Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Many homeowners love the informality provided by an open family room, breakfast area and kitchen, but they don't always love the accompanying clutter of family togetherness. In model homes and home-design magazines, these spaces always seem coordinated yet comfortable, but in reality, many families live with a cascade of toys, a gaggle of remote controls and a coffee table overflowing with glitter, glue and markers instead of a colorful fruit platter or an art book.
In addition to choosing the right size rugs and furniture, Ms. Meyer said a key element of every family room should be concealed storage.
"If your kitchen cabinets have an inset cabinet door, then so should the family room storage cabinets," she said.