Is it possible to create an incredibly well-designed home and have children? Or must you make do with drab family-friendly design ideas that focus on practicality and durability above all else?
Thankfully for the sake of elegant homes all around the world, balancing beautiful décor with little ones can be done. And not only that, your home can completely work to your taste and be a safe and functional space for your children too.
In this guide, we’ll walk you three the four keys steps that help you to create fabulous interiors for family living.
It’s no secret that children have a lot of stuff. One of the first things you realise when you’re planning for a new arrival is that storage is essential.
Clutter can contribute to stress and detract from the aesthetic of the room. It can also make spaces seem small and cramped. Investing in storage is a brilliant way to keep your home tidy, maximise space, and make cleaning up easy.
And your stylish storage options really are endless. Why not make a feature of shelves and open units in living room? Or buy crates, boxes and tubs for playrooms and children’s bedrooms?
There’s also hidden storage options which are perfect for smaller rooms. From pull-out drawers to beds that lift up to reveal storage underneath, this is chic way to keep clutter closed off.
When it comes to your more formal living areas, things can get really interesting. Even if you’re not blessed with an abundance of space, storage can work wonders. Opting for built in furniture, stacked side tables or a coffee table with storage can help keep the kiddy-chaos under control and create a seemingly put-together appearance.
One of the most effective ways to design functional spaces for children that stand the test of time is to opt for versatile furniture.
Children grow quickly and before you know it, your newborn will be toddling around and preparing for their first day at school. If you don’t want to redecorate or buy new furniture yearly, invest in pieces that will be suitable at every stage of their childhood.
Cot beds, toddler beds and modular units work perfectly here. They’re adaptable, functional, and follow them through their growth periods. Furniture options can switch out from changing units to tables to chest of drawers from year to year too.
Interiors brands are starting to see the need for balancing both style and function and are creating family-friendly design ideas to follow suit. Find chairs and small sofas suitable for little ones and stylish shelving units that evolve as they enter their teenage years.
The right furniture won’t compromise on quality or design aesthetics, so it can be a smart idea to invest in pieces your kids can keep for years.
Kids love to whizz around, play and have fun. But they also need space to relax, unwind and enjoy some quiet time. If you’re decorating a children’s bedroom or revamping the playroom, it’s a great idea to create fun and formal zones.
Set aside spaces that can be used for messy play or creative activities. Work in spots for hanging out together as a family. Then also calmer, peaceful areas for reading, relaxing and recharging their batteries.
Here, colours and themes can distinguish between social and tranquil moments. And think carefully about the materials you use for your floors and soft furnishings.
If you’re designing a creative area in the playroom, it’s a great idea to opt for durable, wipeable flooring. In your cosy spaces, choose carpet or add floor cushions, bean bags or rugs to a hardwood floor. Then bring the whole look together with gorgeous plush throws and chic blankets.
It’s exhausting to stay up to date with every-changing trends. So don’t – opt for timeless interiors instead. Create spaces that will work for years to come and use chic accessories to do it.
A neutral backdrop balanced with colourful accessories can allow you to switch out our tastes as the years go by without having to completely redecorate. But this isn’t just a design rule for the formal areas.
In child-friendly zones, their interests and current obsessions can easily be kept on top of with smaller additions like artwork and textiles. Elegant accessories like lamps, scatter cushions, and ornaments can quickly tilt the theme of a room to reflect a new design idea or trend you’re loving without too.
And as much as it can feel like a balancing act, bringing together life as a parent and your love for tasteful interiors can be as easy and effortless as that.
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