The right balance
Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to give up your designer sensibility! The key to getting it right is a focus on the right balance of sophisticated practicality.
Take your children’s art projects and give them the professional artist treatment by splashing out on framing. Guests will probably think you’ve spent thousands on new contemporary art and your kids will be so proud of themselves!
Bend the rules
Even a small space with an open plan can encourage your family to mingle, rather than be separated by different rooms. Try to keep the rooms co-ordinated by incorporating the same colour palette and aesthetic in both rooms. Most paints are washable and child-friendly so this is a good place to make a bold statement.
There’s no rule that says outdoor rugs can’t be used indoors, too. They’re easy to clean—just hose down and dry in the sun. Another option is to use a rug that’s meant for high-traffic areas.
Darker colours and fabrics
It hurts to say but your white linen sofa is probably not the most practical of furniture choices. But that’s not to say you can’t still be on trend. When thinking of durability think of darker colours and fabrics like leather or sisal that are easy to wipe down and still look pristine for adult guests.
Blending in your style
Some of your furniture choices may need to be compromised based on little people but there are ways of blending your personal style in a mini version.
Don't stick with pink or blue
Long gone are the days of blue for a boy and pink for girl. Now is the time to be playful and colourful in your kids room. This doesn’t mean over the top, you may choose an injection of colour with paint, bed linen or simply a decal. Or for a simple approach a book gallery can bring colour to the room via the graphic colours and display the books like art.