Design Lesson
Apr 13, 2015

7 design solutions for kids and family rooms

By: Lauren McPhillips

7 design solutions for kids and family rooms Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Apr 13, 2015

7 design solutions for kids and family rooms

By: Lauren McPhillips

Designing kid- and family-friendly living spaces can seem difficult when you factor in decor styles, bumps and spills, and storage requirements. Try our design solutions to create the perfect space for everyone in your family.

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7 design solutions for kids and family rooms

Problem: My partner is a massive sports fan, but I don’t want the house to be overrun with memorabilia

Football posters, basketball jerseys and signed hockey sticks are great in a dorm room, but not so much in your new home’s living room. If sports are an important part of your partner’s life, compromise by adding a few pieces of their collection as accessories into your decorating scheme, like in this photo.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

7 design solutions for kids and family rooms

Problem: We have small kids and I’m worried about spills on furniture and flooring

There are plenty of options available for easy to clean floors – vinyl, tiles, engineered hardwood – and furniture. If you do have fabric chairs, cover them in a durable material.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

7 design solutions for kids and family rooms

Problem: Our living room is overrun with kids’ toys

Designate a specific room of the house as a playroom for your kids, housing all of their toys, arts and crafts. If the living room is the hub of the home, keep a small box of toys in there that are allowed in that space but can also be easily be picked up and hidden away.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Raquel Langworthy Credits: Style at Home

7 design solutions for kids and family rooms

Problem: The kids love to get creative – with the walls unfortunately

If your child’s budding creativity happens to come out on the walls of their room, encourage them to do so (safely!) by creating a chalkboard wall that gives them a large space to work out their inner Monet.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

7 design solutions for kids and family rooms

Problem: My kids come home with artwork from school all the time – how do I display it without making my house look messy?

Proud parents can incorporate their little Picasso’s masterpieces into the existing decor by creating a gallery wall in the hallway or up the stairwell, placing in matching floating frames for a seamless look.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

7 design solutions for kids and family rooms

Problem: Our kids love playing in the big backyard of our new house, but there’s no mudroom for them to come in through

Create a mudroom at the side entrance simply by hanging hooks, installing a floating shelf with baskets to store hats and mitts and a moving in a bench to sit on whilst taking shoes off.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Michael Nangreaves Credits: Style at Home

7 design solutions for kids and family rooms

Problem: My child is growing out of her kid-like room. I don’t want to redecorate every time she changes her teenage mind!

Invest money on big pieces like the bed and desk that you don’t want to change every few years, opting for classic styles that will grow with her. Then let her have fun with the accessories like bedding, wall art and paint colour that won’t cost as much to change up when her taste evolves.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Ashley Capp Credits: Style at Home

7 design solutions for kids and family rooms

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By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

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