Whether you’re expecting your first baby or already have a pack of children running wild around your home, tweaking your interior design can help you to make your home life easier, safer and bring your family closer together.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, here are 3 of many family-friendly interior design ideas to get you started.
With the kitchen being the heart of the home, there isn’t a day that goes by without you and other family members visiting this room. Whether passing through to make a bottle of milk, breakfast for the kids, packing lunches, washing PE kits, bedding and bibs, it’s the most essential room in your home. Because we spend a lot of time in the kitchen, if you have the room or the budget, it could be in yours and your family interests to create an open plan living space based around this area, by knocking down walls, building an extension or working with what ou have. This is to avoid traipsing through multiple rooms throughout the day which will save you both time and energy.
If your kitchen is spacious, you could consider adding a mini lounge with a sofa and TV. Or get creative with your area if your kitchen is confined, by looking at furniture made for small spaces (think of pull-down a dining table, and collapsible chairs you can hook onto the wall).
Take a look at your home, and the rooms you use regularly, and see if there are any spaces you could combine to make yours and your families life better. In doing so, it will bring you all closer together more often too.
Having children doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice beautiful interior design, it just means you need to be smarter with your choices to avoid creating yourself more maintenance/cleaning than is necessary. For instance, when you’re deciding what flooring to buy for your snug/playroom, a hard floor will be easier to clean, and durable, whereas tufted carpet will provide a safer material, with better grip and softer to fall on when your children are running around the house.
Also, be careful about the colours you choose for your home too. For example, cream carpet is a risky option and will be extremely difficult for you to maintain with children and pets. Save yourself the worry and opt for a darker colour to prevent stains and muddy prints being instantly prominent on your floor.
Having lots of storage solutions is essential, especially when you have a family. Adequate storage will improve your home’s efficiency, enabling you to designate everything to its own place; be it laundry, children’s shoes and bags, a medical box and so on without having to rummage through piles of clutter.
Investing in storage also means you can shut away toys, books, and play dough when you’re entertaining guests, allowing you to turn your house from a play zone into a sophisticated home quickly.
A family home can be chaotic from time to time, but it doesn’t need to be. With the interior solutions above, you can save time and energy by combining a few functional rooms into one. You can be methodical about your interior choices, such as choosing flooring that’s durable and easy to maintain. Plus you can opt for storage to transition for better organisation and to transition your home from a playpen to a tidy, clutter-free space with ease.
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