People come with stuff…lots of stuff. While it’s important to avoid becoming an incessant hoarder, there should always be a place for toys, books, art projects, science fair trophies, etc. Maintaining strategic places for storage is the best solution. A classic tufted ottoman covered in either a durable fabric or a classic leather, can serve dual purposes. It can be a storage space for the children’s toys, or a coffee table for the living room. Many retailers are creating workstations that can fold into a simple closet space. Foldable workstations can be great for the kids working on homework or a parent wanting to focus on work, but still keep an eye on the children.
The last sight anyone really wants to see is a really big purple grape juice stain from little Tommy’s mishap. However, spills happen. Dirt will pile up. Install flooring that can be easily cleaned routinely. Consider installing flooring that is easily washable. This can include laminate, wood, or vinyl. If carpet is the most desired out of all the possible options, choose a darker color that can camouflage any potential wear and tear. Also consider options like Berber that lean on the more Eco-friendly side. Another possible option for carpet lovers would be the carpet tiles. When a stain happens, just simply pick up the stained tile, clean it and put it back in place and it will be good as new!
One of the most simple yet effective treatments that can instantly upgrade a space would be a fresh coat of paint. Depending on the color, paint can dramatically effect the atmosphere of the room. For a fun and trendy look, consider painting the largest wall in the living room a beautiful accent color that really pops. When choosing the perfect color paint, be sure to choose a paint sheen that can be easily washed just in case stains get on the wall. For the child who is a budding Pablo Picasso, there might some unwanted artwork on the walls. Incorporate chalkboard or dry erase paint on a wall space in the room. Then, there is a place to have fun with art on the walls but it can be easily cleaned.
Not only is artwork fun to look at but it can display the personalities and tastes of those who live there. Artwork can be as simple as a beautiful, large scale quote on a side wall. Artwork can also be displayed through a gallery wall. Gallery walls are fun because they can display pictures of the family as well as as other fun pieces of artwork on one wall. Use a couple frames to display the kids’ school artwork as well as Chelsae’s 4th grade school pic with her missing two front teeth! Sculptures and art pieces that are considered breakable should be placed higher up so that children can’t get to them. Use barn door hardware to secure shelving and fixtures so that they can be displayed beautifully!
All of these suggestions are completely doable with a little bit of persistence and creativity. Remember these simple tricks to create a fun-filled, kid-approved living room that everyone can enjoy!
For more family home idea’s, see Creative Family Home: Imaginative and Original Spaces for Modern Family Living.
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Written by Paisley Hansen. Paisley is a freelance writer and expert in health, beauty, and interior design. When he isn’t writing, she can be found reading a good book, hitting the gym, or playing with her Australian Shephard. Find her on Twitter for more.