Steven & Chris: A family-friendly living room
Rendering by Oliva Hnatyshin
A great room - if you're lucky enough to have one - should be able to accommodate the needs of an active family without sacrificing style.
Select a coffee table that matches the scale of your sofa. This trunk-style one from Restoration Hardware is big enough for family game nights, plus it offers plenty of storage inside. Restoration Hardware, $1,895 US.
Toss cushion covers
Add warm tones of colour through throw pillows. Look for ones with button or zipper closures so that you can easily remove the covers for cleaning. West Elm, $34.
Extra seating always comes in handy. Tuck benches under a sofa table - they can easily be moved around during get-togethers. Restoration Hardware, $495 US.
A rug with a complex pattern camouflages a multitude of spills! West Elm, $419.
Opt for an oversized sofa or sectional. This is going to be the most used piece in your home, so choose a neutral colour fabric that is easy to clean and will stand up to a busy family. Elte, $5,185.