Friday, December 3, 2010

Kids And Beautiful Design

child proofed living room

You can balance beautiful design and kid friendlism in your decor with these helpful tips and tricks....

Living Room Lowdown

  • Choose durable upholstery that looks better at it ages. Leather is easy to care for and never goes out of fashion.
  • Create different seating areas.Coffee-table seating is perfect for games and coloring; wide sofas are better for reading.
  • Use wipe-clean paint. Grubby hands needn’t be a bother, even on pale walls, if you use a finish, such as eggshell, then most stains can be removed from.
  • Go forwashable slipcovers -- a must for a family room and perfect when the fun spills over.

Living Room: Kids' Rules

  • We want lots of room to play, so make sure you keep all your stuff out of the way. Built-in storage units and shelves keep the floor free for us to play on.
  • The floor is for rolling on, eating on, and trying out our train track on. So get a patterned rug as it’s better for hiding crumbs and stains, and can be cleaned more easily than carpet.
Tip: Coffee tables are a great height for kids to play on, so buy one tough enough to withstand everyday knocks.
Cozy Bedroom
  • Pick machine-washable bedding.You need to be able to chuck it in the washer if breakfast gets spilt.
  • Get a bed with storage baskets as they are perfect for keeping bed linens in -- and toys, so the kids can amuse themselves while you relax.
  • Buy a separate headboard so when you want a fresh look, you can replace or repaint it without having to buy a new bed.
  • Add soft-cornered storage, such as this upholstered ottoman. The padded lid and rounded edges aren’t going to cause injury if kids bump into them.
  • Edge a plain blind with patterned fabric so when little hands grab the bottom of it, no grubby prints will show.
  • Find a clever storage unit that will hide away a home office. The computer monitor is great for watching DVDs in bed, too.

Bedroom: Kids’ Rules

  • We love to bounce on the beds, so stay clear of white bedding! Pick an easy-care finish and add a splash of color or pattern on pillowcases.
  • Best get a slightly patterned carpet. If we spill your breakfast orange juice on the floor, a plain one would show stains.
Tip: Clutter-free surfaces and round-edged furniture mean it’s safe for fun and games.
Durable Dining Room
  • Go for practical dining chairs that’ll stay pristine. Leather just needs a quick wipe down to stay looking smart.
  • Choose inexpensive curtains.With kids likely to pull or wrap themselves up in them, they’ll need replacing before long.
  • Use sleek furniture without protruding handles that children might catch themselves on.
  • Select smart flooring, such as laminate, that will withstand tricycles as well as dropped food and drink.

Dining Room: Kids’ Rules

  • If you don’t want us to play with your pretty things, keep them out of our reach on a high shelf.
  • Keep your china and glass safe in a sideboard.
  • We love to play at the table, so choose an aged-wood design, so that marks won’t stand out.
Tip: Oilcloth adds a fun touch during the daytime and protects the table from spills.


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