Re-vamping your living room

Re-vamping your living room with kids in mind

Sometimes it’s hard to keep a tidy house with children living in it. Here are some tips to achieving a good look with kids in mind.

Creating a perfect space for you and your family to relax can be a little challenging if you have children. Whatever their age or temperament, you can bet that keeping things tidy and free of clutter can be difficult. Aspiring to the impossibly perfect beauty of the rooms photographed in your home magazines may not be realistic, so here are some tips to getting control of your living room when you have kids about the house:

Storage

Adding much needed storage to your living room is vital. This doesn’t mean purchasing the latest solid oak cabinet; in fact, it could mean much cheaper canvas boxes or toy chests which can be found on eBay or local shopping centres. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, and it really can make a difference if you allocate some ‘living room toys’ which have a home to go to at the end of the day. It can smarten the place up and free it of clutter very quickly and easily. This mum’s blog also has some great ideas on how to hide toys stylishly.

Easy clean fabrics

Next time you buy a sofa, pouffe or armchair, think about the fabric you’re going for. Don’t just think about colour, but ease of cleaning too. Leather, although more expensive, is so easy to wipe clean (even with a baby wipe.) Darker fabrics, of course, show up less of the dirt. Patterned materials are also good if you have kids around.

Free up your (and their) clutter

Kids’ DVDs, games and CDs can really make a mess and make a living room look shabby. Pens, scraps of paper, old tissue boxes, lego – anything can cause a mess and make a room look untidy. Try and sell what you don’t need and hide what you don’t want on show. Simple clipped boxes can provide a good way of hiding unwanted clutter. Think ruthlessly about what you want and what you can live without!

Cheap accessories

You can make a living room look far more grown up by adding some cheaper touches, like blankets and cushions, to add warmth and texture to a room. These items won’t be likely to get ruined by children, and can really spruce up an uninspired room. If you’re a bit unsure about what colours to buy, or you only ever stick to one tone, try OKA’s online cushion arranger tool. It can help you mix and match different colours and patterns and see what works and what doesn’t. You might be surprised by how sophisticated a few extra cushions can make a room look.

Lighting

If you think cute table lamps would only get knocked over, try fitting wall uplighters to add a great touch of class to your living room. Away from little hands, these lights can add a practical element as well as looking great. If you want the look of pretty candles but don’t want the worry or safety concerns, try LED candles. These are very easily available on the high street now and have a real life-like flame flicker to create the true candle effect.

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