Tips For Designing a Child’s Bedroom

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Designing a child’s bedroom is perhaps the most challenging decorating endeavor of them all.  It has to be fun and engaging during the day, yet quiet and lulling during the night.  In addition, it must be safe and healthy at all times. To achieve that, you will have to consider numerous factors including the layout and furniture.  If the room is of limited size or occupied by two or more children, your task will be even more complicated.  Still, complicated doesn’t mean impossible.  And if you are creative and plan everything, you will be able to design a perfect kid’s room.  Start with our tips on designing a child’s bedroom:

Start with a Color Palette

The color palette will set the tone for your remaining décor efforts.  So, don’t take the color palette lightly.  Color can affect a kids’ behavior in many ways.  For example, nurturing sensitivity, causing restlessness and encouraging confidence. Here are some useful hints for using color:

  • Red, as a prevailing color, causes anxiety, but it is great when used as accents.
  • Orange promotes confidence.
  • Yellow boosts concentration, but it shouldn’t be used in large amounts.
  • Green is calming and it improves comprehension.  According to some people, it improves reading skills.
  • Blue is a stress reliever.
  • Purple inspires compassion and sensitivity.
  • Pink is soothing.

It is also important to note that warm tones, in general, evoke happiness.  Cool colors (if used properly) have a soothing effect.

Introduce Furniture

The basic furniture pieces every kid’s room needs are a bed, a dresser, and a practical storage solution. Everything else will depend on your kids’ specific needs and preferences, as well as on the size of the room. To be sure you’re on the right track, just follow these guidelines:

  • The furniture needs to be the right size for the children.
  • Kids need lots of storage for their toys and stuff. Make sure the storage is simple for them to organize the things.
  • Leave enough floor space for playing.
  • Add some fun to it (e.g. a roof on the bed, a slide that makes getting out of bed in the morning much more fun, etc.).
  • Be prepared for sleepovers (extra bed or mattress).

Encourage Various Activities

Kids’ room should be a space where children learn about the world and enjoy. Depending on their age, the room should include various areas aimed at different activities. A reading nook (just throw on some pillows in the corner, add a floor lamp and a bookshelf) is useful for all ages, while a homework station is great addition for schoolers. Include something creative, such as a zone for creating art (small wooden table, with papers, pencils, scissors, etc.), a playing area (one part of the room that is not too crowded) or a nook for socializing (several lazy bags arranged in a circle).

Make It Fun, Creative and Engaging

 

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Kids’ room should emit positive energy, but also inspire imaginative thinking. This can happen if you enrich the room with various accessories and additions, such as dry-erase wallpaper, chalkboard walls, alphabet and maps posters, creative area rugs, building blocks and other decorative toys.

Solutions for a Shared Kid’s Room

If you think that you can’t pull all this off in a small shared kids’ room, you are wrong. Of course, it will be challenging, but you can do it, especially with these tips:

  • Use bunk beds.
  • Or wall-mounted sliding tracks so that the beds can be separated for sleeping, and stacked on one side of the room during the day.
  • Go vertical with storage.
  • Divide the closet with extra shelves and storage boxes.
  • Store stuff under the bed in bins and boxes.

Unless you are designing a nursery, don’t forget to ask your children for their opinion. After all, they are the ones that will have to spend their days and nights in that room.  We hope that you have found our tips on designing a child’s bedroom helpful.

About the author:  Molly is a blogger at Smooth Decorator based in Australia. She is a student of Art and design. Drawing, photography and especially urban design are her passions. When she’s not writing, she enjoys watching documentary movies about the history of art and interior design.

Guest Post – Amazing Tips To Decorate Your Child’s Bedroom

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Setting up a bedroom for children can be complicated.  Aside from filling it with toys, you have to consider many factors in designing their personal place for play and sleep.

Toddlers spend a huge part of their lives in bed. The National Sleep Foundation recommends toddlers sleep for 11-14 hours. Older children less. Quality sleep is important to their mental and emotional development. One way to make sure they get adequate slumber is by designing a room that suits their need for sleep and play.

Likewise, their room should not only be a place where they get sufficient sleep, but also a venue for playing, learning and developing intimacy with their parents and siblings. Here are a few things to consider: 

     1.  Ensure safety of your child

Your toddler is just starting to develop their motor skills, so they are prone to injuries. Also, there are toys and other things inside their room that are dangerous. Some can be health hazards. Aside from being toxic, these things might also choke them. Make sure your toddler’s room protects them from harm, and not the other way around.

  1. Be cozy

The bedroom should be designed to make sleep come easy. The furniture and accessories should be placed in a way that they can sleep comfortably. Likewise, the walls and furniture should be painted with calming colors. Another thing to consider is to buy the most comfortable mattress for them. A Gel Memory Foam Mattress is recommended for comfort. 

  1. Spark creativity

Bedtime stories fuel your kid’s creativity. Make their room a part of their dreamland. Their bedroom should be a venue to fuel their personal fantasy. If they like astronomy and space explorations, stuff their room with glow in the dark stars and spaceships.

  1. Encourage learning

Besides enhancing their creative flair, your child’s room should help boost their intellect. Books and art can stimulate their desire to read and learn. Art can stimulate their desire to draw, color and paint. 

  1. Include play area

Another thing to consider is providing a play area inside your child’s room. Play is very important in a child’s development both mentally and physically. Playing allows children to build better behavior, become team players, grow as active adults, boost learning, and increase their happiness.

You may be wondering how you should design your child’s room to incorporate these suggestions.  Here are a few tips:

Empower your child’s talents and interests By age 2 to 3, your toddler is showing signs of their talents and interests. You can help them nourish their gifts. One way to do this is by designing their room to cultivate their interests. 

Make your kid’s bedroom a venue to inspire them to learn –  Aside from developing the talents of your child, you can also influence them to become an achiever and succeed in life through their room. Design their room so that it will improve their self-responsibility and self-esteem.  One way to do this is to provide storage boxes to place their toys after playing. Through this method, teaching them how to tidy up and to organize their things will help them become responsible and help with self-esteem. 

Be creative in setting up your kid’s room – Listen and watch your toddler so you can learn what they like.

Keep their bed free from clutter – By now you should teach your child the value of sleep by making sure that their beds are free of clutter. If possible, set aside an area to play, watch TV or eat away from their bed.

Toddlers and kids learn best by experiencing their environment. Provide them a room designed to enhance their growth and development.

 

Note: Ethan Wright is a health enthusiast who believes every great day begins with a good night sleep. He is currently a researcher and writer for Bedding Stock. When not wearing his writing hat, you will see him traveling to places with his journal.