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How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

 

If you’re just expecting or already have kids who are starting to venture into the living room on their own, it might be the right time to give your space a little kid-friendly makeover. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your whole aesthetics. Only a few barely visible changes will be enough to have a both beautiful and kid-friendly living room.

Washable paint

If you’re raising future painters that are still discovering their ideal canvas, don’t be surprised when you come home to a new wall design. However, if you invest in washable paint instead of your traditional one, you will be able to clean up the mess with mild soap and a damp cloth. There are even some flat matte paints that allow you to touch-up the pain without any visible brush marks. However, if your kids are really persistent with surprising you with wall murals, you can opt for chalkboard paint. Paint one wall and let your kids safely express their artistic tendencies.

Kid-friendly flooring

Kids are not very careful when eating, drinking and carrying stuff, and a lot of things will end up on your floor. So, make sure to invest in flooring that is washable, such as tile, wood or laminate. If you want to let your kids play on the floor, then you need something much softer. Luckily, there are carpets made of seagrass or jute that are durable and low-maintenance. You can also opt for small area rugs which you can toss into the washing machine every once in a while.

Durable materials

If you want your furniture to have a long and happy life, make sure your pieces come in durable and easy-to-maintain materials. There are many stain-resistant fabrics on the markets today, so you’ll definitely find something you love. Leather is also a great furniture option. For instance, lounges made of leather can be easily wiped with a wet cloth every time an accident happens. Also, keep in mind that the darker colors can take more beating than the lighter ones.

Ample storage

If you want your living room to be tidy without too much work, you have to have enough storage to put away your kids’ toys when they aren’t in use. Most people opt for decorative baskets because they are cheap, portable and very practical. However, you can also go for something more stylish and permanent like double-duty furniture with built-in storage. Benches and window seats usually come with hidden storage below the seat. There are also coffee tables and ottomans that can fit some of your kids’ trinkets and create an uncluttered and stylish look.

Create a cozy corner

If you want to keep most of your living room reserved for adults, then creating a cozy corner is a must. Simply designate one corner in your living space and fill it with fluffy pillows and lazy bags that are perfect for afternoon naps and reading seasons.

Make it fun

No matter the interior style and the atmosphere in your living space, it should really be the place where every member of the family feels comfortable and happy. So, make sure to decorate the space with at least some kid-friendly accessories. For instance, putting up the kids’ artwork on the walls next to your “grown-up” art is a great way to start. Make sure not to use too many fragile decorative pieces, and opt for nature elements (pinecones, seashells, driftwood), wooden figurines and bowls, and a lot of kid-friendly books. Hanging family photographs is another way to decorate your living space with beautiful and personal items.

As you can see, a kid-friendly living room doesn’t have to look like a kindergarten. With just a little bit of planning, it can be a stylish, functional and cozy space every member of your family will love.

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Top 5 New Home Improvement Marketing Trends

Top 5 New Home Improvement Marketing Trends

Advertising practices always keep on changing and what is new today will become stale tomorrow. Hence rethinking marketing and advertising strategies is a must and it applies to home improvement businesses also. It is therefore not surprising to see national and local contractors, small hardware outlets, small designers and even big corporations moving out of their normal marketing methods and practices. All of them are ready to try out new and innovative ways of advertising. Here is a look at five of the most popular trends as far as home improvement marketing is concerned.

 

  1. Integration With Social Media

 

Based on survey done on home buying by Zillow there are reasons to believe that 39% of businesspersons start their projects online. Contractors are moving into this zone of captive audience and they are making their presence felt in home improvement friendly social media outlets. It could be simple things like a decorator making his presence in Pinterest or being present on IKEA, Instagram and also informally and casually answering questions on their Facebook page.

 

  1. Showcasing Trends

 

Serious home improvement businesses are ready to showcase their latest trends so that they remain away from the crowd. It could range from showcasing of open floor plans or offering discounts as far as chalkboard paint is concerned. It also could be about offering new marble colors in a trade show and much more. Hence at the end of the day marketing is all about setting trends rather than being the followers.

 

  1. Partnering Up

 

With B2B partnerships becoming stronger than ever before local advertising is also becoming very important. It could be simple things like word of mouth advertising and could be about giving a referral for another contractor. When you have a website some other form of advertising which talks about partnerships it not only tells customers about knowledge of the local industry. It also is a way by which these businesses will return the favor by sharing your name thereby saving money and giving you the required mileage.

 

  1. Blogging

 

According to some studies every month around 330 million people will certainly go through at least one blog post. Those who blog at least 15 times a month are likely to receive five times more traffic in their website compared to those who do not blog. Hence, as far as home improvement business is concerned, blogging is something which always must be kept in mind. Blogging could help in SEO by optimizing keywords. It will also attract readers and visitors who are looking for information that could be futuristic in nature.

 

  1. Importance Of Mobile Marketing

 

Mobile marketing is also catching up fast as far as home improvement businesses are concerned. There are many who are ready to offer six second home improvement videos to mobile phone and other customers who use hand-held devices. This helps them to reach more number of customers and also at a time and location of their convenience. With 66% of Americans owning smart phones, the number of people looking for real estate using mobile phones could be as high as 45%.

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Author Bio : David is a Marketer first and Geek second. He cut his teeth on direct response marketing way back in the early 2000′s. Since then he’s become, more or less “the secret weapon” the biggest marketers in Australia sneak through the back door to create Websites That Sell, set up Multi Million Dollars Launches and Create Profitable Online Marketing Systems.