From a good night’s sleep to an uninterrupted cup of coffee, you give up a lot when you have kids. But the design ideal you have for your home needn’t be one of them – honest!
We believe you can have a beautiful family home that’s also child friendly. Here are some top tips for keeping your living space easy-to-clean, safe and stylish.
How to protect your home from children, and stains!
No matter how quick you are with the wet wipes, young children’s grubby hands are magnetically attracted to any pristine white wall! But you can limit how much damage dirty fingers can do by redecorating with washable paint. Then any mucky handprints can be easily wiped off your walls without removing colour.
Carefully select your furniture to stand the everyday challenges of family life. A fabric sofa with machine washable covers looks great and saves on costly trips to the dry cleaners. For a universal colour that covers up daily wear and tear, gravitate towards grey. Neutral furniture looks fantastic with colourful throws and cushions – an easy way to infuse some personal style.
Don’t add to your dinner table stress by fretting about spillages! Throw on a wipe-clean tablecloth before crafts or messy foods, especially if your little one tends to draw on the table as much as the paper!
How to keep things out of little arms’ reach
Creating a stylish family home isn’t just about protecting your furniture from stains. Your furniture can protect little ones against household dangers, too.
Keep your furniture away from windows to avoid anyone clambering onto the windowsill! Fix some shelves as high up as you can to keep anything dangerous or fragile high up out of reach. Plus, this gives an imposing sense of style to your ornaments.
Elevating your shelving should help to free up a bit more floor space, too – which, when you’ve got young children with many toys, comes in very handy!
Don’t forget storage
No matter how much you try to keep things tidy, it’s likely that, by the end of the day, you’ll still find toys dotted about your living room. The solution? Get smart with storage and clear it all away once the kids are done playing. Or invent a reward system to encourage the kids to put their toys back where they belong. Some colourful storage boxes should help keep make the process a bit more entertaining and give a more organised feel.
Plush storage footstools are a discreet, child-friendly way to clear away the clutter in your living room, without having a toy box taking up valuable space. It’s a great addition for you and the kids to rest your tired feet on – once everyone has run out of energy. Enjoy it while it lasts!