Buying a house doesn’t automatically mean you have a family home. Most of the time, you have to turn your house into a home! A big part of this is figuring out the interior design and layout of the property. It can take some time to decide how you want your home to look, and even longer to set it to rights.
With that in mind, it pays to have a helping hand now and then. So, here are a few interior design trends that are perfect for family homes:
Open-plan living areas
The whole concept of an open-plan living area is to create more space in your home. Instead of a wall dividing two rooms, both of them are brought together in a more spacious area. A lot of new properties for sale will adopt this approach and provide open-plan living rooms that are combined with a dining area. It looks great in all houses, but it’s especially useful in a family home. When you have kids running around and loads of toys and furniture, it pays to have some extra space. This style of living can open up your home and stop it from feeling cramped – particularly when the kids start getting a bit older!
Nowadays, the interior design world is going crazy for multifunctional furniture. This may also be referred to as multipurpose furniture, but the concept is the same. Effectively, you have an item of furniture that does more than one job. An old school example is a sofa that folds out into a double bed. This probably isn’t useful in a family home, but there are loads of ideas that most certainly will be.
For example, you can have a bed that opens up and has storage underneath. This is perfect in a kid’s room as you can keep all of their old and unused toys there while other things take their place! Or, in the living room, you can have footstools that also have storage inside them. You’ll notice a trend here, and it’s that most multipurpose furniture serves its initial purpose and also provides storage space. In a family home, this is absolutely crucial! Think about all the clutter you create – it’s much easier to deal with it when you have storage options all over your home.
You saw beds get a little mention in the previous point, but there’s an interior design trend solely dedicated to them! These days, a lot of people can’t afford big houses. As such, they’ve taken to creating smart ways of making small places look bigger. One of the most popular trends is to have a pulldown bed that attaches to the wall. In essence, it pulls down from the wall to lie flat – like a normal bed – then can be pushed back up vertically.
You can already imagine why this would be beneficial in your family home! A bed like this will give your children so much more space to play in their bedrooms. They won’t have an annoying bed in the way, but they can easily get you to pull it back down if required. Ideas like this are the best because they really help you get the most out of your home!
Integrated kitchen hardware
If you didn’t already know, ‘kitchen hardware’ is basically just all the different devices in your kitchen. For most families, this will include the fridge/freezer, cooker, dishwasher, microwave, and washing machine. With this interior design trend, all of these devices are integrated into the overall cabinet design. Instead of seeing your fridge, you see the door of a large cabinet. The fridge is inside, and you open the door to reveal it.
This trend is super popular as it makes kitchens look so much neater. You don’t have ugly appliances sticking out like sore thumbs all over the place. Also, from a family perspective, it keeps the kitchen safer. It’s harder for a child to accidentally turn the oven on if it’s integrated behind a cabinet door. I also find it makes the kitchen look a lot neater, which is just a nice little bonus!
Just like that, you’ve got some fantastic ideas to make your house a home. All of these interior design trends are specifically good for family homes. They add something to your property that either makes it more homely or functional. You don’t have to incorporate each one, but think about which trends will work best in your humble abode.