Family-Friendly Design Tips


Functionality is one of the most important aspects of a well-executed, thoughtful interior design. Not only is a professional designer responsible for creating a space that looks beautiful, they need to create a livable, purposeful space as well. In fact, many clients reach out to designers with functionality at the forefront of the request

During design consultations with new clients, you’ll often hear sentiments such as, “I wish we spent more time together as a family in the living room,” or, “I want to start cooking at home more.” While these desires might seem more personal than aesthetic, it’s incredible how significant an impact an interior design update can truly have on the way we interact within a room.

One of the trickiest tasks you might find yourself faced with is designing a sleek, beautiful home environment- that’s family friendly for little ones too. It can be incredibly hard to keep a modern family home looking stylish and beautiful when there are cleaning supplies, snacks and toys floating around in the mix. As a well-trained interior designer, finding a happy medium in which the home can look stunning but the kids can still play and feel cozy is a super fun way to put your decorating skills to the test.

One of the most important terms worth remembering throughout projects like this- multipurpose. Let’s take a mock client for example- a married couple with a toddler, living in an NYC 2-bedroom apartment. They feel like what used to be their own personal oasis for comfort, workday functionality and productivity is lately drowning in piles of toys and baby gear. What used to be a fantastic home-office is now a nursery. They want to spend more time on their own personal projects in the home, but aren’t quite sure where they’d fit themselves in. Multipurpose is key here.

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