SUR­FACE MAT­TERS

Durable, long-last­ing ma­te­ri­als help a home ac­com­mo­date kids. Here are tips for deal­ing with ar­eas prone to ex­tra wear.

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1 WALLS

Choose wi­peable paint. Eggshell and satin are good choices. But even some flat and matte fin­ishes are wash­able.

2 FLOORS

Dis­tressed wood and lam­i­nate fin­ishes hide dirt best. With car­pet, look for a mix of midrange tones and get stain pro­tec­tion.

3 FAB­RICS

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.

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