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.
Photo of a large tropical open concept family room in Gold Coast - Tweed with medium hardwood floors and green walls.

Caco Photography
Photo of a large tropical open concept family room in Gold Coast - Tweed with medium hardwood floors and green walls.
The tropical wallpaper feature wall. - julie_schipplock

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with brown walls, light hardwood floors, a corner fireplace, a stone fireplace surround, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with brown walls, light hardwood floors, a corner fireplace, a stone fireplace surround, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.
storage and TV recess - eve_teran

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Mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Geelong with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

CK Real Estate Photography ~ Geelong
Mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Geelong with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
Honey (wide wood) floor - petapaints

Beach style enclosed family room in Sydney with white walls, carpet, a freestanding tv and grey floor.

Beach style enclosed family room in Sydney with white walls, carpet, a freestanding tv and grey floor.

Photo of a contemporary family room in Sydney with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.

Photo of a contemporary family room in Sydney with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.
Wall storage with ladder - gael_middelveld

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

Design ideas for a large contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with a home bar, white walls and light hardwood floors.
the bar and pool table - wjwallis

Country enclosed family room in Melbourne with a library, multi-coloured walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Amorfo Photography
Country enclosed family room in Melbourne with a library, multi-coloured walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
I like this room because the feature wall does not overpower the room. - cronullachris

Photo of a mid-sized traditional enclosed family room in Other with grey walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace, a metal fireplace surround, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.

An easy living interior pairing slick, modern finishes with rustic, urban country style flows throughout this refreshing home. Intrim timber mouldings were used throughout the home and helped achieve the impact of this look. Intrim SK24 in 185mm was used for skirting boards and 90mm for architrave, Intrim Skirting blocks, SN03 sill nosing and custom door jambs were featured.
The way lounge is configured - lina_curtiss

Photo of an eclectic enclosed family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding tv and brown floor.

Conrad Taylor
Photo of an eclectic enclosed family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding tv and brown floor.
Pitched roof high level glazing - kris_westphal

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Design ideas for a mid-sized tropical family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding tv and beige floor.

Design ideas for a mid-sized tropical family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding tv and beige floor.
Nice warm colour palette. Good use of textures - whitecedar

Mid-sized beach style family room in Sydney with dark hardwood floors, brown floor and grey walls.

Sue Stubbs
Mid-sized beach style family room in Sydney with dark hardwood floors, brown floor and grey walls.
Wall colour - fathdenis

Design ideas for a contemporary open concept family room in Perth with a library, black walls, concrete floors, a ribbon fireplace, a metal fireplace surround and grey floor.

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Design ideas for a contemporary open concept family room in Perth with a library, black walls, concrete floors, a ribbon fireplace, a metal fireplace surround and grey floor.
consider facing TV etc onto back walk way wall - milbert001

Photo of a contemporary open concept family room in Perth with a library and multi-coloured walls.

Angelita Bonetti
Photo of a contemporary open concept family room in Perth with a library and multi-coloured walls.
reclining chair on cowhide with shelves behind - carol_clarke

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, no fireplace, a wall-mounted tv and black floor.

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, no fireplace, a wall-mounted tv and black floor.
leather sofa, rug, floor lamp - jessica_scott65

Photo of a contemporary enclosed family room in Sydney with grey walls.

Yie Sandison
Photo of a contemporary enclosed family room in Sydney with grey walls.
another way to paint, just the stripe of grey. not the whole wall - mahala_hughes

Inspiration for a transitional family room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors, a freestanding tv and beige floor.

Inspiration for a transitional family room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors, a freestanding tv and beige floor.
Black and neutrals. - helen_heaton5

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Photo of a mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Sydney with concrete floors, a wall-mounted tv, white walls and grey floor.

Photo of a mid-sized contemporary open concept family room in Sydney with concrete floors, a wall-mounted tv, white walls and grey floor.
Elephant artwork is drawn to your attention straight away and contributes to contrasting colours - chelsearolfe03

Design ideas for a scandinavian family room in Perth with white walls, concrete floors, a freestanding tv and grey floor.

Dion Robeson
Design ideas for a scandinavian family room in Perth with white walls, concrete floors, a freestanding tv and grey floor.