Interior Designers Interpret the Family Room

More than ever, today’s family rooms are a hub for games, TV watching and simply gathering together.

Families have always gathered. But the term “family room” was not introduced until 1945 in the book “Tomorrow’s House.” The authors espoused a space—the largest in the house—that would accommodate all the family’s recreational and social needs, especially activities that were not considered suitable for the more formal living room. Today, the family room has evolved into a place where people read, talk, play games and watch television. Increasingly, family rooms are open to the kitchen and informal dining areas, creating an even larger gathering space. Ideally, the family room is casual yet attractive, welcoming yet functional—the place where everyone feels at home. Here are various interpretations of family rooms from designers from Delaware and the surrounding area. From rustic to refined, each room reflects the needs and comfort of the family members who enjoy it.

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A relaxed family room by Simply Divine Interiors celebrates comfort with a combination of soft fabrics and leather seating for conversation or watching TV.

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This elegant space from Simply Divine Interiors of Chadds Ford combines a classic blue-and-white palette with a mid-century modern chandelier.

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This glamorous interpretation of the family room by BW Design Group of Wilmington features inviting custom seating and multiple conversation areas.


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Stately millwork, a coffered ceiling and a brick fireplace give this family room by Debra Ferrier Interiors of Yorklyn a feeling of history and heritage.


An enclosed porch in Rehoboth is repurposed as a light and airy family room in this design by Regan Billingsley Interiors of Kensington, Md., and Meaghan McNamara of McNamara Design.


Kate FitzGerald Wilks of Timeless Design in Landenberg created this family room with such global accents as mounted antlers and Asian statuary.


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