25 Of The Best Places To Kick Back And Watch TV
September signals the return of TV season, and these family rooms with ample seating, plush pillows and generously-sized televisions are just the ticket to the perfect evening in. So grab your popcorn, get comfortable and click through for inspiration!
This laid-back lounge area presents itself as the hub of the home, with a mix of seating and soft, unfussy textures, including the velvety blue ottoman.
A family-sized sectional means there’s room for everyone to sit and watch the game in this cozy den. A built-in shelving unit (far right) conceals messy cords and other TV components.
To update their family room, homeowners Ellen and Sam Webster painted out the original cherry panelling in favor of a glossy blue-grey hue. “We took some time considering whether or not to paint over the panelling, but in the end, we decided that we wanted the family room to have a more contemporary feel,” explains Ellen.
With four children, homeowner Karine Borris knew her living room needed ample seating. A durable leather sofa, velvet armchairs and daybed (background, right) create a family-friendly zone.
Because the TV (not visible) in this media room faces the window, designer Jay Hodgins hung thick cotton-linen drapes to shield the sun and stop sound from bouncing off.
H&H design editor Stacey Smithers used pattern and vintage pieces to layer charm and personality into the media room above her garage. “I knew it would be the perfect place to kick back and watch TV, and just hang out,” she explains.
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Who wouldn’t love to binge watch their favorite show in this luxe basement? The gorgeous onyx fireplace served as the jumping off point that influenced many of this lounging area’s finishes.
In this comfortable family room, a built-in unit made of rift-cut white oak conceals the TV when not in use. A large coffee table anchors the seating.
For homeowners Michael and Ann Soltis, a bright living area where the whole family could congregate was at the top of their wish list. A mix of eclectic finds and classic pieces give the space a relaxed, welcoming look.
Low-slung furnishings and a neutral palette direct attention toward this loft’s unique architectural features, including the dramatic arched windows. Multiple seating areas and shag carpeting make catching up on your favorite show a cool and comfortable affair.
A spacious sofa, set of linen armchairs and oversized rug come together to create an inviting sitting area in this sleek Vancouver loft. A sputnik pendant light adds a dash of whimsy overhead.
French doors and transom windows flood this generous living area with natural light.
A clean white envelope and large linen sofa make this light-filled family room perfect for watching TV. Royal blue accents add an extra layer of style and sophistication.
In Cameron MacNeil’s own Toronto living room, a 7′-long William Birch sofa spans the wall opposite the TV and floating storage console. Glass doors on the back wall keep the space well-lit throughout the day.
A walnut half-wall creates a warm backdrop in this sunken living room by Katherine Yaphe. Patterned and bright-colored pillows energize the otherwise neutral space.
To bring his vision of an “adult rec room” to life, designer Brendan Kwinter-Schwartz outfitted this entertainment space with posh accents and a statement sofa.
Designer Samantha Farjo kept comfort and function at heart when designing this modern family room. Twin large sectionals means there’s room for everyone to gather, while matching drum tables are perfect for keeping drinks and snacks nearby.
Designer Tommy Smythe maximized the functionality of a standard bookcase by allocating space for a small TV. A daring black and white color scheme gives this room a dramatic appeal.
This monochromatic great room is all about stylish function. Plush, oversized ottomans offer comfort and act as coffee tables, while sofas covered in washable fabric means there’s no fear of spills.
A monolithic Cambrian stone fireplace lends visual weight to this modern living room, but is balanced by soaring windows on either side. Low-profile furniture heightens the scale of the back wall.
Two contemporary, origami-like coffee tables add a shot of playful energy into this otherwise traditional family room. “We love the juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary — it’s what makes this house so interesting,” explains homeowner Lisa Diamond Katz.
A barnboard-clad ceiling gives Michelle Donnelly and Mark Puchala’s family room rustic appeal, while a plush sofa makes it a favorite hangout spot for the entire family.
Set within a black wall-to-wall console unit, this big screen TV has a barely-there appeal.
An industrial pendant light, low sofa and soft carpeting come together to create an intimate space by designer Nam Dang-Mitchell.
This large sofa is a favorite hangout spot in designer Ines Mazzotta’s own home. To visually balance its weight, Ines created a gallery wall with a series of striking artwork.