So, in our new house there is an open plan kitchen/diner, which also has a small "family room" tucked alongside the dining room (again, open plan). It's about 10 sqm so can't fit much furniture. We also have a separate lounge, where we put the television and big sofa. We're really not sure what to use the family space for - at the moment it has a small piano, a box of toys for our six year old and a huge loveseat that takes up half the room. Have looked online, but our layout seems to be unusual. Any ideas/inspiration?
Have a look on Pinterest, some fantastic ideas! Love the use of the 4 x 1 ikea expedit units on their side as benches all the way round room with a long bench pad on top for comfort. And you can get the lovely ikea storage boxes to go in the unit for toys etc.
Many thanks and sorry for being so useless at posting floorplan. I think we'll have a look round Ikea to see what we can use for low bench seating. Expedits are maybe not quite deep enough to be comfortable? But Pinterest is a great resource, didn't realise how much was there!
Advice (am a veteran of open floor plans and have 5 DCs) -- put the children's stuff in the room where you can close the door on it all. Put the TV and sofa in the family room. That's really all you need there except maybe a coffee table.
In general, open plan rooms need sparse, bulky pieces of furniture, no knick knacks all over, tidy bookshelves if you have books, and no toys or family laundry strewn about. Even one item left where it shouldn't be means your entire home looks messy when it's open plan. Hence the advice to put the toys where you can jam the door shut on them. If you let the DCs use the family room for toys/as a playroom you will find they constantly migrate into the kitchen and get underfoot.
Something I have found works well and is great for conversation is a round coffee table with a Daddy chair , Mummy chair and the children's chairs around it ! Seriously - like club chairs - see Next for example ... Sherlock in leather for dad, Oslo in warm fabric for mum , and Wallace in spots or stripes etc for children ... Try and keep some sense of colour theme with matching lumber cushions for everyone... If this is more of another tv chill out zone then big squashy sofas with footstools work well ! With lots of throws and feather cushion to prop under elbows etc !! Hope that helps a bit :-)
I think having the family room-kitchen area free of children's toy box and clutter means you can have guests seated comfortably chatting with you while you cook or make coffee, without having to fish out squeaky toys from under the cushions or risking being impaled on little plastic dinosaurs when they sit down.