With children in the mix, it can be a daily struggle for parents to keep a home tidy, let alone stylish. What many of us don’t realize is that when it comes to your home, kid-friendly AND stylish do not have to be mutually exclusive. I know, I know, it seems almost impossible, but lucky for all of us interior design expert Denise Davies of D2 Interieurs has years of experience in this area. Since 2010, Denise and her team have been creating beautiful, fun and sophisticated homes for growing families. She demonstrates through 5 simple rules, that you can in fact decorate a home to be all grown up while also keeping the kiddos in mind.
1. ROOMS DON’T HAVE TO BE OUTGROWN
“Having children can inspire the decor to be bold, magical and colorful, and when done well, the rooms have longevity as the little ones grow. Kid-friendly does not require lack of style. Homes can and should be fun, and can be designed in ways that the “bones” of a room can be timeless and comfortable as your family grows.”
Keeping more expensive furnishings like beds, couches and major light fixtures more sophisticated, allows you to easily switch out items like bedding, curtains, wall art, and small side tables as children grow without breaking the bank.
2. YOUR HOME IS YOUR LIFE – ESPECIALLY YOUR KITCHEN
“When you have young children, your kitchen is the heart of your home since everyone spends so much time there. Ask yourself how you are using your home and design your rooms around your lifestyle. Nowhere is this as important as in the kitchen.”
When designing your kitchen, keep in mind layout, storage solutions, and easily cleanable surfaces (i.e. stainless steel, quartz, corona and other surfaces that don’t have grout to scrub). You may also want to consider having a kid-friendly zone in your kitchen. For example, keeping snacks, juice boxes, and other regularly used kids’ items more accessable in lower cabinets or drawers.
3. NO WORSE FOR THE WEAR
“A key part of the strategy in designing a home for a young family is including furniture that will age well and still look great with the dings and scratches that all kids leave in their wake. Durable and wipeable fabrics that are highly colorful are a great start. Banquette seating in the kitchen offers additional seating for friends and larger families and is a great place to use these types of fabrics. Install a valance or roman shade upholstered in a fabric that has bold pops of color. This gives the room more visual interest and it’s a fun way to add color and pattern.”
Fabrics like leather/pleather, wool, microfibers, wood and plastic can be easier to clean. Indoor/outdoor rugs and fabrics can be other great options as they are durable and stain resistant. Sunbrella has a new line of these fabrics in beautiful colors and patterns.
4. THE IMPERFECT MATCH
“The days of matching furniture and lighting are over. A well curated room should look like it’s been there forever, not like a designer just left the building. Your home is your life. Many families spend years in one house and your home should be a reflection of you and your family. What do you want to see when you walk in the door? The answer is often not a matched set of furnishings and fabrics but a collection of things that are distinctly different and work well together.”
5. ADD COLOR
“Bold colors can be sophisticated and elegant and every room deserves good design, including the kids’ playroom. Minimal and clean lines work very well in a playroom as does creating smart storage solutions where toys can be tucked away neatly. The perfect kids’ play spaces should be enjoyed by the kids and appreciated by adults and afterall, color makes people happy.”