Children friendly homes can also be beautiful homes.

Children friendly homes can also be beautiful homes.

 

Your children may have perpetually sticky fingers, leave Leggos on the stairs, and decide to decorate your walls…with permanent markers, but you love them like nothing else. We all know the stereotype of the hassled parents with the messy, stained, and destroyed home. That doesn’t have to be you! In fact, you can still have a beautiful and stylish home, even if you have a few rug rats under your roof. Great interior design accommodates your lifestyle and your family, which means your children too! Here are five great interior design tips for parents.

Use Commercial Fabrics

Commercial fabrics have come a long way from the thin and uncomfortable sheets you might have felt in the hospital or a low-cost hotel. Today’s commercial fabrics are beautiful, comfortable, and – best of all – practically bulletproof. These fabrics can withstand sun, stains, and lots of washings and still look great.

Incorporate Storage Into Your Design

Kids and clutter go together like peanut butter and jelly. On any given day, you could come home to a living room floor covered in coloring books, blocks, or a half-finished tea party. For parents who like to entertain or simply want a quick and easy way to clean the house, I recommend incorporating storage into the major activity rooms of your home, which usually includes the living room and your child’s bedroom. This may mean adding decorative chests to the room, sneaking pull-out drawers under the bed, adding a hollow ottoman to the furniture set or even building storage pieces into the room.

Limit Sharp Angles and Breakables

Children run. Children fall down. Children bang into things. This is life as a parent. You can’t always stop your little “superhero” from diving off the couch to duck an imaginary laser beam, but you can help prevent major boo boos to your offspring and your possessions. I recommend limiting sharp angles and edges as much as possible in any room. Creating tight spaces with furniture or turning a bookshelf or entertainment center so that corners jut out can result in a painful injury if your child runs into it. Additionally, try to limit the amount of decorative pieces that will break if they fall off a wall, table, or shelf. No doubt, your child will eventually put every piece to the test!

Consider Darker Colors

All parents are familiar with the various stains their children can create, whether it’s from a spilled juice cup, dropped cupcake, or something worse. Dark colored carpeting, flooring, furniture, and fabrics can help lessen the obviousness of stains. A white carpet, for instance, will remember every muddy shoeprint and bloody nose. A gray or brown carpet will be much more forgiving.

Room For Growth

Children grow, and grow, and grow! Soon, the crib is too small, and the happy butterflies painted on the wall don’t appeal to your five-year-old son. When designing your child’s room, take care to allow for your child’s growth. You can save yourself the hassle of getting rid of a crib in a year by purchasing a crib that turns into a bed. Likewise, consider removable decorations or light color on the walls that will be easy to change when your children decides his new favorite color is green instead of blue, or your daughter doesn’t like princesses and wants pony decorations instead.

With these five tips in mind, you can enjoy a happy, elegant, and kid-friendly home. If you’d like even more help in designing a home that is both beautiful and accommodating to children, please give me a call. I have designed many homes for parents in San Diego and Orange County.