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As I’ve mentioned, I’m particular about the way our home looks. I want things to complement each other and look great together while serving a convenient, functional purpose, especially when it comes to keeping my son’s toys and knick-knacks corralled! That’s why we have dual-purpose furniture, space-saving solutions and organizers that are both aesthetically-pleasing and useful.
I believe that every home–yes, even one with one or more children–can have the same balance of form and function, child-friendliness and design-savvy. With a few simple solutions, you can have a well-organized home that not only looks great, but is ideal for your kids, too. Here’s how.
1. Find inspiration.
Be inspired by other homes that make good use of both design and organization.
- Apartment Therapy: Check out the Playroom category, which features loads of playroom ideas that also have helpful organization tips.
- Project Nursery: I often visited this site when I was planning Vito’s nursery nook. The Project gallery is filled with loads of ideas for kids rooms.
- Pinterest: Pinterest in pinboarding on social media steroids. Follow Pinterest members who have pinboards on nurseries and kid’s spaces, bedrooms or play rooms. Pin any pegs that you find interesting on to your own pin board, which you can call “Kids Room Ideas,” or something to that effect.
2. Decorate with organization in mind.
Back when we lived in a one-bedroom flat, my son didn’t have a room of his own. So, we created a nursery nook in one side of our bedroom. One of the first things I had made for the nook was a dresser-changing station. I researched online for looks that I liked, and I had my mom (who used to be an interior designer) make me a sketch of what I wanted made. (You can save the image below to use for your own design purposes!)
The dresser had ample space for my baby’s clothes, diapers, toiletries and other accessories, and it was made to my specifications and color preferences. You can make the same considerations for your child’s space.
3. Make your common areas play-friendly yet beautiful.
Your home doesn’t have to look like a toy store that got hit by a tornado. You can make your living area and other home spaces kid-friendly by providing simple design-organization solutions.
- Use open shelves with decorative wicker or fabric baskets for corralling toys and other small items your kids might leave around.
- Make use of decorative hampers and bins that serve as storage spaces for toys.
- Show your kids how to put their play things in their proper homes, especially when they’re playing in the living room or elsewhere aside from their playroom or nursery. This is a great way to teach packing away and responsibility for belongings.
4. Follow a color palette.
From the beginning, Vito’s colors for his accessories, bed linens, and room decorations have always been blue, orange and brown. even his towels, face cloths and grooming kit are different hues of these core colors. By following a color palette for your kids, you add a professionally-inspired touch to your home design. What’s more, you make it easier for yourself to purchase things for your child’s room, since you already have certain colors in place. (Incidentally, our 3 Sprouts storage bin and wall organizer fit our kid’s color palette.) Check out this helpful article on choosing a kid-friendly color palette for a playroom or nursery.
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