The Do’s and Don’ts of Family-Friendly DesignAugust 2, 2019
What would you prefer having: a stylish, tidy home or a big, happy family? Contrary to what many believe, having kids doesn’t mean having to pick one or the other. It just means learning how to be flexible and creative. Because admittedly, creating a space that is sippy cup and margarita glass friendly (for when the kiddos go to sleep) takes a little ingenuity.
Yes, your home is going to look a little different once you have kids turning it into their indoor playground. But that doesn’t mean your home has to start looking like a full-on daycare. It’s all about finding balance, and that means creating a home that is cozy and chic, but can still withstand just about anything your kids serve up.
Check out the following family-friendly design tips that will keep mom, dad, and kids happy alike.
Do: Take into account who you’re living with.
The family members you share your roof with will make a big impact on how you design your home. For example, are you living with a newborn baby? Toddlers in their terrible twos? Active children? Moody teenagers? How busy are you and your partner? How often do you clean? Do you have pets? Are you expecting more children? These are all things to take into consideration when decorating your family home.
Don’t: Hold off on decorating.
Many families hold off on decorating for years, waiting until their children grow up and move out. They settle on living with less than ideal furniture, often mismatched and falling apart, in fear of their children destroying anything new. But there’s something to be said about living in a beautiful home. Parents and children will appreciate it alike. You can even get your kids involved in the decorating process by asking their opinion on what kind of furniture, colours, and fabrics they’d like to see in different rooms. Who knows? Getting them involved in the process may even get them to take ownership in keeping your home tidy!
Do: Make space for children.
The most important part of family-friendly design is welcoming children (and all of their toys) into shared spaces in your home, instead of casting them off into bedrooms and basements. Here are some ways to share spaces with children:
- Create areas in common rooms like the kitchen and living room where your kids can play games, make art, read books, and use their imagination.
- Get adaptable furniture that is easy to move around. Plus, if your furniture is out of the way, children are less likely to destroy it!
- Leave opens areas for dance competitions and cozy nooks for reading marathons.
- Set up a games table for family nights.
- Create a wall designated to family photos and your children’s artwork.
Don’t: Go for a high-maintenance look.
When decorating your family home, skip the bells and whistles. A simple, comfy, slightly bohemian look is the way to go. Think twice about adding brand new items, cherished antiques, and unnecessary trinkets to your home. Solid, contemporary pieces with a lightly weathered look will last for years to come. Avoid sensitive fabrics and materials like silk, lace, glass, crystal, suede, velvet, and anything else that will make you shed a tear if it is damaged. Opt for comfy leather, heavy-duty fabric, and solid wood. Get furniture that will survive your kids and pets and accentuate the happy chaos that is family life.
Do: Integrate lots of storage.
Clutter is inevitable when managing a busy household but that doesn’t mean it has to take over your entire home. Get creative with your organization! Try the following tricks to add extra storage to your home:
- Add floating shelves.
- Tuck in woven baskets and storage cubes into open shelving.
- Opt for a coffee table that is double-tiered, has drawers, or opens up like a chest for secret storage.
- Get a storage bed with drawers.
- Get a sofa with hidden storage space.
- Get a shoe cubby for your mudroom or home entrance.
- Incorporate hooks for hanging items.
- Get clear bins of all sizes for organizing smaller items.
And of course, make sure there are plenty of storage options available at your childrens’ height so that they can help clean up too!
Don’t: Buy low-quality furniture.
Don’t skimp on the furniture you buy. It may seem ironic to be splurging on expensive furniture when you have kids that are going to be using it, but that’s exactly why. Get the highest quality furniture you can afford so that it can last through all the wear and tear it’s going to be put through. Look for solid pieces that can withstand being used as a trampoline or jungle gym. Get furniture that will last through all the bumps, spills, and scratches as your kids grow up. This way, your furniture will become a part of the family, not something that ends up in a landfill in a couple of years.
Do: Plan for small disasters.
Think about one of the most common areas for your family to hang out: the living room. From greasy popcorn falling in between cracks to hot chocolate spilling on pillows to ketchup splattering seats, accidents happen in this high-traffic area. Luckily, sofas like the moisture-repellent and stain-resistant Clay Sectional exist. Its immaculate look will fool your guests, and you’ll never have to cry over a spill again. Even better? The Clay Sectional is modular, meaning you can move around the chairs and ottomans with ease.
Running a family and maintaining a beautiful home that reflects your personal style isn’t easy, but with pieces from Moe’s Home Collection, it’s possible. Follow the above decorating tips to create your family’s oasis.