Sometimes it can be really difficult to juggle your responsibilities as a homeowner and a parent. We love our kids, but we also know just how destructive they can be to their environment and themselves. It's important to make sure that your living room is a safe place where kids can have fun and be entertained, but it’s just as important to make sure the space is also protected to the best extent you can make it from whatever damage your children are intending to inflict upon it!
On that note, here are four kid-friendly living room decorating ideas:
- Make your walls more attractive
The walls of most living rooms are boring with a capital B! You don't have to settle for that, and you can make your living room look great with some fantastic kid-friendly designs by using these removable wall stickers. This way, you aren't stuck with the design, and because the wall is already decorated, it may just help to keep your little ones from trying to decorate the wall for you.
Something simple and inexpensive like this can really brighten up a dull room, but because it's not a permanent change, it won't have any negative effect on the value of your home unless you decide to leave them in place when you sell.
- Choose furniture that is appropriate
Parents often make the mistake of buying furniture when they have children, and that's definitely something you should never do. There are a number of reasons why, but the main ones are that your needs are going to change as your children grow, and children can be really destructive, so it's better to deal with a furniture rentals company than to go out and invest thousands on furniture that might not last as long as you’d like it to.
The other issue with this is that the furniture needs to be safe. This is a really important consideration, and you should never forget that sharp corners, hooks, and protrusions are a much bigger threat to small children than they are to us. These are at eye level for kids, so it's much easier for them to literally run into trouble.
- For kids, smooth and durable flooring is the best choice
One of the really frustrating experiences of childhood is that you know instinctively that toy cars always work better indoors, but adults usually make really weird floor choices that get in the way of all the fun. A hardwood floor is often the best choice, because it is softer than tile and provides a more even surface. A fall will still hurt, but nowhere near as much as it would on a tile floor.
Carpet is definitely a bad idea if you have children. They'll not only find every possible way to ruin it, but it also gets caught in the wheels of their toys and can give nasty carpet burns that hurt like you wouldn't believe.
- "Fence off" appliances
Things like heaters, air conditioners, and fans can pose a major risk to young children, and they should be made inaccessible to little fingers. This means you need to find some way to isolate the space that these things exist in from the space that your children exist in. It may cause some minor inconvenience, but this is much better than if your children injure themselves.
Having said the above, the takeaway point of it all is that your living room needs to a space that the entire family can enjoy and be safe in. The living room is where lifelong memories for kids are made so do your best to make sure they’re all positive ones.