Apartment Decorating Tips for Families

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Apartment Decorating Tips for Families

Emily Gojko · Aug 9, 2009

Adding children to the equation not only changes your life, but your decorating style too. Here are some great decorating tips to help your apartment design with family in mind.

Design for Comfort

Sure those modern, sleek designs in magazines, and on design shows look great, but when you have children, comfort is key. Comfort does not equal leather sofas that are either sticky when it’s hot or freezing when it’s cold; or sofas with hard backs and firm cushions. That being said, choosing comfort does not mean losing style. Choose a sofa that has the style you like to match your living room decoration, but in a material that is resilient, stain resistant, and cozy. Microfiber is a great option.

Get Rid of the Glass

Glass dining room tables, coffee tables, and end tables may look nice, but with little ones running around, it is important to remember that glass breaks. Consider wood tables instead. You can accomplish the same modern look by purchasing tables that are accented with steel, such as steel legs.

Beware of White

Apartments and homes with white carpet, or another light colored carpeting should strongly consider changing out the flooring. Mid-tone browns work great when you have children. They hide stains well, and unlike darker colors, the little white flecks from your socks don’t show either. Laminate floors are also a great option for your apartment design. Laminate floors can withstand almost anything, and can be cleaned with almost anything. Also, laminates are now available in a variety of styles. They are sometimes indistinguishable from hardwood, which is harder to clean and maintain.

Store It Away

When you have kids, you may plan for their stuff to be contained in their rooms, but that never happens. Your living room will become a mecca for their toys. Don’t fight it. Instead, include storage solutions in your room decoration. Storage ottomans, decorative chests, shelves with wicker baskets (these are all great, stylish storage options).

If It Can’t be Replaced, Don’t Buy It

Antiques and one-of-a-kind decorations are great, but not if they are eaily breakable. If you have any of these already, store them away, and take them out when your children are older. If you find yourself eyeing one of these in a store, think twice before making your purchase. Instead, look for a knock-off at a discount home store. By purchasing the knock-off, you are getting the same style for a lower cost, and it is replaceable.

Give Them a Space of Their Own

Make sure that your children have a space to call their own. Whether they share a room or not, decorate each of your children’s spaces with their interests in mind. Don’t choose things just because you like them. Make your children a part of choosing the room decoration for their space. By doing this, their space will be more functional, more comfortable, and therefore, more used.

These decorating tips can help you move from decorating for two to decorating for two plus.

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Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.

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