One of the decisions that many parents feel they have to make when decorating a home with children is whether to go for items that are kid-friendly or whether to go with stylish options. Fortunately, you do not have to sacrifice your style while making a space kid-friendly and safe. Here are four things that you can do to ensure your living room is both kid-friendly and stylish.
Selecting Durable Materials for Your Furniture
One of the ways that you can make your living room kid-friendly is by selecting durable materials for your furniture. When you are selecting an item such as a couch or recliner, look for darker colored fabrics that can hide stains. Fabrics that have texture to them also tend to hide imperfections better than fabrics without textures. Also, pay attention to the wood items you select, such as coffee tables. Some woods are softer, and therefore dent and scratch easier compared to harder woods. Selecting durable materials helps your furniture to look great, despite the wear and abuse that your kids will put it through.
Selecting Rounded Corners for Furniture and Tables
Another factor to keep in mind as you select furniture for your living room is the shape of the furniture. Try to select items that have rounded corners. Kids can run around in a living room, and they can fall. If your coffee table or end tables have sharp corners, this can be a recipe for disaster. Selecting rounded corners helps to protect not only your knees and legs, but protect your kid’s heads and eyes if they fall down.
Laying Down a Hearty Rug
More households than ever and straying from carpet in favor of other flooring options, such as natural stone tiles and wood planks. While these flooring options tend to be easier to keep clean, they are hard and cold. To make your space more kid-friendly, lay down a hearty area rug. Try to select one that has a longer pile to it, as these tend to be warmer and softer. This gives your children a space to stretch out and safely play, without sitting on a cold floor. It also adds color, texture, warmth and style to your living room.
Dedicating a Play Space in the Room
The final tip for making your living room kid-friendly is to dedicate a portion of the room to play space. You can set up children’s recliners and a bookcase, put up a small tent, or even place a small table and chairs. This helps to confine your kids to one specific part of the room, and ensures that they know that your house isn’t just yours; that they have a space in it as well.
Making a home kid-friendly can start from the ground up. If you are in the market for a new home to raise your family in, Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling can help you. We build custom homes and remodel existing homes to ensure the space you call home is everything that you want and more. Contact us today to learn about the ways we can provide you with the perfect mix of style and kid-friendliness in your house.