Interior Design and Decorating and Kids

Monday, April 16, 2012

There are certain things you have to plan when decorating a kid's room such as the design concept, color theme, sleeping furniture, layout, storage space for toys, study furniture, play area, and decor accents such as canvas wall art and area rugs. When planning which pieces to get for your kid's room, consider how many children will be occupying the room, their ages, gender, and personal preferences of your kids.

1. Design concept - When discussing the design theme with your child, consider his or her tastes and practical issues such as how soon your kid will outgrow the design theme. When kids get older they will outgrow certain design themes such as a pirate themed bedroom or a fantasy inspired design.

You can still implement fancy designs in small decor pieces that can easily be changed or replaced when your child gets older. Instead of having a miniature pirate ships made as a bed, you can paint a mural of pirate figures and ships. When your kid tires of this concept, you can easily paint over the wall.

2. Color theme - Colors have an effect on people's moods and feelings. Colors such as red, orange and yellow can make one more excited and hyperactive. Cool colors like green and blue are calming. Use you colors moderately and create some tone balance. You can use strong warm colors to brighten up a room but try not to overwhelm a kid's bedroom with too much energetic colors.

Use bright accent colors on decor pieces like lampshades and canvas wall art. When you want to change the color theme, just change the decor accents with pieces in another color. Change the sheets from yellow to green, or replace blue curtains with red ones. Maintain a neutral color in large areas such as the walls so you don't have to repaint the whole room.

3. Sleeping furniture - If more than one kid will occupy a bedroom. Use bunker beds or storage beds that are space-saving and have multiple purposes. This cuts down the number of furniture pieces that occupy more space. Some beds can accommodate 1 to 3 kids and also serve as storage areas, wardrobe cabinets, and study area.

4. Layout - Study your layout and floor plan to accommodate the bed, play area, shelves for books and toys, study table and wardrobe closet. It is important to have all these areas in one room unless you have a separate play room and study room in the house. Plan the floor plan in a way that furniture pieces don't get in the way or crowd the room.

5. Storage and wardrobe space- Install fitted shelves and cabinets with doors to minimize a cluttered look. Children will have a hard time concentrating on studies amidst cluttered surroundings. You can never have enough storage space and kids tend to accumulate more junk as they grow up.

Use corners, wall shelves, vertical cabinets to save space. Make sure free standing cabinets are secured to the wall to prevent the furniture from toppling over young kids. Make use of double purpose furniture such as storage beds and tables and chairs with hidden storage bins.

6. Decor accents - Use age appropriate canvas wall art to beautify a kid's bedroom. Place a color coordinated area rug and bean bag in the bedroom. Use lamps with decorative shades in bright colors or cartoon prints. Make the window dressing match with the color and concept theme.

Decorating a kids room is fun and is one of the best parts of being a parent. Although you may be overwhelmed with excitement about planning your child's bedroom decor, you have to remember that you must consider your kid's opinions and decor ideas too.

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