As parents and grandparents, we want our living spaces to be stylish for adults and practical for kids. Sound like a tall order? With a little creativity, you can have a kid-friendly living space that can be functional without sacrificing sophistication. Here are 3 ways to make a space that will bring kids and adults together!

ALL-PURPOSE SEATING

Whether it’s a playdate, Superbowl party, or birthday celebration, you’ll want to think about these 3 elements.

1-Versatility: does it accommodate the size of gathering that your family needs?
2-Durability: how resistant is your furniture to stains, spills, and pets? Many of my clients opt for leather furniture, slipcovers or stain-resistant fabric.
3-Fun factor: do you have seating that makes game playing, adult conversation, and playdates easy? Create a space that allows flow around furniture and accessories open, that way, it keeps everyone together yet able to do multiple things.

STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Toys, books, games, video console’s, remote controls…the list goes on.  It’s not that we don’t want these items in our room, we just don’t want to see them.  You can maintain style and tidiness with the help of creative and useful storage solutions.  They also allow for quick clean up when guests arrive! Consider these great storage options that offer kid-friendly functionality without looking like a playroom.  

  • Ottoman with inside storage capability
  • A coffee table that has concealed storage underneath or has space to put storage baskets
  • Bookcases allow you to display decorative things up high and stylish baskets down low to conceal toys and games
  • Entertainment center with doors to store electronics, books, and remote controls
  • Under-window seating bench offers storage as well as extra seating

PRETTY MEETS PRACTICAL

Contrary to popular opinion, having kids and a stylish home is possible!  There are many ways to elevate the feel of a room.  For example, having low profile furniture and soft, easy-to-clean area rugs will invite both little and big people to play!  Try layering comfy and colorful pillows and throws that are machine washable. Don’t be afraid to mix in higher-end decorative pieces, just make sure they’re made from durable materials.

Your walls and pillows are a great place to display your little one’s art masterpieces.  Or go big with a specific chalk wall or table that your kids will never want to leave. Here are some tips for DIY chalkboard painting from Martha Stewart. 

YOUR MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL DESIGN EXPERT

We hope these tips will inspire you to create the kid and adult-friendly atmosphere every home deserves. However, if further help is what you need, contact Spaces Reinvented. Based in the Twin Cities, Spaces Reinvented offers exceptional home staging and design services.  Simply put, we love transforming spaces from ordinary to extraordinary! Contact us today to design the perfect multi-purpose living space for your family!