20 Modern Family Room Decorating Ideas For Families of All Ages

If your home has a family room or den, we’re guessing it’s probably the most popular room in the house (after the kitchen, of course!). It’s the perfect place to hang out, watch movies, play games, or just relax together.

A contemporary family room that has everything you need: entertainment, a bar, a media area for watching movies and lots of comfortable places to sit. Image: Jim Schmid

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Want to spruce up your family room, or turn an unused space into a modern family room everyone wants to spend time in together? Here are some of the most popular elements in an inviting family room:

  • A large, comfortable sofa or sectional
  • Extra chairs, ottomans or beanbags
  • Lots of throw pillows
  • A rug, for lounging
  • A TV, and the accompanying accessories
  • A surround sound system to create a mini-theater experience
  • Video games, board games or other entertainment
  • A billiards table, a dart board, or other favorite lounge games
  • A small bar area, or a spot for refreshments
  • A play area for kids
  • A desk or table for games, crafts or homework

Modern family room decorating ideas

A Parisian family room that’s perfectly polished, with plenty of space for family members of all ages. Children love to sit in the built-in daybed by the fireplace. Image: GCG Architects

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Have fun decorating your family room! You already have a living room, so infuse some personality into your den or family room, creating a space which expresses who your family really is. Make it personal with favorite photos, artwork and other objects. Make the space more vibrant by adding bold color, and make it special with a unique family theme.

Here’s some modern family room decorating ideas, for inspiration. They’re stylish and polished enough for adults, yet fun and energetic enough to appeal to kids as well.

Family room decorating ideas featuring vibrant colors

Throw pillows, an area rug and large, graphic wall art adds color and life. Image: Hernandez Greene

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This contemporary family room was finished in low-maintenance concrete surfaces—which can read as “cold”— but the colorful rug and funky seating brings warmth and whimsy back into the space. Image: Upstairs Studio Architecture

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A basement family room lacks natural light, but fun, vibrant colors and textures makes up for missing brightness. Image: Fuchsia  Design

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Family rooms with fun seating

The super-soft chairs and sofa shown above are perfect to sink into while binge-watching your favorite series. Image: New Mood Design

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This cozy family room with curvy seating looks—and feels—very relaxing. The ottoman does double duty, serving as a foot stool or coffee table. Image: 2LG Studio

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This cozy den features a rotating bubble chair, plush rug and plenty of oversized floor cushions, which can be placed in front of the fire for lounging. Image: AMW Design Studio

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Although the large chaise sectional is cozy, the most popular seats in the house are the two ceiling-mounted swings. Image: SW Designs

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Family rooms with a work station

A family room should have several uses. This one features a backgammon table, a swing in front of the window, and a work desk. Image: The ABL Group

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This sophisticated family room, in soft neutral tones, has plenty of texture and soft fabrics for lounging. Image: Brynn Olson Design Group

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A small section of this family room is dedicated to a double homework station. It faces the wall, keeping distractions to a minimum. Image: Modiano Design

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Mid-century modern family room decorating ideas

A cozy and earthy Mid-century modern family room features organic elements like warmly-stained wood, a wicker basket, bamboo wing chairs and vintage pendant lights. Image: Egue y Seta

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A mid-century modern den gets a splash of color from the turquoise cow hide. Image: NN Architecture

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The designer of this modern family room broke up the space into different sections, including a sitting and TV area, a cocktail area by the fireplace, and a small home library. Image: Sara Gilbane Interiors

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Although this room is designed in white and light colors, all the materials are low-maintenance and easy to clean. A chalkboard is mounted behind the large sectional for messages and scribbles. Image: Borja Dorado Architecture

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Rustic modern family rooms

This rustic modern family room was inspired by a visit to a chic ski lodge. Image: Kerry Puckett

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A large open space is the perfect setting for a family room. There’s even a bar in the corner with a vintage Coca-Cola ice chest. Image: Showplace Co.

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The centerpiece of this rustic contemporary family room is the timber pool table. Image: West State Billiards

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Did these family room ideas inspire you? Take your favorite elements from these ideas to add some personality to yours. Have a favorite family room design tip or idea? Leave a comment and let us know!