Durable, long-lasting materials help a home accommodate kids. Here are tips for dealing with areas prone to extra wear.
Choose wipeable paint. Eggshell and satin are good choices. But even some flat and matte finishes are washable.
Distressed wood and laminate finishes hide dirt best. With carpet, look for a mix of midrange tones and get stain protection.
Choose heavy fabrics: imitation suede, denim, vinyl. Leather is wipeable and wears well. Indoor-outdoor fabrics and laminated fabrics are options for cushions on dining chairs; spills pool instead of soaking in.