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Decorating the Multi-Purpose Morning Room

September 18, 2020 7:06 pm

It was during the Victorian era that the morning room became a more common part of the home, as it served as a place to entertain guests during the day. In today’s homes in Glen Allen VA, such as the Hampshire floor plan designed by LifeStyle Home Builders, you’ll find the return of the morning room. However, with the changing times comes a changing use of the morning room. While it certainly still serves as a great place to entertain guests who stop by for a cup of coffee and a chat during the day, it’s more typically used as a further extension of your family’s casual living area.

With the morning room typically situated just off the kitchen and the family room in an open layout, most people choose a fairly casual style of decoration. It’s meant to be comfortable, inviting, and flexible, providing a place to meet your family’s personal needs. For some, it becomes a home office area, for others, a school room, in some cases it’s a dedicated dining area, while for others, it’s an area off to the side where you can sit and relax, perhaps with a cup of coffee and a good book. Ultimately, the use is determined by your needs, and how you decorate depends on how you want to use the space.

Typically, the morning room often gets to take advantage of large windows and access to the back yard and potential porch or patio spaces. This connection to the outdoors inspires many homeowners to create their own conservatory, hearkening back to Victorian times, as they fill the area with lush green plants, both small and large. Add in some wicker or rattan furnishings or plush loveseats to create a comfortable seating area and you have a wonderful oasis in which to relax and unwind. Try to keep the walls light to enhance the natural light and choose soft, lightweight window finishings to maintain the sense of airy openness.

Many families aren’t interested in separate formal dining rooms these days. They prefer to dedicate that square footage to a study, an additional bedroom, or some other purpose that fits their daily lifestyle. As a result, many homeowners choose to use their morning room as a dedicated dining area. It’s location to the kitchen makes this convenient, while still allowing for a variety of decorating styles. You can have a larger, more formal table setup if you do entertain or host large family holiday dinners.

On the other hand, there’s no reason why you can’t create a more casual dining area if that better fits your family. A simple table and chairs complemented by a small sideboard to hold tablecloths, napkins, and other special dining service pieces doesn’t overwhelm the space, but still provides a comfortable setup, especially with the sideboard also being handy during larger meals when you need extra space for all of the serving dishes. A row of three hanging lamps over the table helps to further define the space.

Ultimately, no matter the use, a morning room is meant to be more casual and comfortable. Look to nature for some inspiration, such as wood floors covered with natural fiber rugs, and pale yellow walls that enhance the natural light and add a sense of warmth. Alternatively, choose a pale blue for references to the sky and pair the blue walls with soft, white, sheer curtains that become the clouds in that blue sky. The idea is to create a peaceful, relaxing space where you feel comfortable and have a space for you and your family to use as you see fit. Ultimately, how you use the morning rooms in the homes in Glen Allen VA are up to you, but with all of today’s stresses, why not give yourself a place to sit back, settle in, and forget your cares in a tranquil setting.

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