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Making sure your house feels like a home is important for any family, but it almost becomes more critical if you’re a single parent. Creating living spaces that are truly inviting for your kids, friends, and family is no small feat, but there are certain staples that people agree to make a house feel more “homey.”
In fact, a study by Furniture Village of 2,000 homeowners revealed 40 things that make a house a home, with features like a cozy bed (65%), a spacious sofa (48%), and personal touches (20%), like kids’ artwork topping the list.
If you’re a single mom and have already perfected your daily routine taking care of the kids, it’s time to turn to the interior design of your home so that the look and feel of even the small spaces can have a big impact.
Creating a warm, inviting, stylish, and on-trend home can significantly contribute to a positive environment for you and your children. Here are some practical tips to help you make your home extra welcoming and filled with grace while catering to the needs of your single-parent household.
Tips to help you make your home extra welcoming
Start by getting organized
Decluttering and organizing are the first steps in making any house feel more like home. Not only can an organized home make your daily routine run more smoothly and alleviate stress, but it will allow you to add stylish features and decor that speak more to your personal taste and designer’s eye.
In a space like your living room, for example, incorporating furniture that doubles as storage – such as a removable-top ottoman, a bookcase, or a side table with built-in drawers or baskets – can add both style and function. Investing in other storage solutions like baskets, bins, or shelving is also a wise way to ensure every item has a set place where it belongs.
Making sure your home is well-organized offers a great teaching moment for your kids, as they will learn the importance of tidiness and instill a sense of responsibility in keeping your living spaces clean. Taking the time to declutter will ultimately help you stay on top of your home’s maintenance, preventing the accumulation of spare items that don’t have a home and detract from the stylish ambiance you’re aiming for.
Dedicate certain spaces as comfort zones
Establishing comfort zones in a stylish, single-parent home involves combining aesthetics with functionality to create inviting spaces that reflect your family’s needs.
By defining the areas in your home for work, play, or rest, you can ensure specific spaces are reserved for relaxation. For instance, creating a cozy reading nook set off in its little area will ensure you have a space and setting specifically for reading and enjoying quiet time.
Decorating a room with soft furnishings is another way to create a comfort zone. Mixing various cushions, throws, and blankets in a single space allows you to achieve a tactile and visually appealing interior style – resulting in a space perfect for unwinding after a busy day of parenting.
Additionally, you may want to consider incorporating elements of your kids’ interests into these comfort zones, making them even more personalized to your family and inviting to everyone.
Choose flexible furniture arrangements
If you’re working with smaller room sizes and spaces but still want to make your house feel like a home, the best thing to do is opt for furniture arrangements that are flexible by nature. This means selecting furnishings that serve multiple purposes while delivering a stylish feel.
Furniture that can be readily adapted to your family’s changing needs as your kids grow is essential – and also hugely cost-effective. Certain flexible furniture, such as sleeper sofas or extendable dining tables, can be life-saving for single-parent households, as they can be quickly adjusted to accommodate the number of people you’re entertaining.
If your kids want to have a sleepover with their friends, you don’t have to worry about finding the space to fit everyone, as your flexible furniture can be rearranged to make additional sleeping areas.
Choosing multi-purpose furniture and arranging it to suit various functions will ensure that your living spaces, no matter how small, can accommodate all kinds of activities without feeling cramped.
In conclusion, transforming your single-parent house into a truly stylish and welcoming home is something that takes time and effort.
You can maximize the impact of even the smallest spaces by prioritizing organization, creating dedicated comfort zones, and selecting flexible furniture arrangements. Infusing warmth and style into your family’s living spaces contributes to a positive environment and fosters a sense of belonging for you and your kids.
Guest Post by Jennifer Dawson