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5 smart tips to decorate a chic, kid-friendly home

Don't let the little ones play decorator! “Cottage Living” magazine shares advice on how to have a house that's
/ Source: TODAY

Imagine your house as chic as it was pre-children. As you accumulate more of the kids’ stuff than your own, don’t let the little ones play decorator. The good news is that you can find fabrics, colors and furniture that suit your style and are comfortable and durable enough for kids. “Cottage Living” magazine offers simple tips to keep your home beautifully decorated for adults, but friendly enough for kids and pets:Look for functionality
A dining nook can serve a dual purpose. It’s a cozy eating area that can double as an art area for children. Tip: Choose a laminate tabletop in a stylish graphic shape.  Don’t be afraid of color
Colors resonate with kids, and painting walls vivid colors can help parents master the look they crave. Tip: Choose a paint like Benjamin Moore Aura Interior paint. It’s safe for the environment, can be easily wiped clean and comes in a wide variety of colors.Use durable and textured fabrics to upholster furniture
You won’t sacrifice style by using stain-resistant fabrics that hide a multitude of sins. Covering a sofa in a pretty outdoor fabric prevents everyday wear and tear.

Tip: Look for patterned fabrics that are water-resistant or vinyl. They are often the easiest to clean.   Choose materials that age well
Materials like soft leather are enhanced by everyday nicks and scratches caused by the little ones.

Tip: Leather has come a long way since traditional black or tan. Broaden your horizons to newer colors like avocado green, chocolate brown or reds. Create a catch-all space
Create an area as a catch-all space for kids’ coats, rain boots and backpacks.

Tip: Oversized hooks hung over a bench in a mudroom use space well.

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