Family Room Design Photos

A family room – also referred to as a rumpus room or games room – is more casual and informal than a living room. Designed for relaxation and entertainment, it’s the go-to spot to kick back, watch TV, play music or while away hours playing a gaming console. Because it serves multiple functions, it often requires lots of storage space for the likes of DVDs, books and toys, and should be able to include everything from a comfy couch and occasional chairs to a TV, entertainment unit, desk and bookshelf.

When you're planning your home and aren't sure where to start, the right architect can help you plan the space, and a cabinet maker can work with you to build customised storage options for your family needs. Below are some tips to get you started. Have a read and start saving some ideas for your project!

What storage should I include in my family room or rumpus?


Before you start buying furniture and decorating, look at your storage needs. If you have young kids, built-in cabinets, toy boxes or chests can help store toys that would otherwise be littered across the floor or stuffed inside the couch. Families with movie buffs or gaming enthusiasts will also need cabinets that are capable of stowing and concealing small electronics like DVD players and game consoles. And, if someone is still studying in your home, an office desk with drawers or a file cabinet is a worthy investment that will encourage good work habits.

How can I decorate my rumpus room?


The family room is often tucked away from more formal areas, so use the opportunity to get creative with your furniture and decor. Key furniture items, such as your couch and entertainment unit, are best kept neutral, so they can outlast any interior updates, while armchairs, coffee tables and any storage solutions can be more offbeat. Add colourful accessories to brighten up the space, and remember you can always swap these out should you get sick of your colour scheme. Curtains, rugs, throws and pillows are an easy way to add colour, while mirrors, floor or table lamps and ceiling lights will help bounce light throughout the space. Wall-hung artwork is a temporary way to add style and character, or you could be brave and add a colourful accent wall instead. As the main living space in your home, your rumpus room should be welcoming and personality-filled, so be sure to decorate it with personal knickknacks and family photos, too.
Midcentury family room in Melbourne with white walls, a wood stove, a metal fireplace surround and multi-coloured floor.

Jack Lovel
Midcentury family room in Melbourne with white walls, a wood stove, a metal fireplace surround and multi-coloured floor.
Day bed - mcme333

Beach style open concept family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding tv and brown floor.

Photo complements of NNW Property Photographer Talisman Creative Pty Ltd
Beach style open concept family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding tv and brown floor.
nice floor boards - webuser_601650792

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Design ideas for a contemporary enclosed family room in Perth with a library, carpet and grey floor.

A gorgeous reading room with leather built in seating creates a larger more open space. The large sliding door to create a connection to the rest of the house or simply close to hide away in the books
what a great use of space - ottoningrid

Contemporary open concept family room in Sydney with white walls, light hardwood floors and a wall-mounted tv.

Photography by: Tom Ferguson
Contemporary open concept family room in Sydney with white walls, light hardwood floors and a wall-mounted tv.
Love hang TV AND Soundbar underneath - jeanineperth

Design ideas for a contemporary family room in Melbourne with white walls, a standard fireplace and a wall-mounted tv.

Design ideas for a contemporary family room in Melbourne with white walls, a standard fireplace and a wall-mounted tv.
tv next to fireplace, lots of light - webuser_256728766

Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Brisbane with a game room, white walls and a wall-mounted tv.

Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Brisbane with a game room, white walls and a wall-mounted tv.
leading to the outdoor decking with bifold doors - angelagordon22

Design ideas for a contemporary open concept family room in Sydney with white walls, dark hardwood floors, no fireplace, no tv and brown floor.

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Design ideas for a contemporary open concept family room in Sydney with white walls, dark hardwood floors, no fireplace, no tv and brown floor.

Design ideas for a contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with grey walls and a wall-mounted tv.

Design ideas for a contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with grey walls and a wall-mounted tv.
Big comfy couch and layout of space - looee

Inspiration for a traditional family room in Sydney.

Inspiration for a traditional family room in Sydney.
Good ideas for living room - panel doors under bench height with shelving to ceiling for books, tv, sound system etc - betty_thompson0

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Contemporary family room in Perth with beige walls and white floor.

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Contemporary family room in Perth with beige walls and white floor.
using drapes/curtains through the homes - merilawandos

Design ideas for a mid-sized traditional enclosed family room in Melbourne with brown floor, beige walls, medium hardwood floors and a standard fireplace.

Reading space, includes bay windows, fireplace and bookshelf. Sophie Tomaras Capital Image
Design ideas for a mid-sized traditional enclosed family room in Melbourne with brown floor, beige walls, medium hardwood floors and a standard fireplace.
Bookcase ❤️❤️ - webuser_281304456

This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Sydney with a wall-mounted tv and grey floor.

Photography by Simon Whitbread
This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Sydney with a wall-mounted tv and grey floor.

Photo of a transitional family room in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors and brown floor.

Photo of a transitional family room in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors and brown floor.
opening in wall dark floors white furniture - arete_kouteris

Design ideas for a contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and a ribbon fireplace.

Design ideas for a contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and a ribbon fireplace.
Fireplace and seating on side of fireplace - kerrymatty_hawker

Design ideas for a large transitional open concept family room in Melbourne with white walls, a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace surround, a wall-mounted tv, medium hardwood floors and yellow floor.

Tracii Wearne
Design ideas for a large transitional open concept family room in Melbourne with white walls, a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace surround, a wall-mounted tv, medium hardwood floors and yellow floor.
Fireplace with mantle & TV above it - waynebeau01

Photo of a country family room in Perth with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace and no tv.

Photo of a country family room in Perth with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace and no tv.
looks homey, attractive and comfortable - blair_campbell99

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Design ideas for a contemporary family room in Adelaide.

Design ideas for a contemporary family room in Adelaide.
Couch and room setup - georgienicou

Design ideas for a beach style family room in Perth with light hardwood floors, a wall-mounted tv and grey walls.

Joel Barbita
Design ideas for a beach style family room in Perth with light hardwood floors, a wall-mounted tv and grey walls.
like the way the plantation shutters have a frame around them - lough1