When it comes to decorating the family home, blending comfort, functionality, durability and style are always desirable. There is no limit to the design possibilities, but first the family members must decide what they specifically need from their living space.
Interior design priorities for families
Though there will be differences in colour palette and personal style, most families will agree on certain elements that must be a part of the decor of their living spaces.
Comfortable furnishings are high on anyone’s list of priorities, particularly for living rooms or family rooms and bedrooms, so cosy furniture such as sofas and chairs, throw pillows and floor cushions provide plenty of seating area and kid-friendly comfort. Light-toned wood furniture in bedrooms and dining rooms is an attractive feature, with child-safe pieces such as circular dining table sets and anything with rounded edges all being excellent choices.
Using fabrics and paints that are easy to clean as well as attractive to look at is also important. Stains happen, so having easy-clean fabrics with stain-resistors and gloss or semi-gloss paint on the walls and trim, makes keeping up with messes simple and straightforward.
Storage space is always at a premium in a household, so bookshelves and wall units that offer ample space for that are the key. Foot stools that double as storage containers are a popular choice and work as extra seating. Decorative additions such as lidded baskets can also be used throughout the home, providing a good-looking place to hide things with the added plus that they can be easily transported if needed.
Themes and trends for family homes
Many of the latest trends in interior design take a page from the past. The popularity for fifties-era television themes has resulted in the re-emergence of the Mid-Century Modern look. Clean lines and muted pastel colours are used in the furniture and linens and dark-toned woods are a frequent trim.
For families who want a bit more colour and fun, the bold designs and strong earth tones that were popular in the 1970s have made a comeback. Geometric patterned wallpapers and furniture fabrics and painted pieces in orange, gold, olive and white combine for a bright, warm décor.
One of the most popular trends is not a particular type of accessory, but how accessories are displayed in the home. This technique, known as Victoriana, is reminiscent of the decorating styles of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and focuses on showcase statues and other items, making them stand-out in the room rather than blending into the background, all while maintaining balance within the room.