A white home is all the rage right now, from a white kitchen, to white furniture, to white bedrooms- any thing white is preferred. Of course, white no longer means the sterile, cold white we often see in contemporary homes or in industrial offices. “White” is now a spectrum of soft colors ranging from the nudes, the softest of pinks, antique white, classic white, and a combination of all these.
When we moved into our forever home, I knew I wanted to maintain the white look throughout our house. We had marble floors installed in our entry way and I actually wanted the carrara white marble but our contractor convinced me to go for crema marfil- still somewhat light. For our walls, I selected a soft white hue and also kept most of our furniture linen colored to maintain the white home look. My hubby was not too excited with my color choices, especially with two young boys. Friends with children also said white walls are the worst to have with kids.
Two years into our “white” home, I have to say that we have successfully maintained a fairly white home with kids- not too much stains on furniture or dirt smudges on the walls.
So the question remains- how do you maintain a white home with kids? Here is what I learned:
- Buy furniture with kid friendly fabrics. There are so many furniture now with durable, quality fabrics. Some of these fabrics are stainproof and waterproof. We have mostly linen furniture and well made linen repels stains and cleans easily.
- Limit bright juice and snacks off the furniture.
- Keep throw blankets on your sofa. This way, when the kids do make a mess while sitting on the sofa, it will hopefully be on the washable throws.
- Clean up stains immediately when you see them. This is my best advice for maintaining a clean, white home with kids. I usually just use water and paper towels to gently blot the stains away. I did find a giant, dried up chocolate milk stain in one of our expensive rugs, and by pouring warm water over it and blotting away the water, the stain gradually came off.
- For white walls- occasionally scrub dirt and smudges with a wet paper towel or magic eraser. My neighbor told me that once a year, she has a a painter touch up her walls to save her sanity. You can use painter’s tape to mark the irritating marks and either touch them up yourself, or get a painter to do this.
- Have your furniture professionally cleaned every 2 years (or sooner), to give them new life.
What do you do to maintain a white home with kids?