Adult Homes – Kid Spaces

First of all let me be totally honest – we do not have children so I am a little out of my depth here.  However, most of our friends have children and they have all managed to successfully incorporate their kids into their adult homes without sacrificing on either style or function.  Below are some great tips for creating kid friendly spaces!

  • If you’re picking a new wall paint colour, skip the blue and pink.  Choose a neutral shade and add colour through fabrics (like bedding, curtains or a rug), wall decoration and toys.  Neutral walls are more versatile and will adjust to the style needs of your growing kids so you won’t be constantly painting the walls!  TIP:  Yellow is a great cheerful wall paint colour but try to keep it off the walls in the nursery.  It’s a high energy shade and your little one may have trouble going to sleep.
  • If you don’t have a lot of room (of even if you’re lucky enough to have a large space) keep it organized to make it feel more spacious.  Bins and baskets are a great way to store toys, craft supplies, shoes, and anything else that clutters up the floor.  Plus, they come in a variety of fun bright colours!
  • Most parents would probably discourage writing on the walls but you can still let your kids get creative with a chalkboard wall.  Benjamin Moore makes a great chalkboard paint that can be tinted to fun colours (like a beautiful navy).  It’s easy to use (just make sure to read the instructions – it dries fast but cures in 3 days) and when paired with a magnetic primer (like this Rustoleum one) it can also be a great way to keep the kids organized.  Full size wall calendar anyone?
  • Look for paints that are washable in low or zero VOC formulas.  The room won’t have a strong smell and a paint that’s easy to clean will look fresher longer.

Need some ideas?  Here are my favourite Houzz finds.  Don’t forget to Pin your favourite and click on the photos for more.

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