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Finally, a Family Room Design That Actually Appeals to All Ages

In a family home, older and younger demands often battle it out for aesthetic supremacy. An adult rigidity yields to squidgy surfaces in the name of stain repellency. Or any evidence of offspring is squashed by a “look, don’t touch” preciousness. But in the case of this home in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, designer Carl D’Aquino and architect Francine Monaco, the duo that forms New York–based D’Aquino Monaco, blended the family’s needs without painful compromise. Look no further than the family room and study to get a sense of the home’s harmonious and exuberant mood.

During the year-and-change gut renovation of this Boston townhouse, the design team engaged in an ongoing “couture”-like confab to get a sense of the client’s wishes. “We love a dialogue,” D’Aquino says. “[The mother] wanted our first choices; she wanted our best; and she challenged us with ideas.” They determined that the family room and

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20 Modern Family Room Decorating Ideas For Families of All Ages

If your home has a family room or den, we’re guessing it’s probably the most popular room in the house (after the kitchen, of course!). It’s the perfect place to hang out, watch movies, play games, or just relax together.

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A contemporary family room that has everything you need: entertainment, a bar, a media area for watching movies and lots of comfortable places to sit. Image: Jim Schmid

Want to spruce up your family room, or turn an unused space into a modern family room everyone wants to spend time in together? Here are some of the most popular elements in an inviting family room:

  • A large, comfortable sofa or sectional
  • Extra chairs, ottomans or beanbags
  • Lots of throw pillows
  • A rug, for lounging
  • A TV, and the accompanying accessories
  • A surround sound system to create a mini-theater experience
  • Video games, board games or other entertainment
  • A
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