For first time moms and growing families, preparing the house for active kids can be a tricky business. Aside from wanting to give the kids’ bedrooms a unique personal touch, there’s the necessity of baby-proofing your living spaces to keep little adventurers safe as they grow older. While it’s no easy feat, creating a stylish kid-friendly space is possible with the help of experts on the matter.
In this guide, four talented designer moms give us their expert tips to designing a kid-friendly space with plenty of style.
Keep Those Walls Neutral
Patterned wallpapers and large colorful murals might be the obvious choice for the kids’ bedroom, but one designer mom suggests otherwise.
According to Marilen Montenegro, an interior stylist and mother of two, it’s better to go for neutral walls and use toys, decor, artwork and cushions to add life and color to the room. She explains, “this way you don’t end up with a busy looking home and you can change style and decor as the kids grow depending on their interest and needs.”
It’s no secret that children change preferences for toys over time, and their favorite toy today can be one of the many unwanted items tomorrow.
Melbourne-based interior designer and stylist Simone Haag explains that kids can be crippled with choice, and often than not, the more they have the more they don’t know what to do with. So while there’s no harm in purchasing the latest toy, it’s best to keep purchases at a minimum to save space and reduce clutter.
Invest in Durable Materials
Having kids around the house can be a whirlwind experience, especially when it comes to cleaning up after accidental spills and messy drawings. The solution: invest in durable furniture and fabric.
Interior designer Ruthie Staalsen emphasizes the need for stain-resistant and durable fabrics, which are reliable materials for fabric sofas, cushions and even floor rugs. While, Tracy Gilmore of Gilmore Design Studio adds, “Some of my favorites are faux leathers, outdoor fabrics, and wipeable table tops.”
Make Use of Storage Solutions
Manage your kids’ growing collection of shoes, clothing, toys and books with smart storage solutions that keep clutter hidden from view.
According to Tracy Gilmore, everything needs a home. There should be plenty of closets, shelves and baskets so you can properly organize things. Curious to learn more? Check out our guide to styling open shelves here.
Buy Home Items You Love
Finally, don’t be afraid to purchase furniture and decor that you really like. Your home should reflect your family’s unique charm and personality.
Ruthie Staalsen shares, “Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things around. My girls just learned not to touch certain things.” She adds, “I also learned that if something broke, it wasn’t the end of the world. I wanted them to feel like they could put their feet up on the coffee table but there were also things that they knew were off limits.”
Simone Haag shares the same sentiment. “When kids are surrounded by these items growing up, they don’t see them as ultra precious and unusable. At the same time, they also understand the rules around them and learn how to properly behave around them.”
Did you find these tips helpful? Let us know if you have other tips to styling a kid-friendly home in the comments below.
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