Did your house loose its sense of style since you had kids? Oh yeah, I know the feeling. We’ve all been there. As soon as the babies start pulling themselves up or crawling all over the place, the baby-proofing adventure begins. Good-bye oversized glass vases resting in the corner of the living room. Good-bye expensive décor items lying peacefully on the perfect coffee table. Before we know it, we are saying “yes” to those hideous baby gates. I am guilty of not only one gate, but four! What can I tell you? There is really no good and safe way around the baby gates, but you can certainly keep your house stylish if you follow these 4 kid-friendly decorating ideas below.
1:: Get the leather on!
No, I am not talking about your Saturday night leather pants. I am talking about choosing the most durable material for your sofas. When picking that gorgeous white linen upholstered couch, think about that dark sugary grape juice leaking from the oh, so well designed, sip cup and switch all those crazy thoughts to LEATHER! That’s what we do around here. Leather for the sofas, leather for the lounge chairs (even though we never lounge), leather for the kitchen stools, and leather for the dining room chairs! For this room, we chose a brown leather sofa and I am so happy we did it. To tone all the brown color down a bit, we’ve sprinkled on some pillows and a light-colored throw.
2:: Pillows must have zippers
When choosing your throw pillows, go for the ones that are affordable and have a zipper on so you can easily clean them out when needed. Could you imagine having your kids wear white pants at the playground? So why think you can have a pillow that won’t need a regular washing schedule when living with kids. My pillows tend to stay more on the floor than on the couch itself. The picking up from the floor and
throwing placing them gracefully on the couch bothers me more than the thought of having to wash them.
The dots wall decal, aka confetti wall decal, is a great decor option for a modern room. Some nurseries will have a woodland theme. Other butterflies, fairies or little birdies theme. Some will follow the nautical or sports theme. But what about that space that wants to be cute, fun, and personal, without having a theme?
To make it modern, I say go geometrical. Play with shapes and colors. The confetti wall decal is an easy way to add some fun to any space. This wall decal set can be done with 2 of 19 colors. It is super easy to find a good color to match a nursery, kids’ room, or playroom. It works anywhere and for anyone really. And that is why I chose the confetti wall decal when designing my niece’s room. Olivia’s room has a turquoise wall, colorful wall dots and white furniture mixed with wood. The room is not done yet, but as soon as we finish putting it all together, I will be posting pictures here. And I think you will agree that no theme sometimes is the way to go. Some good options of wall decals for a room without themes is the Little Peaks wall decal and the Pennants wall decal. So, what do you prefer? Theme or no theme at all?
For more ideas of how to decorate a kid’s room with black, read this post here.
What makes a playroom design a good one? I am in the process of turning my updated home studio into a playroom and office space. So when Jennifer, from Jennifer Finch Photography sent us her gorgeous new playroom, I knew I had found some great inspiration.
I love the lighting in this space and the contrast between the white furniture and the bold colorful prints on the wall. The storage space is great. The kids can reach in easily for play and clean up. The pom pom clouds and rain drops is such a great addition to the room. This feels like a great place for the kids to run around or sit down to do crafts or read books.
I will definitely create a gallery wall in my office. I think Jennifer’s picks for her frames worked so well together. And I loved to see one of my prints from Printable Art Posters in this playroom. Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing with us your amazing new playroom.
For more playroom design ideas, visit this Pinterest board.
The questions was, what should I do with the long white wall along our hallway? The possibilities were endless, the ideas were great. But it tuns out that this hallway, which connects all three kids’ rooms, is more than just a connector at times. It can be the office for school play, a track for Hot Wheels racing, or even a bowling alley. So when it came down to deciding on the decor, I thought that framing some of the kids’ artwork was definitely the best option. They are so proud of their artwork hanging on the wall, and I adore this look.
To make this gallery wall work with the kids’ artwork, I chose frames that follow the style of my home. Alex and I like dark wood colors, as you can see by the hardwood floors, we prefer silver to gold, white is always present and black is spotted here and there. So for the gallery wall I chose walnut wood frames, along with silver and mirror frames. Some big and some small. All purchased at Target. The layout for the wall is somewhat symmetric, but it also has some movement. I really like how it tuned out. The windows help make this space feel bright and airy. It looks very kid-friendly; yet very stylish.
What makes that space you been designing for your kids even more special? Oh, it is in the details. It’s about making it personal, making it unique. It’s about adding pieces, photos and drawings that are very dear to your heart. A space that says So and So live here. But how can you achieve that? How about a gallery wall? One that is full of color, full of special prints, photographs or those kids drawings that make your heart melt. A gallery wall with different frame sizes and styles. One with personalized pieces. A gallery wall that shows a little about who you are.
Putting a gallery wall together might seem scary at first, but once you start gathering the pieces, it is pure joy. Our new zodiac print creates the focal point for the gallery wall above. The Capricorn print is framed on the left by the Ombre art from printable posters and the must-have custom birth print design. On the right the Kaleidoscope print and the I love you print help bring in more colors to the space. To make it fun, some prints were taped to the wall and some were framed. Adding different elements, such as the letter V from Pottery Barn and the handmade round paper garland, complete the look. It is fun, chic and very affordable.
As a tip, once you gather all your pieces, place them on the floor and find a layout that you like. Start from the center of the wall with a focal piece and then move to the sides. There is no right or wrong. Once you have decided on the layout, turn the music on and have fun while moving everything to the wall. Once all items are on the wall, take a look around and start enjoying the space.
I have been pinning some cool gallery wall inspiration here. Check it out to get inspired. Go on, get creative!
Having a stylish kid-friendly home is more than just having little stools by the sink, cups in lower drawers, or towels that hang at three feet high. A stylish kid-friendly home is a place that works for both kids and parents. It should follow that so desire aesthetic the grown ups wish for while keeping the kids in mind. A stylish kid-friendly home is a place where the kids feel like they belong and parents feel at ease to relax and enjoy quality family time. You have to find little things, details, storage or types of fabrics that work for the entire family. Here is just one thing we did at my home to transform our kitchen in a place that my kids can go explore whenever their little hearts desire.
Style + Kid-friendly = black chalk wall
One neat thing we did in our home to create a kid-friendly space was to paint one wall in the kitchen with black chalk paint. If you never painted any walls in your house with a dark color, I strongly recommend. Dark walls make great backgrounds for beautiful frames with family portraits or kids drawings. This black chalk wall made our eating corner feel so cozy and refined. It added depth and a lot of interested to the space. It is now the focal wall once you step in the kitchen. I was hesitant at first as I was not quite sure how it would turn out. So if you are afraid that your place might feel too dark, focus on only one wall like we did, and you will be surprise.
On our chalk wall we write birthday messages, weekly schedules, little reminders, sight words from Bela’s homework, or just anything creative with the kids. They can color on it and get creative, and the room stills feels like a space that was designed for Alex and I as well.
Other great spots for a chalk wall in your home would be in the hallway close to the kids’ rooms, playrooms, or a very fun and casual family room. Here are some great finds and inspiration for chalk walls.
So, what are you waiting for? Make your home kid-friendly without giving away your décor likes. Give your home some style and fun at the same time with black chalk paint. Next Saturday, you can wake up, turn on the music and make some colorful pancakes while the little ones color the walls. After all, it is about having fun every day, right?