To many people, having children means the end of a stylish abode; but this doesn't have to be the case. No more stained curtains, carpets and walls, no more filthy floors and no more saying goodbye to the style that you spent years creating!
Here are some great ways to prepare your home for children without the fear of it losing its charm.
Soon, a nice floor like the above will be covered in food, toys and, somewhere among them, a child. Flooring can often be problematic due to the amount of mess and dirt that children create. This does not mean, however, that you have to substitute style for practicality. Carpets will be the first things to deteriorate, so it's advisable to have a nice laminate or hardwood floor in the areas that your children will play in the most.
With hard wood flooring, don't forget to add a finish that will protect against stains, like varnish or wax. Some of these finishes can look amazing, be sure to choose carefully and that your chosen finish's shine won't dominate the room. With laminate flooring, it's important that the type of laminate used is not prone to denting, as it will get attacked repeatedly with the lovely toys you relatives buy your children!
Finally, consider tidying time. A minimalist approach is often best as it will save you a lot of time when it comes to tidying -throw it all in a box, hoover and enjoy!
Walls get drawn on, fact. The pulling down of curtains and hording of inappropriate items underneath the sofa is another. The last point aside, there are ways to combat this. One of those ways is to encourage them to be creative on materials designed for that purpose.
Paper shades, like these, will provide your child with the opportunity to make their creation a part of their life, whilst discouraging them from writing on the newly painted walls. Blank lining paper is another great idea to line one of the walls in your child's bedroom with as you can always replace it or remove it later on.Features like this will give a personal and very unique element to your child's bedroom.
Another useful substance is blackboard paint. It will make a great distraction for your child to colour on and provide you with a useful place to put your shopping list.
What's more, having a feature wall with blackboard paint can often look remarkably attractive and help in highlighting other elements of the room that you want attention drawn to- such as flower arrangements, paintings and pictures.
Cupboard doors, door frames and other painted wooden features around the home often take a good battering from kids. One way to counter this is with the use of good quality eggshell paint. Unlike other wipe-clean paints, eggshell is both durable and beautiful. It's easy to apply and can even benefit from a brush stroke finish.
The most amazing quality, however, is that eggshell paint can be restored should it become chipped or dented; simply give the surface a good clean, let it dry and apply the paint to the affected area!