No child's play, this!

No child's play, this!

The decor of a house reflects the personality of the people who share the space. Be it the kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom or kids room, every nook and corner, manifests the taste of its owner. While most spaces in a house can be furnished and decorated with admirable ease, designing a room for children is not an easy task. A lot many factors have to be considered before setting out to furnish them.

Changing tastes and preferences

The first and foremost being the aspect of safety, with comfort coming a close second.  Kids are all about fun. Always upto some antics. They need spaces that provide them with lots of room to run around and play. To add to it, place to store toys and other articles.

What makes the task of designing more difficult is their constantly changing tastes and preferences, influenced by varied factors including their peers or what they see on their good old telly. If they want a Barbie-style room this week, next in line will be a Kenny Chi room. Such is the swing! While designing a child’s room, all the above aspects have to be borne in mind.

Keep kid’s interest in mind

If you begin from scratch, with just a room, four plain walls and a floor at your disposal, it is advisable to keep the age and the child’s interest in mind. If they are having a room to themselves for the first time, it must be made as attractive as possible to entice them to their private little space. The design should help them get acquainted to the room easily and complement their lifestyle.’

The design shouldn’t hinder but complement the time they spend studying or mere hanging around with friends in the room. The thumb rule is to leave as much leg room as possible for children to run around.

As you begin with the arduous journey of designing your ward’s room, think colours. Not too long ago, girls’ rooms were predictably pink while boys’ rooms were blue. However, this association is passé now. Children, today, irrespective of  their gender, think bold. Be it pink, orange, yellow, purple or red, it is their choice that ultimately rules.

So, it pays to learn about your child’s personal preference. And of course, the theme. For instance, walls are not painted very often and a child’s interests keep changing. Therefore the key is to select themes that grow with the child.

Create more room

Once the wall colours and the theme are decided, it’s time for furniture shopping. Be minimilistic, especially when the room has to be shared by siblings.

 Today, the market is flooded with a variety of bunk beds that not only save on space, but are practical too. Go for them. Better still, are cots that offer oodles of storage space. Such cots, with built-in storage shelves are a great idea as they stock toys, books, clothes among other articles that a child owns.

When it comes to belongings of children, their room is incomplete without a study table. Nothing is sturdier than a wooden one. Supplement it with a chair, whose height can be adjusted. Placing the study table close to big,  airy windows is ideal as the space will have ample natural light, which is imperative for any children’s room. Also, another must-have includes a pin-up board or a chalkboard wall near the study table.

Be practical

Another important aspect while designing children’s room is the flooring. Wood or granite are the best picks. Avoid foot rugs anywhere as the child can slip and fall. Go in for a wall-to-wall carpet if you have an infant at home but otherwise avoid this alternative as carpets tend to to attract dust, mites and other allergens.

Talking of allergens, use allergy-free upholstery and bed linen in the room.  While choosing fabrics for the child’s room, keep their sticky fingers and dirty paws in mind and go in for skin-friendly, allergy-proof and easily washable fabrics.  Cotton is a safe bet for the same. But, this does not mean that the design should be boring and drab.

Space that exudes energy

Kids love to show-off their spaces and therefore help them infuse colour and creativity into it. Encourage your child to paint or draw, frame the art works, and display them in their room. The practice will help the child relate to their room much better and regard it as their own. To add to it, decorate  walls with their favourite cartoon characters to make them look bright and colourful.

Utilise every corner, like having tall racks to display the child’s favourite bunny, teddy or car, for example. Investing on racks will never go waste as they can hold anything from hobby materials to books, according to the child’s changing interests.

Make the right choices

While wardrobes are a must for any room, the ones for a kids room need to be compatible with them. Separate compartments, clearly marked out to maintain order, are a must. Easy-to-operate drawers, which store their knick knacks are a must-have.
To make the otherwise dreary wardrobes interesting, paint them in bright, cheerful colours. Interesting elements such as posters of their favourite cartoon characters or of their role models could be added to make them attractive.

Keep all these elements in mind and viola! The right choices coupled with careful planning will help you gift the dream room your child has always longed for.

Useful tips

Coat walls with lead-free paints as lead paints can be quite harmful for children.
Fibre optic galaxy ceilings and glow-in-the-dark toys must-have accessories
Include a nice and funky night lamp, next to the child’s bed.  Safe access to the door is imperative While shopping for furniture, be very careful to check each piece thoroughly. Avoid ones with sharp hinges Steer clear of mattresses that cannot be thoroughly washed.

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