Living in a completely spick-and-span and cover-ready home isn’t something you can expect when you have kids, especially young ones.
However, just because you have kids, it doesn’t mean your home has to turn into a daycare and lose all its style. There is a middle-ground solution to your family home design.
You can create a comfortable, functional and attractive space that can handle everything your kids throw at it.
Let’s take a look at these five stylish interior design ideas for busy parents.
1. Opt for minimalism
A clean and casual look is something you should aim for in your family home. If you lean towards minimalism, your home will be easier to clean and keep tidy.
Opt for exposed furniture legs instead of couch and chair skirts; keep your tables bare to avoid tugging on tablecloths, and choose vintage items over expensive antiques and new pieces.
All of these will help you with maintaining your home and reduce the stress caused by your kids destroying costly décor.
So, embrace low-maintenance and minimalism, because you don’t want to spend your precious free time fluffing decorative pillows and dusting around a bunch of figurines. It’s better to devote your attention to your kids and your partner and spend some quality time with them.
2. Choose low-maintenance furniture
A silk white couch will not have a happy and long life in a house full of children. A better option for you is to get furniture in more vibrant colors or with some tasteful patterns that will successfully hide stains and damage. Apply the same logic to your floors, too.
Once your kid spills a bottle of orange juice onto your carpet, you’ll be grateful you opted for a dark color and intricate pattern instead of getting a clear beige one.
If bold patterns and colors aren’t your thing, get some furniture throws and smaller runner rugs you can easily throw in your washing machine.
3. Designate spaces for kids
Let your kids enjoy your common living space by designating a area for them to enjoy. Don’t keep your kids limited to their bedrooms, but welcome them into shared spaces as well. While your kids are young, you can keep furniture at a minimum to provide enough space for crawling and playing on the floor, but once they grow older, you can set up game tables for family game nights.
You can also turn your basement into a family playroom where you’ll spend memorable moments. Make it fun and full of games and things that will spark your kids’ interest. The only problematic thing about basements is the lack of light. However, you can equip it with good lighting by installing practical skylights to boost natural light, some recessed lighting for general play and a few lamps for reading and drawing.
4. Get creative with walls
There’s something about clear white walls that turns every kid into an artist, so you should invest in washable paint for your walls as soon as your kids start showing artistic tendencies. These washable paints can be cleaned up with only a wet sponge and a couple of minutes of your time.
However, if you’re happy to provide your kids with wall-sized canvases, coat one of your walls with chalkboard paint and let them draw their little hearts out.
5. Incorporate smart storage
Avoiding clutter when you have kids is virtually out of the question; however, there are ways to control it if you can’t eliminate it from your life completely. It’s important not to let clutter take over because it will be hard getting rid of it later.
But, if you get smart with storage, you’ll keep clutter at bay. For instance, tuck baskets and containers with toys in empty corners and fill your shelves with decorative boxes. You can also invest in double-duty furniture such as coffee tables with hidden storage or chests that also serve as side tables.
These interior design tips don’t require full home remodeling and huge expenses. They’re super practical and perfect design solutions for homes with kids and busy, working parents. So make sure to try them out in your home.
About the author:
Chloe is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator.