We live in a constantly changing, fast-paced world. A healthy bedroom then becomes all the more important as a quiet, intimate space your child can look towards to unwind and relax. A safe haven. A simple trick to keep in mind while designing any room is that if you are decorating a bedroom to last, you need to keep one eye on the future.
Invest in Furniture that ‘lasts’
It’s easy to give in to the demands of a Lightning Mcqueen bed for your little one, but what happens when his obsession changes from cars to turtles? The most sensible thing to do while designing a kids room is not to personalize the big ticket items. We’re talking of the bed, dresser, flooring, study desk and the walls to some extent (we’ll come to this in a bit). Look for furniture that you see yourself keeping at home for years to come. You can incorporate the ‘fun’ element in items that you know are easily replaceable.
We love furniture that doubles up as a bed/lounge chair/desk for when you have to transition a space meant for an infant to one that is ready for a child.
Pick colours and patterns that have staying power and not something that you and your kid will find juvenile after a couple years. Imagine a neutral, pastel-coloured wall that can form the perfect blank canvas for wall stickers, shelves, artwork and buntings that can be easily replaced as your child’s interests evolve. If you must introduce a pop of high-saturated colour, pick just one wall so that repainting does not pinch as much; and if you can’t resist the temptation to include wallpaper, pick a pattern that is not imposing and works for atleast a couple years.
Express with Accessories
While you keep the colour palette of the large items in the room simple, go crazy with rugs, bed linen, throw pillows, lights and window treatments. Give your kid the freedom to have a say in this. Afterall, this is their own space and must resonate with their definition of expression. Allow him to display his toys and favourite knick-knacks. In fact, toys can serve as easy pieces of room decoration. Hang them by hooks or arrange them in height order on shelves. Will save you a huge deal on storage space too! Family photos are another accessory that will not just add to the aesthetics of the room but make children feel safe and loved.
Understand the Psychology Behind Colour
It’s not a coincidence that all nurseries are painted in pastel shades of pink, blue and yellow. They are soothing to the mind and body. Bright colours and wild patterns on the other hand lead to overstimulation, not what you want for a good night’s sleep for your child. If you want to avoid the standard pink and blue, try pista green or lavender. Taupe grey, olive and similar warm, muted colours aren’t a bad choice for relaxation too – these hues are often used for a cozy setting.
Kids Love Cuddling!
De-cluttering is the first step to organizing any room, but it’s of paramount importance in a kids room. A cluttered room is akin to a cluttered mind and therefore lifestyle. Keep a lookout for double-duty furniture like a bed with built-in storage for the endless supply of toys. Sprinkling the room with colourful carton boxes, chests, trunks and shelves will encourage your children to put things away.
The more you make a space that is personal and intimate to your child, the more he will cherish it. Imagine what would excite your child. A ladder for the restless tot, a tent for the silent reader, a swing for the eager beaver or a chalkboard easel for the wide-eyed learner? You need not clutter the room with one too many accent items to induce personality. One single key piece that resonates with your kid can take the room from drab to fab.
Never underestimate the importance of light while you decorate a kid’s room. Poor lighting – too warm or too cold/white – can cause anxiety. While you should make use of the sunlight as much as possible during the day, lighting should be mellow at other times to stimulate rest. While fairy lights make for a warm and inviting ambience, task lighting beside the bed can encourage reading.
It’s simple, really – the key to a good kid’s room is not to include any added distraction when they are off to sleep. A thoughtfully decorated bedroom with a handful of their favourite things should keep them happy!
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