How to encourage your family to socialise in the living room

No one will judge you for spending exhausted evenings lounging on the sofa and watching TV. Nor will you be judged for letting your kids do the same, we all have to unwind. However, if you think that you and your family need to cut down on screen time, simply rearranging your living room and adding a couple of new features can help you to do just that.

Find a new focus

The majority of living rooms up and down the country have all chairs aimed directly at the TV. However, there are no rules to say that this has to be the case. Change the arrangement of the furniture towards a new focus.

A fireplace makes the best new focus, as no human can resist fire-staring. During winter this is also a very comforting way to arrange the living room, especially if you pile up extra blankets and cushions. If you don’t have a fireplace, then look into a fake fireplace. Not only do these help to keep the room warm, but you can also get some very stylish and realistic designs that will add to the aesthetics.

If you have a large window, or patio doors in your living room that look out on a good view, then this can also make a lovely focus for a living room.

Invest in a coffee table

Invest in a sizable coffee table and pack it with books, games and puzzles. Often the TV gets switched on as it is the easiest thing to do, but if you have entertainment that is even more readily available then your family is likely to choose that instead. A beautiful big bookshelf in the living room will also not only be a good feature, but also provide options other than the TV.

Go old fashioned

The old fashioned drawing room lay out of all chairs facing each can work in both traditional homes and in homes that have a modern twist. It is a bold layout that forces people in the room to socialise, but can be perfect for the right space.