During our childless days, we all enjoy the luxury of designing a home according to our personal tastes and preferences. However, when it comes to starting a family, there are
certain compromises to be made and changes to implement. Having children is one of life’s greatest and most challenging experiences, and there are parts of our lives that will change irreversibly, including the way we live in our homes. As well as adjusting our daily schedule, sleep patterns, social lives and relationships, we also need to consider adapting our living spaces to meet the needs of our little ones.Baby-safe décor doesn’t need to be a bore. With these top tips, you can make your home practical and safe for the whole family, without compromising on style.
Choose a stylish rug
Large rugs come in useful when babies are learning to walk, as there are bound to be endless bumps and bruises as they find their feet. A beautiful area rug can also tie a room together and offer some insulation against cold wooden floors, so you can’t go wrong when bringing one into your living space.
When you have children, you need to think carefully about where you display knick-knacks and decorations, as curious hands will soon swipe anything that’s out where they can reach it. You don’t have to ditch the accessories completely, however, as these are often the elements that pull a room’s aesthetic together. Opt for wall-mounted shelves or high gallery picture walls for a safe yet stylish interior.
Keep family documents organized
The last thing you want when you’re late for a meeting is to have to hunt around for your child’s school planner or that important appointment card. Similarly, you need to make
sure important home documentation and emergency contact information is stored in an appropriate place, so you can always find it in an emergency. You don’t want to be thinking: “I need to find a local plumber near me to fix my pipe” in the midst of a flood, or desperately trying to contact an electrician during a power cut. Acquaint yourself with local contractors and keep all of their details in one handy place, so you always know where to turn in an emergency. Fix a magazine holder or stylish tray to the inside of your cupboard door and keep messy paper out of sight.
Baby-proof with style
There are number of gadgets you need for baby-proofing your home, including cupboard latches, plug socket covers and baby gates. These items, while necessary for your child’s safety, can spoil the look of your home. Therefore, try to incorporate them into your décor, so they don’t stand out. If in doubt, always opt for white colours, so they blend in.
Choose toy storage that matches your decor
Let's face it, children's toys scattered around the room instantly destroys the look you worked so hard to create. You can do one of two things. One is to just accept that your home will be taken over for a few years and you just go with it and look forward to the day you can reclaim your decor. The other is to invest in beautifully designed storage for the toys so that your child is free to play, and when it's time to clean up, no one is the wiser about what happens there in the daytime. You can also buy stylish toys that look nice in your home, but in this case I think your child's needs should come first, so if it's more for you than for them, pass it over for something you little one would really enjoy.