Bringing up children and trying to keep our homes clean, stylish, and well organised can seem like two mutually exclusive tasks. Children can be little tornadoes of destruction which can really take their toll on our homes. Many parents respond by childproofing their homes, but also allowing style to slip by the wayside. So, what if I told you there is a way to make sure your house is childproof and on trend, without the two causing problems for each other? It is possible; it is just about making smart purchases and clever design choices.
If all surfaces are easy to clean, you’ve got your first problem out of the way. It’s best to ensure that walls are wipeable, and opt for hardwood flooring with wool rugs for softness and durability. Wooden flooring allows spills and dirt to be cleaned up easily, and it’s a whole lot easier to clean a rug than a carpet. Choose patterns rather than plain fabric for any soft furnishings as stains are a whole lot less likely to show up. Even sofas should be covered in durable fabrics such as good quality faux leather. These will be easier to wipe clean, but also less likely to suffer damage when children play roughly on them. Steer clear of silks, velvets, and any other fabrics which aren’t too keen on baby drool. It’s also a good idea to keep beautiful trinkets on shelving units and make wall art a focus of the style of your home, so it’s all out of arm’s reach for the children.
Get storage savvy
Kids seem to have far more stuff than they need, and without a place to live, that stuff can make a home seem really cluttered and untidy. Clever storage solutions are the perfect answer to that, so it’s time to get imaginative. Strange little alcoves which serve no purpose can have cupboard doors attached, invest in a bed with ottoman storage, and spend some time clearing out the attic space – every little bit of extra storage helps. An ottoman instead of a coffee table is a great addition to the living room; not only is it perfect for storing toys, but it’s also a lot safer when babies start to walk and want to pull themselves up onto furniture.
Open plan homes tend to be easier for families than houses with closed doors and separate rooms. It’s a whole lot easier on mum when the kids are playing in the living room, and there’s a clear line of sight from the kitchen. If your home is suitable for the changes, it could make family life so much easier. It might be worth speaking to a designer such as someone from Kia Designs for advice on how to make your home more open plan and family friendly, without compromising on style.
Having children doesn’t mean your home has to lose its chic look and trendy edge, it’s all about finding solutions for allowing the two to exist together.