When you have a family it is only natural that you want to provide a home that you can not only be proud of but is also practical.
With kids running around left right and centre, you have to consider what decorations look good, and what is most likely to end up in the bin. Redecorating your home is a challenge at the best of times, and children do their best to double the effort required.
In saying that, with some careful planning and helpful tips, you can revel in a home that the whole family will love and be proud to call their own.
The living room is the most important room in the house. It is where the family gathers every evening after school and work in the week and discusses their day together. Most living rooms consist of a sofa and/or chairs, coffee table and television – space permitting, some families include more furniture for storage and display purposes.
If you have young children, the chances are that there have been times where your carpet has completely disappeared under a blockade of toys. It happens, and it’s always when someone turns up unexpected and you find yourself endlessly apologising for the mess. Storage boxes that double up as seats are great in this case – all toys can be easily picked up and thrown in without fear of anything becoming lost, and the living room will actually look like an adult space when the kids aren’t home!
For additional space, consider mounting the television on the wall if you are able to do so. This saves the need for a television stand that can demand more room than you might think, and keeps the television out of harm’s way when play gets a touch on the rough side.
Children like to play outside and, depending on available space, there is a lot of possibility in the garden. If you have sporty children in the family, your back garden might resemble a football pitch with a small goal and balls around the place.
Maintaining a garden can be difficult, especially if there is a lot of equipment outside that kids play with. To help with this, it could be work substituting your lawn for artificial grass, as this will involve little to no maintenance, and is actually better for children to play on. Before making any decision, make sure to test different artificial turf samples due to the different options that are available.
Do not forget that for as much as the garden can be used as a play area for children, it should also be a place where adults can go and relax, too. Outside dining sets make for a lovely garden accessory that can be placed conveniently in the corner and brought out when there is company around.
The kids’ bedroom should be all about them and their one spot in the house where they can express their personality. This is likely to be where they spend most of their time, especially as they get older, so make sure to always consult with them before redecorating their room.
For teenagers, the bedroom will be where they spend a lot of time studying for vital exams, so it is important that they have a comfortable and inviting space where they can be productive. Investing in a computer desk and chair will provide them with their own personal workspace that they can personalise, which will help with productivity.
With young children, you cannot go wrong with bright, stimulating colours and patterns on the wall. You can also decorate their bedroom with posters which can be taken down and replaced as their interests change over time.
The master bedroom is the one room in the house that is exclusively for adults, and its interior should reflect this. Begin with a luxurious throw over the bed paired up with matching scatter cushions to give that homely feel.
Accompany this by painting the walls with warm neutral colours. With the added feature of a dimmer switch, the master bedroom perfectly reflects any mood and is an inviting space for any adult at the end of a hard day’s work.
Of course, as any parent knows, raising a family will always involve sacrifices as children will become your number one priority as your life literally revolves around them. This is why having your own space that is exclusively for adults is important, allowing you to unwind and a hectic day either at work or acting as referee.
With these helpful tips, you will be able to strike the perfect balance between a practical and well-decorated home that everyone in the family will be proud to call their own.