Pretty and practical home updates for family homes

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One of the biggest challenges that I know we share with other families, is that it’s tough to make a home look beautiful and keep things functional at the same time. I want our home to look good but with two little rascals running around, it’s not easy to keep things looking good. Just last week, I machine washed all of the sofa coverings and by the end of the day, they had pizza fingerprints on them. And Oscar is so very different from Zach, thinking he can draw on any surface and not just paper!  Keeping a home functional and making it look amazing at the same time can be hard, but it’s not impossible. There are some easy ways to add some beautiful features to the home that are practical too.

Install window dressings

Windows are a hugely important part of any home. They let in natural light, and you use them to control the amount of light and heat you want to come in too. Choosing the right window dressings means considering a few different factors to make sure they perform the function that you need them too. But how they look is obviously important too, so it’s fortunate that there are so many options available. First, you can choose between curtains, blinds, shutters and even treatments that apply directly to the glass. Then there are different styles of each of these available that offer you levels of light and heat control, as well as the perfect look for your home.

Get a beautiful new benchtop

The kitchen is the heart of the home for many families. It’s where you cook, perhaps eat, and sometimes just hang out. If you want to make some functional but beautiful updates to your kitchen, there are several things you could think about doing. Installing a new benchtop has to be one of the best investments you could make, though. If you choose the right material, you can get a stylish surface that lasts a long time and doesn’t easily mark or stain. If you’re wondering what to choose, concrete is a cost-effective option, and you might be surprised by how good it can look. You can see some examples of what you could get at Polishing concrete gives it a shiny, reflective look to make it smarter and more sophisticated. You can also get it with cool grooves and flecks through it for more texture.

Make storage stunning

Storage can often seem pretty boring, unless you’re someone who loves to stay organised. But making storage look good isn’t difficult, which is great because so many family homes need a lot of it. I’m always putting things away or asking someone else to put things away – and you always need somewhere to put everything. When it comes to storage, it’s a good idea to think about where in the house you need it and what you need it for. The most practical storage sits in the right place and is ideal for meeting specific storage needs. You might think that beautiful storage needs to be expensive, but it really doesn’t. If you buy the cheaper stuff and it doesn’t look great, it’s easy to update it for a better look or just to hide it – whether it’s behind a curtain, a screen or anything else that covers it up. Find some storage ideas at

Small updates of fixtures and fittings

You don’t have to have a huge budget to make updates to your home that are both practical and pretty. If you want to do something small, I love the idea of changing some fixtures and fittings to refresh the home. Small things like door handles, light switches or taps might not seem like a big deal, but you’d be surprised by how much of a difference they can make. Anything plastic can become metal for an immediate lift, and tired fixtures and fittings will look more up to date when replaced with even some inexpensive alternatives.

Just consider materials

Anything in a family home can be practical if you only think about what it’s made of. Suede and velvet are unlikely to be smart choices if you want furniture and accessories that you can clean easily. More durable materials and fabrics are much more suited to a family home and can give you plenty of scope for performing some updates. Ideally, you want things that you can wipe clean or easily run through the washing machine. You also need materials that are going to last, no matter how often they’re stood on, sat on, rubbed by sticky fingers or thrown around.

If you want to make some functional updates to your home, they don’t have to be dull. It’s easy to make sure they’re beautiful too.

1 Comment

  1. Lisa Bennett
    November 23, 2018 / 6:33 am

    Oh, I feel you, I have little munchkins running around all day and I can barely keep the house clean. I so needed these tips, practical and functional yet the house will still be clean and livable. I sure want the things in our home to be easier to clean and that the materials used are of long-lasting, it will lessen my headache looking after the little ones and the house itself.

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