4 Ways to Design the Multigenerational Home

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Research shows that about 18 percent of Americans live in multigenerational households. The number has quadrupled since the 70s.

If you are one of the many people living in a multigenerational home now, you may be wondering: How do I design for all the generations? With so many different needs and preferences represented in one space, this can be a hard question to answer. 

We have a few tips up our sleeves for how to make a space comfortable for everyone who lives there.

1. Create an accessible layout

One of the most important aspects of multi-gen decorating is accessibility. You most likely have elderly parents living in the home who may have limitations.

A layout that is accessible to everyone is something that will never go out of style. Find homes that have an open layout with large spaces. This is a modern kind of home design that is perfect for a multigenerational home. 

You should also invest in pieces that are going to suit this style. Furniture should be spaced out so that everyone can walk around freely. You should avoid creating clusters of furniture that will be hard for older family members to maneuver around. 

2. Utilize rooms for multiple purposes

One thing you may not have considered is dual-purpose decorating, especially for bedrooms.

Bedrooms can be places to sleep and home offices or playrooms by day. If you feel like you need an extra bedroom but don’t have the space, think about what else an existing bedroom could be used for. You may find there’s a room in your home that could be combined into one of your bedrooms for extra space.

3. Avoid clutter

In a multigenerational house, you want to avoid clutter. Clutter is not only unsightly, it can be a tripping hazard for the elderly and young people.

Clutter comes in many forms that you may not have thought about. Most people think of clutter as too much stuff piled on the kitchen table or shoes in the corner of the hallway. The reality is that clutter can come in the form of home decor as well. Between your and your parent’s knick-knacks, the amount of home decor in your space can quickly become overwhelming.

Think about what decor pieces you really need, and which you can give away. Then, ask your parents to do the same. Stick with simple decor pieces that everyone likes so that things don’t start to pile up.

4. Make it personal

Chances are, everyone in the home has their own style of decorating.

One way to appease everyone’s tastes is to use personal items as decoration. The easiest way to do this is to have a strong focus on family photos.

You can also display family memorabilia like diplomas, family recipes, and personal items. This creates a very homey environment and makes everyone feel comfortable. It also takes away the stress of trying to please everyone when decorating the home.

In a multigenerational household, making a home that is comfortable for everyone should be your top priority. If you are buying a home, you may want to look for certain interior aspects. And if you’re working with what you’ve got, there are plenty of ways to make a home that’s comfortable for the whole family.




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