Decorating a family home can be tricky at times and it is a fine art of balancing functionality, practicality, and aesthetics. If you have a busy family life and your home cops the brunt of daily activities, it does not mean you have to skimp on style. Here at Aspley Homemaker City, we believe that homes are made to be lived in and should reflect the personality of the people that reside there. In today’s post, we are sharing with you our top tips for maintaining a stylish home as a family and how you can incorporate them today.
Have Systems In Place
We believe that a stylish home is an organised and clutter-free home. There is no point investing in beautiful furniture pieces and home décor items if your home is cluttered and there is no visual space to enjoy their beauty. When you have multiple family members living in one household it is inevitable that homes can become disorganised or you notice a clutter build up, but with the right systems in place, you can ensure your home stays tidier for longer. We recommend creating systems and ensuring each family member is on the same page when it comes to keeping an organised home. We suggest having a designated zone for school bags, handbags and shoes by the front entrance or the garage door for easy access. Use slimline shelving units and baskets in a style that suits your home to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing space. We also recommend having labelled baskets and containers in areas such as the kitchen, pantry, bathroom, and laundry to ensure items are placed back in their designated homes.
Choose Functional Furniture Pieces
When decorating a home for a family it is important to ensure that the furniture pieces selected are both functional as well as beautiful. We recommend avoiding purchasing any large furniture pieces that don’t include a storage solution such as a drawer or cupboard. When purchasing a new sofa or bed, look out for options that have built in storage where you can house items such as seasonal clothes, blankets, or linen. Head into some of our amazing retailers such as Nick Scali, Beds n Dreams, Forty Winks or Bedshed to check out their ranges! We also suggest opting for furniture pieces that have drawers or cupboards when selecting bedside tables, a console table, or media unit to ensure items can be hidden away neatly. Next time you are shopping for your brand new furniture piece, ensure you are checking if it is ’multi-use’ and ‘multi-functional’.
Serene Living Spaces
It can be hard to juggle each family member’s personal taste when it comes to decorating a home and creating spaces that reflect the entire family. We recommend sticking to a predominantly neutral colour palette throughout the living areas and allowing for individuality in the bedrooms. By maintaining a neutral colour palette in areas such as the living room, dining room and kitchen, it not only creates common ground, but allows for a more serene and calming space. This then leads you to be able to experiment with colour in the bedrooms and inject the personality of each person without the need for compromise. Head into Pillow Talk and Freedom to see their gorgeous range of homewares that can brighten up any space!
Choosing practical finishes in the home is essential when you have a busy and lively family that loves to have fun. This allows pieces to look newer for longer, maintains their appearance and saves you worrying about being precious with any items. When selecting fabrics, we recommend avoiding anything in a velvet or faux fur finish and instead opting for durable cottons and linens. For furniture pieces, avoid anything that is shiny or metallic and select finishes that are more natural in appearance such as timber, stone, or laminate. Choosing furniture and homeware items that are natural in appearance ensures they age well and are less likely to need replacing in the short term. Head in and have a chat with our friendly retailers to find out more about the durability of pieces and what will work best for your home.
Throw Perfection Out The Window
At the end of the day our homes are made to be lived in and wear and tear is part of everyday life. The family home should be filled with personality and reflect the people that live there, so ensure you are choosing pieces that are both practical and that you will love for years to come. Your home should feel both calming and comfortable and be a place that you look forward to returning to at the end of a busy day.