Trendy decor ideas and home designs may look nice, but for many parents, these Pinterest goals may not be very functional or even comfortable for their kids. When it comes to creating a holistic home design your entire family can love, you want to make things as cozy and fun to live in as possible.
That said, here are a few ways you can make your home not only a more relaxing place to be but also a great place for your kids to grow up.
Let the light inIt's no secret that big windows with lots of sunlight are things that renters and homeowners crave. In fact, about 45% of homes sold in Maui in 2016 were bought by out-of-state home buyers.
Moving to Hawaii may be out of your price range, but the good news is that you can still let the sun shine in your home. Consider using sheer curtains or roller shades to give your family privacy without shutting out the natural sunlight.
Hanging string lights or globe lights can also make your home feel extra cozy and magical once the sun goes down.
Make your kitchen somewhere your family loves to beAccording to Houzz, approximately one-third of homeowners say they changed to a healthier lifestyle after they'd remodeled their kitchen. By making your kitchen a place that you and your family are happy to be in, you can spend more time together and feel inspired to eat healthier, home-made meals.
And the good news is, you can improve your kitchen whether you own your home or you're one of the 43.1 million renters in the United States.
Consider changing your lighting, bringing in new comfortable furniture, or using contact paper to give yourself a faux-new countertop. If you're on a really tight budget, you can boost your kitchen's appearance just by changing your wall art and the hardware on your cabinets and drawers.
Remember when it comes to improving your kitchen not to focus entirely on aesthetics. Your kitchen ought to function for you and your family, which includes organizational systems that may not be magazine-worthy. Your family's goal is to create a space that doesn't stress you out.
Make a place for everything and everyoneWe mentioned above that functionality is important in your home when it comes to storage solutions and organizational systems. But another part of ensuring functionality in your home is making sure everyone has a place.
Create dedicated spaces for everyone stuff including cubbies for your kids' shoes, backpacks, and coats. If you own one of the 75 million pet dogs in the U.S., make sure your furry friend has a space for their leashes and dog biscuits, too.
Having a place where they can set their stuff and hang out with their friends is a great way to make your kids feel less like they're living in a house and more like they have a place in their own home.
When it comes to creating a kid-friendly home, you not only want to boost your kids' creativity but you also want them to feel safe, happy, and healthy. By following the tips above, you can make your home a cozier space and a great place to grow as a family.
Devin is a writer and an avid reader. When she isn't lost in a book or writing, she's busy in the kitchen trying to perfect her slow cooker recipes. You can find her poetry published in The Adirondack Review and Cartridge Lit.