Kids are a huge factor when it comes to home design. Designing for the kids is completely different than designing for an empty nest, especially when it comes to younger kids. The way you shop for furniture and accessories is completely different. That’s why we have 3 quick tips for a kid friendly living room. We want to get you started on the right foot. Get you thinking about a few key things when it comes to designing with kids in mind.
1. Upholstery that can take a beating.
The sofa and the chairs are going into battle. It’s furniture versus children and the kids have the upper hand. The upholstery will be jumped on, spilled on and dirtied up. Invest in materials that can stand the abuse and can be easily cleaned. One choice to consider is leather. Leather can stand up to the abuse and can be cleaned fairly easy. Leather isn’t your style? Start looking into slipcovers – now. They will become your best friends when the messes come. Just pull them off and wash them, life can be that easy.
2. Pick out a strong coffee table.
This is a must. You NEED a coffee table that will last. This is going to be a crucial piece in the living room. The kids will use it for many things and you’ll be extremely thankful you picked out a good coffee table. It will be used as a place to eat, a place to play, a place for crafts and many other activities. Do it right the first time and get a solid, reliable coffee table.
3. Choose a wipe worthy paint.
Not all paint is created equal. You find this out when you have kids. Some how, some way, it ends up on the walls. Researchers still have no idea how this happens. It’s truly inevitable which means you need to cover the walls with paint that can stand a deep cleaning. Look into paint that can hold up with a thorough wipe down and won’t fade after the first clean. It also doesn’t hurt to keep a little extra touch up paint handy, but let’s hope it never gets to that point.
With school starting right around the corner, we want our students to make the most out of their year. They’re going to spending at least a year in the dorms, so why not make it the best space it can be? This post is for you future and current dorm room dwellers. We’ve got 3 tips to dorm room decorating to help students get the best out of their dorm rooms and to make sure they’re on their way to educational success in a well designed space.
1. Bring Only The Essentials
As we all know, dorm rooms aren’t lavish, spacious suites. They are limited spaces that give you enough room to sleep and, if you’re lucky, space to study. Keep this in mind when preparing to go to a dorm room. Some of them come furnished which typically means a twin bed frame, twin bed mattress and a poor excuse for a desk. And some of them don’t come furnished at all. Find out what your dorm comes with and go from there. Sorry kids, the Cal king is going to have to stay at home. That means bedding, clothing, wall decor and possibly some extra storage pieces. Plus, you’re going to acquire more and more stuff throughout the year. We promise, it’s inevitable.
2. Think Vertical.
In a small space it pays to think vertically. Take advantage of the open space above your head by lofting your bed and sliding your desk or maybe a dresser underneath. This compacts the large furniture items and give you more space for designing and activities.
3. Get Creative With Storage.
One tricky thing you’re going to have to solve is storage. You will need it, but the problem you face is the lack of space. This is where shoe holders that hang on closet doors and night stand side tables doubling as extra storage come in handy. Don’t forget about shelving options. They offer a place to decorate and much needed storage space. Every space is different and you’ll adapt your storage needs accordingly.
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Are you ready for stairs that you can excited about? How about stairs that won’t be over looked? What about a set of stairs that will get you excited to take those steps up to your comfy bedroom?
The stairway can easily be over looked and forgotten, but with a little love and attention it can become an eye catching space. It’s a canvas ready for you to pick up the design brush and paint the space with your personal style. The stairs offer a lot more design space and many more options than meet the eye. The space gives you the walls that the stairs follow up, the space before the stairs, the banisters and the stairs to create a stairway that you can be excited about.
When people come into your home for the first time they won’t only be greeted by your beautiful entryway, but they’ll also give your stairway some much deserved attention as well. Hit the walls with coastal wall art and create a beautiful gallery wall to fill what would otherwise be empty space. The art fills the blank walls and utilizes what most would see as unable space. Try adding a mirror to open up the stairs. It allows more light and gives the person looking into the mirror a sense of open space.
Looking to add a little more nautical flare? How about ditching those traditional banisters and swapping them out for a rope banister? Is that nautical enough for you? Rope banisters are the ultimate coastal addition and instantly invoke the feeling of being aboard a boat. Don’t forget about the stairs themselves. They too can be used to as a design detail in the space. The stairs can be painted or covered with a stair runner. Stair runners offer a great range of color and texture options for your stairway. It allows you to mix up the materials that can be on your stairs as well.
Lastly, you cannot forget about the space before the stairs. It sets up the stairway and acts almost as an appetizer to the main course that will be the stairs. You can help it set the design tone and style for the rest of the stairway. It can compliment the art or the frames while still offering a great look as well. So what are you waiting for? Your stairs are ready to become a standout part of your home! Take a look at these great stairway pictures we’ve gathered and don’t forget to get out there to see what other designers are doing!