Whether you are building a new home from scratch, or renovating your current one – you have quite a task ahead of you. The situation is made even more difficult, of course, when you have kids on board. However, this doesn’t mean that it has to be a massive headache. The truth is, if you approach it in the right way, it can be relatively simple. The key to designing a home around the children is to remain calm. Many people become overly stressed at the first hurdle, and decide that they can’t go on. Then what you find is either a half-finished project or a finished one with a rushed feel. The lesson? Take it easy. In the vast majority of circumstances, there is no real rush. If things don’t go perfectly to plan, that’s fine. There is always a solution. With that in mind, here are some top tips to make the whole process go just a little bit smoother.
Consider Daily Life
Often, it is tempting to get a little carried away by our high ideas. This is often particularly true in the early days of a project. We all know what it’s like – you get so excited about the big picture that you forget the smaller, more essential, details. Try your hardest not to fall into this – admittedly easy – trap. From the outset, make a promise not to sacrifice functionality for the sake of style or design. Remember your daily life, with all its ups and downs. At the end of the day, you will be raising children in this home – so keep it practical. Remember the core essentials of open space and multi-use furniture. Really, this is all about catering to your family’s own unique needs. If you have triplets, for example, then you will need to look into getting kids Triple bunk beds. Functionality is the name of the game.
Too often, families moving into a new home leave the decorating for an unspecified future time. It is important to be careful when you make promises like this. Try to ensure that you are not just covering up procrastination with something else. The truth is, you will find it easier to decorate before everyone has got settled into the new place. It might be tempting to put it off for a while – but don’t. You will be glad, later on, that you got it done early.
There are significant benefits to be had from the no-fuss look. Apart from looking stylish, I mean. When you have children running around, it really benefits you to have as little stuff as possible. All parents know the frustration that can come of your kids playing with things they are not meant to touch. Rule out the likelihood of this happening early on by remaining minimalistic in your design. This approach also affords you the luxury of reducing the amount of cleaning there is to do. This is surely great news for any parents. With children running around, who really has time to dust every surface in the house? With this approach, you need not worry.