Ahhh. The joys of parenthood! The pitter-patter of little feet, the splitter-splatter of pasta sauce. Best thing to happen to your life. Not-so-great for your furniture, décor and personal sense of style. Feathering the now, much fuller nest and sowing your interior design oats pretty much gets put on the back burner. Welcome to survival mode. You’re all “how do I get out the door this morning without someone losing a shoe, their homework, a tooth or our pet hamster?” and you’re all “What if little Timmy’s common cold is actually a not-so-common-brain-eating-amoeba?”
As a family-run company, we get it. Boy, do we get it. But we also know that you yearn to create an environment that’s safe, fun and comforting. A home that will foster creativity, nurture love, and express your family’s unique personality. That’s why we work hard to keep our frames super-lightweight and use high-quality acrylic, rather than glass, which is light as a feather and shatterproof. The best news of all? Family-friendly décor can go way beyond vinyl upholstery and bubble-wrapped furniture. You can create a look that says “kids live here” but “we haven’t lost our sense of style”. A look that says “bring on the play dates”, as well as, “sure, I’ll host Bunko this week!”
Check out our tried and true tips for family-friendly wall décor:
Banish the beige. Adding pops of color to a gallery-wall-in-the-works can add character or turn a typography print into a kiddielicious statement piece all its own. We have tons of bold, colorful frames that’ll take décor from drab to playfully fab quicker than your 2 year old can throw a tantrum. Maybe even get your kids involved, by letting them pick the frames they like. You might be pleasantly surprised by a child’s eye for design!
Build their self-expression, build a board.
Only the coolest parents let their tribe use the walls as their blank canvas. Go big with our custom blackboards or white boards. Great for kids’ rooms, playrooms or any room, giving your little ones a fun place to draw and get creative. The ever-changing murals they’ll create provide one-of-a-kind décor. And if you’re lucky, keep them from drawing on the actual walls.
Elevate their art.
Your mini Monet probably brings home some real gems from art class. (Okay, maybe he doesn’t, but our frames turn even stick figures into gallery-worthy masterpieces) Give these precious works the spotlight they deserve by choosing a frame that complements your décor or go bold with something uber ornate. Your pint-sized Picasso will feel so special. And the right frame can turn childhood doodles into a trendy, abstract piece your house guests will covet. Be sure to use our archival framing options to protect from fading or damage. That way, you can gift it to your little artist one day when they have a space of their own.
It’s the new “Game Night”. Grab the fam, some stretched canvas, paint colors that match your home’s decor and make your own art! Everyone can complete an individual masterpiece. Or you can play musical canvases and switch it up so everyone contributes to each piece. It’s beautiful, unique, abstract art your whole family can be proud to hang on the wall. Not to mention, our canvas floater frames are some of our most popular. So grab your clan and get creative!
Off the Wall
Lately, folks are stacking art on shelves rather than hanging it on the wall. Maybe it’s less commitment; maybe it seems less daunting than a gallery wall. Either way, why not try out this trend? Reserve a few shelves to celebrate your favorite littles. Then arrange framed school work, art and snapshots so you can easily change them out over time. It’s a playful way to honor your kids’ creations and accomplishments without putting a bunch of holes in the wall. That’s a win-win in our book.
Thinking about trying some of these ideas at home? We want to see! Share your gorgeous kid-friendly wall decor with us using the hashtag #FramingJoy on social media.
Written by Roominate contributor, Sarah