Over the years, our homes can begin to look a little bit tired and unloved, especially if you’re not DIY savvy like me. Children can also have a huge impact on the look of our homes, and a ‘child-proof’ home is often unable to look lush and sophisticated.
Once Ben was older we got rid of some of these ‘child-proof’ measures as he was old enough. If your kids have grown enough to think about renovating and rejuvenating your home into decadent dwellings, here are some great ideas for how to do just that:
Make the Living Room a Family Room:
Living rooms double up as playrooms when you have young children and, as a result, they become rather tatty and tarnished. This is why the living room should be the first room that you redecorate.
As opposed to simply redecorating, however, you should convert your living room into a room that all the family will want to spend time in. It’s no secret that as kids become teenagers, they want to spend more time locked in their bedrooms. Try to negate this by making your living room simply irresistible with lush sofas and a large television.
Create a Kitchen that Professional Chefs would be Proud of:
You can make the kitchen the hub of your home by creating an open plan seating area that the family can sit in while you cook.
A luxurious kitchen is the perfect place to host a dinner party, so invite your friends round to show them your newly converted entertaining space.
Make a Statement with Patterned Wallpaper:
Used to crayon drawings on the wall and muddy footprints on the carpet? Don’t be. Many 21st century homes are plain and bland and, once your children have grown up, it’s time to reverse this trend by making your home a sophisticated and elegant place to be. Luxurious wallpaper with a stylish motif can make a huge statement and will make your home stand out from the crowd.
Your children are growing up is a great reason to redecorate your home. Now that the fear of everything being ruined by your kids has subsided somewhat, you can transform your home into a something special. There are a number of different styles available and everybody’s tastes are different, but I hope that these ideas have started you thinking about how YOU want your post toddler house to look.