As a designer and a busy Mom of 2 teens and a college student, I’d like to share some tips on how to create a beautiful home that will withstand the everyday life of a toddler or growing teen. If you are a parent, I am sure you can relate to the mess these special humans are capable of creating! From muddy cleats to sticky fingers, crayon scribbles to gatorade spills and the list can go on and on. The mess is inevitable, but with the proper design choices, it can be cleanable and preventable. Here are 3 tips to get you going:
Walls: To ensure you aren’t left with food smears, amateur art or mud, wipeable paint is a must. The glossier the paint is, the more durable and washable it will be. So opt out of the flat or matte paint you just fell in love with and choose a satin, semi to high gloss finish. If you are trying to avoid the sheen look, choose a washable flat paint.
Fabrics: From my previous posts, you’ll find how much I love a good performance fabric. With or without children, you simply cannot go wrong with a performance fabric. Easy-to-clean and durable are the two words you need to keep in mind when shopping for an upholstery fabric. Don’t be hesitant to shop in the indoor-outdoor section of the fabric store, either.
Area rugs: Rugs are a great way to add function and style to any room. They are also a great addition to a hard wood floor. You will be protecting your floors as well as adding extra durability. Choose easy-to-clean low pile, or jute and sisal rugs are extremely durable and a great way to add texture. Once again, indoor-outdoor rugs can be the most ideal choice.
Do you have any favorite ideas on keeping your home beautifully durable? Do share!