Just because you have a child entering your life does not mean that you have to give up on style. With the choice of right materials and sophisticated colour choices, we prove that practicality does not have to come at the expense of chic design. With a child and dog, it was not practical for the couple to use wooden furniture. But that did not mean they had to give up on stylish, warm pieces. Clifton opted for laminate covering from English brand Lamitak for all storage units, such as this grey one in the living room. Not only is the covering water resistant, it is also durable. Hence the couple need not worry about the dog scratching the surface or their son throwing toys at it. While many might balk at the choice of laminate coverings, often associated with sacrificing style for substance, Lamitak caters to design-conscious parents with its fabric-like, matt textures. The brand is also certified for its low emissions and low toxicity.