If you need to replace flooring, think about what truly works for your family. Carpet mixed with kids and pets can be a disaster. Other flooring choices such as laminated floors or ceramic tile are easier to maintain. If you really want carpet, use carpet tiles. Then, if a section is permanently stained, you can easily replace just that section with another carpet tile. As an added bonus, many of these carpet tiles are industrial grade carpet which should hold up better to wear and stains.
Buy upholstered furniture with your kids in mind. For example, you may really like a couch that has pillows for the back. Now, envision your kids with those pillows having a pillow fight. Yes, you can try to train them not to bother the pillows, but do you really need yet another thing to police your children over? Be sure to pick an easy-care fabric. You can actually purchase furniture covered in outdoor upholstery fabric which just wipes clean.
For wood furniture, inexpensive antiques can be a great choice because they are usually sturdily made of solid wood which means that you should be able to refinish the item once your kids are grown. You can often paint wood furniture to cover damaged areas. And, a few nicks and scratches on an antique piece just adds to its charm. Particle board furniture is not likely to last long and is difficult or impossible to fix if there is a mishap.
Choose window coverings with care. Those lavish curtains that drag the floor are beautiful, but not good for kids who are liable to step on them or worse, try to climb them. Mini blinds and other window coverings with cords have been responsible for killing children, so be sure to pick cordless window coverings. Using only valances may be a good choice so that your window coverings are out of your children’s reach.
Wall coverings offer several choices that are good for kids. Many brands of paint carry a version that is targeted toward kids and easy to clean. Semigloss can be a good choice since it wipes clean. The disadvantage to the glossy paints is that any repairs made to the paint are easy to see. Flat paint is easy to touch up, but you will be cleaning with paint and a paint brush instead of wiping the walls clean. If you want wallpaper, be sure to choose versions that are scrubbable or made specifically for kids.
Consider buying curios to display your breakable items rather than putting them on open shelves. Your valuables are less likely to get broken, and an added bonus is that they will not have to be dusted as often.
By planning ahead, your home decorating can result in a gorgeous home that is kid-friendly.