Family Friendly Decorating Tips Anyone With Kids Should Include in Their Home

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated
The way parents adjust, or not, their homes when the children arrive remains a topic open to debate. In one corner there are those who are determined that things will remain exactly as they have always been and in the other corner there are parents who think that some compromises should be made for safety sake or for their sanities sake – whichever corner you start from once children arrive in your home there some family friendly decorating tips we think you should include in your home or at least give some consideration to.   Three painting by a child positioned under a window-

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Include somewhere to display their art other than the fridge. You will get bombarded with art on a daily basis, so get your child to choose their favourite piece to include in a permanent display.   Cream living room with pops of colour with wall canvases and bright curtains, with dark wooden dining table in the background

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Open up as much open floor space as possible for them to play; you may have to break the unsaid interior design rules for a few years and push the furniture back against the walls if don't have much space.   Chalkboard wall art

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Constant verbal encouragement and visual words of wisdom via wall decals/chalk boards are a great idea.   Round glass dining table in a kitchen, sat on a grey rug

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There's no getting away from the fact that children generate dirt! Use heavy duty outdoor mats indoors to catch the dirt and grime before it's traipsed through the whole of your home.   Bright modern white living room with large green corner sofa

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It's a no brainer that you really should opt for durable fabrics that can be sponged clean or thrown into the washing machine.   Cream living room with red blinds and sofa, orange footstool, glass table and orange and white striped armchair

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Go for child friendly colours for fabrics rather than creams and whites. Large living room with two red pouf chairs, green ottoman in the middle of the room and brown corner sofa

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Include bean bags and pouffes in the living room; the kids will love them, they're far easier for them to sit on and it will save them the effort of trying to scramble onto the sofa and chairs.   Include lots of stylish storage White living room with storage units and drawers on one wall and white sofa on the right under the window

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Fresh white kitchen dining room with wooden table and green and white plastic chairs

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Have a dining room table so that you can spend some quality time together at every opportunity. Round ottoman coffee table and dark brown suede corner sofa in a large white room

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You won't be able to have item of furniture and every cupboard with a rounded, child safe corner (well, it is possible, but not in an average household!) so, be mindful of sharp corners, especially on coffee tables when toddlers are just starting to cruise around. White living room with beige corner sofa and duck egg blue floral roman blind at one window, and light blue pencil pleat curtains at the window by the glass dining table

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Choose window treatments that have style, function but don't pose a danger. If you have blinds ensure they have child safety features. Curtains that pool onto the floor may look swish but they're a real temptation for inquisitive minds to use as a means of climbing! Traditional light green family room with darker green corner sofa and brown and light blue patterned rug

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Invest in well made furniture that can withstand being used as a trampoline!

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