People with children may find that building a house for a young family adds a layer of complexity to your interior design planning. Some people allow the kids room to take on a life of its and it will be a very different space to the rest of the house. Others are more concerned how it will tie in with the house overall, but still be child appropriate. Read below for our tips about the latest design trends that can be adopted to a kid friendly environment.
Using a variety of surfaces to create contrast and depth is a persisting aesthetic that new homes continue to incorporate. Whether you stick to variety of similarly grouped surfaces as earthy materials or simply blend different types of wood in a living area wall panelling for example, there are many ways to use contrast to your advantage. Luckily, children are all about exploring new textures and surfaces. If you have mixed materials in other areas of your house such as a timber/marble island bench, a child’s room or retreat area is the perfect spot to echo this design feature. In fact you can afford to be a little bolder in these areas, savvy home builders in Geelong, Melbourne or across Victoria will be able to help you realise this.
Although minimalism remains popular in many circles, the move away from mass-manufactured looks means that even the least cluttered of homes still require some personal touches. For some, this can include custom designed kitchens or storage areas to suit your family’s living style, or even homemade looking items. For the children, this can be a great opportunity to get them involved in the creation of their own space, especially as this type of design is not geared towards the creation of a ‘perfect’ look. Hand painted cushion designs are a simple place to start, and a more professional approach to framing of the kid’s art will save cash on mass designed prints for a nursery and be far more original. If you’re more adventurous, you might let children be involved in selecting items for their room, under your gentle guidance. This could be a new occasional chair, bed or toy storage solution. Chalkboard paint on walls is another popular option in children’s rooms that may also be replicated in the kitchen for memos and reminders.
Many homes embrace the humble house plant, but not as many adopt these in a child’s space. Of course, there are obvious safety concerns to address such as potentially toxic plants and allergies. But if you find the right plant, not only will they add some greenery to a room to echo the rest of the house, but they can promote sleep and teach your child responsibility as you guide them to care for their potted beauty. Keeping plants on higher shelves not accessible to children is advisable if they are still a little young to refrain from pulling all the leaves off, or worse!