Let’s be clear! Kids are total angels! They can liven up a place better than any luxury wallcovering can provide. But in designing interiors with children in mind, you’ll need Clarence House Fabrics and much more!
First off, when we talk about space being “kid-friendly,” what does it mean exactly? Robin Wilson, CEO of Robin Wilson Home, says that a “kid-friendly” room is “a room that is safe and fun for a child to be in.”
Jenni Li, founder of Intiearth, has a much simpler albeit more humorous take, “A space with lots of fragile crystal figurines and non-washable silk furniture could pose some risks with kids.” In this case, it is obvious that it is the space that needs to adapt to the children, not the other way around.
For Erika Hollinshead Ward, founder of Blulabel Bungalow and owner of Erika Ward Interiors LLC, a kid-friendly room doesn’t end with aesthetics. “Autonomy and intellectual stimulation are both important considerations needed when I think about creating rooms for children versus adults. Hopefully, the result will encourage independence, self-confidence, and self-awareness.”
What these perspectives point to is that there is no one correct way of designing for kids. What is essential is that KIDS ARE SAFE. With this as our focal point, let’s dive into some simple things you can do to make your home more kid-friendly.
- Open floor plan
Designers Barbara Westbrook and Kim Winkler highly suggest an open floor plan combining the living room and kitchen. Opening up space is an invitation for play, mingling, and active movement. It allows people to spend more time together while cooking and dining. Socialization is a vital part of a kid-friendly home.
- Frame memories
According to designer Eric Cohler, framing children’s art projects reflects that the home is for a young, modern family. You can also decorate your walls with some words of wisdom. Try making cut-outs or painting your family’s favorite saying can be a powerful reminder and an activity that can bind your family closer. Choose from the extensive Kravet Fabric collection for the perfect wallpaper to use as a backdrop.
- Utilize sturdier materials
Kids can be too active at times. It is better to be prepared. This can be as simple as using an outdoor rug indoors or choosing furniture made out of more durable materials. When it comes to durability, leather ottoman and sisal rug can be practically kid-proof. Keep this in mind when shopping for furniture.
- Be playful and distracting
As we said earlier, there are no definite rules when it comes to decorating with kids, only that they remain safe. Therefore, be playful with your decors. Use lively and loud colors. You can also set up distractions around the house so kids won’t focus on your expensive ceramic sculptures. Just make sure you’re furniture are free of sharp edges.
- Art is ok
Don’t be afraid to display artworks. They might even gear your children toward the visual arts. You can also display other objects like art. Accessories like books and mirrors can be used as art. According to Ann Wolf, designer, this can turn your shelves into a changing art gallery.
So, roll up your sleeves and dive deep, and most of all, have fun because it’s for the kids!