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How to make your home kid-friendly (while still being stylish)

You can still make a home beautiful while incorporating child-friendly elements. It may just take a little creativity and thinking outside the box.

By House & Garden South Africa | October 19, 2021 | Category

Children change your entire life - from your sleep schedule to your downtime and the decor decisions you make in your home.

Gone are the days when that uber trendy glass staircase railing with sharp edges was your prized possession. Now, it’s all about soft corners, baby gates and surfaces that are easy to clean.

But it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom. You can still make a home beautiful while incorporating child-friendly elements. It may just take a little creativity and thinking outside the box.

Here are few tips:

Consider a chalk wall

Is there anything more slick than a black feature wall? Well now you can have that and a doodle space for the kids. Chalk walls are great fun and add a modern element to any home. Located in the kitchen or living area would be ideal place for it to be functional and stand-out.

Soft landing

Kids need support - physically and otherwise. If you’re going for the bohemian look, scatter cushions, bean bags and soft rugs scattered around are not only stylish and cool but they provide a safe space for the kids and all their antics. No need to worry about a toddler falling onto hard ground.

Bring the outside in

Being in nature does wonders for kids (and adults too) so it's important to have plants in your home. They are a great source of oxygen and have positive effects on the mind. It can be a learning curve too, by giving your child the responsibility of looking after their own plant. Another idea is to allow them to get creative by painting their terracotta pot - it’s sentimental and makes a great feature in your home.

Storage is essential

With kids comes an accumulation of stuff. Get innovative with your storage solutions by utilising multifunctional furniture. Opt for a double-tiered coffee table or a bedframe with drawers. A basket filled with your children’s colourful toys could be a fun decor feature too.