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A Modern Home That Will Grow with Your Family

Kids are messy, there’s no denying it. Small children are wired to explore the spaces they inhabit and your home shouldn’t restrict this.

Style or function? When it comes to designing a home that meets the needs of a growing family it can often feel like achieving a balance of both is an impossible task. Statement designer décor and beautiful cream couches run the risk of being broken or marked by muddy footy players or small curious hands. However, with the right use of space, the incorporation of durable materials and some clever design work, a family home can be a place where effortless modern design and functionality becomes synchronised. Here are our key recommendations for designing a home that will grow with your family.

When your family expands and your children grow up, your home can too. This is why we recommend having flexibility as a core factor in all of your design decisions. A room which might act as a playroom when children are small can transform into a study space for hardworking teenagers or a home office once your kids have left the nest. Selecting thoughtful furniture and ensuring that spaces are not limited to one singular function will allow your home to adapt to the many stages of family life.

“While catering to the needs of your family, it’s vital that your home is equally a tranquil space for you.”

Kids are messy, there’s no denying it. Small children are wired to explore the spaces they inhabit and your home shouldn’t restrict this. By picking durable fabrics and robust furniture you can create a space which will maintain a sleek appearance without too much effort. Bringing traditionally outdoor materials such as rattans, wickers, beaten metals and stain resistant fabrics inside is one way to achieve this. These materials are designed to weather the elements and will withstand young occupants’ sticky hands, dirty feet and roughhousing.

While catering to the needs of your family, it’s vital that your home is equally a tranquil space for you. For those with the luxury of space, multiple living areas at separate ends of the house will cater for different family activities while allowing for seclusion and a touch of much needed peace and quiet. Limited space? Ensure the parents’ bedroom encompasses discreet luxuries, such as a hand-woven rug or Egyptian cotton bedding.

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