Family Friendly Design Tips

When you buy one of the available new homes Little Elm TX has to offer, it’s an opportunity to let your personal style come through the furnishings and interior layout. The design will likely incorporate different elements depending on who is living in the house. A family with young children has different needs than a retired couple has, for instance.

If you’re moving into your first new home, here are a few family friendly design tips to consider:

No muss, no fuss. 

Casual and comfortable design is the smart strategy for families. But that doesn’t mean you have to forgo clean lines. Avoid chairs with skirts, since they tend to attract pet hair, dust, and dirty shoe prints. Choose vintage items and contemporary pieces with a slightly weathered look that will withstand wear and tear. Today’s families lead active lifestyles, and that’s reflected in their new homes. Little Elm TX is a wonderful place to live, so make life easy at home in order to enjoy the amenities offered by the town, such as scenic lakeview settings, hike and bike trails, playgrounds and picnic areas.

Embrace colors, patterns and texture.

If you have young children, colors and patterns do wonders for camouflaging the inevitable spills, fingerprints and other mishaps that will occur on furniture, walls and floors.  If you’re not into bold patterns, you can always try a softly heathered finish on a couch or rug, or a subtle color wash on a wall.

Choose indestructible materials and finishes.

Families can make their life a lot easier by using washable paint on the walls, such as a semi-gloss which will clean up with a damp sponge. Also consider painting one wall with chalkboard paint to unleash your child’s artistic talent. Another alternative is to add magnetic primer (found at home improvement stores or online) to create a handy display place for your kids’ artwork.

Be savvy about storage.

Families tend to attract clutter, so be proactive, and incorporate storage elements into your design to keep toys and papers from taking over your life. Use a storage ottoman or double-tiered coffee table to host toy baskets. Slide attractive boxes into open shelves. Store board games in a cedar chest, or underneath a window seat. Position hooks and other storage containers at kids’ eye level so they can learn to put away their own things.

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