The Look: Blending Durability and Style
Just because you have children living in or visiting your home doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice great design. I work with many families to create spaces that are beautiful, durable and have a touch of whimsy geared toward a family’s mixed ages and tastes. I also think a transitional design creates a very welcoming blend of modern and traditional in a family home.
Start with a durable rug. I love the look and feel of natural fibers and they create an easy-to-clean foundation for any room. Shorter carpet means they will hold fewer crumbs—which is important if you are enjoying snacks in your family hangout space.
Next, I select comfortable furniture. These are pieces your family will actually use for movie and game nights so it’s important to remember that family-friendly design needs to be cozy and usable. For a durable fabric, I like to use Thibaut Performance Fabrics because it’s easy to care for and very durable for years of wear and tear. Their new lines are soft and beautiful, making them a great choice for your indoor rooms. These fabrics clean up with warm water and a little soap, removing a variety of difficult stains. I also love to incorporate pops of bold prints and patterns to add a playful tone to the room.
It’s also important to make sure there is a variety of seating so people are able to spread out in the home. With three kids of my own, I know how friends tend to multiply, so plenty of seating is important!
I use accessories like lamps and tables to bring shimmer into the room, along with different art pieces. For variety, a chunky side table paired with an elegant silver lamp creates a beautiful contrast balancing the adult sensibilities in the home. Art also adds a level of sophistication to any room and creating an accent wall with something like shiplap will not only give your Southwest Florida home a coastal vibe, it will take your design to a new level.
Born in Singapore, Muni Reynoldson was exposed to beautiful architecture and international style at an early age. This multi-cultural lifestyle influenced her passion for fashion and interior design. Muni is inspired by the world around her and often travels internationally.
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