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Stylish or kid-friendly? Your home can be both!

Families with young children frequently have the mindset that “less is more” in their home, sacrificing their personal style. However, having children doesn’t mean a magazine-worthy home is out of your reach. Follow these guidelines to create child-friendly homes that are safe and chic.


Consider having an open floor plan dining area and family room. Along with creating an open, airy feel, this layout is conducive to keeping an eye on the kiddos and spending quality time with your family.


Wood flooring is preferable to tile for several reasons. The objective is to make the spaces rounded, seamless, and devoid of edges. You can create a feeling of warmth and coziness by installing rugs or carpet. Consider rugs with darker hues and patterns, as these will conceal stains. Another useful tip is to make use of outdoor rugs and carpets, as they are much more durable.


Consider painting the walls with washable paint (sticky hands!), and give the little ones a “freedom wall” so they can express their creativity. Chalkboard paint is a wonderful option for a freedom wall or any space where you want to allow the children free rein.

It’s also a nice touch to have your children’s artwork framed and displayed with pride in your home. This use of their masterpieces will inspire your budding artist and lend the room a charming, contemporary look.


Washable materials are one of the most essential elements of child- friendly interior design. Performance fabric upholstery is an easy-to-clean and long-lasting material crafted from a blend of synthetic and natural fibers. The term originated in the furniture industry to label fabrics that withstand the wear and tear of everyday life.

Another excellent choice is leather, which is easy to clean. Alternatively, you might invest in outdoor fabrics that are resistant to fading and long- lasting. Throw pillows, especially those with vibrant colors and patterns, are a terrific way to liven up a room and are easy and inexpensive to replace if they are damaged.

Think about getting round coffee tables, which will protect your children from bumps and bruises when they are running around and playing. Storage inside or underneath is a huge bonus.

Another good idea is investing in stackable furniture, particularly if you have a smaller home with limited space. This will free up room for playing without compromising seating.

A wooden dining room table without sharp edges is also a great option for a kid-friendly interior due to its versatility and durability.


Design a playroom that is both comfortable and entertaining. Display your children’s books like
an art gallery. Create a fun and organizational way for them to store their toys. Teaching them to keep a tidy, organized toy area at a young age will help in many ways. Not only does organization have proven health benefits, but it reduces stress and increases happiness and relaxation.

It is important to maintain a balance when designing rooms for children, choosing the minor details that cater to their preferences while still incorporating timeless pieces that can be passed down through generations.


Establish an adult-only, toy-free zone. It may take the form of a den or an office, and you also can create “zones” in a large room through floor coverings and furniture placement.

Other things to consider for kid-friendly interiors:

  • Anchor drawers and shelves to the wall to prevent them from tipping over.
  • Hide wires and cables from the reach of children by encasing them.
  • Use socket protectors or guards in exposed sockets.
  • Add window latches and locks for any low-lying windows that are within easy reach of children.
  • Consider installing a baby gate at the top of the stairs or in the kitchen to prevent children from entering potentially dangerous areas when they are left unattended.


Written by Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller is a certified interior designer, professional home stager and CEO of Jennuwine Design, Sophisticated Staging. Connect with her at, or (228) 285-1535.

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