Planning A Functional But Comfy Scandi Family Room

One of the things that are high up on our list for our next move is having a separate family room/office. A space that is cool and functional.

And with Scandi style still very much a current look this is the sort of vibe I want to achieve. For it to be a room we can chill out, the boys can invite friends and have their own space. But is also a multi functional space that doubles as an office for me during the day.

Creating a Scandi Living Space

“Scandinavian design and Scandi Living is a design movement characterised by simplicity, minimalism and functionality”


Here are my top tips for designing a cool but functional Scandi Living Space.

Have a plan

Know what you want to achieve, what functions are most important to you, your lifestyle and the age of your family.

Create A Mood-board

I find mood-boards help me pin point what it important. What I can fit into my look and juggle my needs to get it right? Whether this is online, cutting and pasting on a collage app, Pinterest or tearing from interiors magazines and arranging in a notebook with colour swatches.

Creating a functional family, work space

Comfort Is Key

This is a space for feeling at home and chilled, yes style is important but above and beyond that it has to be a place people want to sit, reflect, chill and work. Teens are a funny old lot; they need to own a space, to inhabit it. And I want to create a space they long to congregate in, invite friends and feel at home. A comfy sofa and bench to rest weary legs are high on my comfort wish list.

Incorporate A Play Space

Having an older family for us means a key feature has to be a gaming area. However the area must to be tidy and wire free so a Scandinavian TV Stand with plenty of space for games consoles and drawers to hide all the clutter that comes with gaming.

Choose A Basic Colour Theme And Then Be Bold

I have chosen a strong grey and white theme for my furniture but plan to be bold with accessories and wall colour, this creates a strong aspirational space. Somewhere that will be cool to chill and inspiring to work.

Tips for creating a Scandi Living Space for families

Add A Little Indulgence For Scandi Chilling

For me this has to be a cool gin bar, somewhere to store my gin, mix cocktails and glasses and look oh so stylish in the mix.

A Work Area For Carving Out Those Futures

With homework and revision being high on the agenda for many years to come, it’s imperative to have an area that promotes learning and inspires you to sit and work. A cool desk to sit at with a comfy chair will prevent wandering and slouching on sofas. This would also be the perfect spot for me to work during the day when no one is home. Having a dedicated work area is so much more productive than working on a sofa or bed.

Scandi Living for families

Shop About And Find The Right Look

There is a lot of inspiration out there, and finding the right look is key. Ikea offers affordable Scandi Furniture Supplies Online. I love that the look I have chosen all works together creating a coordinated but cool Scandi look.
















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  1. 3rd April 2018 / 3:21 pm

    I love the colours you have picked, they are all really calm and relaxing.

  2. 3rd April 2018 / 8:30 pm

    This is so lovely Sarah — I love it all!! The Scandi trend is still so strong isn’t it? Love all your ideas — especially the gin bar!!! xx #HomeEtc

  3. 6th April 2018 / 2:46 pm

    Oh I love scandi styles and having more of it in the house has been fab the last two years but I like it functional and cozy still too. A bit of a mix not too modern and simple that I feel like it’s not a home. Love the color themes here so beautiful. #wrc

    • SarahJChristie 8th April 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Yes i agree Jenny too much modern can be a bit clinical a good mix works really well x

  4. 9th April 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Great post Sarah, I really like the Scandi style but it sometimes feels a bit cold and that doesn’t go with our old cottage house, but I could definitely incorporate some of these ideas in the new extension. x

    • SarahJChristie 10th April 2018 / 9:34 pm

      I must say Jo I do love to mix it up a bit to make it feel cozy x

  5. 10th April 2018 / 9:57 am

    Completely agree with having somewhere to hide all the wires and games controllers – they drive me crazy! I like the clean and simple lines, and white and grey colours too. I currently work at my kitchen table and the girls tend to do their homework there too – I’d love a playroom/office space for us all to use that’s separate from the lounge and kitchen.

    • SarahJChristie 10th April 2018 / 9:37 pm

      Same here I dont like clutter, I have a vintage desk in our lounge that I can close at the end of the day but a separate office would be the dream x

  6. 11th April 2018 / 10:35 am

    Love all the things you’ve chosen, I’m a huge fan of Scandinavian interior design. I particularly love the tv unit, we’re on the look at for a new one and this looks pretty perfect x

    • SarahJChristie 15th April 2018 / 5:40 pm

      Ah thanks Morgana I am so excited to move and plan a family room x

  7. 19th April 2018 / 1:55 pm

    Great choices and a beautiful style, I love all those colours. We’ve just had an offer accepted on a house that needs to be redecorated throughout so I’m loving all these house trend posts at the moment xxx

    • SarahJChristie 26th April 2018 / 9:57 pm

      So exciting Heledd I love planning for a new home x

    • SarahJChristie 28th April 2018 / 4:12 pm

      I love thinking about new interiors it is so exciting isnt it?

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