Ideas for decorating kid’s room
Decorating a kid’s room opens up a whole new world of exciting design possibilities. It’s the perfect excuse to be as bold, brave or magical as you want. It calls for imagination & flexibility. Children often grow faster than we would like them to – and naturally their interests & preferences change just as quickly. It’s not just a room to sleep, it will be a playroom, a place to study, a space to have fun with friends & even a quite place for them to retreat to – so it’s important that it works for all these things. Remember, your child needs is a peaceful, friendly & stimulating environment to grow in. Another important aspect is not to lose sight of the educational aspect of the designs.
Here, I will share some decor ideas considering your child’s different developmental phases plus the effect that these various phases have on children’s space requirement & related needs.
Most importantly decorating a child’s room should be fun for parents & children. It’s a chance to be creative in a way you probably wouldn’t be in any other room in the house.
For ease of understanding we shall go by the progressive phases of children’s growth & development- a. Babies & Toddlers; b. Pre-school children; c. Primary school children &; d. Older / Teenage kids. In each group we will go in detail with respect to requirements, standard dimensions, orientations, colour schemes & much more.
But before we go on to outline the age wise decor plan, let us see the common basis of design for each group.
- Space plan/ floor plan: Draw a plan that includes the height & position of existing features such as electrical outlets, windows, doors & any built in wardrobe. Next, you draw the furniture you intend to use in the child’s room. Do not invest in furniture before you draw the foot prints & measure the space required for & around the piece of furniture.
- List out the furniture requirement: As per your child’s age & growing needs a furniture list can be made. All they need is a bed, a play/ study table, book cases/ shelves & lot of storage options. In their imagination, mirrors, tables, chairs, curtains all have lives of their own & are capable of being playmates. Either you buy new furniture every time your child enters another stage of development, or you can from beginning buy furniture that “grows” with your child.
- Color scheme: Kids grow up fast & before you know it a toddler room becomes a big boys/ girl’s room. It’s nice to have a colour scheme that will transition with your child so they can grow into the room. The best solution is to paint one wall as a focal wall that brings in fun colour choice, leaving other’s in a neutral shade.
- Go with a theme: whether your child is playful & energetic, calm & sweet or a mixture of both, explore their personalities to discover the right theme for their rooms. Pirate coves, princess castles or jungle scenes, kids room are the ideal spaces to embrace creativity.
- Play it with accessories: it’s much easier & simpler to incorporate a theme/ colour scheme with the help of accessories. Bedding, cushions, curtains, wall art/ decals, lightings, all can be changed in a short period of time without pinching a hole in your pocket.
- Give it a personal touch: Get personalised products for your kids room, it gives them a sense of belonging. Also, kids are born creative and their room is the ideal place to display their art work or a nice photo collage.
I hope, with the basics in place we are all set to furnish our kids room & in my coming posts I will try to share good & realistic ideas/ tips for designing a creative & imaginative room where your child will feel happy & at home & enjoy spending time there.
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