Having a home you can be proud to show off is no mean feat when you have young children. You want a clutter-free, organised, relaxing space, but the kids probably have other ideas. Well with some smart purchases and clever storage solutions, you can achieve a style that evokes serenity and calm, even if your real life is far from it. Here are some tips and tricks to help create a child-friendly living space.
For walls, consider darker colours instead of lighter ones, especially on lower surface areas that are prone to scuffs, knocks and could be used as a canvas for a potential crayon masterpiece. Wilko has a range of hard-wearing interior paints that are scuff-resistant, wipeable and up to ten times more durable than standard matt emulsion. For floors, opt for laminate and wooden flooring in high-traffic areas. When choosing carpets for living rooms, similarly, consider darker colours as they will show the least amount of stains. There’s a full range of child-friendly carpets available here, which also come with stain-resistance as an added bonus.
When choosing a sofa, large corner styles are ideal for family living spaces. Leather sofas are particularly child-friendly as they look smart, classic and most importantly can wipe-clean. Arlo & Jacob have a range of leather sofas ideal for a range of spaces and different sized living areas. Plus, if leather isn’t your thing, they offer a Staingard service to protect your fabric sofas in the likely event of spills and scuffs.
Storage boxes and tables are perfect for hiding all those toys and clutter. In one full sweep, you can collect a whole heap of toys and pretend they don’t exist with the simple close of a lid. This offering by West Elm is super sleek and contemporary with ample space to hide books, toys, and clutter.
Pretty throws and accessories will give you a polished finish and help draw the eye away from any potential mess. Think about contemporary patterns and textures in a range of complementary colours. Blankets and throws are warming and welcoming (and they’re also useful for hiding spills on sofas and chairs where needed). This stunning throw from Houseology displays a range of bold, contemporary colours in a classic checked pattern, and will look lovely draped over a leather sofa.
Your hallway is the first thing you see when you walk in the door, and for most families, this will involve a display of strewn coats, wellies, sporting gear, school bags and books. There is a genius unit from B&Q that can fit into the space under your stairs for a complete storage solution, resulting in a clutter-free hallway, freeing up floor space and removing obstacles – which is especially useful if you have to manouvre prams and car seats through the hallway.