We all want to boast a beautiful living room. After all, it should be the one room in your home where you can relax with your family, enjoy your favorite television show after a busy workday, and entertain guests. However, it shouldn’t be the one room in your home that lacks style, organization, or upkeep. Having children doesn’t mean your living room – or the rest of your home – must lack style. There are plenty of ways to make your living room look elegant and clean while staying kid-friendly and safe. Here are some tips to help you maintain a clutter-free, organized, and visually appealing living room, no matter how young your children may be! Consider Unique Paint Options Fingerprints, markers, crayons, and other imperfections can make your walls look dirty and unmaintained, taking away from the overall beauty of your living space. Once the marks are on the wall, there’s no going back – unless you paint your walls with a washable paint sheen! Colors in eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss are all great options for families with young children, as imperfections can be washed away easily with soap and water. Don’t feel limited to traditional paint options, though. Chalkboard, magnetic, and dry erase paints are wonderful accent wall options that allow your kids to draw as much as they want on the walls coated in one of these fun and family-oriented options! It’s a great way to encourage creativity and spend time with your kids. Protect Your Furniture Kids are notorious for eating, drinking, and jumping around on the furniture. Take advantage of couch and chair covers to ensure your furniture investments are protected and maintain their like-new appearance. These slipcovers are easy to take on and off and even washable. Use them to cover your furniture during play dates, and then whisk them off with ease before your dinner party. Another family-friendly furniture option is leather. Both durable and comfortable, leather furniture is less likely to reveal stains, spills, and other imperfections than fabric material. Install Kid-Proof Flooring Spills, dirt, allergens, and crumbs can easily accumulate when you have young children and make your floors look extra dirty. Make sure you install floors that are easy to maintain and clean up should your child spill their glass of orange juice everywhere. Durable, stain-resistant carpeting is a wonderful way to cover your gorgeous hardwood floors until your kids are older. Plush and warm carpeting can also protect your kids from bumps and bruises should they fall. Invest in Stylish Storage Options With children, you are bound to end up with a plethora of toys lying around the house. Instead of banishing toys to their room, you can incorporate stylish design pieces that can hide them. Finding furniture that doubles as storage is a great way to save space. An ottoman, coffee table or bench with interior storage can make it easy to quickly turn your cluttered living room into an aesthetically pleasing space. A few pretty baskets lined up against the wall are also great for stashing toys and clutter in a pinch and look much nicer than plastic bins! The goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment for children but still maintain a unique sense of style and functionality! Sherwood Furniture offers professional interior design services for families looking for fine furnishings and design assistance in the West Bloomfield, Michigan area. Visit our showroom at 6231 Orchard Lake Road or call us at 248-855-1600 to get started on your living room upgrade!