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 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 contemporary family room with white walls, light hardwood floors, a standard fireplace and beige floor.

Simplicity, function and good design were our brief. Nexus Designs streamlined a Victorian terrace into a machine for modern family living. Every millimetre was considered meticulously, resulting in a vast and spacious ambience. A portable work space, play space, toy storage, and changeable dining space: all designed to be highly functional with intense colour and repetition of pattern. Our interior design of the compact spaces synchronizes perfectly with the contemporary and period architecture and enhances and maximises flow and flexibility. Selections were made to last, designed to endure and stay appealing far into the future. Quality of design and manufacture was key. Textiles combine natural and synthetic fibres for high wear and durability. Pattern and colour were selected with purpose and meaning in mind. The clients were open to an alternative style of dining & working at home. The dining table was designed to seat the children on high chairs for every day. We designed an additional table top, easily stored for regular entertaining. The ‘study’ is the Flexible NesTable by Vitra, which offers exactly that, a flexible desk solution. Collapsible for storage, the client is able to move the ‘office’ around the house, working in to co-ordinate with a young family’s movement during a day. Architect: Pleysier Perkins Photography: James Geer
units books - sally_mann92

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Design ideas for a contemporary family room in Other with grey walls, medium hardwood floors, no fireplace and a wall-mounted tv.

Kath Heke Real Estate Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary family room in Other with grey walls, medium hardwood floors, no fireplace and a wall-mounted tv.
Brown leather sofas - cm_monzon

Inspiration for a transitional enclosed family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors and a freestanding tv.

Inspiration for a transitional enclosed family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors and a freestanding tv.
Stained glass windows - sioban_churchill

Photo of a modern open concept family room in Melbourne with white walls, a standard fireplace, a plaster fireplace surround and grey floor.

☛ Products: • Longwave (armchair) ➤ Interior Designer: Coy & Yiontis ➤ Architecture: Coy & Yiontis ➤ Photo © Peter Clarke
Photo of a modern open concept family room in Melbourne with white walls, a standard fireplace, a plaster fireplace surround and grey floor.
Great connection to garden. I know I’ve said I don’t like timber panelling but I don’t mind this one. Room still feels warm. - grant_emma

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

Contemporary family room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, no fireplace and a wall-mounted tv.

Activity as displayed at Highgrove Estate, Clyde North.
Contemporary family room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, no fireplace and a wall-mounted tv.
Close off doorway in dining room and convert this into to room. Reduce height of window (only look at neighbours anyway, not great view out thus window, more privacy needed). Ten open up rest of house. - merranclark

Design ideas for a contemporary family room in Perth.

Joel Barbitta, DMAX Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary family room in Perth.
different wall colours to add warm and overhead lighting above dining table - nicollparton66

Inspiration for a large traditional family room in Sydney with carpet, a stone fireplace surround, beige walls and a standard fireplace.

Built by B-MAC Constructions. Photography by Huw Lambert.
Inspiration for a large traditional family room in Sydney with carpet, a stone fireplace surround, beige walls and a standard fireplace.
Like the look and feel. Elegant with a hint of casual. - webuser_515394743

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Inspiration for an eclectic family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, brown floor, no fireplace and no tv.

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Inspiration for an eclectic family room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, brown floor, no fireplace and no tv.
The water feature - webuser_795189192

Design ideas for a mediterranean open concept family room in Sydney with white walls, a wall-mounted tv and black floor.

Design ideas for a mediterranean open concept family room in Sydney with white walls, a wall-mounted tv and black floor.
lounge opens up to outdoor sitting area - webuser_392795391

Mid-sized traditional enclosed family room in Melbourne with a library, grey walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace and brown floor.

Mid-sized traditional enclosed family room in Melbourne with a library, grey walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace and brown floor.
Olive timber and black - clairebeargyles

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary family room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, no fireplace and no tv.

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Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary family room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, no fireplace and no tv.
the framing effect of the windows, the gray on white and colour - munyaradzi_vudzijena

Photo of a contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with white walls and light hardwood floors.

Jack Lovel Photographer
Photo of a contemporary open concept family room in Melbourne with white walls and light hardwood floors.
i like the display counter at the back - lindatang85

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.
lounge room - wendy_rapson

Contemporary open concept family room in Perth with white walls, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.

Proper Photography
Contemporary open concept family room in Perth with white walls, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.
Do not like chairs surrounding the table however good sized tv - chelsearolfe03

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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

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

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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