According to a recent study, 33% of the UK have used their time in lockdown to paint and decorate. Designing a child’s room can offer plenty of possibilities for fun colour choices and creative ideas. Here we give our best tips and planning essentials to create a space that will help your little ones grow physically, mentally and emotionally.
Get them involved It is important for children to feel the family home is theirs as well. Too often, as parents we don’t look at things from their perspective. A simple trick is to get down to a child’s level and see how the room feels from their height. You may find that looking at table legs and skirting boards isn’t very inspiring! Interior designer Nikki Hunt says “It’s important to give your child some ownership in the design of their room. This allows the child to express his or her personality and creativity and encourages them to take responsibility for their room’s upkeep.”
Create zones Give them a space that they can decorate with their own art work – windows or glass doors are the best as Blu Tack doesn’t mark these when they come off. Provide a proper space for the desk, so your child will not be tempted to do their schoolwork on the bed. You may also want to consider creating a play area or crafting table. A small shelf above can store pots of brushes and pens and it will mean you don’t have to clear the kitchen table when it’s time for dinner.
Toys & storage Spend some time going through your children’s toys and remember what they actually have! Don’t get everything out and in sight on the first day, rotate them every couple of days so that they stay interested. And don’t forget baskets, boxes and shelves! The more creative you are with this, the more likely your child will be willing to tidy up after themselves. And the more likely you will be able to help them keep the room free of clutter.
Colour You can use colour to enhance your child’s sleep, concentration or psychological comfort. Children with a lot of energy, for example, may benefit from a soothing colour in their environment, likewise if a room is bright and stimulating, some children may have a harder time winding down.
Some psychologists believe these hues promote certain feelings, so use them accordingly: Red – passion, aggression Orange – pleasure, optimism Yellow – creativity, fun Green – balance, harmony Blue – peace, calmness Violet – meditation, imagination
Time to play Children love a den. That’s why bunk beds are so popular with little ones! Window seats can easily become dens when piled high with cushions and with the curtains drawn. Or invest in a wigwam – they can be very tasteful and look much more stylish than string and blankets draped around the room.
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