When you imagine a home where children live, you probably don’t imagine the most stylish home right away. You probably imagine a home more like the one in Everybody Loves Raymond with older and not stylish décor and furniture, toys everywhere in every room, and a constant mess in the kitchen.
Childproofing your house doesn’t just have to mean placing blocks on cabinet doors and covers on the outlets, there are many ways a home can be dangerous for curious minds and hands. Children and a stylish don’t have to be mutually exclusive with these interior design tips to keep your home stylish and safe for the kids.
Children are messy. There’s no way around that. Between their desire to pull all toys out of the bin during every play session and their eating habits, children can create messes in many different ways. When you’re designing the interior of your home, keep these messes in mind so you can buy furniture and other design elements that are easy to clean.
Hardwood, tile, or laminate are much easier to keep clean than carpet. They won’t be permanently stained from spilled juice.
For your furniture, consider buying sets in leather, leather imitation, or micro suede materials to make it easier on yourself when your kids get food and other messes on them. Just make sure there are plenty of pillows to keep your house comfortable for everyone!
When buying furniture, avoid ones that have sharp corners and edges, no matter what material they’re covered in. A fall on a rounded coffee table may cause a bump on your kid’s head but will hopefully help prevent cuts and damaged skin. The same goes for your kitchen or dining table and chairs.
For the accessories needed in every room to keep your children cleaner and organized, you don’t have to buy ugly containers. Find chic ottomans for the living room and table settings for the kitchen and dining room, decorative step stools for the bathroom, and colorfully designed rugs to designate their special spaces. While a laundry basket or plastic tote works just fine, you can make these elements stylish if you choose.
When covering your windows, keep your kid’s curiosity at bay by purchasing simple yet elegantly looking shades instead of fabric drapes that can cause choking and other injuries.
Simple doesn’t have to mean bland if you don’t want it to. Of course, you’ll want to keep any strings tied up and out of the reach of small hands. The simpler drapes you choose, the less chance that the kids will be interested in them.
The way you arrange your furniture is another key to keeping the kid’s safe while at home. Keep furniture, tables, and everything away from windows that could entice them to climb to reach that irresistible blinds cord or curtain string or cause them to fall out of the windows.
In areas where you know they’ll want to romp and wrestle around, like the living room and a playroom or sitting area, keep a large open and space for them. This will help prevent damage to them and your furniture. In the kitchen, designate their space away from cooking area.
Listen to your inner interior decorator as well as the protective mom when purchasing items for your home and your home will be just as stylish as it is safe.