Most of us value good home décor as much as we value our home. However, decorating our home should be about much more than just its appearance. It should also be functional and serve any purpose we decide to give it. So, when the main purpose of your home is to be a safe haven for you and your family, a place where you can spend valuable time together, then your priority should be creating an adequate family space. Here are the benefits such space can have on the wellbeing and the dynamics of your family.
Create an open-plan kitchen
Not only will merging your kitchen with your dining room, living room or both make your home more modern and probably brighter, but it’s a great way to spend more time with your family. For example, if you have a nice kitchen island, you can take a corner of it and turn it into a playroom. By filling a drawer or two with your kids’ crayons, coloring books, card games or playdough, you’ll give them something to do right next to you while you cook for them. This way you can casually chat with them and have them tell you anything that’s on their mind. This is important, since children whose parents listen to them while they talk, without interrupting them, usually do better academically and have great communication skills. This is because they get used to talking and being listened to, which gives them enough confidence to share their ideas without hesitation and to ask questions when they don’t understand something. Furthermore, if you allow your kids to help you with meal preparation, they’ll be happy that they’re useful, they’ll learn something new, become more independent and they’ll be more likely to eat the healthy stuff they normally dislike if they took part in preparing it.
Be smart with your living room décor
If you’re mindful and careful with your living room décor, it can help you bond as a family. The key is to find just the right furniture to allow you more quality time together. For instance, your coffee table should be large enough to solve puzzles and play board games, while there’s a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade for each of you there as well. Also, when it comes to seating, King Living modular sofas are the perfect solution. The goal is to keep everybody cozy. If your kids feel physically relaxed around you, they’ll be more likely to talk to you. Your job is to talk to them as well, and in a way that they feel like everything, they’re saying matters to you. They might say things you find silly and maybe even insignificant but bear in mind that these things are important to them, and that’s the reason they’re sharing them with you. If you listen attentively to them when they’re little, they’ll have no problem confiding in you once they are in their teens, when what they do and who they spend time with will interest you much more.
Do some DIY projects
These are a great way to decorate your living space without spending too much money, but they’re also a good way to teach your kids new skills and to bond with them over something fun and creative. For example, there are some great tire-recycling projects you can do with your kids, in order to make them a swing, a see-saw or a nice bed for your pet. Your children might understand the importance of recycling better this way, plus while working together, you can allow them to paint, in order to improve their motor skills. And what better way for them to learn that, for instance, by mixing yellow and blue you get green? While doing these projects, make sure you make the best of your time with your kids and have them tell you about their day, their friends and whether somebody is attempting to bully them. These are all extremely important things which your kids will tell you as soon as they feel relaxed enough.
Plant a garden
If you want to make your backyard more appealing, you should plant a garden there. It doesn’t even have to be big. Several fair-sized pots will do the trick. You can plant fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, but the goal is to do it together, as a family. Other than having a decorative purpose, this type of gardening is also very healthy. First of all, you get to eat those fresh, home-grown fruit and vegetables and herbs later. Second, gardening is a good form of physical activity, which can benefit both you and your little ones. Third, the fact that it’s an outdoor activity is also important, since being exposed to fresh air and sun will improve your mood and relieve you of stress while making your kids very happy. After all, most of them enjoy playing in the dirt, so why not use that to your advantage? It’s another great opportunity to chat and get closer to your kids, which is something you should always aim for.
There is nothing wrong with wanting your living space to look modern and attractive, but it should primarily be family-oriented. It should be a space that each of you will feel good in and one that should encourage bonding between you and your children, which is the only thing that really matters.