Having kids in your home can be quite an adventure. While they can be sweet and calm, they also have moments of being extraordinarily hyper and running through the house at top speed. You want your home to be family- and kid-oriented, but you also want it to look good.
When it comes to decorating your home, you’ll need to consider your children's ages when it comes to picking out what pieces you can display. Accidents can happen at any time, but the chances of things getting broken are higher when younger kids are around. Here are some ways you might consider decorating when you have children.
Make Your House as Safe as Possible
When your children are young, you want to make your house as safe as possible. You probably have put locks on your cupboards and drawers to keep kids from accessing items that could be harmful, and you might want to consider removing as many of your decorations as possible.
Having a lot of open space means your child has more places to play and move. It also means they have fewer items to hit their heads on or potentially break.
It’s also a good idea to get rid of objects that have sharp edges or pointy corners. Young kids don’t have the best depth perception and usually aren’t paying attention to what is around them. To prevent injuries and trips to the emergency room, remove objects that can contribute to gashes and cuts.
Put the Valuable Antique Items Away
There is nothing wrong with wanting to decorate your home with things you'd rather not be drawn on with crayons or knocked to the floor. Your decor is a great way to show off your style and heritage. However, with kids in the home, having nice things around is asking for trouble. Kids always seem to know when something is important to you, and they may decide they want to play with it. This, of course, can lead to damage that can’t be undone.
As kids get older, they may develop an interest in sports. Despite the rules and warnings, they will still play inside. This could lead to accidents where things get broken. Until your children grow old enough to be able to co-exist with valuable antique décor, it’s in your best interest to put these items into storage.
Once your child has reached the age when you don’t have to worry as much about your things getting broken, you can finally resume scouring estate sales, boutiques, and the internet for antiques for sale and buy the pieces that will make your home look sophisticated and elegant.
Don’t Forget About Your Rugs
If you have invested a lot of money into a luxurious antique rug, this is another item you’ll want to put away until your child gets older. The chances of food and beverages getting spilled onto your rug are incredibly high.
In addition, your child may also track in dirt or other grime on the bottom of their shoes that can get stuck in the fibers. There’s also the possibility that younger children might spit up on your rug. Any of these can lead to stains that are impossible to remove.
The best course of action is to get an inexpensive rug until your children are older. Make sure to find something with bright colors and/or patterns, as these will help hide any stains or dirt that might get ground into the fibers.
Place Decorations and Accessories Out of Reach
If you have some decorations that you just can’t bear to put into storage, then you need to make sure they are placed out of your child’s reach. When they are young, it’s advised that things be placed at least 48 inches off the ground.
To ensure they don’t turn their eye toward your valuable antiques, make sure to have their toys and books on shelves or in baskets that they can easily access. This should divert their attention away from the items you want to keep safe.
You Will Get Your House Back. Eventually.
When you have children in your house, you have to make compromises on your décor, especially if you want to keep your kids and antiques safe. Eventually, your kids will be old enough that you can decorate your house any way you want, and you’ll even be able to buy more antiques for your home.