Article by Raquel – Owner/Designer – My Style Interiors Brisbane
INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS FOR THAT FAMILY FRIENDLY HOME  THIS CHRISTMAS WHILST STILL LOOKING ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!
When pregnant with our first child, friends told us to take photos of our house, because it would never look the same again. The advice was a forewarning, and am willing to admit it made me a little apprehensive. More than 8 years on and I can say my house has changed a lot since having a baby, but I’ve actually enjoyed seeing it evolve into a family home. Sure it’s a little messy and chaotic at times but rather then fighting unbridled Fisher Price and rogue vegemite fingers, we’ve come to expect this and manage it with our choice in furnishings. Having kids doesn’t have to mean you won’t know what it’s like to be house proud again until your empty nesters leave. Here are My Style Interiors strategies for helping you make the right choice in furniture, finishes and planning all year round including Christmas time, so you can have the entire family enjoy the family home for many years to come.
Choose furniture that is built like a Mac Truck
It seems paradoxical, but it is wise to invest in quality pieces when you have kids. Well constructed furniture made of robust materials will sustain the rigorous use of family life, parties and events and most of all the Christmas Festive Season when everyone is in your home, offering you better value for money in the long run. Resist the temptation to purchase a ‘cheap fix’ now, with the intention of redecorating with quality when the kids are older, I can attest that, for most families, the pledge to redecorate further down the line is rarely honored.
An quality sofa should come with a manufacturer’s warranty on the frame, springs and foam to ensure it holds its shape and stays comfortable for at least 10 years. It should come upholstered in a sturdy fabric with removable cushion covers for easy washing & dry cleaning. Good bones in your sofa means, when the time comes, it’s worth the effort and cost of re-upholstering and you’ll enjoy another decade or two out of it. In comparison, cheap sofas have a relatively short shelf-life and the cost of re-upholstering by far outweighs their value, which is why most of them end up on the roadside or as land fill.
Rustic or Recycled pieces of furniture better withstand the battering over the years and at get together events such as Christmas. In fact a bit of brutalizing just enhances their character, so you can relax about daily wear and tear, so many different paints/finishes out now to re-utilize existing pieces.
Material Comfort
Non-porous, matte surfaces like timber, brushed metal or polyurethane are very low maintenance and easy to clean, but every room needs some softer finishes like fabric for warmth and comfort. Leather is hard wearing but, contrary to what most people think, it’s not the only child-friendly fabric on the market. A heavy duty upholstery fabric will perform just as well as leather and I personally prefer the softer, ‘cozier’ feel of woven fabrics. Ideally, you are looking for a fabric that is graded at least 15,000 double rubs in the Martidale Test, consists of a blend of fibers (natural and synthetic, not pure natural), is backed and is Teflon coated. When deciding on a color, choose a shade with a rich texture featuring a blend of colors to camouflage the stains.
For upholstered pieces of furniture, removable covers in a hard wearing, washable fabric will help keep your furniture looking good. Have a few spare dining chair covers so you can rotate while some are in the wash!
Outdoor fabrics have come a long way from their original plain, stiff nature and are now commonly known as ‘indoor/outdoor’ so as not to preclude their suitability for indoors. They are also no longer limited to plains and deck chair stripes, but now include everything from animal prints to botanicals and geometrics. Indoor/Outdoor fabrics can be a little more costly but are a dream to live with. They are typically soft to touch while being fade resistant, water resistant, stain resistant and mildew resistant, non allergenic, washable and dry cleanable All of these sturdy qualities make indoor/outdoor fabrics perfect for banquet seating, sofas, upholstered stools and dining chairs.
If nothing else, choose fantastic lighting
Table lamps can be a little precarious for young children and the gorgeous Christmas tree lights and statues at Christmas time sitting close to the Christmas tree or dangling off the fire place, but you can introduce some allure and style in even the plainest of rooms just by having bold, feature overhead lighting. An upholstered drum shade with an vibrant fabric that draws on all the colors of the room can transform your room, as can a funky pendant. 
Utilize your vertical space!
Keep décor off table tops, aside from Christmas! Instead perhaps use floating shelves up high to showcase photo frames, books, flowers, delicate ornaments and seasonal influences such as Christmas, Easter and New Year items/décor.
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