Decorating with kids can be a bit tricky. If you’re not careful, your house will either end up looking way too shabby chic, with emphasis on the shabby, or it can resemble the decor of your children’s pre-school. It is possible to create a grown up atmosphere while still mantaining functionality. You’ll need to be creative and open-minded, but you just may find that decorating the adult space can be fun for both you and your kids. Keep these tips in mind when planning.
Choose items like footlockers and dressers that can serve double duty. You may choose to keep a dresser in the living room with a floral arrangement on top that hides your kids’ art supplies. A hope chest in the entryway makes a great bench and can also be a place to store winter hats, scarves, and gloves for easy access.
Make It Fun
Continue to think outside the box when deciding on storage pieces to corral your kids’ belongings. Check out the fun coffee table topped with chalkboard paint I wrote about in this article. I thought that was brilliant. The table has storage underneath while the top is a fun place for kids to express their creative side. We all know that when you have kids, durability is important. Why not look for inexpensive flea market finds to personalize in this way? That way, there’s no worries about scuff marks or dents.
Let Them Help
Get your kids in on the action. Make them part of the decision process or allow them to help with the personalization. By doing so, they’ll feel a bit of ownership and may be more likely to help take care of their area and put things away. Every little bit helps, right?
Your home can be both grown up while maintaining functionality for all of its residents. You just have to use a little creativity and imagination to pull it all together. Choose furnishings that reflect your family and the style of your home. Hopefully, you’ll find these tips helpful in coming up with ideas that fit your home and your family. Let me know what ideas you have or tell me about any fun projects you’ve already done in your home. I’d love to hear about them!