How to Make Your Home More Kid-Friendly Without Sacrificing Style: Real Estate Tips By Ronnie Jordan
Welcome to Real Estate Tips By Ronnie Jordan, where I share my insights and advice on how to create a home that works for you and your family. If you have kids, you know how challenging it can be to keep your home stylish and functional at the same time. You want your space to reflect your personality and taste, but you also need it to be safe and comfortable for your little ones. How do you balance these competing needs without compromising on either one?
In this blog post, I’m going to show you some dos and don’ts to keep in mind when designing a kid-friendly home. You’ll learn how to choose furniture, fabrics, flooring, and storage solutions that are durable, easy to clean, and attractive. You’ll also discover how to add some color, texture, and fun to your space without cluttering it or losing your style. Follow these real estate tips by Ronnie Jordan and enjoy the benefits of having a home that reflects your personality and taste. And don’t forget to have fun along the way!
Do Use High-Performance Fabric
When picking upholstered furniture, do your research and choose a fabric or material that repels spills and stains — and is resistant to snags. Leather and microfiber are great high-performance fabrics, and tight-weave fabrics are more snag-proof than loose-weave fabrics like tweed.
Don’t Put Rugs Under the Kitchen Table
If you’re not a fan of cleaning rugs that are crusted over with applesauce and spilled beverages, just do away with rugs under the kitchen table. While a rug can add warmth to a room, it may not be worth the hassle of cleaning stains and messes that are bound to happen with kids.
Do Offer Low Seating Options
Whether it’s beanbag chairs, floor cushions, stylish poufs or sofas with low profiles, kids enjoy seats that are low to the floor. They’re more comfortable, accessible, and fun for them, and they can also double as extra seating for guests.
Don’t Clutter High-Traffic Areas
Resist the impulse to clutter high-traffic areas with too much furniture and decor. Entryways and family rooms are common areas for congestion and chaos, so think twice before filling them with accent tables, lamps and other non-essential decor.
Do Choose Furniture That Ages Well
Invest in furniture that ages well and improves with wear and tear, such as vintage items and leather upholstery. These pieces will not only last longer, but they will also look better with some nicks and dents that add to their character.
Don’t Skimp on Kitchen Counter Space
If the kitchen is a gathering hot spot for your family, designate some counter space for kids to snack, draw, chat or help with cooking. Outfit your kitchen island or counter with comfortable stools that invite family members to gather ’round.
Do Add a Banquette
Banquettes are a perfect solution to accommodate wiggly, squirmy kids during family meals. They’re especially great for expanding seating capacity in small spaces. A banquette with storage under the seats is an added bonus.
Don’t Use (Too Much) Open Shelving
Shelves overflowing with toys and games can be an eyesore. They can also make it look like kids have commandeered your living room. The solution? Use closed storage. Closed storage is your best friend because it massively reduces visual chaos, I like to mix open and closed storage. That way your kids can see some of their toys and easily help clean up.
Don’t Forget About Storage
Whether it’s bins, baskets, consoles or built-in cubbies, you can never have enough storage in a home with kids — especially in mudrooms and family rooms, where kid gear is most abundant.
Creating a kid-friendly home doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. You can have both, with some smart choices and creative solutions that will make your home comfortable and attractive for everyone in the family.
Follow these real estate tips by Ronnie Jordan to design a home that works for you and your kids, and enjoy the benefits of having a space that reflects your personality and taste. And don’t forget to have fun along the way!