There were around 6.8 million families with three or more children living in the same household in 2017. Designing homes that are family-friendly is a challenge that can be met by introducing concepts and styles that will accommodate the needs of everyone. It’s like vacationing in an RV and making sure that every member of the family feels comfortable and has a space or corner inside the home. Here are some ideas to consider.
The Living Room to Celebrate Family Life
Whether it is to receive guests, entertain or huddle as a family, the living room is one of the most oft used spaces in your home. It is the place where memories are created making it a special challenge to decorate. If you have an open space type of home where your kitchen, living and dining rooms are joined together, opt for a focal point on your wall that becomes its centerpiece.
A fireplace is a good starting point for your decoration. This is where you will arrange furniture and accessories to create a comfortable and functional room. In addition, you can include an indoor water fountain that not only creates a Zen-like atmosphere but also purifies the air inside your house. These water features can be mounted on walls or built along corridors to enhance your living space and provide benefits. The space under a staircase is also ideal for water fountains or even in washbasins inside bathrooms. A round table in your dining room enables you to interact better while a breakfast nook in the kitchen is a special corner where everyone can meet for a quick chat before heading out for the day.
Bedrooms that Induce Relaxation
The bedroom is getting to be a favorite place in the house where you can retreat for some peace, catch a few winks when you’re exhausted or simply chill by yourself. It has become a sacred place for everyone. Next to the kitchen and living room, it is the room that Americans value the most according to a Choice Home Warranty survey in 2015. Making it a room conducive for sleep and rest is a priority. At the same time, it is the room in the house that can be personalized for its occupant(s). From mixing and matching fabrics and bedroom finishes to fitting king size or bunk beds, the possibilities are many. Think of pull out food/tea trays, touch control lighting systems, adequate media device power points and fitted furniture and storage, you’ll probably spend even more time in your bedroom.
It may be a challenge to design and decorate living spaces that will suit the taste of everyone in the family but with creativity, you can combine style with functionality. As the late Steve Jobs said, “Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”