The key concepts to keep in mind when decorating a child-proof home are style and safety. Modern design can embody those two qualities well, as it tends to be streamlined, practical, and sturdy. Each piece of furniture yields a purpose beyond simply “decoration”, and therefore rooms don’t become cluttered with random objects. A home can remain tidy and organized despite a flurry of activity. The idea is minimalism; while raising a child can feel consuming, how you design your home can actually help simplify things. Below are a few suggestions:
Most modern furniture is naturally child-proof thanks to durable, easy-to-clean materials. Think leather couch, which wipes clean versus a fabric couch, which collects dust and pet hair. Choose fabrics that are soft, easy to upkeep, and versatile, like microfiber, which comes in a myriad of colors.
By adding several large pillows to the living room (made of durable, washable and colorful fabrics), you not only soften the overall look of the home, but you also provide your children with comfy lounge options that can withstand spills. Plus, when they get too worn, you can toss them and get a new collection of pillows. It’s a lot more affordable than a new couch!
Less is more as far as furniture is concerned. Leaving the floor plan more open provides more space for children to play, and less likelihood for collisions.
Round tables save you from injurious sharp corners. A round table has the advantage of seating everyone equally, with no corners to separate people, thereby creating a more convivial and relaxed space. For many children, the dinner table is where they can interact regularly with their family, and it should be a welcoming space.
Choose flooring that is durable, like hardwood or tile, which can withstand the wear and tear of foot traffic, dropped toys, spills, etc. Carpet can harbor mold, mites and other allergens, so a more ideal alternative is a machine-washable area rug to soften a hard surface.
Instead of covering the walls with expensive art that could get knocked down or damaged, try decorating with the walls with bold, non-toxic paint colors. You can always change the colors later. If you do want to hang wall art, hang it higher than the reach of your children, and secure it to avoid the potential of heavy objects falling down.
Chandeliers or lanterns are a safe, out-of-the-way option for adding artistic accents, as opposed to lamps which can get knocked over during playtime. The colorful lantern above by Bill Solfield (part of his furniture collection designed for Baker), is a great example of vibrant lighting touch.
The modern concept of “function over form” without sacrificing any of the aesthetic makes decorating your home for children easy and worthwhile.