Family means everything to us at Kathy Kuo Home and the Kuotes. We constantly dote on Kathy’s very own son and daughter every time they visit the office, and with a newborn and three-year-old running around the house, creating a home that’s kid-friendly is something very important to Kathy as a designer and us as a company. So for today’s post, we’re sharing our top five tips on making your home safe and friendly for your young ones… while keeping it chic and stylish like you love it to be. Enjoy!
1 – Slip Covers
Whether it’s a chic and modern white sofa, white-washed furniture, or bright and airy white walls, there’s something so crisp and pristine about all-white looks. They’re gorgeous, and we love them. But when crayons, Play-Doh, dirt, and tiny fingers full of food enter the equation, things can get a little… sticky. One lifesaver is removable slip cover furniture. Slip covers can be put on living room chairs, dining room chairs, and sofas, and they’re easy to remove and wash to give you peace of mind when the inevitable wear and tear happens. Slip covers are also available in several cuts and shapes, so they’re great options even in more modern looks.
2 – Performance Fabric
In a world where babies slobber and sneakers accidentally land on the sofa, it’s imperative to select an upholstery that is resistant to scratching and very easy to clean. If the slip cover tip doesn’t work for your design style, explore our selection of custom upholstery and custom furniture, which include high-quality performance fabrics like Sunbrella and Crypton.
Sunbrella, an upholstery fabric brand originally used for awnings and outdoor furniture, offers indoor furniture upholstery that uses intricate jacquard weaving and innovative yarn constructions and finishes to replicate the look and feel of fine interior fabrics, which means you get a durable and easy-to-clean fabric that looks as lovely as linen. The technology here has really advanced over the years, and we can say without hesitation that we would use Sailcloth Salt on virtually any sofa or chair and have it read like linen.
Crypton is another performance upholstery brand we love that is soft, durable, and resistant to stains and odors. You can literally pour Coca-Cola on these fabrics, and the liquid will bead right off—perfect for spills!
3 – Learn to Love Leather
We love the look of leather. But even better, scratches can usually be buffed out of leather, and spills (much like performance fabric) wipe right off. But the best part is that leather furniture adds an air of luxury to your space and can help your home look more expensive.
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4 – Circular or Soft Furniture
Adding circular furniture into your design adds an elegant geometrical element that’ll give your space unexpected depth and style…but it’s also a great move to keep table-height little ones from hitting their heads on sharp furniture corners! If you’re in need of a dining table or coffee table, make sure to take this into consideration before you buy. Even better? Opt for a soft, chic tufted ottoman to use in place of the coffee table.
5 – Stylish Storage
One of the easiest ways to make a kid-friendly home more chic and glamorous is to simply keep your space clean. Establish zones for toys and play so that everything is kept in one area. Then, choose stylish storage options like our modern Monroe storage dresser, or these cute wooden storage carts perfect for a nursery.
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This article originally appeared as a contributed article to our friend The Chriselle Factor and has been edited from its first appearance.