How to make your home child friendly & stylish: Part 2

Guest post:2. Child friendly I love the colour palette in this image from House to Home, it is quite sophisticated yet friendly. The storage boxes under the cot are an inspired choice. I worry about the shelf edges on the wall unit and would prefer to see them rounded rather than square.

3Child friendly House to Home window-dressingsSomehow little ones find danger everywhere, from the corner of a coffee table to a door knob, and they bump, bash and crash into them no matter how hard you try to make a home child friendly. My children have grown up now and have children of their own, so I had a few years respite from the constant feeling of being ‘on edge’. Now the two year old and five year old grandchildren find their way into corners in my home I never knew existed!

Ensure the nursery is a safe place for baby and anticipate dangers by putting measures in place before an accident happens:-

  • Plug sockets should be fitted with safety covers
  • Protect fingers: put door stops over the top of doors
  • Make sure all large items of furniture cannot be pulled over by using a piece of webbing to secure furniture to the wall. Check drawer stoppers are working to prevent them being pulled out of cabinets
  • Depending on the architecture and room layout of your home, use more than one safety gate if necessary and consider safety bars at the window
  • Corded blinds have recently had headline news for all the wrong reasons; check yours and make sure they have a safe wand mechanism or similar.

Yasmin Chopin is an interior designer based in the UK. She designs interiors, writes about interiors, teaches interior design and speaks about interiors. She has an active presence internationally on social media and her website blog, www.YasminChopin.com, displays the ‘Blog with Integrity’ badge. To download this series of posts in pdf format and for lots more interiors ideas join her mailing list.

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