For a lot of parents, designing a child’s room is a wonderful and generous experience. I like the idea of putting together a special place just for the kid (or kids, if you have several!), and it’s fun to put together a space just for their benefit. Plus, you can indulge a few latent childhood passions along the way—you may love zoo animals, and this is your chance to put them on wallpaper!
But for a lot of us, child-centric design stops once the bedroom door closes. I can’t blame any parent who thinks this way. There’s already SO much child-related clutter around the house, it’s all you can do to design the rest of the home to suit your own preferences and keep you sane. But it can also be a lot of fun for young children if you put a few little touches around the house just for them.
This can mean just about anything, but here are a few suggestions for kid-friendly home-design projects.
1/ Colourful & Customised Pillows
An attractive, well-designed home can look a little bit forbidding to a young child. And the easiest way to avoid this is injecting a little more colour than you otherwise would into your main rooms. My favourite solution? Customised and colourful pillows (or at least pillowcases).
If you happen to be a fan of crafting, or you simply have an artistic touch, you can probably go about this all on your own. Otherwise, Spreadshirt showcases several tasteful examples of how you can design a pillowcase to be child-friendly without being tacky. A few pillows with quotes or sayings in child-friendly fonts, little animal or character designs, or bright colours or borders can go a long way toward making a child feel welcome in the family room. And you may just have fun putting a design together as well!
2/ Shelves & Tables At Child Height
You can’t fill your whole home with furniture for the little ones, but a few small cabinets, shelves, or tables at their height can be a lovely touch. Children LOVE to mimic the habits of their parents, and if they see you pulling books off of shelves or sipping tea off of family room tables, they may want to do the same (with picture books and juice boxes, of course).
The fun part about this one is you can do it all on your own with a little bit of material, a blueprint, and the right tools! It may be a tall order if you’re not much of a DIYer, but there are only a few steps to the process. Screwfix’s array of trade tools can help you to get an idea of what you might use different tools for, or even which ones you might need to stock up on. And once you’re set up with tools, you need only find a design to follow. Your little ones can be enjoying a customised living space in an afternoon’s time.
3/ Set Up A Play Space
It’s fairly common for parents to set up a play room (or bonus room, or whatever it is you choose to call it), and that can be a place that’s largely for the kids’ use. But this is really just an extension of the idea that the bedroom is for children and the rest of the home is for adults. If you truly want to make your home comfortable for the whole family, you could consider setting up a play space in a more central area.
This idea was brought to my attention at House Beautiful’s list of family decorating ideas, though they took it a bit far. On that list, a “place to play” meant an elegant home theatre area! That could certainly be fun down the road but in the meantime all that’s required is an open space with a soft carpet and a toy chest nearby. You can think of it as a playpen without borders as the children get a little bit older, and they’ll understand that it’s the portion of the living space in which they should play.
These are all fairly small, simple ideas, but they can make a world of difference to the kids. Don’t get me wrong—it’s nice to encourage them to enjoy their own space as well! But making the whole home child-friendly can make for a delightful home environment.
Love, Jess x
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