GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) - Consider how you REALLY live. Kids, pets, family, and friends. Activities you use the room for, like games, snacking, lounging, entertaining; all need to be taken into consideration. You don't want to turn into your mother, DO YOU?
Don't wait to decorate: Don't wait for your kids to get older before you get what you want. Kids will actually benefit from being around nicer things and learn to appreciate keeping them nice. Yes, you'll have to give a little guidance and that's OK.
Go for a no-fuss look: If you're a busy, active family, use a more clean-lined but casual and comfortable look. Avoid sofas and chairs with skirts in favor of exposed legs which will attract less pet hair and dust bunnies. Clean-lined cabinetry is easier to care for than ones with lots of corbels and dental molding; those are fancy details that just take more time to clean!
Don't be afraid of color, texture or patterns: Vibrant color, a bit of pattern and touchable texture all help camouflage the inevitable spills, fingerprints and other mishaps. Not just on furniture but on walls and floors as well. There are lots of durable and cleanable paint options for the active family. If carpet is a must in your space, you'll be amazed at the stain-resistance available in today's carpets. Many will even give you a warranty against pet accidents!
Do incorporate savvy storage. Clutter is an unavoidable part of family life, but that doesn't mean it has to take over your home. Make storage a design element by tucking colorful baskets into empty corners and sliding attractive boxes into open shelves. Store board games in an antique cedar chest that doubles as a table. Add lift-up storage under window seats or in the form of storage cubes. And be sure to locate storage where it will be used: Shoe cubbies in the mudroom, cloth-covered boxes for DVDs and video games in the TV armoire and so on. Finally, position hooks, baskets and other storage at kids' level so they can learn put away their own things.
Hope this gives you a few ideas of where/how to start creating a family friendly design scheme for your home. Share your ideas on our Facebook page. And always remember to have fun and be bold because this 4 YOU!
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