One of the challenges in decorating a home with young children is the obvious need to balance fashion with function. For parents, you’ve got to accept that having a well-kept home will almost always be close to impossible when you still have young kids around. And, as much as you’ll want to put in so many decorative items, it’s still best to try and keep these at a minimum.
Many factors go into decorating a home for children and one of the most important is making sure that your home is kid-friendly. Kids are extremely active and this can sometimes lead to a mess in the house. Apart from the mess, you’ll also have to consider their safety, given their propensity to move around quite a lot.
When you still have kids at home, the decoration shouldn’t get in the way of their safety. And, you’ll also need to be able to keep the kids from destroying everything or anything in the house.
With that said, here are five home decoration tips, for you to come up with a kid-friendly space:
1. Embrace The Little Silly Features
This tip applies when you’re choosing home decor for your kids’ space or room. Even if you may be a minimalist kind of person, or you don’t like a lot of fluff, give your kids a little bit more freedom with their room. Embrace the little silly features that are made to make your kids’ room look more ‘fun.’ Remember that they’re kids, after all.
When you keep the rest of your home minimalist and fuss-free, be more playful with the kids’ room. There are little things you can incorporate into the room to add to that ‘silly’ vibe, so your kids are going to enjoy their space more.
Think, art prints or a wallpaper feature.
2. Have Round Tables
If you’re still in the process of buying furniture, then it’s a good idea to have round tables. Or, if you want to have square or rectangular ones, opt for those with rounded corners.
It’s not all the time that you’re going to change your furniture. Your kids are also going to grow in your home. So, it’s always a good start to go for furniture pieces that you know are safe and aren’t going to be hazards for the kids. This will also eliminate the need for bumpers, which could be unsightly for some parents—depending on your style preference.
Round tables are safer because there aren’t any sharp corners. So, you wouldn’t have to worry about your growing kids, particularly those who are still practicing how to walk, which are highly likely to bump and hit their head on those corners.
3. Incorporate As Much Natural Lighting As Possible
Lighting can also play a major role in helping you decorate a house for your child. You’ll want to make sure that there’s plenty of natural light in the room. The more natural light you have, the lesser the need to have floor, desk, or wall lamps that have an electrocution hazard for kids. During the daytime, you can give them some natural sunlight simply by opening the windows up to bring more light in.
Most importantly, having a well-ventilated room or house means lesser danger for children. They can see where they’re going to, which reduces the risks of injuries from tripping over things that may be along the way.
If you’ve got kids that are of the learning age, they’ll need a lot of good lighting, too. If you don’t have natural light sources, this need can instantly spike up your electricity bill. You can be more practical about this by having more natural light, which equates to less electricity consumption.
4. Make Space For Them To Read
Reading is very important for children. Whether you’ve got a big space to have a home office or have unused space, it’s always nice to let your kids use it as their reading nook.
This nook doesn’t have to be fancy. You only need the basics: a bookshelf and a comfortable chair. Those two are enough to encourage your kids to read. If you’ve children who are also of school age, this space can serve as a multi-purpose space for their study area. Keep this in a separate corner from where the toys are, so they can focus on the reading and not be distracted by the toys that may be propped everywhere.
5. Maximize Tables And Benches With Storage
When you’ve got young kids at home, you’re going to need a lot of storage. Apart from the toys, they’re going to accumulate so many things, especially as of this time when many kids are still learning from home.
Eventually, as you spend more time in your home, this would mean that the need for more storage space is going to increase. If you’re short on square footage, you’ve got to be more creative with maximizing the space that you have.
A good way to do this is to use multi-function furniture, such as tables and benches that also double to have storage space. This is also a good way to have that easy means to put away things, just in case your house is a mess and a visitor suddenly comes.
Hopefully, these tips for decorating a house with kids will help you have a fun time decorating your home. Your main purpose here should be to provide your kids with a safe place to play and keep sharp objects away from the little ones. Toys should also be organized well enough, not for it to look perfect, but for each to have space, so it doesn’t become a danger to anyone.
As you can see, there are many ways for you to have fun and be creative in decorating with your kids. After all, your children are going to grow in your home, and they should feel like it’s also their space, and that there’s no other better place than home.