When you have kids, everything changes. You don’t need us to tell you that though, do you? Still, the extent of these changes may come as a surprise to you. Your children will impact every life decision you make from their birth onwards. And, that includes the way you decorate your house.
Yes; you did read that right. Though you may prepare for basic things like losing your free time or having to cook for the family, things like decor don’t always get a look in. But the moment your little bundle arrives, you’ll realize that parenthood often means doing away with the indulgences that make your home your home. You can forget about expensive ornaments and suede sofas. Before you know, your shelves will become bare, and your designer chairs will have crayon marks on every inch of them.
Many parents respond to this risk by stripping things down. If you’ve ever been to the home of a parent with toddlers, you’ll know that the house pretty much becomes an ode to them. We’re talking toys all over the floor and sofas with more stains than you shake a stick at.
Don’t fear, though; we’re here to tell you that your house doesn’t have to go the same way. In fact, by embracing your children’s part in the family home, you can turn décor to your advantage and theirs. Keep reading to find out how.
Incorporate a wipe down theme
We all love a decor theme, don’t we? Lucky for you, this could be the thing for a child-friendly home. As we’ve already touched on, dirty fingerprints and stray crayons can cause havoc. That is unless you’ve designed with wiping down in mind. By investing in things like polished tables, laminate flooring, and even leather sofas. Just like that, you’ll have a clean and stylish home rather than a room full of stains you stand no chance at hiding.
Display their art
Most parents proudly display their children’s pieces like the next Picasso. But, sticking pictures on the fridge can look somewhat scruffy. It does nothing for your decor as a whole. By comparison, displaying your children’s art using frames like these found from Artware could be just the thing. This way, you get to keep your fridge clean, while using those kiddie creations to improve your decor. You may want to commission pieces to fit with your color scheme. Still, this could look fantastic, and prove a real point for conversation among guests.
Decorative storage solutions
Then, we’re left only with the issue of toys all over the floor. The good news is, this is easiest of all to address. The solution is, of course, to get decorative with storage solutions. By incorporating these into every room, you can both keep things clear and improve appearance. Something like decorative chests could work well here. As could hanging storage solutions. Play around and see what you can come up with. Then, sit back and enjoy your oh-so-trendy child-friendly home.