Home Design Hacks for Moms
My first couch option for our living room was a gorgeous gray couch that had a pull-out sofa (for those just-in-case weeks of family visits) and I loved so much about it… but it just wasn’t working in this space. So, we changed things up! That couch moved into our office/schoolroom and works SO perfectly in there. Plus, the hideaway bed makes more sense, since guests have an area to stay.
For our living room, we went with a different color than I had originally planned, and bold statement art that we thrifted – and it works so well! Paired with a huge, stuffed ottoman, this is my kids’ favorite hang-out spot and makes for a safer, cozier environment (no sharp edges!).
I guess this hack isn’t’ really just for families… I just want you to be able to look beyond what’s “normal” for you and you might be surprised.
Mom Hack for Home Design: Use furniture with storage.
This is a great hack for everyone, but if you’re using space for something, make it extra! We’ve got a side table that is super cute, and it’s also the perfect place to stash away blankets (I mean every family has a plethora right?!), used for blanket forts, snuggling for movie night, and chilly mornings.
There are so many ways to add in extra little bits of storage, and I like to take advantage as much as possible.
Mom Hack for Home Design: A foldable rug.
When you’re changing out the look and design of a space, rugs are gold!! They instantly change a room – the feeling, the style, the comfort – it can all change with a rug. Here’s the thing, with kids, floors (and especially rugs) get dirty and stained, it’s just inevitable. So, find a rug that’s foldable and not stiff. This way, you can spray and wash it in a large load machine!
Say hello to my new rug!
While I was browsing CORT Furniture Outlet, I came across this beautifully simple braided rug. There were actually two in the showroom and I thought it would look great in our space… plus, it was NOT stiff and it’s foldable (mom hack for the win!). This rug was already cleaned, sanitized and looked like new, but I walked out with it for $100, a FRACTION of the cost of a new one!
I that in itself is a pretty great home decor party trick.
Mom Hack for Home Design: Mirrors are your best friend.
Hello, little spy hack. While mirrors have the ability to make a space look and feel larger than it really is (I think that is hack enough right?!), these reflective friends have the ability to do so much more… like adding a spy window for you to see around corners.
Ever wonder how moms can “see” so much? Mirrors help!
Mom Hack for Home Design: Use popsicle sticks for paint.
We’ve been DIY-ing and painting our home from the inside out. And sometimes we’re out-and-about and find something we think might be a great fit, only to get it home and realize the color was off or didn’t work well in the room.
For home design hacks like this, use those crafting popsicle sticks that seem to find there way, well, everywhere, and paint one with each paint color you’ve used in your home (the interior and exterior walls, the furniture you’ve refinished, etc). Write on one side the corresponding room or piece of furniture and carry them with you in your bag. You’ll always have your house colors with you if needed for color matching – curtains, rugs, pillows, etc!
Mom Hack for Home Design: Use paint for mood.
Speaking of painting your walls, did you know that paint color says a whole lot about you? It also affects how you feel! So before you go slapping that brush on the wall, consider the mood you’re setting for the room, and for your family.
I love me some deep, moody colors, but I like to keep my home light and airy (with an accent wall in a moody tone here and there). It sets the tone of my house as an easygoing, clean and spacious place, and is helpful for all the little people I have around. There are just some moods (aka colors) I’d like to avoid!
For example, you may not want to use oranges in a bedroom as it inspires creativity, though it would be great for bursts of color in a playroom, it’s not great for relaxation or rest. Whereas gray or blush tones are good for a restful space.
It’s fun to read up on what colors can do for your home though. Grays and blues bring a relaxing atmosphere, green helps to reduce anxiety and is also great for entertaining, while red can be fun over the holidays by adding small pops of color (a whole room painted red can raise blood pressure or even invoke feelings of irritability and hostility.
Mom Hack for Home Design: Use vertical space.
With kids, home design hacks for storage is a necessity. But finding enough of storage can be tough at times. Depending on the size of your space and home design, there are often hidden storage options if you look up!
This is part of the reason we built our rolling ladder. Our home had these cutaways in the wall (up high) and instead of just keeping them blank, removing them or adding a large decor item that we didn’t need, we added shelves and a ladder to use as actual book-case style storage.
In our boys’ room and in our school room, we also added an open shelf up high. It’s nice and out of the way, and yet now we have more room for storing books, toys, crafts, etc.
We’ve added hooks up the wall to store and display hats before (and I plan to again, just haven’t gotten around to it yet in this house, #momlife, right?). There really are so many options if you begin to look up and see what you can add to your walls.
So tell me, do you have home design hacks that are perfect for moms?! I’d love to hear, so feel free to share in a comment below!
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