Many parents give up on home decor when their children are young, but taking it to that extreme isn’t necessary. In today’s market, there are so many options that homeowners can explore to create beautiful yet kid-friendly spaces. – Karina Jones of Karina Jones Designs
Did you know that children love beautiful spaces just as much as we do? Have you ever taken your young child to see different preschool options? Having been a teacher several years ago, I can attest to the fact that children flourish in well designed spaces with vibrant colors. In fact, an environment with an intentional and cohesive design plan is one of the many reasons that some private preschools can command upwards of $25,000 a year per student!
Fortunately, parents of young children can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that there are numerous ways to create an environment that works for the entire family. For instance, using distressed furniture, having adequate storage and requesting indoor/outdoor upholstery on your furniture are just a few of the many ways you can design with kids in mind.
Below are three additional ways to design kid-friendly spaces without compromising style.
1. Use indoor/outdoor rugs.
Indoor/outdoor rugs offer a myriad of contemporary design options while also being much more cost effective than wool or plush synthetic area rugs. Best of all these rugs are easy to hose down with water when they get dirty. For these reasons, indoor/outdoor rugs are a great alternative while kids are young. Once the kids are older, you can get that plush wool-silk blend area rug you have been dreaming of.
2. Opt for eggshell or satin on your walls.
Ask anyone who has flat paint, and they will tell you what a pain it is to touch it up every time something or someone brushes up on it. Add to that a few active kiddos running around and you will be annoyed at the condition of your walls, pretty much on a daily basis.
Instead go for paint with some sheen in it like eggshell or satin. You will be able to clean up most stains with a sponge or a Magic Eraser. But please get a professional painter to do the paint job because it isn’t easy to get an even coat with a glossier finish. If you have your heart set on wallpaper, go for a vinyl as opposed to something more delicate like a grass cloth. Vinyl will wipe up, whereas the latter won’t.
3. Designate areas for your children that are near the common areas.
Homes are meant to be lived in – by everyone in the family. Instead of only creating spaces for your children like bedrooms and playrooms, consider making spaces that are closer to the family gathering areas kid friendly as well. Parents of young ones know that no matter how much you try to relegate your children to their spaces, they continue to come back to your spaces!
Solve this dilemma by including them in the common areas. Instead of using dining chairs all around the table, use a bench on one side of the table. Preferably, get a bench that isn’t upholstered so that your children won’t spill their supper on it. If you have a mudroom, personalize it with bins that have their names on it. This will make them feel included and also help them learn how to stay organized (which in turn will help you). If you have extra counter space in the kitchen area, put a chalkboard above the counter and designate it as their homework space. Provide your children with simple storage solutions for their crayons and books so that when they get up from that space, it will look tidy.
When decorating, it is usually a good idea to incorporate our kids in the process. If we give them spaces that they can cherish and respect, they will rise to the occasion. And while we all want to have beautiful homes, let’s remember homes are not showrooms; they are meant to be lived in.