Do you remember that one room that you was forbidden to enter when you were a kid? It was the expensive upholstery and the delicate collectibles that made the space off limits. If you have children or if you’re planning on starting a family in the near future, no doubt it’s important to design a home that’s kid friendly but embraces a more sophisticated style. The key is to find a middle ground.
Before you begin the decorating process, it’s important to first consider the everyday demands of your family. Are your children a bit older or do you have toddlers? Yes, you’ll have to take into consideration the indoor basketball games and food stains. You can even get the kids involved in the decorating process by asking for their input. After all, this is a home that the whole family will reside in.
Select Indestructible Materials When Appropriate
When designing your home to be resilient you should choose materials that are durable and of high quality.
Start off by protecting the walls in your home. Anyone who has children knows that walls always take a beating. Yes, walls can serve as a canvas for crayons and a baseboard for soccer practice. Therefore, try selecting paint that can be easily wiped clean.
For areas of the home that experience heavy traffic, you should opt for flooring that doesn’t require intensive maintenance to look presentable. Laminate, tile, and linoleum are examples of types of flooring that can stand the test of time while complimenting the decor of your home, while wall to wall carpeting can cushion falls it can be difficult to keep clean. However, if you prefer to use carpeting in areas of the house opt for medium to dark hue carpets.
Place Accessories At Least 45 Inches From The Floor
Your precious collectibles, pretty vases, and iron picture frames should be placed out of reach. Safeguard accessories by placing them atop the fireplace, cabinets, and armoire. Be sure to allocate a space for the children in key locations of the house such as the kitchen and living room area.
When children are a part of the equation you can expect fun and laughter, but also mishaps and mistakes. Therefore, you should plan ahead for it. Keep cleaning products handy and take protective measures where possible.