Designing The Most Incredible Family-Friendly Spaces In Your Home

Before you have children, your home is your sanctuary from the world, it’s your safe haven, your retreat if you will. However, once you have children, your home becomes more than just a space for you to retreat to after a hectic day at work, it becomes a family space - somewhere that you share with your entire family.

Prior to having children, your home most probably focused purely on style and design, whereas now that you are a parent, you have to think about practicality and function, in addition to creating a space that is appealing to look at and spend time in. It’s not easy balancing the two, but with the right design concepts, you can create a home that is both smart and stylish and also family-friendly and functional.

To help you create the most amazing space for you and your family, below are some tips and ideas designed to inspire you to create the most incredible family home that’s both functional and stylish.

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Embrace the fun
Life is too short to be serious all the time, especially when you have young children. The truth is that soon enough your kids will be grown and will be out of the family home, so it’s important to make the most of the time that you have with them. Don’t worry about making your home into a space that’s too serious or adult, have some fun with it. This could simply mean adding an accent wall that incorporates child-like wallpaper, opting for a toothbrush holder that is animal-themed or turning your spare room into a game and movie room complete with a big bean bag, a huge TV, and a popcorn machine. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your home and have some fun, after all; it should be a space that the whole family loves.

Get the whole family involved in decor decisions
On that note, it’s important to remember that when it comes to decor decisions, it’s not just about what you want but also about what the kids want. The fact is that it’s not only your home anymore, it’s also your children’s home, which is why it’s so important that you get them involved in the decor decisions. If you want your home to be a space that the whole family loves, making joint decisions is the key. Whether you let the kids choose the new bath towels for the family bathroom, buy the quirky clock they love, or let them choose the cushions for the playroom, it doesn’t matter - it’s just a case of ensuring that you get them involved somewhere along the line.

Stick to wipeable where possibleWhile plush cream carpets might be a luxury that you would love or a beautiful crushed velvet bed is something that you’ve always dreamed of having, when you have kids in tow it’s best to stick to wipe-able wherever possible. Kids get mess everywhere, which is why it’s important that if you want to keep your home nice that you stick to easy-to-wipe surfaces wherever possible. From your paint and flooring to your furniture and artwork, aim to buy only wipe-able things. Once the kids are older, this will change, but for now, while they’re young, you want to be able to wipe everything. Or, failing that, you want to be able to wash everything.

Have kid-only spaces 
The truth is that most of your home is designed for adults, so it can be nice to create kid-only spaces. These don’t have to be whole rooms, although a playroom can be a great way to give your little ones their own set play area within your home. If you don’t have a whole room free to give to your children, how about the corner of one? You could create a play corner, an art corner, or a quiet corner. By creating areas in your home that are just for kids, you make your home feel more family-orientated, which is important when it comes to creating a home that the whole family loves.

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Be creative with storage
A major issue in many family homes is a lack of storage space. If you moved into your home before you had a family, then the chances are that is lacks storage space. Don’t worry this doesn’t have to mean that you live in clutter; it’s just a case of getting creative with your storage space, that’s all. A great hack for ensuring that toys don’t clutter up your whole home is placing a basket in the corner of every room for toys to be placed into after they’re finished being played with. These can then be tidied away into their proper homes before bedtime. As for bedrooms, make sure that every room has plenty of storage because if it doesn’t bedroom mess will spill out into the rest of the house. If you’ve got the room for a trunk or chest in each room of your house, these can also offer a fantastic form of extra storage space.

Incorporate your children’s artwork
Don’t simply dismiss your children’s artwork as being for the fridge, get creative with how you display it. Have you ever considered placing your favorite pieces of your kid’s art in a frame and hanging it on the wall? Just think about it - by incorporating this authentic artwork into your home’s decor, you can create a space that your children feel like they are a part of. If you would like to theme an area of your home with matching pieces of your children’s artwork, perhaps you could give each child the same color paints to work with, such as pastel colors, so that they can create matching pieces of art for you to display.

There you have it, a guide to everything that you need to know about creating the most amazing family-friendly space that is smart, stylish and suitable for the kids. Just because you are a parent now, that doesn’t mean that your home has to lack style, because that isn’t the case at all. You just need to create a space that is suitable for the whole family, that’s all.

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