Chic and family-friendly probably aren’t two phrases you typically associate with one another, but the terms don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
These 38 living rooms show that you can have it all – a space that’s chic and designer-inspired as well as functional for your family.
Featured on Apartment Therapy, this lofty, urban-inspired space feels modern and like a big city retreat, but the addition of the kid-sized table and chairs along with the cozy rug and sofa ensure that it’s perfect for a family as well.
A bold, dark wall color and ceiling beams add drama to this living room while the oversized sectional and plush rug ensure it’s a space everyone can enjoy. Check out more of this space, designed by Sally King-Benedict.
Whimsical color choices, funky pieces like the orange lamp and darker colors and patterns create the perfect artistically-inspired living room in this Australian home, featured on The Design Files.
Designer Rebecca Taylor knew how to make the living room of her elegant NYC brownstone kid-friendly: she chose furnishings with slipcovers. The look is a bit bohemian, and it works well for a family who wants a design style that’s carefree and effortless.
Portland designer Jessica Helgerson created a living space that felt like an area where everyone could gather, lounge and relax. She also made the most of a small space. The room measures only 540 square feet.
Lily Bunn, of Lily Bunn interiors, knows how to make this room feel like it’s for everyone. From the vibrant pops of color to the addition of ample storage on the shelves, this living room is the perfect design for a family.
The home of French photographer Francois Pascal is most definitely chic, but also realistic for a family with young children. This industrial-inspired space is made warm through the addition of well-worn rugs and a multitude of pillows.
This modern living room, featured on Domino, features a durable rug, a dark-colored sofa that could weather a variety of stains, and also soft lambskin chairs, all of which ensure it’s chic but also a place the family could gather and enjoy at the end of the day.
This airy living room has a distinctly whimsical and vintage-inspired feeling that can easily become a family oasis. See more of this inviting home on Apartment Therapy.
This amazing living room, designed by Emily Henderson, features soft poufs instead of a coffee table with hard and potentially dangerous edges. The furniture is also low to the ground, making it easy for little ones to use.
Another Emily Henderson creation, this living room boasts an incredible color palette along with fun, child-approved art and the feeling that people of all ages could gather and enjoy this space.
There’s no doubt that this L.A. home, featured on HGTV, is meant for an active and lively family. From the exciting patterns to the durable furniture and accessories, this family-friendly living room also effortlessly brings distinctive style.
Featured on the blog Design Improvised, this living area is great because of the soft, soothing color palette as well as the areas designated just for little ones.
This breezy living room has the California casual style that invites you to relax and be yourself—what more could you ask for in a space designed for a family? Check out more of this laid-back style on the Cakies site.
In some ways this California living room, designed by Krista Ewart, feels like it has an air of formality, but at closer glance you’ll also see that it boasts a family-friendly concept.
Plush, oversized furniture, versatile and washable slipcovers and a rustic country-inspired design style define this cottage. See more of this project on the AKA Design site.
Clean, modern lines pair perfectly with the comfort and functionality of a large sectional sofa. See more of this contemporary coastal home here.
It would be difficult to imagine a more dream-like family living room than this one, shown on The Guardian, found in an urban Amsterdam home. The style manages to be bright and chic, but also fun and carefree.
This living room makes the most of a small space and doesn’t shy away from plush furniture. The dark, rich color of the sofas is perfect in a family space as are the creative storage options throughout the room.
This gray living room feels elegant, high-end and luxurious, but there’s also plenty of seating and space for a large family to gather with one another. Check out more of this home, designed by Sam Allen.
Designed by Becki Owens, this bohemian-inspired living room features a light, neutral color palette but there’s nothing in the space that doesn’t feel as if it’s designed for comfort and relaxation.
This Scandanavian-inspired living room is simple and comfortable. There’s also the potential for the design to grow and evolve alongside the family who enjoys this living room. The SideStreetStyle blog has more images from this home.
This decadent sectional, the rich wood tones and the warm fireplace invite everyone to find solace in this living room. Also great is the storage, carefully hidden behind a cabinet door.
Leather sofas are an ideal option for family-friendly spaces because of the ease of clean-up. If there’s a spill it can just be wiped away.
Scandinavian-inspired design is a great way to incorporate chic, modern elements with family-friendly features, as is evidenced by this living room found on Tumblr.
There’s a sense of relaxed coastal elegance found throughout this home, and the living room area is no exception. The open-concept design is perfect for entertaining or just hanging out with the family, and the slipcovered furnishings are easy to maintain. Find more on OurBoatHouse.com.
This basement living room shows a fantastic use of space. The design takes a corner nook and transforms it into a charming family-friendly spot.
The items in this living room are made from durable materials that will stand the test of time including the burlap throw pillows and the seagrass coffee table. San Francisco designer Lisa Benbow describes her
style as coastal chic.
While there are industrial elements in this home, it still manages to evoke a sense of warmth.
Shabby chic tends to be an ideal design style for families because as the name implies, there’s a sense of worn-in comfort that comes with the style. This living room features slipcovered furniture strewn with throw blankets and a sense of simplicity. This living room is featured on David Tsay Photography.
A funky orange rug and a large sectional sofa are perfect in this small living room. The soft, round edges of the ottomans used in place of a coffee table also make this a room that’s safe for small children. Take a look at the Artistic Designs for Living website to see more about this design.
This living room, featured on Lushome.com, maximizes natural light, incorporates plenty of seating in the form of a modern sectional and keeps it all fun with pops of bright colors.
Why not take the family-friendly living concept outdoors? This outdoor space has all of the comforts of an indoor living room and lots of kid-approved additions including a chalkboard wall. This design is showcased on the Home Depot Apron Blog.
This one-of-a-kind room, the work of EM Design Interiors, includes a large sofa and ottomans that create an amply-sized lounge space, and while the décor is simple, it’s also inviting and fun for a family.
Bean bags and a quirky tee-pee ensure visitors know this space is one that’s not just for adults, but also for the kids. Visit El Blog De Holamana for more pictures of this fabulous family area.
Rather than relying on expensive pieces of art to fill this living room, the design instead focuses on pieces made by the children who live there. It’s a great way to personalize a living room. This particular room was featured on Southern Living.
The creativity of designer Katie Rosenfeld incorporates a myriad of colors and patterns in this open-concept area. There’s also a sense of softness in the furnishing and accessories.
From the low profile and comfy design of this spacious sofa to the floor pillows, every area of this family-friendly living room beckons you to sit down and relax.