Decorate your child’s room with our tips and make it shine!
When it comes to children’s room decor, an extra dose of creativity is always necessary. In addition to creativity, ergonomics, style, furniture, colors, bedding, pillows, wallpapers, carpet, and curtains are some of the main items that should be added to a checklist for creating the perfect room.
Let’s create a checklist together in order to put our project on a piece of paper and make sure nothing will be forgotten.
- Ergonomics and space planning – what are they and how can they affect your kid’s health and learning process?
- Style – which styles are used the most and how to choose the right one?
- Colors – let’s choose a color palette together and enjoy the psychologic benefits of several colors
- Textures and textiles – what are the most appropriate textiles for a kid’s room
- Furniture – which types and pieces of furniture are the best
- Decorative items – lamps, pillows, dolls, teddy bears etc.
After putting together the list– feel free to reorder it or add more steps– let’s focus on each of the steps individually.
So, let’s get down to work!
1. Ergonomics and space planning – what are they and how can they affect your kid’s health and learning process?
It might sound like an exaggeration, but as kids are spending more time on their computers, tablets, and cell phones, parents and schools should pay more attention to their sitting posture to avoid bad sitting habits and possible orthopedic issues.
In addition to sitting posture, ergonomics also touches upon other spheres of kids’ daily activities, for example, their sleeping positions and level of comfort. Teaching your kids about best sleeping positions (e.g. on their back and side) can be a great step towards building good sleeping habits. On top of that, parents should also pay attention to the quality and type of their kids’ beds and mattresses.
And that’s exactly when the Montessori-inspired architecture comes in. Low beds that are closer to the floor should be considered, since they’re safer and give your kid the autonomy to move around as their age allows them. Bookshelves, tables, and toolboxes should also be positioned in a thought-out way, making it easier for the kid to reach for what they need – the height should also be taken into consideration.
Similarly, other furniture and areas in their rooms and around the house should be adapted to them, so that they can reach higher areas more independently, all the while keeping them away from any domestic incidents with the help of these simple artifacts of furniture ergonomics.
2. Style – which styles are used the most and how to choose the right one?
Before we get started, it’s important to note that there are many phases in a kid’s life. From the moment the child is born to their preadolescent age, many changes will occur. It is important to keep these changes in mind if you don’t want to redecorate your kid’s room that often. A more neutral style would be the best choice if you want to save time and money.
However, if extra money and time invested are of no concern to you, you will probably not save efforts to make sure every little thing fits and change the whole décor when it’s time for a redesign.
No matter which situation you’re in, there are plenty of ideas out there for boys and girls; some more elaborated and others more minimalist.
Check out our selection of ideas for you:
3. Colors – let’s choose a color palette together and enjoy the psychologic benefits of several colors
After choosing the style of the room, the next important step is the color.
Moving away from the established idea that pink is for girls and blue is for boys, we will focus on what psychologists have studied about colors and how they affect our mood.
It is well known that our environment can affect our behavior, and this also includes the colors of the walls.
Here you will find a brief list created with the help of Lee Orlian’s research published on teepeejoy.com about some colors and how they may affect your kid’s mood:
- Increases heart and breathing rate
- Potentially increases focus
Downside: Too long exposure may trigger aggression, especially in toddlers.
In short, red has benefits but should be used moderately, may be added in as decorative items, toys, and furniture, instead of walls, carpets, and curtains.
Adding color to your kid’s room through objects and furniture is also a way of keeping the color of the walls as coherent as possible with the rest of the house.
- Enhances communication and socialization.
- Increases creativity
- Also, the bright shades of yellow can serve as memory stimulant and increase metabolism
Downside: Excessive yellow can, at times, lead to anger and frustration.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Slows down the heart rate
Downside: Excess can have a depressing effect
- Serene environment soothes the body and the mind
- Promotes concentration
Downside: No downside 🙂
- Arouses empathy
- Creates calming atmosphere
Downside: Excess can lead to anxiety and irritation
BROWN AND GREY
Benefits: Can be used as a background color, making it easier to decorate with more colorful objects
Downside: When used in excess, it will darken the space provoking feelings of loneliness and irritation
After going through our list, you might have already chosen the color you want to use, right? But if you still want help putting together a color palette, I would suggest using an online color palette generator that comes in handy as it will automatically give you colors that go with the one you may have in mind: http://colormind.io/.
In the end, you might not want the colors and the design scheme of the children’s room to be incoherent with the rest of your house. Design professionals have therefore suggested combining the wall colors of the children’s room with those you would like to have in the rest of the house and investing in textiles, pieces of furniture, and decorative items to add some color to the room of your little one.
4. Textiles – what are the most appropriate textiles for a kid’s room
Textiles are also a big part of the kids’ room décor and should be chosen considering the kid’s health. Children, in general, have very sensitive skin and many have allergies such as the ones related to dust mites.
Parents should be aware of this when buying blankets, pillows, cases, and mattress protection, and focus on textile and print quality, thus preventing the bedding from shrinking or fading easily since children’s bedding needs frequent washing in hot water: at 60 C˚(140 degrees Fahrenheit).
Along with bedding, curtains and carpets should also be chosen carefully, considering that they will need to undergo deep cleaning every now and again. That’s the reason why synthetic fiber, such as polyester, is one of the best choices in the market lately: easy to wash, doesn’t fade, and doesn’t shrink.
5. Furniture – Which types and pieces of furniture are the best?
Furniture is currently the designers’ favorite way to add some color and style to kids’ rooms.
The current trend of adding colors through furniture instead of painting walls or adding strong colors through curtains and bedding is popular for numerous reasons. The general idea is that it would be easier to redecorate the space just by adding other furniture or by repainting or renewing the old pieces, as you keep the walls in a neutral color.
And it’s exactly because of this trend that the available furniture options for kids’ rooms have been growing so greatly.
Since we believe this to be a smart strategy, let’s move on to more specifics about furniture.
What to consider besides color and the style of the furniture?
Functionality is very important in kids’ rooms. How kids behave when going in and out of bed is essential for their mobility and development.
Also, how a comfortable and accessible chair is used when doing homework or playing is essential for the autonomy and independence of a child.
Choose the right height for the right age. Montessori-inspired furniture will work great for small to medium-sized kids, as their idea is to empower kids by letting them use their own space with more autonomy.
Finally, multi-functional pieces of furniture are one of the favorite options for kids’ and adults’ rooms in general, as they can have multiple purposes. Great examples are beds, tables, and puffs that are used also as storage.
No matter if your house or apartment is large or small, having extra storage always comes in handy.
If you are currently looking for extra space in your kids’ room, having multi-functional furniture such as a storage bed is a great idea. It can be used to store bed linen, toys, and clothes, and save space on shelves and in the wardrobe where you can keep only essential things at hand.
If you are worried about the bed with storage space being too high, don’t worry. Nowadays there are plenty of low-size bed options with storage space.
Another item that will help you keep your kid’s room always organized is the activity table with storage baskets. This item is perfect for keeping all the essential materials and toys your kid will need for homework, artwork, and playtime in one place. It’s also a perfect piece of furniture to teach your kids how to organize on their own and have control of where their things are.
Finally, poufs and ottomans. How cute and useful can those items be. Both can be used for seating, but they double as storage for books, teddy bears, and many other items that are usually spread around the room.
Safety is very important to bear in mind when choosing furniture.
When it comes to multi-functional pieces of furniture, try choosing the ones that are not foldable, so you avoid accidents.
Also, pay attention to the type of paint used on the table. Usually, companies that use safe paint will display a certificate of non-toxic paint in their stores or on their websites.
How durable a piece of furniture can be and why should you care about it?
Durable furniture will last longer, so it can be repainted in the future. Also, in case you want to get rid of it, it will be easier to sell because it will probably still be well-preserved.
The same goes for other items you add to your house, as well as for decorative items. Choosing durable and environmentally friendly items will keep you from needing to replace them often.
6. Decorative items – lamps, pillows, dolls, teddy bears etc.
Lamps, books, comfy pillows and throws, as well as curtains and carpets that are easy to clean, will add a pop of color and the final touch you always wanted for your kid’s room!
To give you a hand, we have selected for you some of the cutest items currently available online. We picked the products while focusing on the following characteristics:
- Easy to clean and wash
- Safety – decorative items and toys should not be easy to take apart or to break. Always check the age allowance.
- Interesting for kids – colorful and cute
Good design – useful and attractive
Check out our selection below and let us know what you think about it!
Finally, we would love to invite you to share with us some of your tips. Is there anything important to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below.