There’s a common misconception that when it comes to family-friendly spaces, the decor and design has to suffer. However, that’s not actually the case, in fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is that just because a family living room is a family-friendly place, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be somewhere that’s smart, stylish, and sophisticated, it’s just a case of being smart about the decor and design, that’s all. To help you give your family living room a more smart and stylish vibe, here are some tips and ideas to take note of.
Keep the colour scheme simple
A mistake that a lot of families make when it comes to the decor of family spaces is using colours that are bright and bold. While kids love bright, bold tones, that doesn’t mean that you have to incorporate them into your family living space, instead stick to cool, calm, simple tones. If you want to add colour to the space, pastel hues can be a great option as they allow you to add colour without creating a space that’s too child-like. For a calming space, the best colour to use is pastel blue, as there’s something about it that creates a sense of tranquility and calm.
Opt for hard flooring
Many family living rooms have carpet in them because carpet is seen as being more child-friendly than hard flooring. However, that’s not actually the case. Sure, hard flooring can be colder than carpet and is more painful if you fall over on it, but it’s also easier to keep clean and lasts much longer. Plus, hard flooring, such as wood, slate, or laminate tends to look better than carpet does, so opting for hard flooring instead of carpet is definitely something to think about. The fact is that kids make a lot of mess and carpet can be a nightmare to keep clean, so it makes sense to opt for hard flooring that’s easier to keep looking good. If you’re worried about the flooring being too cold, you could opt to have underfloor heating installed or if that’s not affordable perhaps you could consider adding a few rugs to the space? Rugs are great as they add a little extra style, are affordable, and are easy to keep clean as they can often be machine washed.
Be smart about soft furnishings
When it comes to soft furnishings, a lot of families don’t think their choices through carefully enough. A cream fabric sofa might be beautiful but is it really child-friendly? A sheepskin rug might look gorgeous but is it suitable for a family space? When it comes to decorating a room that gets used by the whole family, you need to think carefully about how you opt to go about it. The fact is that kids make a mess, so you need to pick pieces that are made from fabrics that can be easily cleaned. This doesn’t mean you can’t get a cream sofa; it just means picking a design that has removable covers that are machine washable or opting for a leather sofa in cream instead of a fabric design. By making smart choices, you can ensure that your living room creates the look and feel that you want it to. Say, for instance, you’re desperate to decorate the entire room in duck egg, from duck egg blue curtains to a pastel blue sofa, the important thing is to pick materials that can be easily washed. For a child-friendly living room, being able to clean the soft furnishings is a must.
Focus on minimalism in your family living room
Something that a lot of families get wrong when it comes to family-friendly spaces such as the living room is having too much stuff on display. The fact is that there is nothing that impacts the look and feel of a space more than clutter, which is why it’s so important to ensure that your living room is a minimalist space. If your living room is somewhere that’s free from clutter and mess; it will improve the look and feel of the space. Whereas, if there is clutter everywhere – aka toys and general mess, it will have a negative impact on the atmosphere of the space. If you’re not already a minimalist, it’s a good idea to become one. Have a clear out and get rid of any clutter from your living room, so that it’s a nicer space. Honestly, you will feel much better for it and will love your living room more because of it. The key to successfully creating a minimalist family space is storage, the more storage space there is, the better. As that way, you can easily keep toys, games, and other bits and bobs neatly stored away.
Believe it or not, making more of your family living room is much easier than you would think, it’s just a case of making a few small changes, that’s all.
How you do you decorate your families living room??