Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style. Follow our design tips to create relaxed and unfussy interiors you and your kids will love.
Family design motto: My husband and I are firm believers that a home is meant to be lived in. We love spaces that are bright, cheerful and unpretentious. To us, a home should be designed to create memories, and to let each family member’s personality shine through. What is your family’s design motto? Come up with one and design your spaces around it.
Stylish storage: Control the mess and create order in your home with stylish storage solutions. Floor to ceiling shelves work well in kids rooms and playrooms, stylish baskets – in different sizes – are great for magazines, soft toys and laundry, art supplies look fabulous in wire baskets, and Consol glass jars make good-looking stationary storage solutions.
Generous seating: A large L-shaped couch that accommodates alot of seating space for family and friends works well in a TV room or lounge. Add extra seating space, and pops of colour, with a few bright poufs or floor cushions. Make the most of small spaces by converting the space beneath windows into comfy window seats with storage; use thick cushions and scatters pillows to make it even more comfortable.
Colourful artwork: If your little ones are budding artists and you find your home littered by your kids artwork, give a few select pieces the adult treatment by displaying them in stylish monochrome frames. If you’d like to keep the artwork in frequent rotation, use more temporary – but still stylish – display methods, such as framed cork board, clipboard, magnetic wall paint and cable wire with clips.
Family-centric kitchen: The family-friendly kitchen needs to withstand years of wear and tear, so choose materials that will be functional and hardy. As a multifunctional space for a variety of ages, the family friendly kitchen needs careful planning including dividing the space into various zones – each with a specific purpose. Family kitchen essentials include a large fridge-freezer and a dishwasher. If homework is being done in the kitchen, a big table placed away from the food prep zone may be necessary.
Large dining table: It’s essential that you have lots of space for friends and family to gather around for meals, so invest in a large dining room table. A farmhouse style table made from weathered wood is a good option as it is forgiving with everyday wear and tear. Round tables are also a good option as they encourage across-the-table conversation. If you are equally concerned about style as practicality, the Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair has an iconic, classic design, and will ensure your children sit comfortably at the dining table.