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Gather together with family, friends in comfortable family rooms this season


The days of the formal, all-white living room “for guests only” have been replaced with rooms the entire family can enjoy — together.

The family room is a natural extension to an open-kitchen design, a trend that is here to stay.

The primary focus is relaxation and entertainment but the family room often serves multiple functions. It’s the place where the family convenes — mom is reading, the kids are doing their homework or playing video games, dad is reading the newspaper and the dog is happily snoring on a dog bed.

For the variety of activities that take place in the family room, cabinets and shelves are essential for storing toys, DVDs and books along with a desk for doing homework and a media console.

When it comes to furniture, it’s about function and comfort, explained Interior Designer Renee Wesemeyer of Leopold’s Fine Home Furnishings in Brecksville. ‘Rustic,’ ‘industrial,’ and ‘utilitarian’ are words that describe the transitional look families are seeking, she added. Everything has been pared down; it’s not fussy.

Unfinished woods, reclaimed woods and gray tones of wood are definitely trending this fall, she said.

For years colors used in family rooms were dark; often brown. But, lighter colors like taupe and gray are replacing the old.

While durable, rich and comfortable leather sectionals and chairs are always in style, they shouldn’t take over the room. Additional textures in upholstered pieces spice things up.

Solid-colored sectionals along with comfortable upholstered chairs in vivid patterns are really trending now. But Ms. Wesemeyer encourages clients to purchase upholstered furniture in solid colors and mix it up with a patterned cocktail ottoman and pillows. Furniture is a big investment and pattern styles change so quickly, she explained.

Even the fireplace, a focal point in any room, is getting a facelift, Ms. Wesemeyer said, with clients seeking a less traditional, less ornamental look. It’s back to utilitarian and simple sleek lines.

When it comes to flooring — it’s all about hardwoods, said Ryan Wien, floor manager of Marshall Carpet in Mayfield Heights, whose grandfather founded the business. Clients are looking for hand-scraped and distressed woods — character imperfections that help camouflage wear and tear. But area rugs are an important part of the package because they are helpful for sound absorption and cozy for those frosty winter nights in Northeast Ohio. 

Another option is vinyl flooring, which has seen a comeback and surpasses laminate flooring because it’s much more resilient to moisture, and it’s scratch and fade resistant. It’s family friendly and it’s a great option for those who are on a budget, Mr. Wien explained.

Carpeting also is popular, especially patterned, flecked or multi-toned because they hide stains from eating mishaps and heavy traffic like kids and dogs with muddy paws, he commented.

Thome Muir, co-owner of McDhurries in Rocky River, which specializes in fine rugs, such as Tibetan hand-knotted rugs, said clients are buying new rugs because they want a change from the ones they’ve had for 20 years. Non-traditional designs have made their way into the imaginations of customers, with unusual colors, geometric designs and as an example of a recent custom rug– a single flower encompassing the center. “These rugs look like pieces of modern art,” he commented.


Mr. Muir noted that traditional Oriental patterns and colors like royal blue and red are not as popular as they once were. About 50 percent of the business is custom rugs.



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Atelier Lapchi

Ohio Design Centre, Beachwood



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7835 Mentor Ave., Mentor



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Cleveland Heights



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Timan Window Treatments

Chagrin Falls

440.247.8285 (additional locations in Rocky River and Independence)



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