DECORATING KIDS BEDROOMS
Having a decorating dilemma with your kid’s room? No doubt it is going to be a challenge. As children’s likes and dislikes keep changing as they age, decorating their room is like trying to hit a moving target.
That being said, it is not an impossible task if you plan ahead. Start off by looking at a few room ideas and discussing it with your children. This will help you get a feel of how the project will take shape. Next focus on the flexibility in design and decor changes you might need to make as the children age. Here are a few ideas that might help.
Choosing a Color Scheme
Children’s choices evolve as they age. If they can’t get enough of rockets and outer space at age 5, by the age of seven they may just be into dinosaurs or fast cars. As a result, you need to think ahead and choose something that’s versatile and will work for several years to come.
Going beyond the blues and the pinks is hence vital. Picking a color palette that can thus adapt to changing tastes as they grow older will help reduce/do away with recurring re-modelling costs.
Choosing a color scheme that can be combined with alternate shades in the similar palette will help keep the room age-appropriate. Soft baby pinks and shades of cream in a newborn’s nursery can transition to a soft pink, gray or navy as they grow older.
Kids often tend to like non-traditional colors which is something you may want to consider as well. A nursery can be painted in a scheme of bold sage green and pale yellow which is a step apart from the traditional pinks and light blues in a typical nursery.
Choosing the Furniture
The furniture plan in the room must accommodate for versatility in usage as children grow older. A dresser for example can be used over time to adapt to mature kids as well. Beds and chairs in the standard size would be a good long term solution, rather than picking something out in kid sizes. The latter, however, works absolutely fine if you are likely to remodel every few years. If not, keep the furniture to the basics and add to it as and when needed. The idea is to have a fair amount of open space that your child can utilize for his or her activities.
Your child’s storage needs will only keep increasing with age, therefore planning for storage to be utilized in different levels or layers goes a long way. The closet in the room needs to be planned with overhead shelves even if the storage won’t to be utilized at an early age. Dressers and cupboards should ideally have pull-out drawers and other compartments that are lidded. Place a few open-topped baskets or trunks around the space. Everyday items will be needed to be tucked away and accessed easily and a multiple layered storage arrangement will achieve this.
As the room would be constantly changing in terms of the decor and usage, you can take the leap and experiment on the decor styles. Balancing out color palettes with bold lighting or adding splashes of bright colors to the ceilings are a few of the options you can explore. If your child has a hobby he or she adores, incorporate it in to the scheme. If your child like to read, incorporate a little reading corner by the window, if they like art, why not have an art corner complete with a large easel and a space to store their supplies.