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.
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.
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.