Before your lovable little ones, you could decorate and furnish your home however you wished. Now you have children, ornaments and glass coffee tables are a thing of the past. Small hands and toddling children just does not mix well with sharp corners and breakable items.
However, just because you have young children it doesn’t mean you have to give up on artistic designs and beautiful décor completely. You just need to adapt your home slightly for ensure it is a safe place. Here are some tips for decorating your home attractively as well as in accordance with your child’s needs.
Design living room toy storage
If you design a stylish looking storage area for all of your child’s toys in your living room, it is the perfect place for you all to relax together. You can sit back and enjoy watching your child play with their toys while you talk with your partner or friends and family that come over. It’s the perfect way to all be in the same room.
Make the storage easy to reach for your little one so that they can independently get their toys and it also makes encouraging them to tidy-up easier. We all want our living area to look pristine and stylish, which is why you can use the storage to hide away the toys when they are not being played with.
Change your choice of accessories
Baby-proof your stylish living room by sticking to safer and softer accessories instead of breakable ornaments and things that can smash easily. You don’t have to hide your shiny breakable ornaments away though, just be sure to place them on high shelves out of reach. Floating shelves on walls are great for this.
Stick to using accessories at little-hands-level that are safe for them to grab like pillows, books and blankets. It’s not forever; soon your children will be old enough to learn vintage etiquette. Showing off your children creations and artwork is also a great and safe way to accessorise your house. Place paintings or drawings on the fridge or in frames and use shelves for items they make.
Make the garden an additional play area
We know that children love to spread out with their toys and it can make you feel like your home is cluttered and that you are constantly tripping over toys. A great alternative is to use the garden as a play area in the summer months so that you can take play time outside.
Laying artificial grass in your garden is the perfect way to allow you to do this. It’s much softer and more comfortable for your child to sit on and you don’t have to worry about them putting any mud or dirt in their mouths. You can get artificial grass samples that will help you decide which option is the best for you and your child.
Lower hooks and pegs
If you place hooks and pegs for coats or towels at reachable level, it encourages your child to hang up their damp towel after a bath or peg up their coat when they get home. Teaching this at an early age helps eliminate bad habits in the future and it also makes your child feel more independent.
If you cannot lower your hooks or pegs, consider purchasing stools to place in the rooms where your child may need to hand things up. However, you should always ensure you are there to help them with standing on the stool in their younger years to avoid any bumps or bruises from falling off.