A Cozy Chic Family Room

Natural textures, chinoiserie accents, and a blue and white palette create a cozy yet chic family room!

I am dreaming of new furniture in our family room. Our current sofa is about 9 years old, and while I loved the sofa when I purchased it, now it is starting to show some age, and I’m bored with the overall look and color. Plus S. hates sitting on it. Our other furnishings are almost as old and starting to show some wear and tear too.

The other weekend I just happened to find myself in a furniture store where there just happened to be the most perfect sectional! It was comfortable and stylish. Total coincidence I promise!

Our family room is a long narrow space with a sliding door on one end, a fireplace in the middle of the longest wall, and two other doorways to a hall and to the kitchen. Needless to say, the space is a little difficult to work with. A sectional would be the perfect solution to streamline the space and provide ample seating for movie nights and relaxing evenings.

In terms of decorating the family room, I want a space that is both chic and cozy. The family room has to be practical; we use this room every day; we have dogs; and it has to withstand all of that. But I am not willing to give up style either, so for the family room decor I’ve tried to balance our practical needs for the room with my traditional, preppy style. I’ve chosen a classic color palette, blue and white, and paired it with chinoiserie accents and natural textures for a laid back, chic feel. Take a look below!

Natural textures, chinoiserie accents, and a blue and white palette create a cozy yet chic family room!

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Bookcase // Painting // Curtains // Flooring // Paint // Sconces // Sectional // Ottoman // Floral Pillow // Navy Pillow // Tray // Peony // Coasters // Lamp // Throw // Chair // End Table

I’m having trouble deciding on the sectional fabric for the family room. I was originally planning on going with a beige fabric to keep the palette bright and more neutral, then I started playing around with other colors and leaning more towards a blue and white color scheme and navy seemed like the natural choice. I’m worried that the room will be darker with a navy sectional and that this choice is a bit too bold. With beige I’m worried it won’t stand up to our dog and that it is a little too boring. Anyway, here is the room with a beige sectional:

Natural textures, chinoiserie accents, and a blue and white palette create a cozy yet chic family room!

Which color would you choose for the sectional?

Navy or beige?

To keep the family room casual, I want to introduce a lot of natural textures like wood, rattan or raffia, linen, and jute. I love these raffia end tables from Serena & Lily. The raffia adds just the right amount of texture and the color and style is contemporary. The curtains are another way I plan on adding natural texture, and these polka dotted ones from Ballard Designs are so sweet. Finally, the area rug in a natural fiber will complete this theme. I’m loving this rug, this one, and this one. Oh the choices!

Here are the rooms that inspired my family room decor:

Image via My Domaine

Image via Home Bunch

Image via The NeoTrad

Check out more of my inspiration on my Pinterest board for this room.

I would love your advice about the sectional fabric color! Comment below!










  1. Nancy on June 11, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Oh, my goodness, this is almost my perfect room! For me, too much beige is a bad thing and I think the navy sectional, along with the jute rug with navy border, would be a perfect choice. The only item I don’t care for at all is the ottoman … I feel the style is too fru-fru for a family room and I would choose one that matches, or closely resembles, the raffia end tables. This is going to be a gorgeous room and I can’t wait to see the end result! 🙂

    • Katherine on June 12, 2017 at 6:15 am

      Thanks so much Nancy! I was looking for an ottoman that had a bit of a masculine feel, and the turned wood on this one kind of reminded me of that English manor look, but you maybe right.

  2. Jenn on June 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I’m digging Navy ?

    • Katherine on June 12, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Yes! I’m glad this is starting to be the consensus!

  3. S on June 11, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    My vote is for Navy!

    • Katherine on June 12, 2017 at 6:17 am

      And your vote is a priority one! Thanks babe ; )

  4. Iris McCloud on June 14, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I like the navy for the room. What color is your dog? If it is light will that be showing up on the sofa or if the dog is dark will that show on on a light sofa? That could play a factor in the choice as well. Good luck.

    • Katherine on June 15, 2017 at 6:56 am

      Thanks Iris! Henry (our dog) is white and black, so could go either way.

  5. The Furnshop on September 27, 2017 at 3:48 am

    This is really wonderful. I just love this.

    • Katherine on October 7, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Thanks so much!!!

  6. Mary Sue Lewis on January 10, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    I tend to like light colors, but in this case I like the navy sofa. I can’t wait to see the final room!

    • Katherine on January 11, 2018 at 6:00 am

      Thanks Mary Sue! We just got the navy sofa in, so I’m working on getting the room completed!

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