Combining a formal living room and a family room is a great idea when we only have small house with only few rooms. Even though it sounds impossible to combine formal and casual, we can actually make it real if we try creatively enough. Here are some guides to start.
#1. Use the Same Wall Colour
Do not only use one plain colour to make the look. Use colours like beach or sandy or other warm yet light colour and combine it with plain white or others. Those colours work for formal and casual nuance.
#2. Design Two Different Combination for Furniture
Formal living room doesn’t need too many furniture. A pair of chairs and small table, a formal couch for two seats, and maybe a working table will be enough. For the family room, we need sofas, tea table, shelf, comfortable pair of chairs, and sitting pillows.
#3. Make Difference on Accessories
Valuable paintings, trophy, and souvenirs from gathering will be perfect for formal living room. Meanwhile, fashionable vases, magazines, photo frames, and cute carpets make great family room.
#4. Create Similarity on Colour
Formal living room can use solid colours on all details like metal, white, black, mahogany, or similar others. Meanwhile, we can use the white on family room even though we will combine it with colours like orange or green.
#5. Use the Same Style
For style of the rooms, we should probably use the same style like minimalist, classic, or retro. Single style will create balance in the middle of colour variation.
#6. Don’t Give Separation
Do not put table or cabinet or whatever things in the middle as separation. Let it blends and the rooms will divide themselves.
#7. Give Balance
If we put bookshelf on the living room space, we should add entertainment spot for the family room. Use the same paint for the shelf.
#8. Don’t Set Too Far
Even though the room is quite spacious, we don’t necessarily have to set the rooms too far. Let it stays close but let them be different so it looks well combined.
#9. Arrange the Furniture Flexibly
Instead of making specific arrangement for each room, let us try to arrange the entire furniture so we can use them all when we receive many guests.
This work may take several weeks or weekends, but we don’t actually need to hire other person to do it. The guide tough is flexible and it can be suited to our rooms condition.