These tips will help you create a space that is toddler-friendly without losing out on trend and style.
It’s not hard to have a family-friendly home that remains chic and trendy. You just need to take into account that your home needs a few more extra design and décor tweaks before you welcome kids.
Tip #1: Pay attention to fabric
When buying fabric for key spaces in your home, it’s always important to take into consideration that children often turn furniture into bibs. So, when deciding on the fabric of your couch or curtains, think of stain resistance, dark tones, and easy-to-wash options.
Tip #2: Avoid short furniture
It’s a nightmare for parents to watch their kids climb furniture or fall onto the corners of coffee tables. Dodge these mishaps by avoiding short furniture pieces (at least until they’re old enough to know better). These are easy targets for kids, so so it’s best to remove them to make way for a small play area.
Tip #3: Reconsider materials and finishes
Your floor is accustomed to dirt and dust, but with children you have to expect crumbs, the occasional mural, and even scratches. Look for flooring that is durable and easy to clean. Tile, wood, and laminate floors with matte finishes work well but may not be comfortable for crawlers. Consider carpets or rugs for the first few years before leaving your floor bare.
This also applies to your walls. When deciding on paint finish, consider investing in easy-to-clean finishes or satin sheens that will make the cleaning process a breeze because kids tend to have a Picasso phase.
Tip #4: Distract kids with separate sections
Your child won’t be drawn to your ceramics or fragile décor pieces if they have a section of their own. Create designated play areas around the house to make your toddler feel like they have a space of their own outside of their bedroom. When you have sections dedicated to your children, they will be less tempted to touch the things they are not supposed to.
Tip #5: Create open spaces
It’s easy for a child to get fussy when confined to small spaces so embrace the open layout with open arms. A partition-free space not only give your child space for exploration, you’ll also be able to keep an eye on them from afar. When your kids start being mobile, open crawling space is important, you’ll get to avoid heart-sinking moments when they wiggle out of sight.