Finding a great way to decorate an apartment for a couple or single person is hard enough, but add children into the mix and decorating takes on a whole new dimension. Apartment decorating for families is more about creative and stylish storage than it is about the newest styles of art or contemporary design.
That being said, there is no reason why unique and clever decor cannot be added to the mix.
Room by Room
When starting to design decor for a family apartment, break the design down room by room. Each room of the apartment will, most likely, serve several purposes and should be designed accordingly. From the bathroom to the bedroom to the small alcove where the washer and dryer are nestled, each space should work for the family’s needs and accommodate their lifestyle. By working from room to room, it will be easier to achieve a cohesive and efficient design.
Unique Style with a Common Theme
Another trick for bringing a family’s apartment decor into rhythm is to create a common theme among the rooms. While the decor does not have to be the same, including a common symbol or color into each room’s design will smooth the transition from space to space. Have the family choose a theme that they love. It could be a fish theme that they adore because of a whimsical fish wall sculpture that they brought home after a trip to the beach, for example. That fish theme can then show up in a fish spoon rest in the kitchen, or as a fun fish shaped soap in the bathroom. By creating one common theme, the apartment will feel much more relaxing and harmonious.
High shelves, under-the-bed storage boxes and multi-purpose furniture are on the list of must-haves for designing a family’s apartment home. Look at every container as a possible storage find and consider how it can be integrated into a room’s decor. By placing shelves high on the wall, close to the ceiling, extra storage space is created for off-season clothing, linens and personal items. Baskets that can be slid under side tables or the coffee table are excellent spots for children’s books and toys. Give each item in the apartment, especially toys, its own space, so that there is no confusion over where it belongs when the children are done playing with it.
Bring the Outdoors In
If your apartment includes a patio, make it part of your living space. Comfortable furniture with weather-resistant fabrics, colorful potted plants and stylish wall decor, like outdoor wall clocks and fish wall sculpture, will carry the indoor theme to the outdoors and make your patio space as inviting as the living room. Having a patio for relaxation can make apartment living much more pleasant for the entire family.
Even with the challenges of limited space and multiple tastes to account for, designing an apartment decor for a family can be done. Adapt to the needs of the family and think outside of the box to design a space that is both child-friendly and parent-approved.