When you have children, you have to take their needs and behaviours into account when making changes to the home. Your ideal home interior might not be one that’s suited to the needs of your children, so thinking about child-friendly solutions and how they might be implemented is usually a good idea.
Luckily, there are lots of pretty simple ways to make your home feel much more child-friendly than it does right now. We’re going to talk today about some of the changes you might want to make in your home, and you’ll quickly realise that none of them are particularly challenging to implement.
It’s more about thinking about the implications of your home interior design for your children. So read on now and find out about the changes that might make sense for your family.
Make it Soft and Comfortable
One of the best things you can do to make your home more child-friendly, as well as one of the easiest, is make the space soft and comfortable. You want to make sure that you’re always able to help your kids relax and feel at ease in the home, and that’s much easier to do when you have soft furnishings that are designed to be used by children. It’s definitely something for you to explore if you don’t currently have those kinds of items in place.
Don’t Choose Light Coloured Rugs and Carpets
As a parent, you’ll probably already know only too well how much of a mess kids can make. That’s why it’s important that you don’t make those messy situations even worse than they need to be by choosing the wrong colours for your interiors. The perfect example of this comes in the form of your rugs and carpets. You definitely don’t want to have light flooring material that can easily get dirty and stained. Because those mishaps will happen sooner or later when you have children.
Choose Durable Materials
Choosing materials that are a little more durable is something that’s very important when you have kids. When they’re running around and playing games, things can start to boil over pretty quickly and that’s when accidents happen. You don’t want the fun and games to result in things getting broken. But that’s exactly what will happen if you’re not using the right durable materials throughout your home. So try to keep that in mind when you’re making new purchasing decisions as well.
Avoid Sharp Edges and Corners
Another thing that can and will happen when your children are running around the home is accidents caused by sharp edges and corners. A lot of older furniture pieces have pointy edges that don’t really cater to the needs of rampaging children. That’s why you should try to choose furniture items that don’t have those sharp corners, or you could adapt the items you have and blunt those sharp edges yourself if you want to. You don’t want any nasty accidents to occur when they really don’t need to.
Get Creative with Storage
One area in which you need to be a little more creative when you have kids is storage. No matter how much storage space you have in your home, it never feels like enough once you have kids. Suddenly, all that space seems to be taken up and you’re left with no more places in which to store all of their toys, games and clothes. So why not get creative? Using multifunctional storage furniture is one way to make the place feel less cluttered with baby toys and other similar items.
Show Familiar Love Through the Interior Design Approach
As a parent, you probably want to raise your child in a setting that takes their needs into account and also expresses love. You want to make your children feel a part of the home and there’s nothing wrong with displaying your love for them through your interior design approach. You could put their artworks in a picture frame and hang them. Or you could add more framed photos on display that show the family bond you have for all to see. This can help your home feel more like a family home.
Encourage Outdoor Play
Outdoor play is really important for most children. You should take the time to encourage your children to play outside and put in place the facilities that make that possible. Better connecting the home and the garden is one way of doing this. But you’ll also want to make sure that you’re doing what’s necessary to make the garden safe, secure and enclosed. Make sure that any hazards are out of the way or otherwise taken care of. And ensure your kids can’t get out of the garden without your help if they’re out there playing.
Involve the Kids in Decor Decisions
If you really want to make the home more child-friendly, you might want to think about how you can include them in at least some of the decor decisions. They should have the opportunity to design the themes and design ideas in their bedrooms, for example. Simply talking to them about these things and listening to their thoughts and ideas can help them to feel more better about the home and the whole process in general. Getting them involved will help you understand what they care about most.
Create Spaces Intended for Play and Creativity
As you’ll likely already know, creativity and play are two things that are very helpful for your child as they grow up and develop. You want them to have as many varied skills and talents as possible. That’s why it’s such a good idea to create dedicated spaces in the home that are intended for play and creative activities. You should also make sure that your kids have the resources they need if they want to try out different kinds of creative activities. The consistency that comes with keeping these activities in one place can make some kids a lot too.
Move Fragile Items Out of the Way
It’s important to make sure that you’re not leaving that precious and highly valuable vase on the table when you have kids running around. You should try to adopt the mindset and mentality of assuming most of the things you have are going to be broken. And when you have that mindset, you’ll quickly realise that you need to store away those valuable and breakable items until the kids have grown up a bit and understand that they need to be careful in the home.
Ensure There Are Private Spaces for the Adults Too
As well as making sure that the kids have the space and time to do the things that are important to them and their development, you also need to think about the spaces that are made for you and that enable you to take it easy and take a break when you need to. After all, you’ll be a better parent for your kids if you’re properly rested and able to relax in your home. And many of the tips above will help you to get this right. So what are you waiting for?
Be sure to make the most of the ideas discussed above if you’re looking to make your home a more child-friendly environment. Doing so doesn’t need to be particularly complicated. And the changes that you do make will have a great impact on your family and how your kids interact with your home.
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