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Your guide to a family-friendly living room

by DrPrem Jagyasi

You can have kids, pets at home and can still enjoy residing in a beautiful and a stylish home. You don’t need to banish your cute little furry friends or to restrict your kids from playing their heart out, rather you need to remodel and decorate your living space while keeping your pets and kids in mind. The key is choosing the right materials and right things. Here is your guide that will help you make your home appear sophisticated yet family friendly:

Place an oversized coffee table

oversized coffee table

A coffee table supposed to be kept in a home with kids and pets has to be different from the one used in homes without them. You ought to look for an oversized coffee table that is sturdy and big enough to serve as a coffee table and a spot where children play games.

Use stain-resistant fabrics

stain-resistant fabrics

When it comes to choosing fabrics, you must think of fabrics in a way related to your kids and the hair and muddy paws of your pets. For instance, you need to forget fabrics like silk and velvet, as they are no less than magnets attracting pet-hair. Rather go for fabrics like crypton that is muddy paw, smell, bacteria and stain resistant. The other fabrics you can consider include pleather, which is a relatively inexpensive and cruelty-free form of leather.

There is Ultrasuede that is a machine-washable microfiber and feels as soft and silky as real suede. Go for neutral nubby or woven fabrics. They hide stains and smudges better than a flat upholstery. Paired with a layer of colorful pillows, your neutral colored furniture can be a smart choice adding the much-required sophistication to a décor.

Storage ottomans

Storage ottomans

Space always seems to be at premium with kids at home. They have this habit of taking out their toys, playing with them and leaving them here and there. Storage ottomans placed in a living room serve as easy toy storage spaces, which your kids will love and it will be easier for you to manage toys after your kids are done playing.

Washable fabrics

Washable fabrics

Mattresses and upholsteries made of washable fabrics should be a choice for living rooms if you have pets and kids at home. If you like allowing your dog or a cat onto your bed, you should be prepared for times when they make your bed dirty. It goes for kids, as they also have this tendency to make bed sheets, sofa covers and more dirty. Therefore, invest on washable fabrics and spend quality time in the company of your kids and pets in your living room.

Open floor plan

Open floor plan

An open floor plan is an essential feature of a family friendly room. You can place all the items and furniture you feel is integral for adding beauty and sophistication to the décor. You kids will love the open space, as it will give them an opportunity to move freely here and there. Your pets will love it the same and you will not have to worry about things falling with the wagging tail of your dog.

Add your style

Add your style

While designing a family friendly room don’t forget to add your favorite design elements. You can mix high-end pieces but make sure they are made of durable materials. You can create a gallery wall but at a height, your kids and pets cannot reach. Likewise, you can add bookshelves that have classic designs and more.

Lightweight lamps

Lightweight lamps

Parents excessively concerned about safety risks for kids often feel that lamps made of stone, heavy wood, glass and ceramic are dangerous and are not kid-friendly. Lightweight lamps such as those made of aluminum are perfect for family friendly homes, as they look stunning and pose no threat to safety of children.

A kid-friendly and a pet-friendly living room can be stylish and sophisticated as well. One simply requires keeping a few things in mind while designing such a living room.

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