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One of the most common reasons people shift into larger homes is when their families expand and a little kid or kids enter their lives. While the rest of the house may appear mature, a kid’s room can be a riot of colors and space for imaginations to run wild. This is probably why there are so many Pinterest boards dedicated to kid’s room designs.
With the World Wide Web accessible from your phone, there is no dearth of inspiration. However, before you get to that stage, you should know the type of room you are going to be decorating. Décor ideas for a room to be shared by two boys would be considerably different from those for a teenager’s room. So, here is a list of 8 different types of kid’s rooms.
Expectant mothers typically start designing their baby’s nursery almost as soon as they get a positive test result. Nurseries are designed to be cute and comfortable. At this stage of your baby’s life, he/she will not be able to tell the difference between a unicorn and penguins so this room décor is mostly for the mother.
It should be soothing and peaceful as this is the room your baby will spend most of his/her day. Think pastel colors and soft fabrics. A crib, changing tables and a comfortable chair to nurse your baby are must-haves when it comes to kid’s room furniture. Use blackout curtains in the nursery so that you’re your child can enjoy a good night’s sleep undisturbed.
Let’s say you’ve got an extra room – this is the ideal space for a playroom. Simply put, a playroom is a room for the child to play in. He/she will not be sleeping in this room but he may also use the room to do his/her homework. Hence it is usually an option only when you have a large house or when your child sleeps in your bedroom.
You can also let siblings share a room to sleep in and then design a second children’s room as a playroom. Playrooms should be bright and colorful to stimulate a child’s imagination. Use materials like washable paint for walls and ceramic floor tiles that are hardy and easy to keep clean.
You could also use modular foam carpets. Incorporate plenty of storage for their toys, books and art material. From mini teepee tents to a kid's bed with slide and rock climbing walls, there’s no end to the possibilities of playroom design.
In theory, siblings of any age can share a kid's room. But, they are more likely to be happy doing so while they are young. If you’re designing a room to be shared by a boy and a girl, privacy is an important concern. Though they may share the room, both children should ideally have their own sections with single beds and their own kid’s cupboards.
To maintain an overall room theme while giving each child a canvas to bring out their own creativity, you could give them individual pin boards. Avoid dividing the room into two distinct halves but maintain a neutral color scheme that caters to both children’s personalities. Think yellows, greens and shades of lavender.
When you’ve got two boys sharing the room, you need to make sure they have plenty of space to play. Boys tend to be rough and avoid any sharp corners where they could get hurt. Bunk beds maximize free floor space and are ideal for such kid’s room designs. Alternatively, you can try using a loft bed.
You would probably also need a kids’ table and chairs for games and Lego sets. If the kids are attending school, you will also need to plan for dedicated study areas with a bookcase and a writing table for kids. Boys are typically more easily distracted as compared to girls so plan this space away from where their toys will be kept.
As children grow up, they build an opinion about everything and two girls can either have similar interests or vastly different ones. Some girls like delicate color schemes so shades of pink and yellow work well. However, not all girls like pink, so make room for other colors too.
If your daughters enjoy reading fairytales, design the room with the theme of their favorite story. Canopy beds are ideal for young girls. Try using two single beds to give each girl her own space. A dollhouse can be an option for a girl’s room.
By the time children reach their teenage years, they have an identifiable personality and are keen to voice their opinions. Hence, when it comes to designing a teenager’s room, parents have less of a say as compared to the children themselves. Your teenager probably has a lot of ideas for his/ her room. Plan for plenty of wall art. A pin board or frames where you can interchange the art periodically are great choices.
When it comes to kid’s furniture, consider pieces with a sleek, minimal style. You will also need to design a dedicated study area in the room. If your child is outgoing, a trundle bed is a great option to keep in mind for when group study sessions turn into sleepovers.
If you live in a compact apartment, your kid’s room may have to do double duty as a guest room. In such cases, you will need to plan a neutral color scheme and bring out the kiddie elements in the form of cushions, curios, etc. that can be put away when you have guests.
Wallpapers are ideal for these rooms. When you’re planning storage for these rooms, make sure the storage is shuttered so that your kid’s toys can be kept away. You could use a kid’s double bed in such cases. Look for beds with storage so that you can move some of the child’s stuff from the cupboards when needed and give your guests a shelf or two to keep their own things.
The debate of whether children should have their own room vs sharing a room with their parents has no winner. Just because you choose to share your room with a young child does not mean that you should live in a kiddie room.
In most cases, if you decide to go down this route, you will have a playroom for your child. Mark off your child’s section in the room where the toddler bed will be placed and decorate it with framed art or a playful rug. You can also separate the spaces by choosing different linen for your child’s bed. Make sure the color schemes complement the rest of the room while yet maintaining their own identity.
Be ready to accept change
Kid’s room décor is constantly evolving. While your daughter loves Princesses today, tomorrow, she may decide that she’s Wonder Woman. Keep this in mind while planning children’s rooms and make accommodations for their tastes. Irrespective of the type of kid’s room you are decorating, it is best to maintain a neutral base scheme that will grow with the child and install add-ons that can change as the child grows.
This includes bed linen, curtains, cushions, throws and of course, wall art. It’s amazing how the look of a room can change with different curtains. Unless you’re willing to have a complete room makeover every few years, avoid going overboard with themes.
Decorating a child’s room will probably be the most fun part of designing your home. Include your child in the process and enjoy the process as much as you can. It’s a room that you and your child must love. If you aren’t confident about making the right choices or if you and your children cannot come to a design that everyone likes, consult a kid’s room designer and get a professional opinion. We’re always ready to help so reach out whenever you need us.
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