If your family is busy & active, it may be frustrating to you to keep the living room as nice looking as you would like it to be. It doesn’t have to be this way. The secret to a beautiful living room is choosing different home décor items and some organizing tips that just about any family can do with ease. Start today, and create the living room of your dreams!
Forget about the living rooms you see in the magazines and on the home decorating TV shows. These rooms created by professionals are certainly beautiful, but they haven’t been lived in by anyone, let alone a family with children who play sports and lead busy, active lives. The furniture and other items are simply added to look beautiful, not to be practical – and beautiful. Your goal is to look for both practicality and beauty. Fortunately it can be done.
Remember the white couch rule. Many Moms find themselves falling in love with the fantasy of a white couch, or something else that just seems impossible with little ones. If you choose a white couch or something that requires a lot of upkeep, you need to be prepared to take care of it. When you have several young or school aged children, now may not be the ideal time for that type of living room purchase. Take the time to think about what is the essence of what you love about that white couch item: is it the fact that it is modern? A minimalist item? Or because it is a new couch, or even just a new color? Go get that item – not the white couch!
Get the family involved in keeping the living room clean. Most Moms know they can’t expect perfection, but if the entire family knows they need to pick up anything they bring into the living room, it will get done. At first you may have to remind family members, but this good habit will catch on. Having a clean and tidy living room will go a long way to having a beautiful living room. Remember now is the ideal time to think of what organization items you need for your living room so it stays tidy, including a box for toddler toys or a table for kids to color on.
Be strict about choosing fabrics, surfaces and items that are easy to clean. We aren’t going to give you any home décor tips that tell you to decorate in a modern, traditional, trendy, contemporary, vintage or eclectic style – but we are going to tell you to be diligent about if and how these items can be cleaned. Because children will chew gum and that gum will fall on the floor. Or chocolate sauce or ketchup will get on the couch. Or your new knick-knack will get a smiley face drawn on it with a marker or crayon. Its better to be prepared.
Yes, today’s family can have a beautiful living room. A white couch is probably going to be out of reach until your children are out of braces, unless you are looking for an expensive hobby that keeps you cleaning in the living room quite often. But most décor items you desire are easy to find in “family friendly” styles you’ll love. Invite us over when your living room is completed!