We love the excitement of decorating our kids' bedrooms, but we also sometimes struggle to know how to make it an ideal environment for their well-being. We've got a treat today, as Annabelle Short, is sharing seven top tips with us!
Annabelle Carter Short is a freelance writer, blogger and seamstress of more than five years. Annabelle writes for several online arts & crafts, sewing, and decor publications and magazines, including her own blog. When not working, she's spending time with her family and friends, or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits. She would like to start an online arts & crafts business one day. Annabelle is a mother and she loves making crafts with her two children, Leo (age 9) and Michelle (age 11).
If you are getting ready to decorate or redecorate your children’s bedroom, you should consider ditching the bright colors and get a little creative. Your child’s bedroom ought to be a haven; a place where they enjoy spending time and where they feel safe. How you design it will be vital for their physical and mental health. A well-decorated bedroom is where the soul, body, and mind re-calibrate. Here's seven great tips to consider:
1. Bring The Outside In
Designing the room around natural elements sends a calming message to the brain. The scents, colors, sounds, and sights of nature bring a perfect balance to the home and are an inspiration for many color schemes. One way of incorporating nature into the house is to include images of the outdoors in your kids' bedroom. Work with your children to design the paintings, photography and wall art of their choice. If they love water, you can include some water paintings. For kids who are park lovers, pictures of baby animals will do great.
2. Plan For The Light
Lighting is a critical element that must be considered in all decorative projects. Considering that there is a wide range of full-spectrum light bulbs, you have a variety to select from. You can choose any of the configurations, such as spiral bulbs and fluorescent tubes. Poor lighting that is blue-white, too warm or too cold, may cause depression and anxiety. Although it is advisable to allow natural sunlight into the room during daytime, you should subdue the lighting to encourage a quiet and restful mood. When moving from night to day or vice versa, add dim switches and attachments with different intensity levels.
3. Look Into Color Psychology
There is a reason behind the color patterns used in nurseries. Most use soft yellow, pink and baby blue, which are known to cause a soothing effect. Therefore, you might want to carefully consider your color choices when designing your kid’s room. Avoid bright red and other screaming colors because they are very stimulating. Thus your child may be unable to sleep well. Go for neutrals like taupe and gray. Remember that the color scheme should reflect in your choice for decorative stickers if you are using them. Decorative stickers can be a drawing of your child’s favorite cartoon character or even a flower. They are easy to use because all you need to do is peel off the back part.
4. Make It Cozy
Children like cuddling, so make sure the room is filled with items that he or she can use to self-soothe. It could be a giant stuffed doll, a body pillow or a soft blanket. Make sure that the rugs, pillows, and beddings are soft to touch. Therefore, you should “test-drive” everything before bringing it into the room. Family photos can also have a cuddling effect, so, bring them in too.
5. Organize The Furniture
Every room should be able to provide these functions; sleep, enjoy, learn and play. Make sure that the four activities have their distinct zone. Remember that the most substantial part should consist of items that fulfill the most critical functions – sleep and relaxation. Place the bed, toys, desk, storage drawers and other furniture in their specified sections of the room to help make children understand the purpose of the time in their room.
6. Consider The Acoustics
Although proper insulation inside the bedroom’s walls is vital in muffling sounds from the exterior, the décor materials you use within the room play a critical role. To prevent sounds from bouncing all over the room, consider using natural wood flooring, laminated surfaces, soft shades, and carpets. Using these materials will help in keeping the room silent.
7. Control Stimulation
A crowded and messy room is not suitable for your child. Clumsiness will make the room disruptive to your kid’s sleeping patterns, even when you switch off the lights. Go for plain and straightforward spaces to keep anxiety at bay. Ensure that clothes, toys and other items are covered inside baskets, boxes, and cupboards to avert overstimulation that results from clutter. Enforce a screen-free room rule to prevent potential distractions. Avoid blue light emissions as well, because they are very stimulating.
Children spend lots of time in their bedrooms. It is where they play, read and sleep. As parents, we ought to ensure that this space is warm, welcoming and above all, relaxing. I hope you've found these tips useful.
Thanks Annabelle for some great ideas! The Creative QT Stuff 'n Sit Storage Bean Bag can definitely help you to achieve the last point about avoiding clutter!
Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.
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