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Creative Kid’s Bedrooms
Ask a child what their favourite colour is and they will say green, no blue, no orange, red, yellow and purple! Kids love colour so why not turn their bedroom into a stimulating and fun place to be for them!? There are endless possibilities when decorating a children's bedroom, but a very important factor is to encourage your child to contribute to the project.
Choosing the colour for the bedroom is the first step. If the colour is already fine, you may choose to add accents such as feature walls, themed curtains or wall mofits, furnishings, artworks, etc.
Just remember to listen to what your child wants. Bright colours such as orange, yellow and green are great for stimulating the mind as well as having a calming affect. Very strong colours such as red may over-stimulate an active child, reducing sleep time so consider softer hues like blues or mauves in this case.
Children often scare when in dark places alone. Don't design the room in dark, gloomy colours. Browns, blacks and greys may be stylish colours but they are not appropriate for a childs room. These colours can make the room smaller and darker through a childs eyes.
You are not just restricted to bright paint colours on the walls. Today there are many products on the market which are perfect for kid's bedrooms & playrooms. These include removable motifs, chalk board paint, magnetic paints and decoartive finishes such as metallic and pearl effects. These products will allow your children to decorate in their own way and entertain themselves by being creative rather than by playing computers etc.
Create a room which has great storage space, coloured tubs, soft hangers & bright coloured boxes are just some ideas to keep the mess to a minimum. Toys which are used most can be found easily when they are on display and if you want to rotate the toys the kids play with, swap them around regularly. Never clutter a childs bedroom with too many pieces of furniture, clothes or toys. Children are prone to be a bit messy.
Also, childrens bedrooms are often multi-purpose. It is a place they will get dressed, sleep, play, do homework, hang out with friends, read or listen to music. You may want to consider a standard cupboard for clothing, shelves for books, a small desk for their studies, some seating or a plush rug for their friends to rest on and plenty of clear floor space for playful activities. Remember to focus on practicality. If a child prefers to study in an office or in front of the television, don't bother putting a study desk in their room. It will just take up space, gather mess and will rarely be used for its true purpose.
Accent colours can bring space to life! Use the kids colourful toys by putting them on shelves. Have the children do some paintings which can be framed or mounted on decorative walls. Bed linen, curtains & cushions are also a great idea for accents; you can make curtains yourself or even buy sets that co-ordinate with the other soft furnishings to create an overall theme.
Floor coverings should be cosy but practical for the planned uses of the room. For example for very young or if craft activites are planned in the space, polished timber floors with scatter rugs may prevent costly carpet stains and mishaps. Wall to wall carpet, while cosy, can have a short lifespan in a kids zone.
HIDC Exhibitor(s) who specialise in this area;