If you’ve got children and are considering redecorating your living room, you might be struggling to come up with ways to make it a child-friendly space that they can enjoy, while still being stylish and a room you are proud of. Here are some tips to help you.
Seating is an important part of any lounge. A large comfy sofa is important in your family room, especially as your children get older and want to start sitting with you. Leather is a great option as it is easier to keep clean, but if you prefer fabric, consider a sofa with a removable cover or add a throw.
Adding further seating to your lounge in the form of contemporary accent chairs can add extra comfort and style to your room while also creating a cool focus point.
Some people add a playpen or close off a section of their lounge to keep their children safe and the toys all in one place. Other families prefer to let their children have free range across the whole room. Whichever camp you fall into, it’s a good idea to create zones. Incorporate a comfy reading nook, a play zone, a TV area, and a relaxing space to create a family friendly and stylish room.
While light colors are easier to work with and more relaxing in a family lounge, you might want to consider bold or bright colors that make the room look stylish and sophisticated, while adding some fun.
If you prefer to keep your walls neutral, add color to your accessories, soft furnishings, and furniture instead.
Storage is often a problem in family homes as children seem to acquire an awful lot of stuff very quickly. But, this is often an even greater issue in the lounge where your own possessions must also find a home among all the books, toys, and other kids equipment.
Shelving is essential, so try and fit in as much as possible. Do this by utilizing the height of your room and fitting wall mounting shelves wherever you can. Other clever storage ideas include a coffee table with drawers, and upholstered ottoman, and over-door storage solutions.
While it will be impossible to keep tidying during the day, having great storage options means you can quickly tidy all the kid’s toys away once they’re in bed, instantly creating a more relaxing and adult space to unwind in the evening.
Safety is exceptionally important in a family lounge. Make sure all your shelves and anything that can be pulled over is attached to the walls. Add a stairgate to your door frame to keep the kids in and then look for and cover any sharp corners. The best way to childproof any room is to walk around on your knees and see what furniture you can pull over or bang a head on.
Your lounge is an incredibly important part of your home. It’s the room where you spend most of your time awake, where your children play, where you entertain guests, and where you relax and unwind in the evening once the children have gone to sleep. So, take your time and make sure you get the décor right.