Kids are messy but your home can still be stylish


Home decorating when you have kids may seem like an exercise in futility, yet design experts say it’s well within reach for families to stylishly furnish a house and still remain within budget.

The arrival of a child can spark a desire to redecorate as many parents buy new furniture to accommodate their growing family. And as kids get older, parents may find their family’s needs require updating a home with storage for sports equipment or tailoring a room to a teen’s maturing taste.

“Your style changes a little bit when you have kids,” says Emily Clark, 42, a stay-at-home mother of five who blogs about decorating from Charlotte, North Carolina. “It doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful,” she adds. “I work at home. This is my environment 99% of the time when I’m not in the car. I want it to be a happy place when I’m here.”

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While there’s no hard-and-fast rule about how much to budget for home decorating, Clark and other experts note that you don’t have to spend a fortune.

Creative hacks like repainting a room or buying new pillows for a sofa or bed can help spruce up a room without high costs.

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