One of the first lessons we teach our children when it comes to homeownership is how we help them manage their rooms. In some cases, this means chasing after them to keep their rooms tidy. But, an easier way to manage even this is to lend them a sense of ownership of their rooms. This way, your child finds value in the condition of the room, and of the time spent there.
Can this goal be achieved through good design?
Guest writer and home decor enthusiast Marissa Harper is here to address some effective ways to approach a solid design for a child’s bedroom.
Designing a bedroom for your child might sound like an easy task, but it’s not. You might view your bedroom as a simple room that you use primarily for sleeping. However, your child probably views his or her room as several rooms all wrapped into one. It’s a playroom, a place to nap, a place to sleep at night, a place to work and be creative, and even a place to enjoy some peace and quiet away from you.
So, what does it take to design a child’s bedroom? Here are some ideas.
Get input from the primary resident
Many parents have their child’s room picked out, designed, and furnished before their child is even born. That’s fine for when the children are babies, but you’ll want the child’s input as he gets older. After all, it’s your child’s room. Getting your child’s input doesn’t mean that you have to cater to all of her/his wishes.
You don’t have to put a chocolate fountain in the center of the room, hire professional actors to dress up like dinosaurs to play with your child all day, or stash a pony in the closet. His favorite color might be green. Try to incorporate that into the room somehow. Maybe she does like ponies. Try to work that into the theme of the room somehow.
Choose function over form
Think about how your children will use the room. You should also focus on storage, since your children may have a lot of toys. Those toys need somewhere to live when they’re not being played with. Closet space is one idea, but what about shelving? Toy bins and chests are another idea.
Choose gender-neutral themes
Once you and your child have decided how the room will be used, it’s time to choose an overall theme. If you have two children sharing a room, a gender-specific theme may not work. Even if you have one child, a gender-neutral theme may still be a good idea. A theme doesn’t have to be all about race cars and Disney princesses, and in some cases this makes it harder to design a room.
When a room is shared between two children, find out about areas of common ground. Do your children watch the same T.V. shows? Do they have overlapping hobbies? A great theme would be to incorporate some similarity between your children into the room. Give the room something that both children enjoy. For example, if they both really enjoy a certain cartoon character or they share the same hobby, you could incorporate that cartoon character or hobby into the room.
Choose high contrast colors
Choosing high-contrast colors can also be a way to breath life into a child’s bedroom and make it an enjoyable place for her to be. Paint vibrant and exciting colors in the play area, with a mural or design that is inspiring for the child. Choose calm or soothing colors for the area of the room where he will sleep.
Use physical dividers
If separating by colors doesn’t work for you and your child, try physical dividers. A simple room divider can break up the room and create defined spaces for play, work, and sleep. With that said, room dividers can also make a small room even smaller. Yet, even if this is the case, zoning the room using area rugs, or different colored walls, may also be a way of dividing the room between two children’s spaces, or between areas of activity or interest.
If you’re really handy, you can incorporate levels into the room. Turn your child’s room into a multi-level bedroom. This takes some skill, but building a “false floor” on top of the existing floor or series of “false floors” in your child’s room can divide up the room without making it look too small. You’ve probably seen open floor designs for this kind of thing before.
Most of the time, the entire house is built as a “multi-level” home. However, there’s no reason you can’t do this for just one room. It’s a creative way to spice up your child’s bedroom and incorporate a design element that’s not traditionally seen there.
Design for your child
Your child is an individual. Treat her like one. Get feedback on what he values. Try to incorporate those values into the room. That makes the room her own.
Marissa wrote this post on behalf of CamoTrading.com – suppliers of hunting & fishing décor, camo bedding, rugs & bathroom décor.