You’re scrolling through the popular home décor boards on Pinterest and you are in love with what you are seeing. The only hang-up is that the designs are not kid-friendly…and you have kids. Get ready to channel your inner Joanna Gaines, just add these 5 elements and you will have yourself a kid friendly family room!
The 5 Elements of Kid Friendly Family Room Decor
#1 Storage ottomans
Storage ottomans are a must for any home with children.
They provide a convenient spot to store toys, shoes and blankets and serve double duty as seating, step stools, and the ever-so-popular perfect time-out spots.
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Throw blankets are perfect for curling up and getting cozy with your little one while you are watching a movie, but they are also super functional too.
We recommend purchasing a few so that you can use them to put down on the floor for play or snack time.
Be sure they are washing-machine safe, that way you can just toss them in if when they get messy.
Throw blankets are also a must to have on hand for spur of the moment, living room fort building.
#3 Throw pillows with removable covers
Throw pillows with removable covers are a must! This was a lesson learned from a veteran in the trenches.
We once spent hundreds of dollars on new throw pillows. Isn’t it amazing how throw pillows can completely update the look of a room?
Well, referring back to #2 above regarding what I know about kids…
THEY ARE MESSY!
There was no way we could afford, nor have the time to constantly be taking them to be dry cleaned.
Life is much easier when you have throw pillows with removable and washable covers.
It also allows you to be much more calm when your little one lays their PB&J covered cheek down on your pillows!
Ikea is a great place to pick these up because they are constantly updating their collection and you can’t beat their prices!
#4 Coffee table with rounded edges and storage
Coffee tables are fantastic!
You can use them to prop up your feet after a long day, but your child can use them to create a 2-inch gash on their forehead that requires 12 stitches.
This is why you want to look for a coffee table with rounded edges. Bonus points if it has additional storage options like the one below.
Check out this LIFT TOP COFFEE TABLE OAK WITH STORAGE DRAWERS AND BOTTOM SHELF! Rounded edges on top and plenty of storage – AND the top lifts up to create a desk or lap tray. How amazing is that?
#5 Stain resistant area rug
Whether you have tile, wood, or carpet every family room seems much cozier with an area rug.
They can protect your original flooring from wear and tear and they allow you a soft place to lay on the floor and play Monopoly on family game night.
They are also much easier to change if you decide you want to change the style or look of your room.
We bought our first house when our baby was just 2 months old. We had been living in a one bedroom 800 square foot house and it was the easiest move ever! It literally took one truck and about 4 hours to move in. I am pretty sure that won’t be the case if we ever move again, but it was enjoyable while it lasted.
The best part about moving into a house without too much stuff is that we were able to be patient and decide what we really needed before making any large family room decor and furniture choices.
As another baby came and the kids got bigger we were able to purchase items that worked well for our family.
These 5 elements really helped to keep our family room comfortable and functional for us adults and our little kiddos. Which is exactly what you want for your family room to be – a room for everyone to relax, play, and enjoy!
There you have it – The 5 elements of kid friendly living room decor. Now you can go ahead and pin your heart out looking at family room décor ideas – just be sure to incorporate these 5 elements and you will be sure to enjoy your kid friendly family room for years to come.
We would love to hear from you! What is your biggest home décor challenge with children? Please comment below.