Switching up the design of your family home is never easy when you have kids. The constant mayhem of picking up after them, avoiding spills and the difficulty of getting some peace while you move out furniture can make it feel almost impossible to achieve anything. However, with a little forward planning, you can begin re-designing your home in a way that accommodates your lifestyle but meets all of your design aspirations seamlessly.
Work one room at a time
Having small kids can mean that the idea of keeping them in one room at a time is just impractical. When you start mapping out the floor plan for what will go where, it’s good to think about how you will achieve each room individually. For example, if you know the dining room will be out of action for a week or so, plan how you will be able to have dinner time in the other rooms without causing too much mess. If the living room will be pulled apart while it’s being painted, how will you preoccupy energetic kids in the meantime? It’s also recommended that when you’re creating your floor plan, try and plan out the furniture to create spaces that are simple and pragmatic – busy and fussy can be incredibly problematic if you have small children.
Leave big jobs to the professionals
If you’re worried that painting your downstairs rooms will take too long, then you may wish to invest in some decorators to help you complete the project. A team of workers will complete the work much faster and will mean your rooms will be out of action for a much shorter space of time – particularly if they complete the task while you’re out at work.
If you are considering doing this yourself, remember that inorder to re-decorate you will need:
- Drop cloths
- Masking tape
These are investments you will need to make on top of the paint itself. In order to decide whether it’s worth the time and financial investment, you will have to put a moment aside to evaluate the costs.
Create a statement centrepiece
Family homes are rarely full of small delicate pieces. After all, these can be incredibly dangerous to small children. Therefore, using larger, safer items to draw attention in a room will create a trendy look without having to fill it with breakable objects. Using stylish coffee tables to store magazines and objects can double-up as functional as well as a design feature. If you want to draw attention from above, then lighting fixtures can be an incredibly useful way of pulling focus to the centre of the room. Ceiling fixtures are also handily out of the way of small children, and yet are still visible and remain a design feature, too.
Undergoing a re-design when you have small children can be incredibly challenging. However, with a little patience, you can achieve the aesthetic changes you want, and all without completely turning your lifestyle on its head.