The Design Trend That is Replacing High-Tech Rooms

For years, it seemed the most important part of designing a family room was what to do with the TV!  Everyone had to have it in the room (complete with surround sound), but they also wanted to find a way to “hide it”.  I’ve had so many conversations with clients about this trend, and my first question is, “If I build you the perfect ‘hideout’ for your TV, will you ever use it”?  My clients would laugh as they unanimously would say, “NO”!  At that point, I would usually just tell them that the TV is part of the room so let’s just face it and incorporate it into the design!

Nowadays, I have clients asking for more “low-tech” rooms.  It is a beautiful trend to have a quiet space with no TV or electronics.  It is where conversation, relaxation, reading, and family time reigns.  Alleluia! Whether it be a coastal retreat or a cottage on the lake, the trend back to “family rooms” is here and I couldn’t be happier.

Here are some beautiful “low tech rooms” with fireplaces, cozy seating, and board games.  Take a look, get inspired and “DISCONNECT!”

 

House Beautiful, Designed by Thom Filicia

House Beautiful

 

 

Thom Filicia

Thom Filicia

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

 

Femina

Femina

 

 

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

 

What do you think about this trend?  Would you put one in your home?