5 easy ways to master family friendly decorating

Having children isn’t the end to a chic living environment. It just means some alterations are in order, that’s all

It’s so easy to lose sight and inspiration for interior style when your main style objective involves moving valuables higher and higher out of reach of sticky little finger. Ideally you want your house to look chic, and perhaps have a little of that pre-kid simplicity too (before toys became the living room centrepiece). Here are my tips to help you maintain some semblance of style (and sanity!) when it comes to decorating your home.

1. Storage is Key

Furniture that has a dual purpose like a coffee table with built in drawers is worth it but it’s not always possible. Instead invest in a toy chest or some stylish baskets that will contain (and hide) everything.

2. Pick Patterns

If there is one thing that can camouflage stains – it’s patterns. Picking a patterned fabric on rugs, couches or pillows is a great way to ensure nothing will be completely wreaked with the odd stain here and there.

3. Add a Blackboard

One of the biggest trends for kid-friendly spaces is having a wall transformed into a blackboard. As you know kids love to draw and create so it’s great to have a wall ready to go which will give them hours of entertainment. Tip: Find dustless chalk (yes – it’s a thing!) to save cleaning up time!

4. Aim High

Instead of hiding your best vases and trinkets  away try moving them to higher ground. Wall mounted floating shelves are perfect to display treasured items that will be out of reach from your children. Tip: Group things in similar colours but with a mix of textures, heights and shapes to create something visually appealing.

5. The Greenhouse Effect

Houseplants are back and are an interesting way to inject colour and life into a room. Find a low maintenance plant that requires little to no attention – as god knows you just don’t have the time to look after anything else. Don’t spend too much money on it either as they seem to be a real attraction for little ones who enjoy plucking off the leaves! Tip: Options like the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree will give some good greenery, and if that fails try the humble herb stand in your kitchen.

Something else you might like: How to Inject Millennial Pink into Your Home

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Sarah Murray

SARAH MURRAY IS A JOURNALIST AND A MUM WHO FOUNDED DAY DOT ON MATERNITY LEAVE WITH HER SON RAFFERTY. IT WAS DURING THIS TIME SHE REALISED THAT ALTHOUGH SHE WAS A MUM AND WAS SUDDENLY INTERESTED IN SLEEP SCHEDULES AND MUSLIN WRAPS, SHE ALSO STILL WANTED TO KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH THE LATEST TRENDS. THUS, DAY DOT WAS BORN IN A BID TO INSPIRE AND CONNECT WITH OTHER MODERN MUMS AROUND THE WORLD THROUGH FASHION, BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE AND, OF COURSE, BABIES.

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