Kids Moving On? Time To Style For The Grown-Ups
When you have children in the house, you know the furniture and interiors are going to suffer a few scrapes and mishaps. You might have deliberately styled your family home with the kids in mind. They can be pretty destructive at times even when it’s not intentional! But now they are older, and perhaps moving on to college or University, you might want a change. Why not go for an attractive yet grown-up style to celebrate getting your home back to yourselves?
Having children often means sacrificing those regular decorating updates. Your interiors may feel a little stuck in the past. If it’s been a while since you last got the paint brush out, why not try something completely different? Olives are looking quite popular again this season. These tones are quite soothing and certainly appeal to that grown-up look you may be aiming for.
Add a patterned paper feature wall to create a fresh new look. The trick is to paint the ceiling first. You might choose a slightly off white with a matt finish here. A new light fitting in the modern style could work well too. Why not try a contemporary chandelier in the living room? Coving and skirting boards should match as they frame the wall. If you’re keen to follow a contemporary style, why not install a lighting wall? LED lights fit behind a faux wall to create a glow. Then you can add your favourite family photos to the wall.
After years of using throws and covers to hide the splits and spills from your kids, it’s time to invest in a lovely new sofa. You might want something like a brown leather Chesterfield to meet your traditional style. Or perhaps you would prefer a contemporary cinema-style recliner? Choose cushions that belong to the same colour palette as the rest of your room. Intersperse them a neutral colour like white or black.
Luxury wool carpets and gorgeous patterned rugs can finish the living room beautifully. Of course, with a spare bedroom in the house, you might move your old furniture up there for a den or games room of your own. Some people like to use the spare bedroom for a hobby or even a gym. You may want to keep it as a bedroom for when the kids come back. Why not give it a makeover so it can act as a spare room for guests to stay too?
The garden is one of the parts of your home that can become most neglected when you have children. Trampolines, scooters, paddling pools and ball games can make a real mess of it. Now it’s time to tidy the toys, remove the pitch paint, and create a beautiful outdoor space for the grown-ups. A decking area for your outdoor dining and a covered seating area could be perfect relaxing with a drink in the evenings. Why not invest in a cheeky hot tub?
Now the kids are older, it’s time to reclaim your home and enjoy all those things you’ve been dreaming of. Your beautifully styled home can also become far more practical and functional with the extra space. What will you do with your house?
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