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4 Easy Steps to Kid-Friendly Home Design

4 Easy Steps to Kid-Friendly Home Design

In most design schemes, the kids’ room is designed for the kids, and the rest of the house is typically designed for the adults. Theoretically, your children’s belongings should belong in their room. When they take off their shoes, drop their book bags on the floor, and pick up their toys at the end of the day, all these things should make their way back to the kids’ bedroom — but it doesn’t always happen that way. Somehow, your clean, conventional kitchen and your sophisticated living areas have become infiltrated with your children’s things, and even the most attractive interior design scheme is just not the same when punctuated with building blocks, action figures, and headless Barbie dolls.

But when you have children, how can this problem be avoided? Your tots will always want to play where you are, and you may even bring children’s items into the adult realm simply for the sake of convenience- there’s certainly no reason to trudge upstairs every time you have to have to change a diaper, for example. When incorporating kid-friendly design in your home, these four easy steps will help you maintain your grown-up elegance in any room while making the presence of children and their things seem like they belong there.

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1. Designate Children’s Areas Throughout Your Living Areas

Any place where you spend a lot of time is almost certainly going to gain lots of traffic from your kids as well. Instead of expecting them to just stay out of the way – a particularly difficult thing to do when youngsters tend to hang out around doorways and seating arrangements – specify an area in your most frequently used living spaces just for them and their toys. This doesn’t just apply to your living room or den. Create small children’s areas on your porch, in your yard, in your garage or shed, or anywhere else that you and your kids spend lots of time.

2. Make the Children’s Areas Attractive to Children and Adults 

The children’s area in any room doesn’t have to be full of bright colors and inviting toys. In fact, a cozy window seat with a few drawers below it for toys will suffice. You could use a cushion that complements your existing color scheme, and even hang a small shelf within their reach for some books, stuffed animals, or quaint toys. Set bean bags and a short table on a corner of the deck where the kids can be separate, but still a part of what the adults are doing. If you have enough space – and enough kids – you could even make a fun kids’ table in your dining area without compromising the adult quality of your dining room’s design.

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Make sure your children’s areas incorporate elements that naturally draw your children to play, such as a ledge for driving cars or a seat that is just their height, without separating them from the very interesting things you will be doing in the same room.

3. Encourage Creativity 

A creative mind is considered to be the single most important attribute that the leaders of our future will have. So encouraging creativity in your kids now is the one of the best things you can do for their future. It may sound like a daunting task to encourage creativity, but the easiest way to do this is simply to avoid discouraging creativity.

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Keep the children’s areas out of view of the television or a computer. Throw open the curtains to a nearby window, or even open up the window itself. Make sure that books, papers, crayons, puzzles, and toys that inspire creativity are within easy reach. Try to avoid toys that can only be used in one way, and opt instead for things like building blocks of unusual shapes, musical instruments, and costumes – and never underestimate the power of the cardboard box.

4. Make Clean-Up Easier

When kids play, they tend not to think about cleaning up afterward until you clap your hands and shout, “Clean up! Clean up! Everybody, everywhere!” The moans, groans, and occasional sobs that often follow aren’t due so much to the fact that they have to clean, but to the fact that they don’t have any idea where to begin. It may seem simple to you – toys in the toybox, books on the bookshelf, dirty clothes in the hamper – but the sheer volume of things that have to be put away can quickly become overwhelming to a small child.

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Clean-up time may be much easier if, instead of having to clean the whole room, your children only have to focus on one children’s area at a time. They can put all the toys in a box, push the box under the little table that has been designated just for them, then move on to another small children’s area. When the work can be broken up, the task is much more manageable.

Following these four steps can transform your kid-infested living areas into spaces where the children and adults can co-exist peacefully, while encouraging free thinking and creativity. And with a little creativity on your own part, you may even get them to clean up their own messes with half the whine and fuss.

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Create an Eye-Catching Logo to Focus Your Brand

Create an Eye-Catching Logo to Focus Your Brand

We live in a world where brands surround us. We recognize companies through their logo designs rather than their service or products. Our philosophy is that if it’s a brand, it means it’s good. Why? Because it’s known and recognized by all. Youngsters prefer to wear Nike or Reebok footwear, even if there are the same designs in local companies, just because they will be easily recognized as branded by their friends and family.

A logo is a statement of a business or a company and a sign of individuality, which distinguishes one brand from another. Even a child would recognize the M of the McDonalds, even from far away. The people use the logo to associate with the brand or the company. Creating and setting up a business is easy, but making it a brand is difficult. To make your business a brand, the most important thing is to create an eye-catching logo design.

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One must think that how difficult would it be to create a catchy logo? It is a major task.

There is a lot of work that goes into the making of the perfect logo, which is a recognizing factor for people. Here are some of the tips that will help you in creating a logo design that will make your business a brand.

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Gauge the Market

Study your business or company and see the competitor company’s logo designs. Know the business in and out and write down all the important points and use them to create a related logo design.

Research

Conduct research about the client and customers and the target market. What is the business about? If the products cater to children then create a colorful and lively logo, while if it is for corporate parties, then create a formal and attractive logo.

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Link It

Whatever logo you design, keep in mind that it should relate to the company and the nature of business. The logo is used to recognize the brand, so it should have connections with the company’s history and future.

Use Resources

There are some applications available for you to download and create a perfect logo. You can use the variety of samples and tweak it a bit to your liking by changing the colors or font.

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Font and Colors

Always make sure to use bold and striking colors. Study the color therapy and what affect each color has on the onlookers. Choose bright colors for an attractive and appealing logo design. Use creative fonts so that it instantly hooks up the customers.

Customize

Learn Photoshop, Adobe, and Illustrator for that eye-catching logo design. Create a customized logo design with abstracts and images, or choose a picture. You can also make use of solid shapes or go with a flow and retro design. A tagline or your company name or your name initials can also be a logo design. Just incorporate it in a unique way, so it stands out from the others.

The logo is a signature of your brand; it is one of the company’s most valuable assets. A well-designed logo is the one that exposes your business and communicates your message to the public.  Designing an eye-catching logo is not that simple as it sounds; it demands a lot of creative imagination and out of box thinking.  Whatever logo you design, ask your friends and family to view and ask them their suggestions and change and set it accordingly, as they represent the public. A well-designed logo should represent the true and perfect image of a company to the people. Make sure your logo design represents your brand and has striking effects.

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