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Designing the Perfect Room for Your Kids: 10 Things to Consider
While designing the kids’ room interior, it is important to keep in mind that as the kid grows older, the room should grow too in terms of complexity and character. Kids room designs often do not reflect this versatility to accommodate the child’s growth and changes in interest. Here are 10 tips to help you design your kids’ room.
Look for broad themes
For starters, choose a theme so that you can create a cohesive design for the room. Now, this is a tricky affair. One year your little ones will be die-hard fans of Doraemon, Dora or the Disney princesses. However, they will grow out of these interests sooner than you imagine. Having a Doraemon themed birthday party or buying a Superman themed outfit is fun, but think twice before deciding upon themed bedrooms for your kids. For a room to have maximum longevity, it is always better to opt for broad themes. This will help you keep the design simple and clean which, in turn, will have a lasting impact.
Choose timeless yet age-appropriate furniture
The same rule applies to kids’ furniture as well. Once you have decided on the theme, choose furniture that syncs well with it. It is always wise and smart to invest in durable and adult-worthy furniture that will accommodate the interests of your kids, as they grow older. Besides, more often, kids’ room get transformed into emergency guest rooms in most Indian families for relatives and friends. It is always prudent to think one-step ahead and invest in classic and timeless furniture.
Does this mean no fun?
Not at all! This is where accents and accessories come to your aid. The best thing about accessories is that, unlike furniture, you can change them as often as you like. They can easily be replaced with age-appropriate choices as they grow older and their tastes change, whereas repainting a room completely on a whim is both impractical and uneconomical. For a little Dora fan, you can buy throw pillows and wallpapers featuring that theme. As your child graduates from Dora to Superman, Spiderman, and other superheroes and heroines, all you need to do is to change these accessories. Sounds brilliant, doesn’t it? If you limit the fun accents to playful wallpaper, posters, cushions, curtains, etc. while keeping the kids furniture suitable for adult ages, you can have the best of both worlds.
It might also be a great idea to segregate spaces for play, study and sleep. Kids will learn as they grow older that everything has a place of its own. Having a cute little toy basket or an accessible bookshelf will prompt your kids to keep things where they belong. By giving them an appropriate space to organize their own little worlds, you are in a way teaching them more valuable life lessons.
Think colourful and sensible
While deciding the colour palette for your kid’s room, think beyond the traditional gender segregated shades of pink and blue. Using sensible and neutral shades in the place of the typical pink and blue has the potential to make a child’s room both classic and vibrant. Bed sheets, curtains and throw pillows might be a viable option to add some colour to your little one’s world. The wide range of superhero and princess accented bedding options available in the market will add a touch of kitsch to the kids bedroom design.
From clutter to clever storage
One of the biggest hassles parents face while designing kids room interior is the endless clutter in the form of toys and more toys and even more toys! Clever storage solutions can help tackle this problem. Using boxes or bins to divide the bigger shelve spaces is a clever and inexpensive idea. You can opt for boxes with bright colours or graphic patterns, which also add a lot of fun element to the room. Sorting things into different categories will also make cleaning up after playing much easier for you. Sorting similar kind of toys, building blocks and so on into its own separate boxes can also double as a fun activity as well as the first lessons of neatness and organization for your kids.
Reading nooks for the little learners
Every parent would want their little ones to study and perform well academically as they grow older. What many people do not realize is that the habit of sitting down and concentrating on something that is not as ‘smart’ as a smartphone does not happen overnight. You can take the very first step when you design your child’s room. Setting up a reading nook complete with age appropriate books and accessible bookshelves is also an important step in inculcating the habit and culture of reading. This idea is not limited to reading! Based on your children’s interests and hobbies, you can set up a nook complete with appropriate furniture and accessories.
The little wardrobe
Clean and organized wardrobes make your life easier! Kids wardrobe designs with segregated spaces will help you save a lot of time while getting the kids ready in the busy morning hours. You need to look for one with ample space for party clothes, school uniforms, and casual wear clothes. You can fill the accessible spaces of the wardrobe with capes and costumes for the little ones to play dress up. As they grow older, teach them to sort and arrange their items on their own. Having their own wardrobe and keeping it well-arranged can make them more independent and organized. Keep a cute little laundry basket as part of the wardrobe to teach them good personal hygiene.
Make room for play
Space is one of the biggest constraints you are likely to face while designing a room for your children. If siblings share a room, having multiple beds leave little room for them to engage in play. Bunk beds are one clever way to up the fun factor while leaving ample space for the kids to play. Likewise, you can opt for multi-functional items, especially with hidden storage spaces to keep the furniture to a minimum and make the room look more spacious.
Consider natural sunlight
Children often prefer warm, bright, well-lit places. Before getting down to the business of designing their room and setting it all up, first consider the room you designate as the kids’ room. Make sure that it is a room with optimal sunlight. The saying “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” is truer for little children. Make sure that the room gets sufficient light to prompt them into the body’s natural sleep rhythm.
Now that we have discussed the most important things parents need to consider, why wait any longer? Call the kids around and ask them what they want in their rooms. After all, it is their room and you will get the best possible design ideas from those little specialists themselves.