together.
An upholstered bench in the far right corner and the center ottoman work both as storage and play surfaces. Add chairs to the table and it’s perfect for board games.
Mixed Patterns and Color
The elaborate rug is soft, storied, and inviting. Large printed throw pillows double as floor cushions. Tiny touches of orange and turquoise unify the lively palette.
A paint-smeared palette and kids’ drawings set among legit pieces announce that this is a playful, unprecious room. Vintage toys bring a bit of history without compromising the casual vibe.
Where to buy: Palma desk, $995, jaysonhomeandgarden.com. Color Reform silk rug, $9,099 (8 by 10 feet), abchome.com. Jieldé Signal floor lamp, $1,235, shophorne.com. Nailhead upholstered storage bench, $349, westelm.com. Vintage Bolivian rug (on ottoman), $264, johnderian.com for info. Flock pillow (behind doll), $65, johnrobshaw.com. Teal silk-dupioni pillow, $205, michelevarian.com; and silk-velvet pillow, $235: michelevarian.com. Wheeled wooden animals by Matt Austin, $260 for three, mattaustin.net.