Would you consider your home stylish? Everyone who has kids knows just how important it is that their home is practical and safe. Young children will want to explore every nook and cranny in the house and that means that there can’t be any hazards or potential risks lying around. This just makes our life easier because we cannot take our eyes of little ones for a second… or giant messes appear by the dozens!
Because the onus of a child-friendly decor needs to be on practicality and safety, some parents think that this means they need to give up any sense of style in their home. They believe that a stylish and on-trend interior design might not be the safest option. But that really isn’t the case! In fact, it is always possible to combine style with safety and practicality so that you can have a fashionable decor in which your child can be safe. Want to know how it can be done? Here are some great tips.
You will no doubt want each and every one of your rooms to have a big visual impact so that any friends or family who come around are instantly impressed. But you also need a fun style to your decor that makes your whole house feel like a great family home and a happy space for kids. There’s one way you can make both a stylish home and one that is fit for a family. You just need to use patterns! Patterns add a superb visual energy to any room, and you can keep them fun and colorful so that the kids enjoy the energy they give off. Once you add some patterns to your walls, you’ll find that the decor of your home is never too formal and stiff for a family home.
Opt For Rugs
Fully carpeted rooms aren’t exactly the most glamorous choice for your flooring. However, many families go for carpets as they are much better when there are kids around. That’s because they are softer than hard floors, so kids won’t hurt themselves too much if they trip over and fall down. Plus, they are often easier to maintain than hardwood floors as they won’t need treating with special polishes and veneers. But if you want something more stylish than a completely carpeted floor, there’s a better option – rugs! Rugs give you the best of both worlds, as part of the floor will be soft enough for your kids to play on, while you can also see the stylish hardwood floor underneath.
Go For Table Lamps
One of the main things to bear in mind is that you shouldn’t have too many delicate ornaments or decorative pieces within reaching distance of your kids. Otherwise, you know what’s going to happen – they could get their sticky fingers all over something that is difficult to clean or, even worse, they might end up pulling something over or knocking something down. So, make sure that your most stylish and delicate items are well out of the way of your kid’s reach. When it comes to lighting, you’ll find that its best to use table lamps rather than floor lamps as your kids won’t be able to reach them. If you do have a sculpture or ornament that needs to be on the floor, make sure it is heavy so that there is no chance of it being accidentally knocked over.
Don’t Use Precious Materials
There’s no getting away from the fact that it will be difficult to keep your home clean when you have kids. You’ll find that they can make a mess out of nothing! So, make sure that you don’t have any precious or expensive materials in your home as these could get damaged and will need replacing if they ever get too dirty. Some materials, especially those used on soft furnishings, aren’t able to be properly cleaned, and you will have to throw the item out once it gets heavily stained. Or you might end up paying through the nose for very expensive cleaning processes. So, whenever you buy a rug or a blanket for your sofa, make sure that it is made of a material that can be easily washed and cleaned. Ideally, you should be able to put it in the washing machine with all your other laundry.
So, there you have it – your home can really be stylish and child-friendly at the same time! As long as you follow all of the above tips, you will be able to create a home that is a comfortable space for you and your whole family. Of course, this will look different for everyone and that is just fine! Make your home stylish, kid-friendly AND your style!