“People are waiting longer and longer to have children. In fact, children are coming into people’s lives at a time when they have the most money to invest in their homes.” Karina Jones of Karina Jones Designs
When it comes to interior design, families with young children can often feel left out. Still, just because you have a three-year old running around doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful home. Granted it may be hard to love your home when you have bouncers, walkers, playpens and toys all over the place, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on design.
Selecting furnishings at a time when children are very young can leave parents feeling like they have to compromise on just about everything. Luckily manufacturers have heard our pleas and they have stepped up to the challenge of providing options that are kid-friendly.
Since most of us at Tastefully Inspired are parents of young children, we understand all too well the struggle of designing with kids in mind. So I am doing a two part series on this where I am compiling my top 6 tips for kid-friendly design. Today I am sharing my first three tips.
1. Use distressed furnishings.
Nowadays distressed furniture is extremely popular and for good reason. If your children scratch or nick the furniture, the marks will look like they were always there. In fact, if you are already a fan of the farmhouse, rustic or mountain home aesthetic, you will have no problem finding pieces you love that simultaneously work well with kids. In the same vein, distressed wood floors hold up better than smooth flooring.
Have adequate storage.
If you are the parent of a young child, there is no way to avoid having toys in your living room. In our home, we have a playroom and somehow toys still end up in the family room. Select items that have built-in storage like a window seat with storage underneath, a coffee table with drawers or lidded baskets. This way you can keep a few of your children’s favorite toys around, but you can also quickly hide them if you get some unexpected guests.
Request indoor/outdoor upholstery on your furniture.
Want to invest in quality furniture? Ask your designer, decorator or salesperson for indoor/outdoor fabric options. Sunbrella, which is considered a leader in the outdoor fabric industry, makes fabrics that are making their way more and more inside the home. Unlike the outdoor fabric options of yesterday, the fabrics of today are soft to the touch. Moreover, they are fade resistant, stain resistant, mildew resistant, and are very easy to clean. Besides, even if you do not have children, it is just a matter of time before you or your guests get some unintended wine stain or indigo jeans transfer on your beautiful sofa.