Each family home has small decor touches and sentimental items that make it unique and personal to the family who live there. And these are key to any family home. It needs to be a comfortable and personal space which they feel totally relaxed in. But it also should be a convenient property that makes life that little bit easier.
So which items can transform your house into a family home? Here are some of the best you can get to make your home your favorite place!
Wood Burning Stove
Sick of heating your home with just central heating? It may be efficient, but it requires unsightly radiators in all of your rooms. One of the best ways to heat a family home is with a wood burning stove. This kind of stoves are basically enclosed fires. But, instead of burning coal like many open fires do, you will need to burn wood. The best thing about wood burning stoves is that you can control the heat. So if you are going out shopping for the day, you can turn the stove right down. This means it will burn very slowly so that your home stays warm while you’re out. And you don’t have to worry about the fire getting out of control while you’re not there. Plus, these kinds of stoves look great in any room. You’ll feel super cozy when you’re lounging on the sofa wearing your Giesswein Slippers!
There’s nothing we can do to prevent kids from getting sick. But one thing that can help them feel better is a comfy comfort blanket. Most kids have their very own blanket or toy that they will have had since they were a baby. Make sure the blankets are in a handy spot. That way, you can quickly grab them the next time one of your kids starts with the sniffles!
No matter what age your child is, they won’t be no stranger to making mischief. And sometimes all that messing around can end up in them tripping over or causing an accident. The best way to make sure no one gets hurt is to install some safety equipment in your family home. One of the most important pieces is a safety gate for the top of your stairs. This gate uses a special lock so kids won’t be able to open it. So you can leave them playing upstairs without being scared that they won’t accidentally tumble down the stairs! Another fantastic bit of child safety kit is child locks. Fix these onto all your kitchen cupboards that are within reach of your children. They will prevent them from getting in the cupboards while your back is turned! This makes sure they aren’t injured by pulling any heavy items out of the cupboard. And it also stops them making a mess!
TV Parental Controls
No matter how much you try to restrict your child’s viewing, TV is still a big part of family life these days. It’s not all bad, though. There are many educational shows on TV that can teach your kids valuable skills and knowledge. Not only that, though, but the TV can act as a great babysitter if you ever need to spend half an hour cooking or doing the housework. But how can you be sure the kids are only watching age-suitable programs? The best way is to get TV parental controls. You can then program in which channels and shows can’t be viewed during certain times of the day.
Heated Towel Rails
If you have a large family, you will know just how busy the bathroom can be. Especially in the mornings when you and your partner are rushing to get ready for work and trying to get the kids up! One thing that no one likes is getting out of the shower to find that their towel is still slightly wet. This can happen a lot if you have everyone’s hanging together on the same rail. The best way to prevent wet towels is to install heated towel rails in your bathroom. These will quickly dry the towels so that they are ready to go again the next day.
Sink Waste Disposal Unit
Do your whole family argue over who’s turn it is to take out all the garbage? The easiest way to solve all the disagreements is to install a sink waste disposal unit. This is fitted into the plug of your kitchen sink. All you have to do is tip down any food waste through the plug. It then gets ground up and disposed of. So it doesn’t need to go in the bin anymore. That will keep all your waste in the kitchen bin down to a bare minimum. Rather than throwing your non-food waste out straight into the bin, try to see if it is recyclable.
There’s no point trying to squash all your clothes into a small wardrobe. If you do that, you might not notice certain pieces of clothing, and they might go unworn for ages. The best way to organize all your clothes and accessories is to get a walk-in wardrobe for your bedroom. If you have a spare room, you could use this as a temporary walk-in wardrobe. Not only that, though. You’ll have space to keep all your family’s clothes together. So in the mornings, you won’t have to run around trying to find everyone’s stuff.
Night lights are particularly useful in any family home where there are young children. Younger kids who are scared of the dark can find it difficult to fall asleep on the bedrooms lights have been turned off. So many families buy night lights for their kids’ bedrooms. These can be either lamps or illuminated plugs. Night lights aren’t as bright as regular lamps and light bulbs, and brighten up the room with a soft glow. This makes sure that the room isn’t too bright for kids to get to sleep in. You will also be able to find some night lights that project images and patterns onto the walls. For a super cute kids bedroom, but a night light that will project stars and planets all over the room.
All-Natural Cleaning Products
There is no surprise that families want to keep their homes as clean as possible. It can help fight harmful bacteria and makes the house much safer and healthier for allergy sufferers. Plus, it can help to reduce the risk of a pest infestation taking over the property! So next time you are out shopping or some new cleaning products, try and find organic natural ones. These are much better for the environment. And they are also much safer to have around children as well. A few years ago, organic cleaning products had a bad reputation that they weren’t effective enough. However, this is no longer the case, and there are now even excellent organic alternatives to bleach.
Do you and your partner love snuggling up on the sofa together once the kids have gone to bed? Then you could really benefit from installing some dimmer lights. These give you the chance to control the brightness of the lights. So once it’s just you and your partner, you can dim the lights to create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. They are also useful when you and your family settle down to watch your favorite movie together. You can dim the lights so that you can all create a cinema atmosphere in your very own living room. Just don’t forget the popcorn! Dimmer lights shouldn’t just be kept to the living room. Install them in your bedroom as well. You’ll find they can help you unwind while you’re reading in bed before you turn the lights out.
For that final personal touch to your home, add lots of personal touches to your decor. Think about hanging family photos on your walls and displaying them in photo frames on shelves. If your kids love making pictures and paintings for your fridge door, ask them to draw and paint some art that you can incorporate into your decor. Think about framing some of the best pictures to display them. The best way to create a personal decor is to do as much of the work yourself. This can save you a lot of money that you would normally spend on a professional decorator. But it also gives you the chance to get your rooms exactly how you want them. If you don’t have much time on your hands, you can always get a professional in to do some of the harder bits of DIY for you!
If you get all these things in your house, you find that it really transforms into a brilliant family home. Your home will be super comfortable, and it will make your everyday life a lot easier to manage. It’s best to try and create this family style home before you have kids. But it’s never too late to transform your home!