Do you think "kid-friendly home" is synonymous with "boring?" Hip husband -and-wife design team Cortney and Robert Novogratz, themselves parents of a brood of seven, say having children doesn't mean sacrificing style.
Leaving toys, games and other kid paraphernalia scattered around is both unsightly and a safety hazard. Make sure everything has a home and get kids in the habit of cleaning up after themselves. Storage benches make great options for double-duty furniture.
2. Who Runs the House?
There's no rule that says parents get the larger bedroom. It might make sense to give the kids the bigger space to accommodate a play area and all their belongings.
3. Start at the Bottom
Area rugs are an attractive and practical solution to protect floors and kids, especially those in the toddler stage. Select from a wide variety of styles that include cartoon characters, educational themes and game "boards."
Old-school baby gates put function ahead of form, but today you can find a number of designs that fit nicely with your decor.
6. White Furniture Is a No-No
Remember that it's your kids' home, also. It's not fair or realistic to install expensive, light-colored furniture and order them to stay away. Choose couches and chairs in darker colors and durable, easy-to-maintain fabrics.
7. You Gotta Have Art
Wall hangings and other pieces of art aren't restricted to grown-ups. Let kids personalize their own space with colorful prints and posters. Consider framing some of their own creations to help create a sense of pride.
8. Build a Creativity Kit
Video games and other electronic entertainment is fine in small doses. Nurture your child's imagination and creativity with a box of arts and crafts supplies that you keep on hand at all times.