How to Design a Family Friendly Home

How to Design a Family Friendly Home

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When you are designing your new home, whether you have purchased a fixer-upper in a suburban town or you have opted to invest in a luxury property like one of the Lake Pointe homes for sale I’ve had my eye on for a while, you will need to consider what the purposes of your design scheme will be. If you are designing a bachelor pad, your home will look quite different from one that you will end up renting out. And if you are designing a home to raise kids in, you will need to be certain that it is family friendly.

Continue reading for a few family friendly home design tips to get started.

Stick with an Open Floor Plan

Open floor plans are hugely popular in all homes, not just family friendly homes, but they are especially helpful in households with children because they give parents the ability to always keep an eye on their kids. While you are cooking in the kitchen, for example, you can watch your kids playing video games or watching TV in the living room. An open floor plan also makes the home feel bigger, giving everyone in the house more space to feel totally at ease.

Go for the Right Paint

In addition to choosing the paint colors that your entire family will love throughout every room of your house, you also need to consider child-friendly paints that will make it easy to clean the walls whenever necessary. This is also really helpful if you have pets too. So stick with paints that are easy to wipe clean, such as semi gloss, satin, or eggshell.

Keep the Furniture Comfortable

Rather than focusing on style alone, when it comes to choosing furniture, such as the chairs for your dining room table and your kitchen table, as well as your sofa in the living room, opt for pieces that are good looking but also really comfortable. Your kids won’t really care about what the furniture looks like, especially if they find that they can’t tolerate sitting in a chair for very long. Besides, after a hard day at work and taking care of your kids, you will definitely want a really large, comfortable, soft sofa to sink into in the evening.

Install Family Friendly Flooring

Flooring is also important in a family friendly home. For high traffic areas, such as hallways, entries, and your family room, stick with flooring options that will clean up easily with a vacuum and a mop. A few good options include linoleum,
laminate, wood, and tile. In bedrooms, you can go for carpeting that is soft and great for crawling babies and toddlers who like to play on the floor a lot. And in areas with hardwood or tile floors, you can incorporate area rugs to add some comfort and warmth. 

Just because you are focused on designing a family friendly home certainly does not mean that you have to give up on aesthetics to focus on kid-friendly functionality. Instead, you can have the best of both worlds if you follow the tips above.

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