It’s happened. Your once sophisticated and chic living room area has somehow become a clutter-filled mess. You love your kids dearly, but it seems as if they’ve mistaken the room as a playground of sorts. Legos, dolls, toys, and food wrappers can be found everywhere, and you find yourself getting a bit stressed about it. Though your kids may have turned your home into Chuck e’ Cheese, there are some ways you can switch up the décor and space to make it conducive for everyone.
If you were to look at your living space right now, chances are you’d find evidence of your children’s activities on the walls. Handprints, writings, paint, dirt, food, just about everything finds its way on the walls. All the scrubbing in the world won’t get it all off if you don’t have the right paint. Washable paint is a better solution. It comes in varying colors to match your décor but is a lot easier to keep clean than traditional paint.
Another cool paint for walls is chalkboard paint. Giving the kids a small section in the room in which they can draw can often deter them from doing it on other walls in the home.
The furniture takes a beating when you have kids. They use the couches and chairs as sort of a jungle gym or fort and before you know it the couch is all out of shape, stained, and ruined. Rather than going for expensive, chic furniture that is harder to maintain with kids, try looking for furniture that is durable and has materials that are easy to clean. Furniture stores like Boyles Furniture have an array of high-quality living room furniture that is designed to withstand the beating from children. Some of the best materials would include microfiber, vinyl, wool, and leather. They are durable and easy to clean.
Kids spend a lot of time on the floor playing with toys and having a good time. Everything from food and juice stains to dirt from their shoes and scratches or scrapes can be found on the floors causing them to look dingy or outdated. Like the furniture and the walls, you want to find flooring that can withstand the damage the kids might bring to it. The best option would be to choose something like wood, tile, or laminate flooring because it can easily be swept and mopped. However, for parents who want carpet, you might consider an area rug which can be picked up and cleaned, tile carpeting so that individual tiles can be removed and treated as needed or natural fiber carpets like those made with seagrass or jute like indoor/outdoor carpets.
Though it would be nice if the kids kept all their toys in their room, the truth is, they drag their toys all over the house. To try to keep some order in the family room, it’s a good idea to invest in storage that can be used by the kids. A small wooden toy box that doubles as an ottoman, bookshelves or cabinet units can be used for storing children’s books, games, and other toys. Bookshelves are ideal because you can place your stylish knickknacks on the top shelves away from the children while allowing them to have storage on the bottom.
Accessorizing is how you finish off the look of your new family room. Since you want to incorporate your personal style along with the kids’ style, it is ideal to mix and match the accessories in the room. Throw pillows, for instance, can be great accents on a couch but could also be great for piling up and watching a movie with the family. You can create artwork with the kids and frame it on the walls instead of getting expensive chic paintings for the space.
Another cool paint for walls is chalkboard paint. Giving the kids a small section in the room in which they can draw can often deter them from doing it on other walls in the home. Make sure to use quality chalkboard markers such as Markers by VersaChalk.
Hopefully these tips will help you to design the perfect room for you and your family to spend time together. Becoming a parent doesn’t mean that your house has to be converted into a giant playhouse for your kids. It also doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your own style and personal touch. All you have to do is think of creative ways to design practical, stylish, and functional spaces for your family to enjoy.