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Whether you’re first-time parents or are expecting baby number three, ensuring your home is as safe as possible for your child is of paramount importance. However, this shouldn’t have to mean bubble-wrapping your door handles and getting rid of furniture that compromises the aesthetics of your interior style.
In today’s post, we’re taking a look at how you can baby-proof your home while giving it the personality it deserves – from playing with color to investing in stylish, sturdy furniture that meets all of your practical needs, we’re taking a look at it all.
Invest in washable accessories
With the arrival of children comes the arrival of dirty and sticky hands that like to grab everything they possibly can, especially soft furnishings. We all know how much thought goes into which throws and cushions are going to match the interior of the home, so don’t let them be sacrificed once you have babies running around.
Check whether your current cushions and throws are machine washable and if they’re not, swap them for ones that match the style of your existing room but can be thrown in the washing machine as and when needed.
Utilize paint that is easy to keep clean
You’ve either already experienced this or have it to come – the dreaded “wall art”. As your little one becomes more and more curious, it won’t be long before their little fingers take to marking your walls.
Fear not, eggshell finish paint is the easiest to keep clean. All you need to do is take some warm water and a dash of white vinegar (optional) and take a soft cloth or sponge to wipe the walls down. Before you know it they’ll look brand new again. If your walls aren’t already painted using an eggshell paint then it’s worth having a look at what’s on offer. You’ll find plenty of beautiful colors that will match the style of your home.
Install cordless blinds
Whether you have a home with lots of windows or few, they all still need some form of blind or curtain so you can have your privacy as and when you want. With blinds can come a few health and safety issues, so seek out solutions that are incredibly safe first and foremost, with the added bonus of adding to the decor of your home where possible.
You have two options, you can either tie your existing blind cords up high so little hands can’t grab them or you could install new blinds that are cordless. Have a shop around for the alternative blind styles there are and pick one that complements your home interior while being super safe to have around little children.
Create an open-plan living space
The living room, along with the kitchen, is likely to be rooms that you’re going to spend a lot of time in with your baby, so you need to create a space that’s appropriate for both of you. Creating an open-plan living space will depend on the existing layout of your home as different rooms will have different offerings.
If it’s going to be your living room then we would suggest adding multifunctional furniture that can be used sporadically. Introducing a practical yet stylish occasional table to the room – which can be home to a glass of wine or snacks in the evening but can be tucked away next to the sofa during the day while your little one is running around – will meet both of your needs. You could also look at adding a pouffe which you can rest your feet on, as this will double up as a storage option for toys.
With your kitchen, why not try to achieve a minimalist look? This will mean you have plenty of storage and as little as possible out cluttering up your worktops – therefore creating a stylish space where wandering hands can’t easily grab things. If you have space in your kitchen, you could make a small play area for your baby to keep them occupied while you’re busy – think play area by day and additional seating area by night.
While baby-proofing is an absolute must, it doesn’t mean you have to watch your home go from the stylish haven it once was to an overprotective space. We hope that by using some of our suggestions, you’re able to baby-proof your home while keeping every touch of style it had prior to the arrival of children.
Angus Ponsford is the Director at Ponsford Ltd, an independent, family-run furniture retailer that boasts a huge selection to suit every style and budget.