When you are a big family it can be quite challenging to decorate your home. Because you want to create the best environment for your children to grow up in, be comfortable but still have a place where they can enjoy their privacy. As a parent you always want to give your children what they want, but sometimes you have to find the middle ground and stay in line. Create a space that will be comfortable, sophisticated but that can withstand children being children.
Think About Your Lifestyle
When you have a big family that has lots of little kids it’s not realistic that you have a beautiful room with glass fixtures and fancy frames, because they will get destroyed in a second. Decorate your rooms so they withstand sibling fights, indoor football matches, and kids being sick or even pet accidents. Consider who your family consists of and plan your decorations accordingly.
Make a Floor Plan
Before you even consider buying new decor pieces, draw yourself a floor plan to make the space as efficient as possible. It doesn’t need to be anything professional, you can do it on a piece of paper or find an online site that will do it for you.
Inventory the Furniture You Already Have
When you are redecorating your home or decorating it from the start it is a good idea to take inventory of what furniture you already own. When you make an inventory of your things decide on which pieces you would like to keep and donate or sell the rest that you won’t be using anymore. By reselling you can use that money to buy new furniture.
Moreover, if you have a big family, instead of struggling with how to fit your furniture in the living room, You might need to “float” your furniture — or pull everything out from the wall and create an island of sorts comprising your sofa, chairs and tables — and anchor it all with an area rug.
Settle On a Style
If you have young children, stray away from expensive and breakable furniture. Instead find pieces that will provide you with comfort and still be stylish. But if you have older children and teenagers you can involve them in making the decision and pick more expensive and stylish pieces. It is also a better idea having hardwood floors instead of carpets because wood floors are much easier to clean. Find a trusted company like Carpet Right to get the best quality floor for a good price.
Pick the Paint
If you don’t want to invest in new decoration pieces but still want a change, you can simply paint the rooms. Because white walls are so easy to get dirty opt for more neutral darker colours. You can even make an accent wall with a bold color. If you want to make your room appear larger you can paint the ceiling a nice pure white color.
Purchase the Big Furniture Pieces First
When you have a large family, the living space is the heart of the house. Therefore, you should make your couch the furniture piece that you invest in the most. It is better to pay a little more and have one piece of furniture that will fit the whole family and that will last you forever. If you don’t have the budget to do so, you can still find good deals on Craigslist or shopping garage sales.
Divide the Rooms
When you are decorating it is important that you keep in mind that even if you are all in one room there still needs to be a form of privacy. Decide the room into areas where you can watch tv and play games, a section where children can do their homework and a place where little ones can play.
Bargain Shop for Your Accessories
After you have all your main furniture pieces, shop for knick-knacks and other accessories in thrift shops, garage sales or other places where you have interesting pieces for a cheaper price. You don’t want to purchase anything expensive because there is a large possibility that it will get broken.
Purchase Multipurpose Furniture
For a big family there is nothing more important than having lots of storage and seating space. Try to find multipurpose furniture. Choose suctioned sheets and entertainment centers that can be flipped down to make a table. Don’t waste money on something that just looks nice, you need to have functional furniture instead of it being fancy looking.
Keep in mind that no matter how careful you and your children are, when there are children involved there will be accidents. So be creative and have some fun while decorating.
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