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Kid-Friendly Decor

BY MARTIN AMADO ON MARCH 9TH, 2017

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You don’t have to sacrifice style for safety if you have small children when decorating your home. Yet, many parents seem to think so because their home resembles more a playroom than a space meant for the entire family.

Understandably, you want to take every necessary precaution to avoid any potential safety hazard in your environment, but this doesn’t mean the alternative is to live in an empty room either as I’ve seen many times during initial consultations. I’m happy to report that there is a happy medium! The key is to not choose furniture with sharp corners, glass tops or fabrics that easily stain.  

During the time when babies begin to crawl and toddlers begin to take their first steps is usually when parents clear the room starting with the coffee table. Instead, think of using an upholstered ottoman as a coffee table!  Softer to the touch. You can even use two cubes with storage inside for toys and books. It’s a bonus when the furniture does double-duty. 

 

 

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When choosing furniture, leather is definitely the way to go for its durability. But if you have a fabric sofa, treat it with a stain repellant or use a slipcover for easy maintenance. Chose an area rug with darker colors or patterns that can hide any accidental spills, and for accessories, obviously, you want to find pieces that are shatter-proof. I’m a big fan of using natural textures for this reason. For example, woven spheres inside a wood bowl along with books and magazines look great on a coffee table as decorative accents.  Nowadays, you can even get the realistic look and scent of candles – a big no no when children are around, yet a must to enhance the ambiance in a room -- by using flameless candles that operate with batteries.

Keeping these ideas in mind will help you create an environment that the entire family can enjoy.