Creating a Kid- and Pet-Friendly Living Room

Make your family room fun and worry-free with accents that cater to an active and growing family.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Designed With Kids in Mind

This bright and cheery family room is covered in high-energy hues, packed with pet-friendly materials and outfitted with clever storage solutions. From washable paint on the walls to lightweight table lamps, the space is designed to be durable, comfy and almost indestructible.

Oversized Coffee/Play Table

Choosing the right coffee table for a space occupied by kids and pets is important for both aesthetic value and functionality. Regardless of what material you choose, it's best to consider a table roughly 12 to 18 inches shorter in length than your sofa. A generous table surface will allow a single piece of furniture to double as a spot for playing games.

Storage Ottomans

When space is at a premium, storage ottomans are a must-have essential for family rooms. Created for use as occasional tables or extra seating, these comfy pieces allow parents to keep kid and pet toys tucked inside for easy access.

Two-Toned Fabric

High-end fabrics can elevate the level of taste in any room; unfortunately, many of these fabrics come with a jaw-dropping price tag. A designer trick for using high-end fabrics is to use the quality fabric on the front of a pillow, then cover its back with something solid and basic.

Round Tables + Metal Legs

End tables with metal legs are an excellent choice for rooms occupied by pets, especially teething puppies. For a kid-friendly touch, stick with rounded tables. Without the sharp corners, round tables are safer for active kids to play around.

Lightweight Lamps

Parents are often concerned about the safety risk posed by table lamps. While stone, heavy wood, glass and ceramic table lamps are not kid-friendly, lightweight aluminum is a perfect fit. Consider styles with rustic finishes; they'll be more forgiving if the lamps become a casualty of indoor play.

Lampshade Updates

If you're bored with your current table lamp but appreciate its kid-friendly component, consider giving it a quick update by changing out the lampshade. Here, white shades are swapped out for a deep coral version that is more playful and appropriate for the space.

Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

Polypropylene rugs are made for indoor-outdoor use. Available in a wide variety of styles, textures, materials, colors and patterns, they're an excellent fit for family rooms. In the event of a spill or pet accident, simply take them outside and spray them with a hose for easy clean up.

Prep Area

When space allows, consider adding a prep area between the kitchen and family room. This space provides a designated surface for messy tasks, like serving wet dog food, making snacks or cutting and arranging fresh flowers.

Temperature Control

When parents and kids are out for the day but pets are still inside, it's important to make sure they stay comfortable. It's wise to invest in an updated digital thermostat that can set itself to adjust at different times of the day.

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