Monday, May 7, 2012

Design With Children In Mind

 I have three kids so I know the importance of having not only a well designed home, but one that is also practical with children. Here are a few guidelines I use:

1) Sofas: Choosing the right sofa is vital in any design. Leather, is definitely one of the best choices for an easy care option with kids. Look for something with less bulk and sleeker lines. 
2) Rugs: It's all about durability when it comes to a finding the perfect rug with young children. Indoor/Outdoor rugs are always a good option, they can take a lot of wear and tear.

3) Storage: The best way to hide the kids' toys, books and games are with storage baskets and containers. They come in many sizes, shapes and colors; making it easy to find the right one for your room.

4) Tables: Most styles would work for a kid friendly space. The only type of table I would not recommend is a glass table with sharp corners, for obvious reasons. Try round accent tables; they take up less space and allow more room for little ones to get by.

5) Patterns: Using patterns in chairs, pillows, rugs and curtain panels is a great way to hide marks and little finger prints.

6) Accessories: Books, trays, decorative boxes and other items that don't break easily can be displayed anywhere in a room. However, for items that have a higher potential of breaking with children around, use height to your advantage. Display items on table tops and shelves to keep them out of reach.

7) Walls and Ceilings: One of the easiest and best ways to enhance a room is through wall art. And don't forget to add interest to your ceilings with light fixtures, beams, paint and more. Both these spaces are out of reach of little hands, so the options are endless!

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