For families with kids, it can sometimes be hard to balance the aesthetic of the parents with the functionality of children. While you might like to have nice, rich, expensive furnishings to create a cozy and sophisticated living room, you might also be very hesitant about spending a large amount of money on furnishing that your children could likely ruin with markers, spills, and acrobatics. Luckily, there is a way to balance both of these worlds.
To show you how this can be done, here are three tips for creating a family-friendly living room space within your home design and decor.
Use Textured Fabrics
One great way to balance between having nice furnishings and having furnishings that will stand up to whatever your kids have to throw at them is to embrace textured fabrics.
According to Chelsey Bowen, a contributor to HGTV, by choosing furnishings with fabrics that are woven or otherwise textured, it will be much easier for little imperfections to hide. Additionally, if you pick patterns rather than solid colors, any spills or stains will have a better time camouflaging themselves within the pattern. So by choosing obvious textures and fun patterns to decorate your room with, you’ll be able to create a look you love that you won’t have to protect from your kids too much.
Make Storage Seamless
When you’ve got a house full of kids, storage is going to be one of the things that there never seems to be enough of. And while things like bins and baskets can be great storage options, you don’t want to have your entire living room space filled to the brim with them.
To combat this, Lauren Flanagan, a contributor to The Spruce, recommends that you try to find pieces of furniture that have storage built into them. For example, if you’re getting a table, bench, or ottoman, try to find one that comes with some storage space as well. If you can find a bench that opens up for storage or a cute shelf that you love, these can be great ways to keep what you need in the living room without having things look too cluttered.
Pick The Right Coffee Table
For families with little kids, your needs in the living room will be a little different than for families with older kids.
When your kids are small, their safety is going to be one of your top priorities. So to help keep the number of injuries low, Kari Costas, a contributor to Elle Decor, recommends that you get coffee tables with rounded edges and choose one that has a lip around the edge so toys and other items stay on top of the table rather than falling off and becoming tripping hazards.
If you want to make your living room more family-friendly, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how you can do just this.