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.
This is an example of a mid-sized transitional open concept family room in Sydney with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a standard fireplace, a wall-mounted tv, a wood fireplace surround and brown floor.

Lounge room with a beautiful fireplace and surrounding bookshelf and office space
This is an example of a mid-sized transitional open concept family room in Sydney with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a standard fireplace, a wall-mounted tv, a wood fireplace surround and brown floor.
Windows where the book shelves are - skaprivate

Photo of a contemporary family room in Perth.

Photo of a contemporary family room in Perth.
Living room goals - love the light and furniture - bryan_yeow

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Industrial family room in Perth with a music area, grey walls, concrete floors and grey floor.

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Industrial family room in Perth with a music area, grey walls, concrete floors and grey floor.
Almost indoor - outdoor! Beautiful and light! - cjthorpe

Design ideas for a contemporary enclosed family room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet and grey floor.

Design ideas for a contemporary enclosed family room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet and grey floor.

This is an example of a mid-sized modern family room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

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This is an example of a mid-sized modern family room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
home decoration - akber_abbas

This is an example of a beach style family room in Sydney with white walls and white floor.

Eco Outdoor Crackenback Free Form Walling continuing in the living room with an unintterupted view. Architect: Koichi Takada Architects Developer & Landscaper: J Group Projects Photographer: Tom Ferguson
living room opens up to outside - phillipblogan

Mid-sized contemporary enclosed family room in Gold Coast - Tweed with white walls, carpet, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.

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Mid-sized contemporary enclosed family room in Gold Coast - Tweed with white walls, carpet, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.

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

Design ideas for a contemporary family room in Adelaide.

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

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Inspiration for a small contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with a library, white walls and dark hardwood floors.

The living room in this Victorian terrace with floor to ceiling in-built bookshelves.
Inspiration for a small contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with a library, white walls and dark hardwood floors.
Rug and bookshelf for lounge - giorge24

Photo of a contemporary loft-style family room in Brisbane with a library, white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Photo of a contemporary loft-style family room in Brisbane with a library, white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
Light walls black window and door frames - emma6475

Inspiration for a contemporary family room in Melbourne with a library, black walls, light hardwood floors and a standard fireplace.

Inspiration for a contemporary family room in Melbourne with a library, black walls, light hardwood floors and a standard fireplace.
media room combi - joemodi

Mid-sized eclectic open concept family room in Sydney with a library, carpet, a freestanding tv and blue walls.

Mid-sized eclectic open concept family room in Sydney with a library, carpet, a freestanding tv and blue walls.
Love the blue coloured wall :) - jeanineperth

Photo of a beach style enclosed family room in Sydney with beige walls, carpet, a freestanding tv and beige floor.

Photo of a beach style enclosed family room in Sydney with beige walls, carpet, a freestanding tv and beige floor.

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

Photo of a mid-sized contemporary enclosed family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding tv, no fireplace and brown floor.

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Photo of a mid-sized contemporary enclosed family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding tv, no fireplace and brown floor.
neutral colors, big doors opening onto small courtyard - liella_katz46

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This is an example of a beach style family room in Sydney with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a stone fireplace surround and a wall-mounted tv.

Hamptons Style beach house designed and built by Stritt Design and Construction on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Open plan living room with sandstone fireplace, high ceilings, expansive glass and view through to back yard and pool.
I like the pineapples on the tray but the entire room looks great and could work - 63blue

This is an example of a country family room in Wollongong.

This is an example of a country family room in Wollongong.
Back to back chairs for separate sitting area - bryan_nobida