10 Decorating Ideas For A More Child Friendly Home
1. Get rid of all of your clutter. The more things you have in a space, the more that can be broken, moved, lost, or tossed around the room. Instead try to keep things simple, with just a few decorative focal points and plenty of room for the kids to move around.
2. Multi colored furnishings will tend to hide dirt and stains, while solid colored pieces are going to easily reveal any scratches or marks in the surface of the piece. With kids, you want to do everything you can to hide the damage that can and will occur.
3. With kids, anything you own is going to be used roughly. Thatís why you should always choose high quality products and materials. You want pieces which are durable, curtains which wonít rip, rugs which wonít wear, and most of all everything should be stain resistant.
Furniture should also be strong and well made. Kids love to crawl and climb all over everything in the house. You want to make sure seats and tables are going to be strong enough to handle this without collapsing.
5. Set aside specific areas where the kids can play without bothering or disturbing the rest of the house. You can have a special playroom set aside, or you can take a corner of a larger space such as the living room and designate it as a specific kid area.
6. The best flooring solutions are going to be durable easy to clean materials such as tile, wood, linoleum, and laminate. These can be easily mopped up
whenever spills occur.
7. In general vintage and distressed items will be a better choice than modern
pieces, or delicate antiques, as they will tend to hide dirt and damage.
8. For your walls choose eggshell, satin, or semi gloss paints. Make sure that the paint you use is also wipeable so that you will be able to easily clean up messes. Avoid flat paints, as stains and dirt will show up more easily on them.
9. Itís important that you decorate spaces that are designed to be lived in. you donít want to create an environment that is too fragile, or it will end up shattering the first time the kids get a little bit rowdy. Instead create spaces that can accommodate almost any activity.
10. Get your children involved in decorating the home. This is not only good for building a sense of pride in where they live, but it will also give them a sense of ownership and make them more likely to take care when handling possessions within the house.
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multicolored boards. The article itself was written by Joey Pebble.