Inspiration: Designing with Children in Mind

It’s moving time! And this time I’ll have two adults and two children as my beloved roommates.  Per my love for design, I’ve taken up the wonderful task of designing the living spaces within our home.  We’ll be sharing a three bedroom apartment: one master, an office/bedroom, and the children’s room.  My focus for the next few weeks is the living room, as that’s the place we will all share and use the most.

Here are a few tips that I’m using to choose pieces that fit our design philosophy and our family-centered lifestyle.

Use non-traditional pieces for your surface space

House Beautiful

This coffee table is actually an ottoman!  With nice, soft edges safe for children, you don’t have to worry about the little ones bumping their heads or somehow injuring themselves via the hard edges.  It’s also easy to move out of the way for play time.

Use diverse dining room seating


Decor Pad

Benches! Benches! Benches!  My favorite type of seating for when you have children!  Thinking back to when I was a child, it was highly uncomfortable for me to sit in those “grown-up chairs.”  Not to mention, I moved around too much, and had the tendency to rock back and forth in the chair—of course, damaging the legs.  The bench or even a small armless sofa will provide more comfort and make what could be a too formal dining area for children a more homey space.

 Designate areas in every single room

Our Lake Life

Although we’d love to keep all the toys hidden away in the children’s rooms, as active as they are it’s not realistic.  Designate areas within each room for the children by placing commonly used blankets, two to three toys, a coloring book and crayons, etc., in a few small containers.  Slide them under the coffee table; place them into the ottoman, or under the end table.  That way if they’re watching TV or just hanging out, they won’t bring in five million toys and start to clutter.  It’s also a great way to help them feel included in whatever activities may be going on in the spaces.

Here are a few links for more tips for designing with children:

http://www.babble.com/celebrity/celebrity-style/9-by-design-family-share-decorating-and-moving-tips/

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/5-great-grownup-baskets-for-to-135932

http://makingitlovely.com/2009/12/19/pretty-toy-storage/

Any suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!

Ivy

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