If you have children, you know that kids and clutter are synonymous. One time you may see their toys scattered all around the floor, the next thing you know their undies are all under their bed. If you have children, you know it’s a great challenge to keep your family room all tidied up. But you don’t have to sacrifice on style because you can still create a family room everyone, even your kids, can really enjoy. Here are some tips:
Choosing a washable paint sheen is a great way to kid-proof your paint job. A paint color in eggshell, satin or semi gloss will easily clean up with mild soap and a damp rag. If you prefer a matte finish, flat paints have the benefit of touch-up painting without the presence of brush marks. There are even new “washable” flat paints on the market that allow for damp sponge clean-up. Chalkboard, magnetic, and dry erase paints can be purchased at your local home improvement store to create a fun opportunity for kids to safely write on the walls.
Sunbrella fabrics, slip – covered furniture and leather couches are your best bet for your living room couch. Almost all of the furniture companies nowadays offer stain, resistant fabric couches and that’s the one you should you keep your eye on. Always remember that the darker the color your furniture is, the better it looks. However, using white slipcovers can be great because it can be bleached.
Dirt, spills, dust, dog hair, and crumbs are typically part of family life. Keep things simple by installing washable flooring such as tiles, wood, laminate, and vinyl. If you prefer carpet, you might want to consider carpet tiles which enable you to clean soiled squares or replace as needed. Good options for family room rugs are natural fiber rugs such as seagrass or jute as well as indoor/outdoor rugs which are durable and easily cleaned.
Family always come first, meaning that the best room in your home is your Family room. When accessorizing your family room, keep cherished collections and fagile knick-knacks placed up high on mantels and bookshelves, out of reach of curious hands. Some accessories that tend to be more kid-friendly include elements from nature (i.e. shells, driftwood, pinecones), chunky wooden bowls or candlesticks, and stacks of books.