Family homes don’t need to be practical and plain, you know.
If you balance form and function correctly, you can ensure your space is suitable for the whole family and aesthetically-pleasing, too.
From smart sofa options and storage solutions to flooring that can deal with the demands of daily life, these six ideas will transform your home into a family-friendly, beautiful space.
1. Store wisely
More people equals more mess so make the most of hidden nooks in that can be used to keep clutter under control. In the bedroom, use under the bed for a secret storage spot. In the kitchen, butcher’s benchtops have ample space to store cookware and spare linen. And baskets make for a stylish storage solution throughout.
2. Stick to soft floorings
Carpet feels soft on little hands and feet, but it’s also incredibly durable making it an obvious choice for families. In practical terms, it’s easy to clean and can feature in-built stain protection. Plus, it’s versatile. From fibre type to colour, purified strands to softness, you can select one that suits your home, lifestyle and budget.
3. Mount your TV
Imagine someone putting a giant chocolate bar in front of you and telling you not to eat it. Torture! A shiny, expensive TV is just that to little ones. It will always attract sticky fingers so avoid the constant clean-up by mounting it on the wall instead of having it out on a display unit. Same goes for other invaluable possessions – store them up high, out of reach.
4. Invest in washable wares
Just because you have kids, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a light colour palette. The trick is to invest in sofas with removable covers that you can wash when spillages occur. Also consider stain-resistant paint, too. It’ll help protect your light walls from grubby mitts.
5. Take down walls
If you’re looking to make your existing space more family-orientated, consider removing a wall or two. With open-plan living you get the benefit of more light, a more spacious feel and the ability to keep an eye on kids wherever they are. You’ll also be able to interact during different meal times.
6. Keep edges smooth.
Pick rounded accessories and furniture over sharp, pointed edges; you’ll avoid lots of tears in the long run. Opt for circular coffee, bedside and side tables, a soft pouffe and a versatile ottoman. The additional storage space inside is an added bonus and they make a good seating option for children.