Some people believe it is impossible to have a stylish home if you have a family, this article discusses 10 useful ideas to help you realise you can have both.
Some people believe that once they have children, they will no longer be able to have a stylish home. They expect that practical concerns will overtake making their home visually pleasing. However, there is no reason why you cannot have a home that suits the needs of your family and is also visually stunning.
Here are some tips for family friendly decorating for your home:
No matter how well-behaved your children are, they will inevitably make a mess. Sticky fingers on furniture and rough play can easily lead to both furniture and soft furnishings being damaged. For this reason, it is important that you choose items that are made from durable materials as these are less likely to get damaged.
Take pride in any artwork your children create by framing it and putting it on display. This is a cheap way of getting unique artwork that has sentimental value to you. Look at the colours your child has used and consider displaying the work in a room with a similar colour scheme. You could also consider getting the artwork printed onto wall tiles, which would create an individual, personal and long lasting memento for you to enjoy.
Using books to create a decorative display can look wonderful in any room. An added advantage is that by exposing your children to books daily, they are more likely to take an interest in books and reading.
Most children are very lively and will run around the house while they play. This is more fun for children in an open plan house. Plus, as they do not have to contend with doors, walls and corners, you are cutting the risk of them bumping into things or trapping their fingers.
Although they are designed for use in patios or areas with decking, outdoor rugs can also be used inside the home. They are designed to be durable and withstand all weather types. This makes them ideal for use in the homes of families with children. Spilling drinks, muddy feet and dropping food will not cause damage to an outdoor rug in the way that it would a conventional interior rug. Take care to purchase rugs with grip if you have wooden floors or a similar slippery surface.
A current trend is to use wall stickers, and words with meaning are a popular choice. Wall stickers are easy to apply and can easily be removed or replaced, particularly if they are stuck onto wall tiles. They are a really simple way of creating a feature on the wall of any room. Choose words that reflect your family or are associated with the theme of your room.
If you have space in your home, allocate an area of it to your children. Here they can play freely and store all their books and toys. By doing this, you can keep all your other rooms stylish and prevent them from being overtaken by children’s toys.
A common myth is that you have to buy furniture and soft furnishings in only dark colours once you have children. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Feel free to opt for lighter or brighter coloured items, just make sure that they are made from materials that are easy to clean.
Parents often opt to decorate a boy’s bedroom in blue and a girl’s bedroom in pink. Why not be creative and look for alternatives to make your home stand out? Lime green or lilac are great choices instead. Choose bold colours or find wallpaper that reflects your child’s personality.
A great way of adding some extra seating to a room is with a footstool. Not only are they attractive pieces of furniture, they are also ideal for children to use. They are multi-functional and can easily be moved around the house if you want to change the layout.
With careful planning and creative thinking, there is no reason why you should not have a beautiful and stylish home once you have children. By using these child-friendly decorating tips, you can have the family home of your dreams.