9. When can parents stop worrying about decorating
with the kids in mind?
I think it's always good to
remember that the home is for the ENTIRE family. It should reflect as
much as possible the family personality, not just the parents.
Having said that, I only consulted
my children regarding their bedrooms. But I had a strong understanding
of what we all seemed to like in common, and I let that be my guide.
Our home is a "global"
home with furniture and accessories from all over the globe, which also
reflects our bi-ethnic family. It is the color blend that pulls it altogether.
It is very eclectic which I believe is far more interesting than a definite
Males tend to care less about
decor than females. So they're not too likely to care no matter what you do.
A certain age?
When the children are little, they
couldn't care less about color and style. By the time they reach teens,
they just want it to look "cool". Obviously you can eliminate
many of the safety precautions by then and before, but this is the time to be
especially careful to make sure the home is neat, orderly and a nice,
welcoming place to be. Your teens do not want to be embarrassed in front
of their friends. If your teen isn't inviting any friends over, chances
are he/she is embarrassed, so get it fixed up!!!
10. Please add anything else that you think would
pertain to the article.
Consider changing your furniture
around periodically. Everyone enjoys the feeling of having something new. It's
amazing how a total rearrangement of a room can make all of the furniture
"feel" new and the space feel like a "new home".
Most rooms can be arranged 2-3 different ways, all equally nice.
Watch out for thread bare carpeting,
dead plants, broken glass in frames, mold and mildew, heavy dust, urine or
animal feces. These types of things can be harmful and cause unpleasant
odors and really ruin an otherwise attractive space.
In the end, work to achieve
something that is both functional for the family and attractive to the eye.
Put toddlers on a
"leash" when shopping for your decor, lest you get distracted by all
those lovely products.