Got a little bundle of joy about to reach their terrible-twos? Are they reaching out to grab every surface they can find to prop themselves up? If you have kids, you know how important it is to ensure that your home décor is not only safe for them to play around but also durable enough to withstand the action, especially while they are in their toddler years. Here are some of the best kid-friendly décor ideas for your home.
Mix Up Your Colour Scheme
While you should opt for darker colours of fabric for your upholstery to camouflage the stains, the rest of the colour scheme needs to be subtle and light. This will give a calming feel to the interior. The blend of colours can further ensure that neither shade is too overpowering. Your sofas and throw pillows will also become somewhat stain-resistant and well-protected against small food fights if they are of a darker shade.
A Sturdy Coffee Table
When you’ve got children running around the house, the biggest concern for most parents is injuries caused by bumping into a glass centerpiece. Eradicate those fears by replacing your central table with a sturdy wooden alternative. If wooden pieces clash with your modern interior, you can opt for a glass waterfall table instead, which will have rounded edges to ensure that your little ones are safe from injuries as they move around.
Spread Out a Rug
If you have kids, the best flooring option is to go for wooden laminate flooring. This is because it is easy to clean up in case of spills and is quite durable. However, if that is not a possibility, spread out a cosy rug over your tiled or marble flooring to protect your toddler from an injury while they are learning to walk and explore their surroundings. A carpeted interior can also be ideal for those cities of Pakistan where severe winter weather is experienced.
Blinds over Curtains
Most Pakistani homes favour curtains over other methods of window coverings since the homes or apartments are often closely built and families are looking for a little bit of privacy. However, in a home with little kids, curtains can be a trip hazard. So if you want to make your house child-friendly, remove those long flowy curtains and install some modern blinds instead. Blinds can be found in a range of materials and styles these days, catering to the décor needs of all individuals.
Avoid Table Lamps
Most of us enjoy placing little decorative pieces and fancy lamps on our side tables. However, if you have a little one around, this can lead to trouble. Your toddler might not just push and break the lamp that you so lovingly placed on the table, but might also get injured. If you want to avoid sudden injuries, try installing fancy wall lights instead. Recessed lighting is also trending these days if that’s a look you want to try for your interior.
A Dedicated Play Area
Most moms spend a large part of their day picking up toys from all over the house. No matter how small or big your living space is, kids will generally find a way to spread their toys in whatever space you make available to them. The solution? Designate a specific area of your living space for those toys and role play games. Using a particular rug to differentiate this area can work well. This can add a bit of colour to your interior while also giving your kids space to play in, without messing up the entire room.
Know That Less Is More
When children are learning to walk, they need space to tumble, fall and pick themselves up. Therefore, during this part of their lives, your home décor should function on the less-is-more principle. The more space you can leave for their walking and toddling around, the better it will be. It will also result in fewer chances of injuries, giving you increased peace of mind. If you’ve been collecting random odds and ends for years though, this might be difficult for you to achieve. The first step then is to declutter your home over a weekend and then revamping your décor for a child-friendly living space.
Space for Storage
With all the additional toys, clothes, and accessories that you need to store away from your kids, there comes the need to create creative storage spaces. From baskets of toys to shelving solutions, there are quite a few options that you can choose from. Trial and error can eventually lead you to the storage solutions that are just right for you. However, since you’re opting for kid-friendly décor ideas, remember that all storage and decorative pieces need to be placed at least 2 feet off the ground so that they are beyond the reach of your toddler.
These are just a few of the many kid-friendly décor ideas that can help you convert your home into a child-friendly living space. The changes, while small, will make a big difference as you will no longer have to worry about your little one reaching out for things that have the potential to harm them.