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Designed for Ease: Low-Maintenance Design Tips

Amid the hustle and bustle of modern life, finding time to refresh carpets, polish furniture, and manage household tasks can feel like a constant balancing act. Instead of keeping up a strict cleaning routine, we recommend choosing hardwearing materials at the outset, especially if you have kids, pets, or renters. 

Designing a low-maintenance space not only alleviates stress in the long run but also guarantees that your home always looks fresh. Here are some design tips to guide you in making smart choices.

Performance Fabrics

Designed to go above and beyond what natural materials can do, performance fabrics are very popular for both indoor and outdoor use. You can find performance fabric options that are soft, yet durable enough to repel stains and prevent tearing. Some brand name performance fabrics include Crypton, Revolution, Defend, and Sunbrella. All of these are easy to clean and care for, plus they look great!


Countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms get a lot of use and are a big investment. You’ll want to choose a material that is beautiful, yet durable, and able to last for many years without chipping or staining. Quartz and granite are leading countertop materials for their ability to resist scratches, stains, and heat damage.

Hardwood Flooring

Rather than selecting carpeting, which can easily be stained and requires regular vacuuming, hardwood floors are beautiful and easy to maintain. Woods like Oak and Hickory can withstand a lot of foot traffic. If they are scratched or damaged, they can easily be restored. Engineered wood floors are another good option, as they do not warp when exposed to moisture and temperature changes.

Shiny Finishes

Opting for glossy paint and shiny material finishes rather than textured surfaces will make your life a lot easier when it’s time to clean. Textured surfaces tend to trap dust and dirt, leading to a quicker accumulation of hard-to-clean grime. Smooth and shiny finishes, on the other hand, repel dust and only require a quick and periodic wipe to clean. 

Smart Storage

Whether you are designing a new home, or want to get your home organized for the new year, investing in smart storage solutions is always a good idea. Consider incorporating built-in storage units or multifunctional furniture with hidden compartments, like storage ottomans and benches. These storage options reduce the need for frequent decluttering and keep everything neatly tucked out of sight.

Low-Maintenance Decor

Finally, choosing decor that won’t break or get damaged easily can make a big difference in keeping your home in good shape. For example, if you are designing an Airbnb, low-maintenance decor like artificial plants, durable artwork, and decorative pieces are a great call. If you have small kids or pets, you’ll need sturdy decor that doesn’t have small pieces that can break off.

Designing for Ease

Creating a home designed for low-maintenance living doesn’t mean sacrificing style. By incorporating these design tips, you can achieve a space that not only looks great but also simplifies your cleaning routine, providing you with more time to relax and enjoy your home.

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Gunnison Indoor/Outdoor Rug

A rug for all seasons! Terrific for high-traffic areas; kids’ rooms; staircases; muddy messes such as sunrooms, decks, and porches; and any floor that gets wet – like the bathroom, the kitchen, or the basement.

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Ana Basket Set

Set of 2 baskets made from Water Hyacinth with a natural finish.

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Getaway Rattan Counter Stool

The perfect addition to a kitchen island counter or high-top table, the Rattan Counter Stool adds an earthy, organic vibe to spaces with an airy rattan silhouette paired with a convenient swivel seat.

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Aegean Tray

Echoing ancient Greece while upholding a modern touch complete with faux rattan finish and jute rope handles, the Aegean Serving Tray will fit into a number of room aesthetics.

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