Kids are by nature creative and curious. Accordingly, your kid’s room should have an environment that encourages them to explore and interact. It should be fun, engaging, functional, child-friendly and developmentally appropriate. Children’s spaces should have ample stimuli that inspire them to explore their interests. At the same time, it should also have facilities for rest and relaxation.
Keep these in mind while designing your kid’s room
A Room that grows with the child
While designing your kid’s room, make sure that it is adaptable to the needs of a growing child. It should cater to various needs of study, play and rest. If the room is shared between kids of different age, then make sure that it meets the needs of both kids. If you want to redecorate periodically, do it by switching the accessories, art, toys and fabrics rather than altering the basic elements of the room.
Kids need mountains of storage for toys, books, clothes etc. Having ample storage is a sure-fire way of maintaining an organised space. Use easily accessible and open storage for toys. Books etc..
Paint colours should reflect the child’s joyful perspective and suit their unique personality. Involve the children in selecting the colour. Ask them what colours and themes they like. Best idea is to have an accent wall in bold and bright colour/pattern and other three walls in pastels and neutrals. For older kids having an all-white room with bright accessories like beddings is also an option. Choose emulsion paint that allows easy cleaning and wiping off the spills and stains.
Layout of the room should be such that it provides space for exploring their interests. The placement of furniture should optimise the light and movement of air in the room. It should leave ample space for the children to move around and play. Don’t place furniture like tables etc. in spaces where kids might run into them.
Light And Air Circulation
Access to plenty of natural light and fresh air is vital for child’s health and positive mood. Don’t place the larger furniture like beds in front of the window. When it comes to electrical light, use a combination of bright light (for study and play) and diffused light (during naptime) to make the room suitable for both activity and rest.
Flexible Furniture and accessories
Choose multipurpose furniture that can be used for varying purposes as the needs of the growing kids arise. Opt for natural fabrics and comfortable bedding and cushions. Choose furnishings that are easily washable and replaceable. Chairs and tables etc. should be sturdy and should not topple over. Avoid costly furnishings that become out-dated as the kid grows up.
Add quirky elements that reflect the child’s interests and creativity. This will make the room a stimulating space. Few examples are – a chalkboard wall to draw and write on, a tepee to have indoor picnics, an artwork display corner etc.
This is an overriding concern while designing kid’s rooms. You should conceal all electrical outlets and cords. Use the paint that has minimum chemicals. Regularly check that wooden furniture and fixtures do not have splinters. Choose furniture without sharp corners. Fit the windows with grills and shorter curtains. Don’t use glass and other breakable materials in decoration. For flooring use non-slippery tiles and rugs. Install door slamstoppers to avoid crushed fingers.
No matter how big or small the room is, with a little creativity, you can make it into the perfect combination of comfort, style and practicality. Share with us about how you tailored your kid’s room for his/her specific needs and adventures.