Family Friendly Interior Design
Do you remember a room in your house that the kids weren’t allowed to go in? It was that “space for the adults” where the nice furnishings were. In my house it was the Living Room. It had beautiful white carpeting and special furniture that children were not allowed to sit in. And, it always had “vacuum marks” in the carpet. If kids, or the dog, walked in the room, mom knew. We could enter on special occasions and holidays. That was how the house was “child proofed” when I was young.
Some things haven’t changed. There are a lot of folks who choose to put off beautifying their homes until their children are grown. Their thought process goes something like this. “Why update the house? The children are just going to ruin it.” Then, there are others who want both. A beautiful home along with the growing family. They want their space to be one that the whole family can live in and enjoy. They are looking for “Family Friendly Interiors Design” solutions. Fortunately today, these homeowners have quite a few “child friendly” options.
Interior Design in Arlington Heights
We got a call from one of our previous customer’s. A few months prior, they had hired us to complete an Exterior Color Consultation. This time, they were ready to update the interior of their residence. They needed help selecting tile, cabinetry, lighting and other materials for their kitchen renovation. In addition, they were ready for fresh paint, furniture, window treatments and accessories for the rest of the main floor of their Arlington Heights, IL home.
Arlington Heights is a suburb of Chicago, Illinois that is about 25 miles northwest of the city. It’s a vibrant community with an active downtown area full of restaurants and shops. In addition, it offers easy access to the city with the Metro commuter rail and top rated schools. According to local Realtors, younger buyers are driving real estate demand in Arlington Heights. New residents, with young children are a large part of the growing demographic. Our clients are an example of this trend.
Design Plan that’s Family Friendly
One of the most important parts of my job as an Interior Designer is to get to know the family I’m working with. Before creating a Design Plan, that’s family friendly, I need to understand what’s important to my clients and how they live. I want to know what they envision in their space and how I can make it more efficient and beautiful for them. We discuss how they use each room. I look at their traffic patterns and family needs. In addition, we discuss the colors and styles of furnishings they like. I analyze their existing furnishings and we talk about how we can add items that complement what will stay.
For this Arlington Heights family, the goal was to create an aesthetically beautiful environment conducive to the wear and tear of children. They wanted a nice space where they could be comfortable. They wanted simple design, easy to maintain and worry free. The rooms involved included the kitchen, family room, living room and dining room. I set to work on a Family Friendly Interior Design Plan. My goal is to create design solutions that the homeowner can be excited about and also bring them piece of mind.
Holistic Approach to Interior Design Process
I use a holistic approach when I create a Design Plan for my clients. We began the home renovation with a Design Consultation. From there, Colors, Furnishings and Materials were introduced. I focused on a minimalist, classy & family friendly design. My client’s have home improvement goals that are common for young couples with growing families. Many desire a beautiful home that can, within reason, withstand the wear and tear of a growing family. In these cases I utilize “high performance” fabrics and furniture that I have in my library of furnishings.
I presented my client with a variety of design suggestions and furnishings. From there, we narrowed down the options and chose pieces that best fit their goals and budget. For the Paint Color Palette, I used a combination of Gray, Greige, Blue and Brown hues. With the design in mind, I used these paint colors throughout the main floor of the home. The client’s home had existing wood floors throughout the main level. Wood floors are easy to clean are durable. They chose the option of refinishing them. I had a custom stain color mixed to bring out the darker tones in the wood and complement the Color Palette. With the central focus of the Design being “Child Friendly”, the plan progressed as follows:
Kitchen Design Consultation
The kitchen renovation was in full swing when I was brought in for Consultation. The couple had their contractors, but had important decisions to make regarding the materials. They needed help with selections. I provided a Kitchen Design Consultation which included selections of: White Cabinetry in the main area and Gray Cabinets for the back entryway cubbies, Granite Countertops, Backsplash Tiles, Light Fixtures, Window Treatments & Wall Colors.
Family Room Interior Design
Architectural features in the family room were enhanced by using different tones on the ceiling, beams and trim. Because this room is the main area where the family gathers, it was important to have clean lines, be clutter free and child resistant. Manufacturers now offer great materials that are stain resistant and resilient. We brought in budget friendly furnishings that could withstand the test of time. We chose custom fabrics for the sofa and pillows that are stain resistant and durable. They also purchased a dark leather recliner, end tables and lamps. To soften the space, they chose a low pile, textured rug. We mounted the television on the wall to enhance the “clutter free” feel of the room. And for a punch of color, added an accent wall and framed art.
Combined Living & Dining Room Design
I designed a more “adult oriented” concept for the living room and dining room. These rooms have more of a traditionally, formal and sophisticated feel. As always, the furnishings were selected with the customers budget at the forefront of the Design Plan. I continued the color palette into these rooms with grays, blues and browns. I devised a plan to use the paint in specific locations throughout each room. This technique invites the eye to notice the artwork, architectural features and furnishings.
In the living room, I chose faux linen fabric for the window treatment panels. Neutral tone-on-tone fabric was selected for the chairs and a visually interesting, shaggy rug for the floor. We also chose transitional tables with curved lines along with stylish lamps. And, for a bit of color, I accented the sofa with custom blue pillows. The lighting was upgraded in this room. Can lights were added in specific locations to optimize use. Framed artwork was also selected and hung to complement the space.
For the dining room, I kept it simple and worked around the existing dining table & light fixture. An accent wall was painted to highlight the framed art that was chosen for the wall. I finished the space with neutral fabrics for the custom window treatment valances. A few additional accessories were hung for visual interest and we were finished!
Dennis and DF Design were great to work with from start to finish! We initially called DF Design to help with choosing an exterior siding color for an addition that would match the existing roof and brick, but Dennis was so great and helpful that we also used him to help with all interior paint colors and redesign our interior first floor. Dennis made sure he always provided options within our budget and we could not be happier with the finished product! Thank you Dennis and DF Design.