The home is the heart of the family, and its décor and atmosphere feature largely in the lives of you and your children. With the everyday stresses of motherhood, it can be difficult to find time to revamp our interior design, keep up with current trends, and update our homes to suit the season. But having a lively and eventful family life doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style in the home. Here’s our handy guide to achieving a home as beautiful and distinctive as your family, and of which you can be just as proud.
How to transform your home when you’re a busy mum
Plan before you execute
When you have a million things to do in the day, it might be tempting to take on a number of home projects at the same time, which can lead to a mismatched or inconsistent overall look. In the long run, it pays to take as much time as you need to plan your décor thoroughly and in detail before you lift a paint brush. This way you’re working towards a unified style, and by the time you’ve finished one room, another won’t be outdated. Your precious spare time might be far better spent jotting down ideas and trawling the web for inspiration, rather than getting your hands dirty straight away.
Practical and durable can be stylish
With little trampling feet and sticky fingers threatening to wreak havoc, it can be daunting to think of investing in new fittings or furnishings. But there are a plethora of practical but attractive design features that can help you out. Subway tiles (shown here on Pinterest) are‘in’ at the moment, and can give a classy look to any kitchen or bathroom. They’re sleek, glossy and, just as importantly, easy to clean. The Nottingham Post listed marble last year as one of the up-and-coming design trends in the UK, and marble countertops are simple to keep clean and hygienic.
Let your kids inspire you
When it comes to your kids’ rooms, get their input. Have an art day, and encourage them to draw pictures of their favourite things. This can give you inspiration for a themed room they will truly love. Home renovation can be a disruptive time, but making your kids feel more involved can help keep them occupied and entertained, and reduce the stress of the whole process significantly.
Lean on the professionals
Forbes.com points out that the average stay-at-home mum works almost 97 hours a week. This doesn’t leave a lot of time for interior decorating. This is where professional design companies such as Kia Designs can take the weight off your shoulders. They offer elevations and sketches, as well as exclusive products and mood boards, making it effortless to realise your visions. They also provide clear budget breakdowns, so that you can see just how your design and decorating fits into your family finances. And when you finally get to put your feet up at the end of a long day, their online Basecamp also makes it a breeze to pour yourself a glass of wine, log on to your account and check in on the progress of your design project.